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Ecclesiastes Shows Us Reality-Overview

In class on Sunday morning, we’ve been studying the book of Ecclesiastes. It used to be my favorite book, because of the poetry in it-things like, “Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink,” and phrases like, “under the sun”, and “striving after the wind”.
I don’t know what it is, maybe because Stephanie has gone to college but I’ve been in a real depression. The kind that makes your body hurt and makes you sick, and Ecclesiastes hit home with me. It even made things worse. The thing is, you have to get to the end of the book to see the positive ending.
The whole message of the book: Life stinks and then you die. Pretty encouraging, isn’t it? It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We say that in today’s world. Who would have thought it was in the Bible, too?
The message at the end of the book, life stinks, but enjoy it anyway because what you do in this life matters. God is in control of the whole thing, no matter how crazy it may be and He is working in everybody’s lives. If we just hang on, there is something better at the end, in another place.
The writer of the book is believed to be Solomon. Personally, I can’t imagine it being anybody else, since he says he is the king of Israel and the son of David. He also talks about wisdom that he has and how he was richer than any king in the world.
Solomon was David’s son and was king of Israel. In his youth, God came to him and was pleased with his behavior and attitude and offered him anything he wanted but we’ll talk more about that in the next post. Anyway, what God ends up giving him is wisdom and more riches than any king who came before or after him. So, this does sound like Solomon to me, but since he doesn’t say, “I, Solomon”, we cannot say for sure.
Our preacher, Phillip, said that if you can get somebody in the Bible at all, just to get them to look at one thing, show them the book of Ecclesiastes, and they’ll end up saying, “Yeah, I know exactly what he’s talking about.”

“When God Tests Our Sincerity” by Bob Harkrider

Day 25 of the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon and I have barely slid a few posts in after 11 p.m. but I got them in before midnight.  I think that still counts.  I have been successful, so far in posting every day but have to admit a failure of mine.  We had a gospel meeting this past weekend and I kept trying to copy the ad on the reminder email I received, but every time I tried to paste it onto a blog post, it would not work.  I kept holding out until I could get it right an chose not to just type (more…)

The Ally You Want On Your Side

By: Holly Green

Phillip did a lesson on dealing with difficult people and used David as an example of someone who had to deal with difficult people.  I had not done a post on this lesson yet and was thinking about some posts I have read lately from blogs I have subscribed to.  These people are dealing with difficult things and sometimes people, so I thought now would be a good time to do this post. (more…)

If Israel and Jericho Were Around In 2011

By: Holly Green

Scene in newsroom, news anchor at desk with 4 panelists around him.  Camera zooms in on him.

“Welcome to JNN, the Jericho News Network.  The Israelites have been marching around Jericho outside the walls for three days, now.  They have not attacked and have only blown their trumpets while marching around the fourteen feet high walls, which have never been penetrable.  I have four panelists with me tonight to discuss the situation.”

Turns to first panelist.

“Nebuchadnezzar, what do you think is going on?”

Nebuchadnezzar:  “I think they are a bunch of idiots, who don’t know what they’re doing.  I mean, what is marching around the walls going to do? Do they think Jericho is just going to open up and let them in?”

Delilah interrupts.

“I disagree.  I think whatever they have planned, it must be big.”

News anchor:  “Delilah, what do you think we should do?”

Delilah:  “I think we should send in the Philistines and end this now.”

Samson scoffs.

Third panelist chimes in.

“So, what is marching around the city going to do?  Are we supposed to be scared?”

Delilah:  “Ahab, actually, you should be scared.”

Ahab:  “Why?”

Delilah:  “Because they have a good track record.  Don’t forget, they were led out of Egypt by Moses.”

Nebuchadnezzar:  “Moses is dead.”

Delilah:  “But they have a new leader, Joshua, who is supposed to be a good military leader.”

Ahab:  “I say we just kill’em all right now.”

Samson:  “What experience do they have?  They’ve been wandering around in the wilderness for forty years.”

Delilah:  “Not all of them for forty years.  The first generation is dead-it’s their children who are marching around.”

Samson:  “Well, whatever.  They are still not a trained army.  What do they think they’re going to do?”

News anchor:  “We will have to wait and find out.  Stay with us on JNN and we will keep you updated on the situation outside the walls.  Thanks to all the panelists for joining me tonight.”

Turns to the camera.

“Thank you for watching.”

End of scene

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