Archives For Ecclesiastes

A TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Imagine trying to stay balanced on top of a ball. How long could you last? A few seconds? A few minutes? Perhaps longer?

This study will look at themes from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and the idea that there really is a season for everything. A lot of women want more balance in their life, but balance is hard to maintain. Instead of trying to stay perfectly balanced all the time (an impossible act!), the Bible challenges us to pay attention to the season of life we’re in and recognize the beautiful rhythms of life.

My hope and prayer is that through this study you'll not only recognize the wondrous season God has you in right now but that you'll embrace it as a gift and, in the process, become more Christlike each and every day. Continue Reading...

What If TODAY Is the Day For You To Reassess?

One of the most popular paintings of all time is Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The 15-century mural depicts the scene of the final meal Jesus shared with His disciples before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

In 1977, Pinin Brambilla Barcilon was selected to lead the restoration project for this famous painting found on a monastery wall in Milan, Italy. The project was challenging, not just for the artwork’s size but its depth.

Da Vinci's original choice of paint mixture was unstable and had begun flaking off before his death. Unprotected from humidity and pollution, the work continued to deteriorate for more than five centuries with mold, candle soot, and dust taking a heavy toll.

But the biggest challenge for Barcilon and her team was working through previous efforts of restoration. For more than 300 years, amateur painters tried to update Da Vinci’s work using wax, glue, varnish, and their own efforts to fill in gaping holes in the original artwork. The images became increasingly distorted. The details blurred. Continue Reading...

God Created Really Hot Sex

For me, this was by far the easiest week of the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge during Lent.

If you’ve fallen behind, keep on going. You’re going to love Week Four’s reading. For a free download of the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge, click here.

Covering the Books of Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs felt like a crash course in wisdom.

Through these books, I was reminded:  Continue Reading...

HEBREW POETRY

It’s almost time to check off Week Three of reading for the 40-Day Bible Challenge. Whether you’re reading the entire Bible or listening to an audiobible (free copies here!) during Lent, we’re excited you’re joining in. We never expected nearly 2000 people to download the free 40-Day Reading Guide in the first 24 hours. You can grab your copy by clicking here.

If you peek ahead at the reading guide, you’ll see that next week is almost completely poetry and wisdom literature.

The pages of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs may bring some of us a sigh of relief. Not too many unpronounceable names, unknown places, or foreign laws.

Others of us may feel dread toward the strange illusions, awkward sentence structure, and bizarre language. You may ask yourself, “If this is poetry, why doesn’t it rhyme?” Continue Reading...