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Life under the Sun

Hope In the Face of Injustice

 

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:6

16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? 22 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

4:1 Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. (ESV)

 

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An Impossible Task | 1 Peter 4:1-11

Peter calls us to arm ourselves with the same mentality that Jesus had with respect to life – that we must die to ourselves so that God will be glorified. While this is an impossible task, we find God graciously working in us in a variety of ways. Listen to our Pastoral Assistant, Robbie Schmidtberger, unpack this challenging call for us.

1 Peter 4:1-11

In the flesh

The Reason for Our Joy

In this sermon, our Pastoral Assistant Robbie Schmidtberger, explains how our misunderstandings and false expectations of God and life can get in the way of our joy and demonstrates how Jesus’ victory and exaltation brings us true delight.

Please forgive some “clicks” in the first 5 seconds of the recording. However, it does not get in the way of the sermon or scripture reading.

John 16:16-33

In the flesh

Not Left to be Orphans

As we continue our study in John, our Pastoral Assistant Robbie Schmidtberger, preaches on the promise of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-31