Search for the Truth

“Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions.” (1 Kings 10:1)

Real wisdom doesn’t fear investigation.  Truth does not become concerned when it is tested and interrogated.

For all those that stopped going to church because they weren’t getting good answers to their questions – find another church.  Investigate, ask questions, be curious and inquisitive.

The truth is out there and churches that use the Bible have it.

“The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.” (Matthew 12:42)

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The Whole of Man

“The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Two rules that apply to everyone – fear God and keep His commandments.  You will find no better advice in all the world’s finest sages.

Stop caring what others think of you.  There is only One whom you must accept judgment from, and nothing will be hidden from Him.

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The Joy of Truth

“The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.” (Ecclesiastes 12:10)

Solomon wanted to say easy and enjoyable things, but not if those things weren’t true.  Words that comfort through lies are a curse, not a blessing.  Platitudes mask pain;2 they don’t heal it.

Good preaching must say what is true – we cannot avoid the hard truths of life.  Hell is real, sin brings death, and there is no life outside of Christ.  However, words of truth spoken correctly lead to delightful words because the dark problems of this life lead to the light that is Christ.

Jesus is the answer to the painful truths we must all face.  The truth of death.  The truth of our own impurities and shame.  Jesus is the answer to our disgrace and sorrow.

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ” (John 14:6)

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The Journey to Glory

“Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many.  Everything that is to come will be futility.” (Ecclesiastes 11:8)

The man best equipped to find joy in this life is the one who doesn’t find his identity in this world.  Tragedy and heartache are part of the cost of doing business down here on Earth.  We hurt, we suffer, and we endure through dark days… but there is so much more to life than now.  Eternity awaits and the person that can see that is capable of learning to take every day in stride as part of the journey that brings them ever closer to glory.

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Maintenance Matters

“Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.” (Ecclesiastes 10:18)

The things we build must be maintained.  Our marriages, our careers, our relationships with our children, our knowledge of the Bible, and our service to the LORD.

It isn’t enough what you did yesterday.  It is about what we will do today.  Don’t take these things for granted.  A fire that isn’t stoked with eventually burn out.

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Worth the Risk

“He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them.” (Ecclesiastes 10:9)

Everything worth doing comes with risk.  Without risk there is no productivity.  A life without danger and possibility of loss does not exist.

The only things that give meaning to life involve sacrifice.

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Don’t Abandon Your Post

“If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.” (Ecclesiastes 10:4)

No matter what – don’t abandon your post.  A person that will stick with it, work hard, and do their job even when criticized is worth keeping around.  All bosses have bad days and get mad about things, and sometimes their ire might even be justified if you made a mistake – but hang in there.  Hard work works.  One failure doesn’t define you.

Those that can handle criticism rise to the top.

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The Quiet Truth

“The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” (Ecclesiastes 9:17)

Just because someone says it louder doesn’t make them more correct.  Truth seldom needs to be yelled.  Listen for the facts, instead of the clamor.  Not all noise is worth listening to.

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Wife Time

“Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun;” (Ecclesiastes 9:9)

A spouse is a gift from God.  Don’t neglect the relationships that matter for ones that don’t.  Enjoy your marriage.  Enjoy your days together and don’t waste them.  There is nothing wrong with slowing down our pursuit of things to nurture people.

The most precious of relationships are worthy of our time.

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The Dog Days Aren’t Over

“For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.” (Ecclesiastes 9:4)

So what if you aren’t as majestic as a lion? No matter what baggage you have and how bedraggled you might feel – God can do great things with the lowest of mongrels if they still have some breathe in them.  If you are alive, there is time, and if there is time you can be redeemed.

Don’t waste the opportunity to see what God can do with you.  When you are living is the time to repent and give Him your life.  God can make you a lion, but He won’t make you want it.

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