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COMMENT The more pain and suffering we endure, the better we can empathize with the position others face during their times of distress. We learn more through our failure and loss than through our success and winning. A RESPONSE Thank you for telling us all how lucky we are to suffer and what life is […]

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QUESTION The Book of Ecclesiastes does not get used/read/considered often enough. In a similar vein to Job, Ecclesiastes explores the meaninglessness and nihilism inherent in life. Man is ignorant. Man cannot do what is best for himself. We cannot ascribe higher powers to anything, so we should just enjoy the gifts God has given us. That’s […]

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COMMENT Our church is in the midst of a series on Ecclesiastes and a certain passage has stuck in my mind: “When I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under […]

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QUESTION If Solomon claimed that all is vanity in this earth in the Book of Ecclesiastes, what’s the purpose of living our lives on this earth? VANSWER There are many times that I walk around my house saying, “Stupid, Stupid, its all so stupid”. My wife may think I am depressed until she hears the real quest […]

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QUESTION Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.”  Can someone explain it please? VANSWER It would appear that Kohelet, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is referring to the perfumes used to prepare a body for burial. This would fit the remainder of his thoughts […]

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5 Keys to Understanding Ecclesiastes

By on February 9, 2014 in Articles, Bible, Ecclesiastes, Kohelet, Koheleth, Wisdom, Work with No Comments

The book we have come to know as Ecclesiastes takes its title from the Hebrew name of its writer, Kohelet.  At the end of the book his biographer writes, “Kohelet was wise and he passed on his teachings to the people. He pondered, searched out, and set in order many proverbs. He studied to find […]

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The Forest for the Trees

Think of the Bible as a forest. As you explore its groves you will find many different ‘trees’; massive oaks, stately pines, weeping birches and other species both exotic and plain. Each tree is quite different from the others but each makes an important contribution to the overall vitality of the forest. Throughout the ages […]

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A Hamster’s Guide to the Rat Race

By on November 1, 2013 in Articles, Bible, Ecclesiastes, Kohelet, Koheleth, Wisdom, Work

As a boy I loved going out to the dump on Saturday mornings to collect bits and pieces for my latest invention. On one of those excursions I spotted a small wire cage, bent and twisted, lying near the top of the drop-off pile. Clambering over boxes and broken debris, I discovered a hamster huddled […]

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