An antidote to despair – Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10, Part 4

If we aren’t supposed to succumb to worry about the future, is there an antidote to despair?  Again, the Teacher, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is ready with more wisdom for us.  Look at chapter 9, verses 7-9a. Dorsey’s Translation: “7 Therefore go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a joyful heart,Continue reading “An antidote to despair – Ecclesiastes 8:16-9:10, Part 4”

You don’t have to be perfect! – Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:8, Part 4

Do you feel you need to be perfect? Do you look around your life, find it is less than perfect and feel like a failure? You’re not alone. For many of us, life feels like this, even if a little bit. And I’m right there with you. I see various ways my house or propertyContinue reading “You don’t have to be perfect! – Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:8, Part 4”

Your life matters – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 2

Have you ever wondered if you life matters? Have you wrestled with dark, sad thoughts, thinking that you are not important? If so, you’re not alone. Just about everyone has battled those kinds of thoughts at least some time in their lives. What can be confusing is that there is a book of the BibleContinue reading “Your life matters – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 2”

The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1

Did you hear that news that actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday?  The star of Black Panther, and many other films, had secretly been battling colon cancer for years, and on Friday, at the age of 43 he passed away, shocking many.  I tell you this because I saw a news report about Boseman’sContinue reading “The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1”

What do you do when it seems like the storm of life is pounding you, and it won’t let up? – Acts 27, Part 1

I’ve been listening to a podcast called Deep Cover, the wild, true story of an FBI agent who, in the 1980s, goes undercover, posing as a member of a biker gang, to try to find out info about drug trafficking that they were involved in.  As the months go by he earns the trust ofContinue reading “What do you do when it seems like the storm of life is pounding you, and it won’t let up? – Acts 27, Part 1”

When holidays are depressing [Third Sunday of Advent]

Editor’s Note: I’m playing catch-up with blogging Faith Church’s sermons. My doctoral coursework, a heavy load grading online classes I teach, and the holidays landed simultaneously these past few weeks! So before we jump back to the Deuteronomy series, I’ll survey the last few weeks of Advent, belatedly, of course. On the Third Sunday ofContinue reading “When holidays are depressing [Third Sunday of Advent]”

How to survive the holiday blues

Are you feeling low this Christmas?  Though there are Christmas lights everywhere, does your life feel like a dark place? In the sermon intro blog post, I introduced a story in the history of the Israelite nation of Judea.  At the time, Hezekiah was King, and he was trapped inside the Judean capital city, Jerusalem. Continue reading “How to survive the holiday blues”

Feeling low this Christmas?

Fear.  Sadness.  Longing.  Disappointment.  Loneliness. Are you feeling any of these emotions lately? It seems like the world can be a dark place.  Even at this most joyous time of the year, we can feel low.  As we look around our lives, our culture, and our planet, we can have a distinct impression that thingsContinue reading “Feeling low this Christmas?”

The Power That Fueled Lincoln’s Greatness

Do you ever wish you had more power for living? I’m nearly finished reading Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk.  Now 150 years since Lincoln’s passing, my suspicion is that most people view him in a mythic sense.  But take a look at this photo ofContinue reading “The Power That Fueled Lincoln’s Greatness”