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)



DNA: Sent on Mission

In this five-week series, Pastor Sam walks through the essential attributes of Grace and Peace, what we call our DNA. This week Sam turns to 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, to look at the idea that our new family is not meant to be focused on just caring for ourselves, but that we are a family caring for those around us.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23


Forgiveness and Mission

Every Christian messes up by sinning: being who we are not meant to be, living according to our own whims, wills, and agendas. When we do that, well, we deny who God is, what he has done for us, and our relationship to us. So when Peter denied Christ three times, we should see ourselves in him. But the last passage (and sermon) in John is known as Peter’s restoration, which is a story about ours as well. As we are restored Jesus tells us to feed and love one another by following him. Take a listen as Pastor DeSocio unpacks this beautiful and weighty text for us.

Note: please forgive our audio quality.

John 21:1-25