Ecclesiastes: Pleasure is Meaningless

Date 26th February 2017  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

“Everything is meaningless” is the cry of the author of Ecclesiastes. Last week Jim walked us through the first chapter, showing how Solomon begins his reflective journey through life. Everything is meaningless, even wisdom. Yet in chapter 2 the focus turns from everything into the idea of pleasure. Solomon had every pleasure possible at his

Ecclesiastes, The Search for Meaning: Pleasure

Date 26th February 2017  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

“Everything is meaningless” is the cry of the author of Ecclesiastes. Last week Jim walked us through the first chapter, showing how Solomon begins his reflective journey through life. Everything is meaningless, even wisdom. Yet in chapter 2 the focus turns from everything into the idea of pleasure. Solomon had every pleasure possible at his

Ten Words: RESPECT

Date 19th February 2017  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Exodus 20:12

The idea…

Ecclesiastes: The Search for Meaning

Date 19th February 2017  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Ecclestiastes 1:1-18

The opening verses of Ecclesiastes sounds a little depressing… Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless. Well, it’s supposed to be. Solomon is simply voicing what each of us have probably felt at some time. In the routine of life, you wake up? You take a shower, brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, get in your car,

Ecclesiastes: The Search for Meaning

Date 19th February 2017  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Ecclestiastes 1:1-18

The opening verses of Ecclesiastes sounds a little depressing… Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless. Well, it’s supposed to be. Solomon is simply voicing what each of us have probably felt at some time. In the routine of life, you wake up? You take a shower, brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, get in your car,

Ten Words: REST

Date 12th February 2017  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Exodus 20:8-11

Does the idea of the Sabbath day mean anything to us today? Should it? For some people in the church, the Sabbath is a legalistic command. So, how does the New Testament and the life of Jesus change how we understand it? The Sabbath is possibly the most ignored command of the 10, for some

Stewardship of Relationships

Date 12th February 2017  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Romans 12:9-21

Relationships are tricky. Each of us have relationships of different kinds, whether they be marital, family, friends, work, folks you volunteer with, people on a sports team, etc. But the bottom line is that we all experience relationships with others, and sometimes these relationships are messy and complicated and painful. Yet we can’t flourish without

Ten Words: HONOUR

Date 05th February 2017  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Exodus 20:7

You shall not take the Lords name in vein. Seems simple enough. Don’t blaspheme and you can tick this one off. But what is thepurpose of this command? Is it to stop us from swearing in God’s name or is there something more significant at work? While it’s true that using any of God’s many

Stewardship of Money

Date 05th February 2017  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Forbes recently released its list of the 50 richest people in the world. As you look over the list you realise that someone is missing. Who? God! What God owns makes Bill Gates look like a pauper. His holdings extend as far as the universe. The Bible says that there is no one and no

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