The Joy of Thankfulness

It is not happy people who are thankful–it is thankful people who are happy

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 ESV).

What a difference one word makes. We are commanded to be thankful IN all circumstances, not FOR all circumstances. Let’s examine the command, the barriers, the benefits, the expressions and reasons for thankfulness. | AUDIO | TEXT PDF

The Search for Meaning, Fulfillment, Happiness

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise Pascal

Solomon spent years searching for meaning, fulfillment and happiness in all the wrong ways and all the wrong places. Instead of finding what he was looking for, his search ended in frustration and despair. What he finally realized was that true meaning, fulfillment and happiness cannot be found apart from God – it can only be found in God. | AUDIO | TEXT PDF

“Power, popularity, prestige, pleasure–nothing can fill the God–shaped void in man’s life but God Himself! But seen from God’s perspective, life takes on meaning and purpose, causing Solomon to exclaim, “Rejoice…do good…live joyfully…fear God…keep His commandments!” Skepticism and despair melt away when life is viewed as a daily gift from God.” (NKJ Introduction to Ecclesiastes)

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The Wisdom of Solomon

“I went in through the treasury of wisdom, and drew for myself the waters of understanding.” –Queen of Sheba, 10th century inscription

Solomon’s wisdom was so great that even rulers and royalty were eager to cross deserts to hear his wisdom. This wisdom was given to Solomon by God, and now given to you through God’s word the Bible. You don’t have to cross a desert to gain this wisdom, except the desert wasteland of worldly wisdom and false ideologies. Let’s learn about the wisdom, the failures, and the realizations of Solomon. This is wisdom from above for the storms of life. AUDIO | TEXT PDF

Wisdom for the Storms of Life

7 Reasons Why We Should Study Ecclesiastes

Life is difficult, and sometimes very difficult. We’ve all experienced the storms of life, and it seems that we’re either just coming out of a storm, or in the middle of a storm, or about to enter another one! God has provided wisdom for the storms of life in the Bible. But the wisdom from above is not just for the storms of life, it is also for a life well lived. God Gives Us Real Wisdom, for Real Life, for a Life Well Lived. | TEXT PDF | AUDIO

“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

C. S. Lewis
7 Reasons Why We Should Study Ecclesiastes