Week 13: The Point Of It All

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Chapter 23: Gray Hairs, Fewer Teeth, Yet a Big Smile (12:1–8)Chapter 24: Wrapping Up a Ragged–Edge Journey (12:9–14)   As young people – how do we live right now in anticipation that old age will come sooner than we think? As older people – how do we graciously accept the challenges of the aging process? How do we live right now in such a way that our life...
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Week 12: Secrets To A Productive And Enjoyable Life

Ecclesiastes 11:1–10 Chapter 21: Be Bullish (11:1–6) Chapter 22: Enjoying Life Now, Not Later (11:7–10)   We need balance in our lives. Some people concentrate so much on being productive and achieving something … they seem to have no enjoyment of life. Others are so consumed with enjoying life that they seem to waste opportunities to invest in being productive for God’s Kingdom. God has...
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Week 11: Nuggets of Wisdom – Don’t be a Fool!

Ecclesiastes 10:1–20 Chapter 19: Be Sensible! (10:1–11)Chapter 20: A Fool’s Portrait (10:12–20)     Most people would find no structure in these proverbs – similar to chapter 7. Those that try to group the verses in some type of pattern don’t agree as to the main topics… But I think there is a common theme running through these verses dealing with the...
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Week 10: Life just doesn’t add up… but we can still resolve to live it up

Ecclesiastes 9:1–18 Chapter 17: Have a Blast While You Last! (9:1–10)Chapter 18: An Objective View of the Rat Race (9:11–18)   The enjoyment of this life does not come from figuring out life’s deep enigmas — 3 areas of wrestling… 1 area of resolve. I. (:1-6) WRESTLING WITH THE FATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS VS THE FATE OF THE WICKED – SINCE IT LOOKS LIKE THEY END UP THE SAME (:1) Man’s...
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Week 9: Rulers and Riddles

Ecclesiastes 8:1–17 Chapter 15: The Qualities of a Good Boss (8:1–9) Chapter 16: Mysteries That Defy Explanation (8:10–17)   Solomon continues his exploration of life under the sun tempered by wisdom in chapter 8. He begins by looking at rulers and discusses their power and our duties towards them. He closes the chapter by exploring a riddle many have struggled with throughout the ages, why...
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Week 8: Wisdom Rediscovered

Ecclesiastes 7:1-29 Chapter 13: Wise Words for Busy People (7:1–14) Chapter 14: Putting Wisdom to Work (7:15–29)   Ecclesiastes 7 marks the middle of the preacher’s discourse. We have already done an exhaustive study to the futility of life under the sun and, as Chuck Swindoll notes, Solomon seems to begin his journey back home in this chapter. Much of the book to this point has...
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