Monthly Archives: January 2016

the price of doing it our way

WHO DO YOU IDOLIZE? Ecclesiastes 8:4-6 4 Since the word of the king rules, and who is going to ask him, “What are you doing?” 5 Whoever keeps a command will not know the suffering that disobedience causes, and the … Continue reading

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OBEY THE KING’S COMMAND Ecclesiastes 8:1-3 1 There is nothing like the wise person — someone who knows the interpretation of a thing. A man’s wisdom can make his face shine, and change the hardness in his face. 2 I … Continue reading

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made straight

GET IT STRAIGHT, WE ARE CROOKED Ecclesiastes 7:27-29 27 Take notice, this is what I found, says the Collector, while adding one thing to another to find how things work- 28 something my soul has searched for consistently, but I … Continue reading

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snares and nets

ESCAPE THE NET Ecclesiastes 7:23-26 23 All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will act wisely,” but it was far from me. 24 That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can discover … Continue reading

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things that people say

FORGIVE AND FORGET Ecclesiastes 7:19-22 19 Wisdom makes the wise man more effective than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Because there is not a righteous man in the land who does good and never sins. 21 Do … Continue reading

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TOP DOG IS STILL A DOG Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 16 Do not be obsessed with proving yourself more virtuous than anyone else, and do not strive to prove yourself wiser than everyone else. Why should you destroy yourself like that? 17 … Continue reading

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cockeyed karma

WHAT GOES AROUND… Ecclesiastes 7:13-15 13 Watch what God is doing, because who can make straight what he has bent? 14 In those times when you are flourishing — be joyful, but in those times when you face misfortune think … Continue reading

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life preserver

WHAT’S THAT IN YOUR LAP? Ecclesiastes 7:9-12 9 Do not allow yourself to be angered quickly, because anger stays in the lap of stupid people. 10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?” because it … Continue reading

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patience in spirit

WHAT IS YOUR LISTENING PREFERENCE?   Ecclesiastes 7:5-8 5 It is better for a man to hear the criticism of a wise person than to hear the party song of stupid people. 6 Because like the crackling of thorns burning … Continue reading

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frat house and funeral home

WHERE ARE THINGS MORE REAL? Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 1 Having a good name is more significant than owning valuable ointment, and the day you die is more significant than the day you are born. 2 It is more significant to go … Continue reading

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