• Scripture Study

    All is Vanity: Ecclesiastes 10

    “Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” How’s that for an opening line in this chapter of the Preacher’s sermon! It reminds me of Jesus’s warning regarding the leaven…

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    All is Vanity: Ecclesiastes 9

    But all this I laid to heart says the Preacher at the start of chapter nine. All this is a fancy way of saying, “let’s pause and go back a few steps before bounding ahead”—back to the end of chapter…

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    All is Vanity: Ecclesiastes 8

    The Preacher starts out this chapter with two questions:“Who is like the wise?” and“Who knows the interpretation of a thing?” After the concluding thought in chapter seven, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes (7:29),…

  • Abundant Life

    The Philippians 1 Prayer

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am…

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    Positioning Perfect Peace

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in…

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    The Economy of God’s Grace

    Grace is the free, unmerited favor of God. We do nothing to earn His gift of salvation. But, from our situated presence within His grace, we become partakers of His divine economy. In choosing obedience to faith, we become vessels…

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    Finding Faith

    In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Reading that over once, it sounds familiar and maybe lilting for spirits longing to grab hold of faith. But…

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