One Sentence That Changed My Life – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 5

During spring break of my freshman year in college, I traveled to Guyana, South America, and my eyes were opened. I met Guyanese Christians for whom it could be said their whole lives were rotten from birth, at least compared to American standards, and yet they were praising God with joyful hearts like nothing IContinue reading “One Sentence That Changed My Life – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 5”

Revival happens when the bottom rots out – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 4

I grew up in a Christian home, and I am so grateful for the way my parents raised me and my siblings.  Throughout high school and in my first year of college, though, I really had allowed myself to become selfish.  I was terribly unkind to my brother for years, I was selfish in datingContinue reading “Revival happens when the bottom rots out – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 4”

What “the fear of God” means – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 3

After graduating college, I worked at our County’s youth detention center for three years as Michelle and I started our family and began the process of becoming missionaries in Jamaica. Then called Barnes Hall, and located in a building that has since been torn down, I was employed as a youth care worker.  My roleContinue reading “What “the fear of God” means – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 3″

Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2

When I was 17, as part of my punishment for a horribly tragic car accident, in which I was at fault, I did 150 hours of community service in a local hospital’s emergency room. There I saw some nasty wounds. The most difficult was an elderly woman who got a nasty gash on her foreheadContinue reading “Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2”

Healthy communication – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 1

I’ve had to read some dense philosophy and theology books over the years for courses I was taking. For a doctoral course this past spring, I read one so intricate, there were numerous times I wondered if it was a farce, a parody of a book. In fact, the author frequently made statements that, inContinue reading “Healthy communication – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 1”

Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5

We recently had a snowstorm that blanketed our area with 8 inches of snow. Nothing massive, but given that we only got 5 inches total the entire previous winter, 8 inches felt like a lot. About 20 minutes away at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, the storm dropped 12 inches. As you traveled further northContinue reading “Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5”