23 Burst results for "Ecclesiastes"
A Prayer for When it Feels Like Winter Will Never End
"Prayer for when it feels like winter will never end. Written by gregory calls and read by kelly. Gibbons there is a time for everything an a season for every activity under the heavens ecclesiastes three one dear god. Why is it so hard for me to believe that spring is coming. It's silly to doubt it. I know in all my years watching the season's pass. Spring has never once failed me. No matter how tardy it may seem the sun always comes home from a long vacation to melt. The forlorn snow the grass emerges a little brown at first inverted and full of life. The birds return making nests whistling solos into a warm blue sky. No matter how long it takes winter always to an end. But even though i know it's true even though i've witnessed it year after year i'm struggling to believe in spring right now. The world has been gray for so long that i barely remember what it looks like in color. My memories of brighter days have frozen over in the cold dangling like icicles just out of reach. Hope is hard to hold onto with frostbitten fingers. Why is it so hard for me to trust that. You'll keep your promises my wintertime. Despair is about far more than winter itself. It's the same doubt that overtakes me. Every season of difficulty every setback in sorrow. No matter how many times i've seen your faithfulness in the past each new dark day pushes me back to the edge of my seat. I hold my breath. Poised in suspense wondering. If grace could possibly come through this time my memory is so short today god. I'm not asking spring to come before. It's time i'm just asking that you teach me to cling to a hope that feels far away. Give me the grace of memory. Remind me of the countless ways. Both big and small that you've already proven yourself to me. Kim remind me that although hopeless times have come and gone like passing seasons they have never been the end of my story. Remind me of breakthrough and laughter and light. Remind me what springfields like. The cold has sunk so deep into my bones. Said it threatens to define me give me warmth enough to endure if me crackling fireplaces and hot apple cider and blankets shared with friends if me encouraging words and embraces just the right moment give me fresh reminders of your love and grace small mercies to sustain me until bigger mercy's arrive and then when the time comes please give me spring again give me a heart rejoices in the delights and sorrows of each passing year a heart grows warmer with every winter. It endures. teach me to believe in spring again. Jesus's name a
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Take Up Your Mat
"Have us sixty five thousand view right but sometimes you don't have that answer but you beat yourself up for not having that answer right whether your mom trying to address initially with your child or your own stuff and would stuck with me and what really helped me through even the grief and it's it's amazing because you know he has to hit me with rock over the head to tell me that he's there right but he made everything beautiful in its time you know and it's it's just amazing you know. My husband was going through his ordeal with cancer and everything. I was so tied into everything that was happening. Taking care of his care fighting insurance companies everything else and at the very end after. I lost him. It took someone saying look at look at what guide than your life. Look at the beauty. That was about the restoration of marriage. You know it's like an image has issues. We definitely had issues in at the time. I've always said i will never remarried again. That the trade someone else to understand me ring but the beauty of it. All was the restoration. Rake the restoration of what a marriage with the client. And so we don't know we don't know how he's working. Is that when we get there. It's so beautiful and the thing is is that you do have to go to the creeks before he can enjoy right before you feel the joy because those are all times that he's growing at us. He's he's molding us through all these experiences and so you made me go through this for seven years working with this population now you have in holy yoga the to how really nothing to do with one another and so i learned to say okay. You've got a plan. I have no idea what that plan is that i'm just going to be in it right. Sit having that faith in obedience to really stay in it. Sometimes you know for me. I had to learn how to be in it right and how to stay in his time. You'll make things beautiful. It's not my time great. And when i finally learn how to do that just things change just how you deal with life how you let go how you know when i get anxious sets in where i feel overwhelmed just to be able to say in his time grade humic all things beautiful and just being hold say that makes things go away because when it is that he is here he is present and he's in control and i think the second part of that where he has said eternity in our hearts. We cannot fathom. it's like him saying trust me. You haven't in you. you know this. Just trust me on this. Oh my goodness wonder. Well go ahead carry. And then i'll jump ended super super quick We're talking about beauty. Did you go to when you were a kid. Did you ever wonder like. I see yellow. There's liz ucla the same way. I see yellow. You know that whole industry and how we don't know and i wonder if it's the same thing of beauty like we see beauty certain way but the lord see beauty like so with so many more layers like what is his definition of beauty and we'll probably experience that on the other team national geographic. Were they take pictures of flowers in ultraviolet light in their stunning and they look nothing like what we see in it. It's what you just That grant song Kip even remember the words right now. Where it's a a prayer to god our our sorrow. I'll have to look it up awesome. I love that. I love that because yeah got got as much as he made us. Crippling wonderfully made were not the we. Don't get to see everything all at once. Times specifically talking about growth at loved that and even our Filter and how. We see things. So i love that even flowers. Wow that's very cool With was looking at this verse the lord like just kinda would need to himself in his end such a good reminder for me personally and i prayed. Encourages encourages you to When he talks about said eternity in the human heart. Yes there is heaven yes there is yes there is life without god yes to all of those things and there is this god size hole. Has i talked about earlier. This got side whole in each one of our hearts. That only god can fill and we're going to search high and low the rest of our days until we find it it really whether we know we're doing it or not that actually is what we're doing and so because he made it that way he made it that way and so anyways all of that being said i remember when i first came Not i is probably walking with the lord a little while and came to this place of like. What does that actually mean do i do. I live kind of trying to figure this thing out and tell them one day. I finally get the good news of heaven like it was in that harsh portion of my relationship with him a so. I get to fumble around on this side of glory and ben get the good news. Like that's where i was in my questioning space. You know and i think that is a commonplace in our journey is a good place because what it does is it makes us ask the question and once we started asking god good questions he get. He's a good father. You'll give us good gifts. Those guests coming answers and so that good question as much as i know better now it was really good time and what it led me to was he. He really spoke to me. I probably had words of wisdom coming to me from other other incredible women who who totally were speaking into my life at that time of the reality that were already in eternity. We were born eternal. Where never not attornal where we're always whether we're on this side of glory or on backside glory were in our life and so this this reality that this he said it in my heart that we're we're not just here for now nora. We just there. Then where are at. And i don't want to get into that thinking of peculiar in not space but in reality that were eternal really means with god whether without god let's just put it that way so with or without god. Okay so i have a choice. Certain how do i wanna walk out. This side of glory with without god is on the other side. That will choose for me. If i'm gonna walk with or without god. So i get a choice right now on that side i will get the choice but right now i have choice and so that you a question of like lord what do you mean about this not only got sized hole in my heart that i need to come to you in salvation but also you've said eternity in my heart so i get to choose to walk with you throughout my days on this side of glory. And what is that gonna look like. Is that going. To look deeply intimate. Is that gonna look like i have to earn. It is gonna look like. I have to fight for my faith. Like what is it gonna look like lor plus a million other things. What's that gonna look like. And what it show. What he showed me was many many things including when it talks about at the end here is. I can't fathom the beginning from the edge so in that place. I can be an odd wonder i can be the mystery i can be in this place of not completely knowing having got figured out putting a great little box where i can explain to a t. but then also in this place of he makes everything beautiful in its time so in this intricate place. Literally the the deepest places of mean myself in this who i am not only does he make me beautiful but therefore then my life in my circumstances and my relationships and end danda that and so.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Take Up Your Mat
"Because like we talked about last week right like identity is my struggle like all these things and i was thinking about how we talked about calling and how i also get really stuck on calling right in those versus talk about how Or last week we talked about how we get caught up in. How calling should be job right. And how it's really are calling is to like work out our salvation every day and i got all like in a half about something with calling and career and whatever and then i read these verses and i read that first part about how we get all caught up in this work yet that word yet means but still but still got his made everything beautiful in its own time and that to me was like a bomb for my soul. This idea of like. I can get all worked up about these things or lost in these places or whatever but still god is faithful. But still god's gonna make it beautiful in. Its own time. And i can't know that and i can't see that right now. But he's placed that that desire that longing in the amplified it says that he planted eternity a sense of divine purpose in the human heart. A mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy except got and that just so spokes me. This week of i have that in my heart. Lord i have this deep sense of divine purpose. Have this mysterious along with me. So make it beautiful in your time and in the meantime those verses under it where it talks about but still enjoy your life but still eat drink be happy go dance youth your friends with your family but still find joy right. We talked many moons ago. About how joy in suffering were not two separate things but the same road and we often travel that road with one foot in each half and there were times like generated in the verse. Before right there will be seasons. There will be times where our feet are both enjoy. There will be times where it feels like. Both of our feet are in suffering but joy is what goes underneath. Even the suffering. I don't know. I just think there's a deep encouragement and these people so i would encourage you. Just like the lord encouraged me to just be with these verses. I literally kept it. Open my bible app. And i would just read it like through the day like i would keep my bible up open. I would open my phone. That's where it would be and just a reminder of like okay learn what are you making beautiful right now. What are you tomorrow like. Show me what you're making beautiful right like letting that be. Its own little prairie. It's a little heartbeat to hear the rest of y'all have and just piggyback again. You know we get so caught up in praising him like when everything's gone just perfectly but if we really believe this that there's a time for everything that we don't have to get so caught up in it and kelsey like i that's why i brought up your At email the eastern had that quote That was basically saying like if you are not if you're trying to be somewhere other than where you are right now. You don't wanna be where you are. You're constantly longing for that other place. That's like living in a sort of hell. I wanna be there. So i'm gonna take where every as we even if it doesn't feel like this eight good time but he is making something beautiful out of it the quote just for those listening. It's by janine raw and it says hell is wanting to be somewhere different from where you are being one place in wanting to be somewhere else wanting to be different from what it is. That's also called without leaving dying before you die. It is if there is a part of you that so rails against being shattered by love that you shatter yourself. I i Going to piggyback. And then take my turn so Last week i was on the podcast. I was here. I was present. And i was about ready to speak and I got pulled away. And i had to step away and it was very much time to be quiet versus inaction time to be quiet and since that time it has been. I rarely which might the price of you. I'm a foreign. The ideogram and a lot of people might sense my grief a lot or my sadness but i rarely ever have a bad day where it's just a day that's just everything goes wrong and it's a bad day because i'm able to find the joy and the good things as well as the suffering but Ours last week. I just had a really bad crappy day and since that time. There's just been even though i know the joy of the lord there's been a heaviness. There's been having this my spirit and i recognized. I'm gonna curb a little bit as i always do. We're going to have the under a little bit. But i think globally we are all so ready to be dying and go back to normal and to look on the positive and look on the bright side and all out but yet these verses and i like john i caught up a time for this no time for that the time for this the time for that and globally. We're so ready for the good times as americans especially. We like to bypass the bad times. The times of mourning the times the storrow the times of grief and i really got stopped my tracks earlier this week i was listening to a podcast by steve makia. He was talking about the power of grief and how globally are not globally at the time of his podcast. We'd lost four hundred thousand americans to death yesterday to oh bit yesterday. Look up in the numbers and that's it yesterday. It was like four hundred eighty thousand. And then i thought globally. What's the number globally. And it was like two point. Something million i'm like wow two-point whatever number million souls have left this earth. How can that not affect our spirits. How can this not be a time to sit and mourn and grease and not bypass that i wanna bypass. Does he get to the happy. And so i started to make like little pick marks little hash marks like what just because they're not going there but what is four hundred thousand looks like and to think of that was each hashmark that represents somebody god is with them and how appropriate it to more. So that's kind of been on my mind at the same time to of perspective and god's perspective and i'm in i'm in job right now and it's like i see things for my angle. God sees things in the whole big picture. So like i say this. What's wrong with me. Why do i feel heavy. This is so fat. I don't want to stay here in this place. God sees the big picture. He sees the wedding dress dresses the end he sees whatever but it helped me to think sometimes can get so caught up in self self absorbed. I miss. I admit that i can get so caught in my feelings. I assume everyone in that same place. I might be grieving me. I might be celebrating. And that's okay. That's beautiful like it's beautiful for me to be grieving. It's beautiful for me to be celebrating and just to maybe always seek out lord. I only have my perspective. What is yours. And so i i'm rambling a little bit here but those are kind of my thoughts and also i've relief in Sitting in the idea of vulnerability and what that means and brown is like the expert on vulnerability. She's a psychologist researcher. If she's psychology researcher. I know that and She's done ted talks and all of that all of those things and she civil liability is what drives human connection. We're connected with others when we make ourselves wilner. We'll see them without or without the the capacity to be hurt by someone we will not experience all the good things as well and so it goes hand in hand the suffering and the joy the potential for harm but yet the fun right we. We need both but she said americans especially where the most medicated where the most obese where the most all things because we ourselves. We don't want we armor ourselves. We know ourselves because we don't want to feel the bad things but if we do that then we can experience the good things as well. So i am really trying to enter into okay. I'm fat. I'm not going to bypass the sadness. I'm not going to try to talk myself out of the sadness. I'm going to fit in the sadness and grief a little bit. Some vassallo led to my little hash. Mark you know what. I'm just going to make a little tick for each person as a way to sit instead of bumming and to enter fully in so that i can fully experience the joy. That's so oh. No i was just gonna say number. One of my heart was just like humming that whole time. It was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing that. But that's email. That i sent out was for meditation that i teach on thursday mornings and the the classes. Warning you guys. It was hilarious. Because i was teaching on saying yes to the life that is right here and yesterday when i was reading that newsletter a got deleted about three times because the internet at the car dealership kept going out and then this morning when i was teaching the class. My internet went out and i was like okay. There's something here right like for me. Even to learn the lesson of in the discomfort in in the difficulty we want to resist. We want to bypass like kerry was talking about. We want to say nope we're like an. I'm gonna go numb with instagram. And i'm going to get lost in a squirrel whole and note. I'm gonna go myself with some ice cream out the freezer and no. I'm going to go binge-watch netflix two days or whatever. The thing is none of those things are wrong if we are conscious and aware of what we are doing right. However it's no wing. The the other day. I had a really rough daylight carey was talking about in. I knew the thing i needed to do for myself was. I was feeling all this resistance. All it and i needed to say yes to that space inside of myself and tend to gently go have a bathroom read a book instead of doing the things that were on my quote unquote should do list right in like. That's the power of. I was wondering this whole time like lord. Why did you lead to this practice of saying yes when i couldn't the email for three hours and then i couldn't teach the class this morning in this is why is because to carry point. It's you so beautifully without knowing that practiced it right. You said yes to the life. That was happening right here. Yes to the grief. Yes to the discomfort in. It doesn't mean like if something is really strong traumatic sometimes we need to say yes to know right in honor that too but what a beautiful thing to be able to go like. Oh i'm sensing this discomforted myself. I'm sensing this overwhelming grief and to not nominee did not push away but today s and to be with the life that is right here. That's just so beautiful. I wanted to honor that and you carry to grab a biscuit really fast based on that. That's why i think it's so important in the verses. Everything has been made beautiful in. It's time it's time whatever it is that you know leah has lost. We've all lost folks. You know when i look at we. We know that austin. It's been twenty years now. I don't feel like it's beautiful. Still after twenty years but he has promised me that it will be made beautiful in. Its time and i think. Sometimes that i'm not going to get on a medicating medicated. But i think when we medicate ourselves to not feel the pain we don't get to feel the joy as deeply either and that's why folks seek out other things to feel that rapture and he says no it's it's it's there it will be there you have my promise. Yes yes yes yes to every single thing that every single one of you guys have said so far rage when i looked at the the only it was so for me. It's like you said mea. I've i'm lost. you know. In my time. I probably gone to.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on The Friends of Israel Today
"Horton to know where our satisfaction can be found especially as oppression and persecution are on the rise the Israelites were commanded to love God with all their heart and to keep his Commandments and now Israel it says this and now Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but to fear the lord your God to walk in his ways and to love him to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul God doesn't want us to merely perform religious rituals. He wants us to love him and love loving him means obeying him King Solomon. Saw how the Casual worship being offered in the temple. He warned the Israelites. He said walk prudently. This is Ecclesiastes 5:1 walked prudently when you go to the house of God and draw near to here rather than to give to the sacrifice of fools for they do not know that they do evil. Peter writes at bible scholar John Gill from the 18th century explain what it means to actually walk prudently in to fear. God Gill says this to walk in the ways he directed to Volpe under and all of his majesty a fear of offending him and a reverential affection for him such as children have to a father. She really the key word for here is Shamar which is literally means to hear but it emphasizes the need to respond in obedience to what you're hearing, which is the reason Jesus Matthew chapter eleven verse fifteen. He says he who has the ears to hear Let Him hear the idea that God's word permeates the mind and the Heart providing understanding and generating a response. And that's why James writes be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving yourselves. And finally this the uselessness of wealth without enjoyment Ecclesiastes, six verses one and two there is an evil which I have seen Under the Sun Solomon writes and Thursday is it's common among men a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires yet..
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on The Friends of Israel Today
"I want to highlight one of the articles in Israel. My glory life Under the Sun Ecclesiastes was written by Peter cologne and and and and Peter uses Rolling Stones to describe the Book of Ecclesiastes in his article which is titled No Satisfaction, and and if you know the Rolling Stones, you know, we're we're off with this no satisfaction interesting. He writes in the 1960s the English rock group The Rolling Stones shot to stardom with a song titled. I Can't Get No Satisfaction wage and this thought could easily be considered really the entire theme of the book of Ecclesiastes and it's true the author of the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon almost seems to give Mick Jagger all the material for their song Solomon can never seem to get satisfaction, but it comes to this conclusion Solomon does in Ecclesiastes he comes to this page. Collusion at life apart from God is hopeless like chasing the wind. It's unsatisfying. It's meaningless cologne in his article points out three specific areas from Ecclesiastes off that deal with the futility of life. When we try to do life apart from God and it's something that we just talked about in the earlier segment the Injustice of Oppression the mockery of casual worship and ultimately the uselessness of wealth without enjoyment the first let's look at this concept of Oppression and the Injustice of it and not be honest that the world is filled with with Injustice and oppression. Just listen to what Solomon writes in chapter one and chapter four verse one. He says, it's then I returned and considered all the aggression that is done under the sun and look the tears of the oppressed, but they have no comforter. Oppression is seen today among two groups of people the Jewish people who have endured horrific oppression for Millennia. And today Christians Christian most persecuted oppressed group in the world today. According to Open Door. Usa.org the world watch list the top 10 oppressors of Christians are India Iran, Iraq, Sudan Eritrea Pakistan, Libya Somalia Afghanistan and communist North Korea, which still really it ranks as the worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian poems ocean. The truth is the scriptures never promised that Christians would never faced persecution or oppression. In fact, it actually says that we would deal with persecution regularly because our identity with the name of Jesus Christ. Look even Jesus was oppressed. Remember Isaiah 53, he was oppressed and he was afflicted yet. He dead. Not his mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearers is silent. So he opened not his mouth Isaiah 53:7. So PJ cologne in his article reminds us that unlike most of us Jesus suffered willingly. He suffered on our behalf as a final sacrifice for sin. He also rose from the dead because he's got the author of Hebrews rights, but we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death crowned with Glory and Honor that he by the grace of God might taste death for every wage. He Brews chapter 2 verse 9 see Jesus understands what it means to be oppressed which is why he is a sympathetic advocate for us with the father and why we can cast all of our cares on him because he cares for us again. This is why Solomon is driving us back to where true satisfaction can be found in a world that is drawing us away from the lord. It's dead..
Joy and Enjoyment
"Circumstances happens. Someday might not be able to do this anymore of already decided if I can't I'm just as important then as I am now. Because you're worth is not tied to what you do. It's who you are and who you belong to. And? Don't just work and save all your money. So someday, you can sit around and do nothing. I mean, surely we can have a better goal in life than that. I'm at least if you want to retire not work anymore than. Volunteer for something make plans to. Travel and go on trips but don't just sit around every day and be cranky for your kids to take care of. ECCLESIASTES, these five, eighteen, and nineteen. This is what I've observed. Good. That is appropriate for person to eat drink and defined satisfaction in their work. Under the Sun during the few days of life that God has given them. For this is their lot moreover when God, gives someone wealth. and. That's all of us and possessions and the ability to enjoy them. To accept their lot and be happy in their toil, this is a gift from God. Don't work but enjoy your work. Now. Dig Thing. I'M GONNA, say here learn to enjoy your life. Not. The. One that somebody else got that you want. CanNot Be, jealous, and envious and enjoy yourself. When I don't understand need nobody's asking you understand. God's just asking you to embrace. What he's given you. The bloom where your planet. See Our whole job here in the is to glorify God. It's not to get ahead and be the president of the company and you know be world famous and it's just to Gore Fi gone. And to enjoy God, serve God enjoy God enjoy being God's child enjoy the little corner of life that he has given you. So what if your house is not as big as somebody else's are you can't buy as expensive as close as somebody. Else's are you white ten pounds more than somebody else does. Those are not the things that are Joyce should be tied up in. Most of life is ordinary, but you can learn to enjoy it. I got more message than I. Got Night Left. I think. Mark Four Twenty Six, and twenty seven. He Jesus, also said, this is what the Kingdom of God is like a man scattered seat on the ground night and day he sleeps or gets up the sage sprouts and grows though he does not know how. The sage sprouts God is working but in the meantime we have to deal with a lot of ordinary life you plant your seeds of faith. You plant your financial seeds in the Kingdom of God and you believe that God is working and while you're waiting, you enjoy the life that you have. We have to get over this thinking I'll enjoy life win I'll be glad and Quinn. Not. Win Now. Come on everybody say now. All right now. Something that. God has been showing me and this. This sounds so simple you're going to say. I know that. But. I, think it may help. A lot of you. All right so Here's a way. This is my little secret trick. Here's the way that you can enjoy everything. You, do you wake up in the morning? You. Want to. Get. Up. I don't want to go to work. I don't want to drive in traffic. I don't want to hear these kids. Dread it all but I guess I'll get up and do it. Okay. When I wake up now and I lay there and think. I really don't particularly want to get up then I think. Thank God I've got feet. Thank God but I don't have to have somebody put me in a wheelchair before I can get up but I can actually get up and walk to my bathroom and walk out to my kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee in my lovely little coffee pot and sit in my recliner and look out my window and drink my coffee and talk to Jesus because I am so.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on WBT Charlotte News Talk
"The positive because of my dad's forgiveness and faith in Christ I know where he is now but that can be hard to remember when the last image burned in your mind is of a body death may not be the end but death is ugly and for the time it feels so prominent for the first year after his death I realized I kept expecting dad to come back to hear him pick up on the other end of the phone to walk downstairs and see him at his desk in the basement in some ways I don't think this will ever go away I might not expect to find him around the corner I keep looking for him waiting for some kind of reunion I think that's a bad thing I won't find that reunion here Ecclesiastes tells us god has set eternity in our hearts and I think that ache that tugs at grief causes is there to remind us that we won't find what we're looking for on this side what we're ultimately looking for isn't just a reunion with people we've lost in some seventy three the writer praise to god whom have I in heaven you and hers has nothing I desire besides you my flesh and my heart may fail but god is the strength of my heart and my portion forever the.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Everyday Zen Podcast
"Well. Now. I WANNA talk about. First a word of background about this text. Maybe some of you know this background. Probably, most of you do, but for the few some for some of you who don't don't know this I. I actually didn't know until I started studying. This looked it up. So the text Nanotech Cisco Hell and refers to the name of the speaker of the text whose name is co helmet. And the text is traditionally. A attributed. To King Solomon usually here. We think king. Solomon wrote this text, but now no scholar. Believes that it was actually written by SCA Solomon. It was by someone else. Although, it's not exactly clear. WHO, because the word Hell is not a name? Actually, it's a generic word. The means something like the Assembler the one who leads the assembly. The King James. Translates the word as the preacher. And? We mostly know the texts not by the name, Coachella? english-speakers know it by the name ECCLESIASTES. Which is a Latin transliteration? Of the Greek translation. Of the Hebrew word Coachella. And so. ECCLESIASTES this ecclesiastical now becomes an English word that means you know of the church. So this Hella this preacher or leader of the Assembly or Member of the Assembly or whatever he is, she is probably it's he I guess. This is a definitely a wealthy and powerful person. And that's the point is that this is a wealthy and powerful person who's in a position to? Enjoy. All the things that are to be enjoyed in life who has privileged in power. Is Not Oppressed. And Who is devoting himself to studying the human predicament and trying to understand you know what it is to be human. And what he finds is not. Nice. He is not a happy guy. He? Seems to be world-weary. You could even say maybe he's a little bit depressed. Writing this out of a sense of. Meaninglessness our despair. Anyway certainly not joyful. He's not angry. He's quite subdued. removed. Philosophical! Voice is almost the opposite of the prophetic voice that passionate voice. That tells us you know. Straighten up. Or Die. Co Hell it. On, the contrary says. Repentance is fine, but it really won't help that much. Really just passion. Is Probably. Overblown. Anyway whether you repent or not, or whether you religious or not, you're going to die pretty soon anyway, so like what's the difference really? You might wonder why would. Even be included in the Tanakh with an attitude like that. You know it seems like the opposite of what the rabbis would have wanted us to read. But I think. That, it's in the. TANAKH! For just that reason. That it's. Tone in. Theme is so much the opposite. Of the five books and the Prophets and the psalms and most of the other texts. Almost like their balance. All the other texts. Are About. The drastic. Passionate relationship. That the people of Israel. Have with you'd have. This. Covenant. This. Inescapable connection. That let's be honest is not easy. God is difficult. God requires so much of us. It's almost too much to bear you know. And so. We're suffering with so many kinds of anguish. And we're stunned often if we read. And take seriously these texts we can be stunned with. Our sense of duty. And guilt because. We're not living up to it. And so it is almost the opposite right. Personal. It's coiled very personal. Very low key. Not about how we should go out and do this and that about how? There's nothing. That we can do. That makes, any difference. The opening line of Hell is really famous. You all know it. Vanity vanity all is nothing but vanity. You would not hear any line like that anywhere else into. Knock I, think and I think the rabbis. As I say included just to give us. An outlet. Away to get some relief. From, the pressure really of the rest of our. Sacred. Scriptures. So, that's maybe all on the. Shot on the plane level of playing meaning, but I think when you go beyond the PA- shot. You find a whole other. Level of meaning in. That are I think. Keeping with. The view of Torah that we get from. Our practice of sitting on the cushion. I'm probably we don't talk about this enough, but I think all of you. especially. Are Old hands of which many are present here listening to me, people who've. Practiced. With mature Jewish Meditation from the days of Rabbi Lou when we were. Developing this, perspective. You know that. Sitting on the cushion is not just a peaceful interlude. In Your Life. That I. Hope we're all finding some piece today. It is that, but it's not just that. It changes you. It changes your point of view. And when you read Torah from the point of view of sitting on the cushion. Torres sounds and reads differently. And when you live your life from the point of view of sitting on the cushion, your life reads differently. And call it differently to us from that perspective. But I don't think only to us and I don't think we're the only we're the first Jews you know. Who has this kind of different perspective? I think in fact. We're part of a long line of interpretation and understanding of Judaism that already had. This perspective of cushion. Many many generations ago to give you an example. Of what I mean by this, here's a phrase. From chapter three of. Burst Nineteen. This chapter. That is also very very famous. I think it became a Joni Mitchell song. To everything, there is a season. Time for everything under the Sun, a time to live a time to die, and so on, and so that's the opening lines of chapter, three. And the the the sense of that chapter, the theme of it along as of the whole text is is basically the futility of everything. No matter what we do or don't do we're, GONNA. Die Soon anyway so really and truly nothing that we. Do matters nothing that we build stands. So we think we're so smart and so holy. But he says in line nineteen. In Verse Nineteen. We are no better than animals. We think we're better..
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Everyday Zen Podcast
"Cohill at first a word a background which. I'm sure most of you know this but maybe some you don't the it is the Hebrew name for the what we mostly know as the book of Ecclesiastes these and Co Hell. It is the name of the speaker of the text and a mysterious it. A proper name is at the person's name is is it. A pseudonym is that a generic name. Apparently it means something like the one who assembles everyone or the leader of the assembly. The King James version of these which is so famous. Because you know it's sort of high point King James version of both the old and new so called Tax is a high point of English literature so King James Version is very famous and King James version at least the one that I have translates as the preacher and the word ecclesiastes these is a Latin transliteration of the Greek translation of the Hebrew word. Cohill it in the words you know an English comes to be means something like of the church. Ecclesiastical of the Church but hell it is actually a person. The author of the text who appears to be someone of prominence who has had great power great wealth and also devoted himself to a study of wisdom and who at the point of writing. This text is speaking about what he's experienced in what he's learned and how he feels about life. Maybe you thought that this is a writing of King. Solomon because traditionally that's what they said that King Solomon is the author of it for some reason refers to himself in text and in the very first verse it says the Son of David and the King of Jerusalem so naturally that Solomon but scholars nowadays don't think that Solomon wrote that they they think that it when he says I was King of Jerusalem. He means this son of David and King of Jerusalem. He means this in the broadest sense in the sense that we're all sons and daughters David so anyway he's certainly. He gives some biography in the text so he was certainly important wealthy powerful person but probably not Solomon who knows maybe actually it was Solomon. You know we don't know anyway. The main thing is that this text is really different in its tone in theology from the Torah. The five books. This is a very honest. Very personal and very poetic. Text that when you think about it is so different from the spirit and this sort of theological direction of the five books that at first you think about it you could be amazed that even part of the Canon would think somebody would have said No. This is not part of our tradition. And you would have thought that the rabbis would not have wanted to include a text like this. Maybe maybe it was a mistake. Maybe they really should have included it. Maybe they believe that. Sin Solomon wrote it. They couldn't not include it could be or maybe they really knew what they were doing. Maybe they included it exactly because it appears to be saying almost the opposite of what the Torah says so now. I'm talking really broadly. Which fortunately or unfortunately I often do. I make use of my poetic license to say all kinds of things that might be far fetched but I give myself permission because I had that license. So this very broad. So broadly speaking the five books of Moses the Torah presents us with a very tall order. We are chosen by God for mission. We must carry out and can't refuse. We are supposed to be a vanguard a nation of priests and God has gone to a great deal of trouble as evidenced in the five books. God has made a very big investment in because God has very big plans for us and through US as evanger guard for all of humanity. We are not supposed to be just like the other animals who live and die and feed themselves and poop and don't even clean up after themselves and procreate and I just like that no no no. This is not for us. We are supposed to be much more than that. We are supposed to repair the entire world and bring about God's fullness right in the historical world we are supposed to be on a journey to the promised land and every word of Torah from the beginning draws US toward that journey which is a difficult journey. One that as we have noticed throughout our history involves quite a lot of suffering numerous setbacks. Many many mistakes and we want to give up a lot of the time. But that's not a choice we have. We have to keep going because we have this mission and God is very very demanding of us. We are responsible for the whole world. If they're suffering anywhere we take it personally. Sin and evil. This is also part of us. We can't escape it. We can't ignore it if there's trouble it'll come to us. We have to face it. We have to do what we can fix it. This obligation is implied. I think in the tail of the five books which is why they are so inspiring and so challenging and it's also why so many Jews and other people find the whole thing absolutely impossible. How much pressure can person bear? Who could agree to go on this immense journey? Why can't God just like relax and let us alone? Why do we have to have such huge pressure? Don't they say that all the time in the state of Israel? Why do you expect us to be anything other than a nation like other nations? Can't you leave us alone so having said all that? I actually want to stop here for a moment and now that we're you know in the meditation mode stop and reflect on what I just said. I mean we just stop stop for a minute and let and let you just breathe and we'll sit with our heart and mind open and see what comes into the heart in response to what I've just said. How do you feel about it? Do you welcome it? Do you think no no. No that can't be right. Do you fight against it. Not believe it or doesn't honor you. I'm saying like think about this. I'm saying sit here in breathing. Check your soul just a few minutes and as you do this. Keep in mind that we are living right now. In a world that had been racing forward at breakneck speed and now is suddenly stumbling and almost stopping. And that's not because there's a war or human evil because of a little tiny innocent virus just a few moments feel what's in you in response to this reality.
'Why We Swim' Looks For Answers In People And Places Across The Globe
"And humans came from. Dust says ECCLESIASTES DIS but Bonnie Sui us that humankind also wants sprang from end still seeks. Water why we swim is her latest book which Texas from Ponds Pools to surfers racers and a few who have survived icy currents Bonnie Soy who writes frequently for the New York Times in California Sunday magazine. Join just for more home in Berkeley California. Thanks so much for being with us. Thanks so much for having me Scott. You begin with an amazing story about a man whose name I will not chance to even try and say March Eleven nineteen eighty-four what happened on this planet. Good Liquor Thorson. He's an Icelandic fishermen and fishing trawler with his crew. It's calm waters it's cold it's forty one degrees and the boat overturns with forty one degree water within twenty to thirty minutes we die from hypothermia but he did not everyone else did and he ended up swimming six hours and when he finally got to the hospital the doctors weren't able to discern his heartbeat or read his temperature on the thermometer but he didn't show any signs of hypothermia and he was only a little bit dehydrated. He was a strong swimmer certainly but was he also saved by his own biology. He was like the story very much. Because it is this the distillation of what makes swimming so special for humans. We have to learn how to swim. we're not born knowing how to do it instinctively and yet there are sort of traces of that evolutionary past still within us that our evolutionary past that came from the sea and so with good liquor for. Thorson turns out that his body fat was two to three times normal human thickness and more solid and so he resembled a Marine Mammal. More than terrestrial mammal. And that saved him. Did you grow up feeling? Pull into the even. If it was only Jones Beach in New York I did. I mean my family origin story is at my parents met no swimming pool in Hong Kong. We grew up with swimming family and so we grew up at Jones beach in the pool. Lifeguards swim team. I just always remember feeling more comfortable and happy in the water actually than on land. I mean there's just a sense of magic that you get from being in the water and buoyancy that you just don't have on land you in this book talk to swimmers all over the world right nearby you though you you swim San Francisco Bay without a wet suit and there are people including I gather you who believe that's actually good for you in all ways it can be. I mean I have also talked to scientists and researchers who say cardiovascular risk. Don't go into sudden shock cold water because it could stop your heart that aside a wr decided there are benefits to cold water immersion. And there's been quite a bit of research in recent years where your dopamine levels go up in your over time that your cardiovascular system is strengthened and you know there are people there are things that we knew from across cultures around the world that there was a water cure there. Was you know jumping in cold? Water was good for you and jumping in hot water and then jumping into cold water and so we didn't know why exactly in the science kinda starting to catch up. What is this Brown fat you talk about in this book. Well this was really interesting. I did not know about Brown fat until I started swimming with a Dolphin Club swimmers in San Francisco Bay and so I went to ucsf to talk to the foremost researchers in Brown fat and it turns out that mammals are born with two kinds of white fat which we all know about the energy stores of our bodies and Brown fat which actually Burns and produces heat energy. We kind of start to lose it as we get older but there are ways to do what's called the Browning of white fat which is to kind of turn it into energy burning tissue. That fat is called Beige Fat. And so what? Kind of encourages. The development of beige fat is cold water exposure and exercise among other things. But those have been proven to be causing this change in our bodies. Wonder if you have any words for people who aren't able to swim these days you know. The water is a draw for us no matter what and so even if you can't get in the water if you can walk near it can look at. It can see it can You know have some what a wall Nichols calls domestic waters in your house and you know. Take about the shower. Just look at imagery watches surf movie. I mean those things. Make a difference for our souls and our the way our bodies and brains work. Click we respond to those set points in the environment and even if we can't get in the waters right now you know the ocean will be waiting for us. The pools we waiting for us on the other side of this Bonnie Choi. Her book why we swim she in the Water
Unexpected Challenges and Unknown Outcomes Are NOT Unprecedented
"Was thinking about this this morning and it kind of struck me how often I'm hearing this word. Headlines in the news a lot of people. I've even myself seeing this word. The word is unprecedented. You know it's like these are unprecedented times in. I think that's true. You know. I mean corona virus. We haven't had that We have had this kind of Market disruption before Certainly like if you're looking at stats about the unemployment rate going off a cliff all of a sudden. I know what we when we say. This is unprecedented but I looked up the definition of the word precedent. You know what it means. It means never been done before. And when I read that definition for some reason this this verse came my mind out of Ecclesiastes teas and the verses that there's nothing new under the sun in fact that it says there's nothing that has been done has not been done before and there's nothing new under the Sun. I thought hang on a second. How can something be simultaneously? Unprecedented like hasn't been done before. And then there's this this biblical principle that says there's nothing new essentially. There's there's nothing has been done before and I was wrestling with attention and kind of journal on about it and I thought you know. I think there's a principal here and the principal is always deeper than the context. So the context. We're in is unprecedented. The context is corona virus this kind of disruption unemployment rate Sitting here in twenty twenty. Now we've never had this specific like organization of these events where they've all come together in these exact ways but since the beginning of time there's been challenges there's been disruption there's been Heo there's been storms and thought the principal really is when we have an unexpected age with an unknown outcome. We tend to panic. It's really what's going on here. You Know Corona virus market disruption. We've got an unexpected challenge. We didn't expect this. I'm not few expected it. I didn't expect it but somewhere back in January. I was setting our goals for like man. This is going to be a banner year. Here's what we want the end of the year to look like here's our next five years. I was very strategic. I had my plan I was ready to go. The market was doing fine and I made a lot of assumptions about this year. That things were going to be. You know business as usual up into the right and I've talked to you guys business owners out there. You guys are telling me the same thing. Yeah we we were. We were poised to have our best year ever. We were expecting this yet. Here we are. We've all got an unexpected challenge and the pardon makes really hard especially as leaders as the the unknown outcome. How long's IT GONNA last? How long are we going to have to stay in our houses? How many people am I going to have to have really difficult conversations with am I gonNA have to fire? People MAY GONNA lose my business. You know I tend to kind of go to worst case scenario when I don't have a clear vision of outcome you know and I think I I think we all do. I think human nature that we do that and you know the truth is though if if I take the situation that we're currently right now I put it to the side. I think back on my life. There's there's so many situations where I've had an unexpected challenge with an unknown outcome and I bet you have to think about when I was a young parent. You know the first time that we had kids. Every little thing they had everything was wrong. They had a little temperature. Oh my gosh. They have a ninety nine temperature. Do we run to the hospital? Right now would panic. We call your parents and and my wife's parents whoever and like no. You're fine. Just let them sleep. You know but if you haven't had that experience before it's an unexpected challenge unknown outcome and then you figure out from someone's now here's the outcome. It's going to be fine but I remember when my daughter Savannah who's now eleven years old. She was probably three or four and She's at the stage where kids you know. They start climbing up on everything that climb up on the furniture and get off the furniture. But they're also so cute and you let him play on furniture anyway. Even though you know it's probably going to be a problem than it was this stage of life and I remember being at work and getting a call from my wife in the middle of the day she said. Hey Savannah Fell off the counter. She climbed up on the counter. She fell off and she landed on her head. And I just I can still I can. I can see exactly where I was when I got this phone call because my whole world stopped my four year old landed on her head. And that's all I knew. It was an unexpected challenge. And I didn't know what the outcome was going to be and I panicked and I rushed home. I got Savannah I got emily we went to the ER. I remember sitting in the Er for thirty minutes but it felt like thirty hours. Because the whole time I'm just in this like this washing machine tumbling in my brain like is this going to be really really bad. I don't know what the outcome is going to be. And you know we went in and the doctors check her out and she was fine. You know they said hey would like. She's good she doesn't have a concussion. Go home keep an eye on her. She had a little breeze the next day on her head. And then you. We're back to life and if you've had you know kids and especially if you had a few and through the years you realize they're pretty resilient you know most of the time it's fine but as a new parent with this big challenge in front of you. You're worried that this could. You may have totally bombed as a parent and you know you're going to die because you did something stupid or you. Let them do something stupid and hardly ever happens but until you experience it go through it your emotions just kinda take over in the hijack your brain because you to feel fear. I remember you know moving out here from Texas. My wife and I loaded up everything that we had and we said. Let's move out to Nashville. And you know. Go conquer the world and We got out here and realized that we could have done a better job planning. We didn't have enough money. We didn't know anybody. We didn't have jobs lined up here. I'm not even sure in hindsight I'm like who are we thinking you know but I remember sitting in our apartment here Nashville with no money to pay the rent and my wife. Emily looking at me going. You got to figure this out or we gotta go back home and I found myself in this unexpected challenge and I didn't know what the outcome was going to be and I remember feeling fear and eventually found a job and start delivering sandwiches to pay the bills and eventually Met Somebody at Church. It started working for Dave Ramsey and sixteen years ago. And it's been an incredible journey since then but I still remember thinking we're GonNa have we're gonNA have to load everything up and go back home with our tail between our legs because I screwed this up in our member as a leader. The first time that I that I hired somebody film scared about that. A known outcome. I don't know if I'm going to get this right. And we're the first time I had to fire somebody. I remember the first time that you know we had this big event lined up and we were going to take her by down to This really cool resort down in Mexico for entreleadership events and a hurricane was coming right at this resort and people are calling cancel and saying. Hey we we see the hurricane. We're worried about coming in. And I thought this whole event is about to crumble and I was paid on commission on this event so my whole paycheck was about to go away and I was about to. I was about to be in debt to Dave Ramsey. Because all this was going to get canceled out he'd already paid me the commission. I'm going to have to pay this back. I was panicking. It was an unexpected challenge with an unknown outcome right at the last minute. Hurricane turned away and everything was fine. But guys right. Now we're we're all experiencing this principle of we're in an unexpected challenge with an unknown outcome and that is not unprecedented
Introducing Joe Exotic: Tiger King
"There are some stories in the media that leave more questions than answers from wondering comes Joe Exotic Tiger King Joe. Exotic has always loved animals especially tiger cubs lions monkeys. Joe Started Zoo in Oklahoma where you can actually get inside the cages with tigers. But Joe has a Nemesis Carol Baskin. She's another zoo owner. Who doesn't like the way Joe runs things and when Carol Accuses Joe of Animal Cruelty Joe? Turns around and accuses her of being responsible for the mysterious disappearance of her late husband as much as both of them love to save animals. Joe And Carol are hell bent on destroying each other at any cost. If Dirty John Meets Dr Death with a pinch of town. Sounds interesting to you. Just listen to this preview of Joe Exotic while you're listening subscribe to Joe Exotic Tire King on Apple podcasts. Spotify or wherever you listen you'll also find a link in the episode notes. It was the winter of two thousand fourteen in a little dance hall in. When you would Oklahoma a wedding was just getting started okay. I'd like to welcome you to a most unusual wedding. The room was decorated in hot pink and Tiger Stripes. The audience was a mix of humans and animals. Several people with different kinds of monkeys. There were for the most part in their stroller on their mom's lap for in their shirt Jacqueline Thompson was among the guests. She watched his three men in matching hot pink cowboy shirts and black jeans walked to the front of the hall today. We have gathered to witness the Union of travers. John and Joe. Joe said that he always had two boyfriends at a time he never just had one. Joe Was the groom in the middle. She had a chrome pistol hanging from a leather holster around his hips and a bleach. Blonde mullet. His real name was JOE SHRP. Vogel but he was better known as Joe Exotic in the book of ECCLESIASTES. Bet You didn't know this. We are even better for triple. Braided cord is not easily broken Jones. Fifty one years old one of his husbands to be was in his late twenty s and the other was just nineteen. Okay and can we have the rings please? Jacqueline and the other guests watched as a small eight gripping. A white satin pillow was carried up to the front of the hall to me. These rings as Joe slipped a ring on one fiancee's finger and then on the other. You may now kiss. How after the wedding? The party moved down the street to Joe Zoo there. Joe was in his element climbing in and out of cages while a camera crew captured it all for his Youtube Channel at one point. Jovan Jacqueline over to a bear cage handed her marshmallow and told her. Put It between Your Lips. Five putting in my mouth and I'm like you know hesitating to put my face through the bar and then he grabbed her head and shoved it up against the cage inches from the bears mouth and they're just all of a sudden grab. The Food in his tongue. Ended up going down my throat and all I remember is getting a mouthful of sand and slobber it was like I was gagging and he was just laughing so hard almost pitas fans and they got that on tape too. It was a wild celebration but in a quieter moment. Joe confided something in Jacqueline. He was haunted by a recent tragedy he says. My champ was poisoned Joe. Tall Jacqueline she suspected. Animal rights extremists. Were behind it as well as the recent deaths of his wolf POPs and he was afraid they wouldn't be the last and he just started crying. You wrapped his arms around me. And we just balled together. Then Joe said she was looking for someone to provide security to keep his animals safe at the zoo and to keep him safe over the years joe had made a lot of enemies but was one who kept him up at night he would just always call her names like crazy bitch. That hateful bitch. It was always something bitch. That woman was Carol Baskin All. He talked about ways that she won't leave him alone for five years now. Carol had been threatening to shut down Joe Zoo and destroy all that he had built. He said he needed somebody. That was really good with a gun that could take her out and now joe was ready to put an end to it and I said you need a sniper. He's like why you have one. I said actually I do.
Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild
"I'd like to welcome you to a most unusual wedding. It was the winter of two thousand fourteen in in a little dance hall and when you would oklahoma a wedding was just getting started. The room was decorated in hot pink and tiger stripes. The the audience was a mix of humans and animals several people there with different kinds of monkeys. There were for the most part in their strollers or on on their mom's lap or in their shirt. Jacqueline thompson was among the guests. She watched his three men in matching hot pink. Cowboy shirts and black jeans walked to the front of the hall. Today we have gathered to witness. The union of travers john and joe joe said that he always had two boyfriends at a time he never just had one. Joe was the groom in the middle. He had a chrome pistol hanging from a leather holster elster around his hips and a bleach blonde mullet his real name was joe schreiber vogel but he was better known as joe exotic in the book of ecclesiastes dis bet you didn't know this. We are even better for triple. Braided record is not easily broken jones fifty one years old one of his husbands to be was in his late twenty s and the other was just nineteen eighteen okay and can we have the rings fleas jacqueline in the other guests watched as a small eight gripping. A white satin pillow was carried carried up to the front of the hall after me these rings as a joe slithering on one fiancee's finger and then on the other other. You may now kiss after the wedding. The party moved down the street to joe zoo. There joe was in his element climbing in and out of cages while a camera crew captured it all for his youtube channel at one point mean joe lead jacqueline over to bear cage handed her a marshmallow and told her put it between your lips cypriot my mouth and i'm like you now hesitating to put my face through the bar and then he grabbed her head and shoved it up against the cage inches from the bears mouth and they're just all of a sudden grab the food in his tongue ended up going down my throat and all i remember is getting a mouthful of sand and flour it was like i was gagging and he was laughing so hard animals pitas fans and they got that on tape too
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Daily Grace
"And so what that means is that i'm seeing it everywhere right and so focused on it everywhere and so much so that that might be all i see or pick up on in a passage but then somebody else in my bible study group maybe really picks up on this idea idea of adoption and son ship and scripture and how gotta dopson what that means for us being airs and all this stuff that so much deeper deeper than i maybe would have realized and so then i begin to see these new themes and scripture or maybe one person tends to notice god's kindness wall someone else really hones in on his sovereignty and someone else sees his justice and so on and so forth and so what happens is that we begin to see new new things about god and his word that we never saw before yeah and here's the thing i'm not saying that scripture has all these different meanings in we can all take a different meaning from it. That's not what i'm saying but what i am saying is that sometimes we don't see the complete meeting and that we only see this one attribute of god that the scripture is talking about and we miss that it's really showing us these other attributes also <hes> and so yes ask god's word has a particular meaning but our understanding could be incomplete so not only do we get this greater understanding of what this particular passage that were studying being with our fellow believers is saying about who got is but now what happens is that we go home and when we study scripture by ourselves we start to pick up on those us themes yeah we start to see them in places that we never saw them before and so our knowledge of god is enriched our own in personal bible study is enriched because we've been studying with other people yeah. That's a really good point and you just described me right there because i can gain some new insight and then i see it just everywhere and become kind of gastric stated on it because i get really excited about it and i just love how it just jumps out everywhere everywhere and then i'm i'm just in awe of how it's just so unified in scripture right and that's what i need fellow believers to kind of engage me on other truths falaise shack shop just as important an inducing it's true and so i think of a few verses then so proverbs twenty seven seventeen says iron sharpens sharpens iron and one man sharpens another or ecclesiastes four nine that says to are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil and that's that's what i think of when it's just like you said we need each other were better together and another thing i picked up on was when you were talking with sat that we're not saying that studying god's word with a group of women in your church should replace our personal daily discipline of going to god's word rate like our personal bible study is necessary. It is nearly red <hes> but as we engage intellectually and spiritually with a text on our <music> own you know will study it. Pray over at meditate on it and allow words to kind of work in our lives and the spirit sanctifies us individually <hes> we could come together with other believers and allow that sanctification to kind of continue because we are sharpening one another we are sharing our insights in our understandings of the passage and and we even benefit from discussing the different questions that kind of come up over a passage and really ultimately our growth just best multiplies in it's really a beautiful thing yeah and it's so true that our personal bible study enriches our corporate bible study and our corporate bible steady enriches our personal bible study yeah and i mean it really is true like we said you kind of take home these new things that you recognize in scripture but also when you study scripture on your own at home then you have these new things to bring to other believers they come back to high school. Okay how how awkward it is when everybody was supposed to read these few chapters of your book and english class and nobody read it and then there's discussion shen time and it's cricket and everybody's trying to pull from their spark notes and it's just not the same. We know we've all been there..
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast
"Me. You are glad that I've got my makeup on today. And you are glad that I call my hair. You are really glad that I worked on this for a long time today because it wouldn't have been pretty if I wouldn't have. And I'm a personal I personally feel and you can think what you want to. I believe as Christians that everywhere that we go we need to present ourselves in the best way possible because we belong to God. And then. So we can do everything that we do foreign with gut as I said last night, even even cleaning your house and cutting the grass some washing the car taken care of things like that. We do all that in the service of God. It's a way of saying God, I appreciate what you've given me. And I'm going to take care of it. Do you know the part of owning something is taking care of it? I said part of owning something is taking care of it. Don't be lazy on me this morning. Okay. Here's a couple of scriptures in Colossians that drive this point home, really good Colossians three seventeen. And whatever you do. No matter what it is. And word are do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and independence upon his person giving praise to God. The father threw him everything. Everything everything we don't just go to church for God, we do everything for God. Otherwise, we should not even sing the song. Jesus. You're the center of it. All we got to stop singing the songs if we're not gonna go out and apply the things to our life. And then. And then Colossians three Twenty-three whatever may be your task work at it. Hardly from the soul as something done, far, the Lord and not far, man. So you have to admit that I'm right about this. We should do everything that we do for the Lord. I'm right because God's word backs it up. And then the last thing is enjoy your life the one you have right now. Now, the one you hope to have sometime in the future. Not I'm going to enjoy myself win. I'll be glad when I'll sure be glad when I'll be glad when this is over. I'll be glad when this starts. Well, what about being glad right now what anybody liked to enjoy this day or do you want to just ruin this day thinking about how you're going to be happy? When and then I found this group from Ecclesiastes as well. I probably didn't find anything. I'm sure God. Let it to me. But led me to it..
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on WTRH
"Uh-huh. But way, sometimes it is not just one was to in fact, I was saying this. I thought it wouldn't surprise me. If you said all four. Yeah. Yeah. That was thinking option it is. And let me tell you when it's more than one. That's when it can really boil up, and it can that's when it can become dangerous. It's especially if we have unresolved anger now, you think about it. Their times, and I can tell you this for sure have you ever tried to respond to somebody who's really angry at you. And then it turns into World War three. But that's not good. So the bible says there's a time to speak and the time to be silent. There's a time to speak at a time to be silent it made clear and Ecclesiastes three time for a lot of things for one or the other. And sometimes you have to wait because it's very very clear sometimes giving an immediate response. A person cannot hear sometimes they have to cool down. And so sometimes your response needs to be if somebody's really angry with you. You you need to to say. I I I want to hear what you're saying. But right now, I need to leave for a few minutes. I'll be back. And you say respectfully, you're not I'm running away from home. I hate you forever. It's it's you're you're going to have to learn to have a boundary. A boundary is a line that shouldn't be crossed. And I can just tell you. There were times when I learned actually to not speak because. And and in a way that was helpful and lay in also was at times, not helpful. Proverbs fifteen eight. Hot tempered person stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. So what we have to do is. I'll tell you how at times I've done this, and you can do this without you don't say it out loud. Let's say here's this person just blowing at me. I used to have a sister who would just really get angry and. I wish I had known to do this when this was going on. But today if that were the case. I would say to myself not to her out loud. I would say to myself. She has a problem. I'm not going to let her problem be my problem when somebody's really out of control, and what I want you to repeat this after me, she has a problem. She does call them. I'm not going to let her problem. I'm not gonna let her problems be my problem. Problem. Right. So the reason you would say that is because there are times when Honey your mom, I think you can tell she actually. Has a good heart. She means well, but she's got a problem. She's got unresolved anger. And Honey at times doesn't have anything to do with you. It it can have nothing to do with you. It can be. Such a. Unresolved anger from the past that she will take it out on you. But it it's not about you. So that's why I want you to be able to say in your mind. It won't work. If you say to her. He would say sure, my mom has a problem. I don't want to let my mother's problem. Be my problem and into what that means is you you at times have to listen to what is being said. And then know that you're later gonna come back and address, but sometimes if you try to speak then. You. It's throwing it's trying to put out a fire with gasoline. Exactly. And I know you've heard the the colloquial phrase you catch more flies with Honey. So so what what we're talking about? Here is. When you get our material on anger. It's going to help you learn some specific things to do and not to do that. I. What I I think on a personal level the quick answer to anger is this. When you feel angry asks the question, can I change it? Change the situation. If you if you're at the way, I say it is if you're angry because the door squeak squeaks again, and again, and it keeps squeaky door, and it's agitating to. If the door squeaks, you oil it. If you can't fix it. You release. It you release it to God. And just say Lord, you know, the situation. You know that I can't fix it. But I'm releasing my pain to you. I just don't want to be controlled by somebody else's anger. Does that make sense? Okay. Now, I still think it could be wise for you. Since.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on KTOK
"Ecclesiastes nine eleven says, you don't know what the racism always to the swift or the battles of the strong. You know, and it goes on, you know, what it says, you know, time and chance happen to all people, you know. And I guess that's the the Bible's way of saying, hey, you know, you can be lucky or unlucky. You know? There's no guarantee in life. You know? And and that's what happened time and chance and so many little things happened. I explain in the book, you know, one one individual went into the Bank to check on a delivery schedule. He was out of service another individual at a different location in the surveillance, which the bathroom he notified his partners in he said. Said, hey, I need to go. And they knew where he was. And then in the third location. Another individual other agent had to go to the bathroom to necessarily notifies his team, you know, so. Guys were not in the fight. Those guys are not in the bike. And those were the most heavily armed agents surveillance. Why did that happen that way? I don't have an answer. It's just time and chance. You know, I recommend the book I recommend the book highly once I started I could not stop reading it. It's very well done. And you would not do it. I hate to embarrass you with desma tell people I know that the word here is thrown around an awful lot. But what you did in the middle of that what you did under those circumstances was your roic and stands as a testament to law enforcement. Officers are good guys everywhere. Honestly, we'll take your time. I really appreciate it. But I gotta say, you know, in my in my in, my heart, the real heroes are Ben and Jerry tell people. Hey, they they did not take one single step pants. Okay. They stood up and they face to face danger head on and not one step back, and and they gave their lives. For the cause. And their performance allowed me to to have enough time to figure out number one figure out of world was shot. You know, I was kind of like a LA La Land. You know? So it it gave me a time to figure out what happened then.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Scripture makes it very clear that God does not change. God is immutable. God will not change. I do not change. I am the same yesterday today and forever. That is clear, but you do change you will go through change part of your your change of faith. Becoming a new creature in God. Involves that change and those changes are important throughout the entirety of scripture. You see the importance of making that change and learning and growing God. In my own words in the New Testament, you see and read about the importance of change and becoming that new creature that new creature in Christ that one that sheds the old self and embraces the new. That change is important. But also, so are the changes that happened around you sort of seasons of change that come and go in your life that often make you a little nervous or make you concerned about the direction of your life. And I want you to know that God is in those changes as well. God may not. Do every change in your life. But got allows every change the enemy may try and put changes in your life, and sadness and sorrow, but God can use those things for his glory. God commands you to change for the better throughout life. You're just shed that that those old ways of thinking the old things that you do and you need to think of the change like seasons. You need to know that. The God is with you. And as the change happens. You may be thinking only about the change. But you need to think about the God that sustains you God says in scripture that changes all around you that it's inevitable with these seasons of change may be uncomfortable. But they're always important. They're always purposeful. You'll always have these different seasons throughout your life. It's been made into songs you've heard Ecclesiastes three over and over. But there is a time for everything. A season every activity under heaven. You'll be born you'll die. There's a time to plant. There's a time to harvest. There's a time to tear down something.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on AM 590 The Answer
"Of things what sets joel chapter two verse twenty eight joel two twenty joe so what is it ever since i've seen the visuals i've been so scared and and since i in in i've changed my life drastically for the good does that will i mean does that still count for good or or or does it mean that i'm lost and i didn't believe the word and i didn't change until i've seen visions or what well if god has spoken to you and god does sometimes speak to an individual through a dreamer vision to try to capture their attention and you're responding to that warning then the bible says in in ecclesiastes chapter eighteen where he says that if the wicked person turns from their sins god forget all of their wickedness and they'll live but if they do not listen to the warnings from god and they don't turn l dying there since in the lord is pleading with us to turn i think it's as equally team so yeah hoping that the probation because i know you guys talk about probation going gonna be up because we're long time you know i've been studying the word and i've been changing slowly you know over the period of time back played a few times and you know and i was just hoping that you know god giver for me and my probation up and i'm off i just don't want to be loss you know amen well that's that's good the holy spirit's working on you and i'm worried about the people that have no concern and so you know if you're if you're sensitive to.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on AM 870 The Answer
"We don't we don't even know john to what degree how many women previously been abused whether it's at work or whatever we're place i mean we know that it's pervasive this has been going on in certain industries i mean even now i mean politically we still have in congress there are some legislators that are still walking around that if we're part of a seventeen million dollars settlement that we don't know about yet and they're kind of you know hiding i mean we've had a couple of of legislators john conyers and al franken that were exposed and and those issues resolved but what about the others that are yet to be resolved and again i'm reminded of the book of ecclesiastes says that because we do not confront sin immediately it just kind of snowballs doesn't it absolutely i think your point is to be well taken i mean when these kinds of allegations come forth is really needs to be prepared to handle that attention and not to take it lightly disregarded average i'm gonna commend him for that is wrongdoing years ago but if you go back and look at the story there were some grievous errors made back those many years ago example even the senior pastor at that time cover that woman has been suffering for years your tremendous burden and not being able to get the help that she needed so we really learn from these mistakes i hope and establish his policies that are going to protect the victim as well and as you say we have to sincerely approach these issues.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Thunder Radio
"It the coin known had no say he it's just you or good heater this thing worthy caught him there there's a lot of clocks in our sound clips in in this film clock ticking young so keep that in mind as we move forward into the show as time moves forward slipping into the future yes i love that song i love seal he did that song written no he covered though miller anyway carla gene she's brought up this wonderful counterargument the coin doesn't have any say in it it's you it's just you coins in your hand yeah exactly and to me that that points out a certain lack of intention aladi on antones part whereas of the preacher in ecclesiastes these might say uh where god made men to be upright men have devised their own schemes and it's brought him down that's a pair of raising of ecclesiastes seven uh in some translation is a continuation first third don't call it oranje nine don't call it paraphrasing call it a very dynamic for should ever it on hannity has okay yeah okay but anyway but ecclesiastic seven uh some travelling paraphrase hour i'm sorry how he had no one likes the new living translation i do a pair of raising of ecclesiastes seven twenty nine or in some verse in some versions ecclesiastes these seven burst thirty uh there's she points out that lack of intention aladi on his part is iii and she's saying you can't you can't say that this is a new because you're the one holding the coin you're the one holding the gun and of course because he is a symbol of nihilism he just deflects and we we don't see it thankfully because i would have aided to see carl gene die nia but it's implied because he walks out and he checks as socks and.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Exploring My Strange Bible
"Content happy life at the first person but is that always the case this is my favorite one proverbs thirteen nine the light of the righteous rejoices but the lamp of the wicked we'll be snuffed out it's like lewis who honor and fear the lord you have a light in your house and it's awesome because you can see and everything's clear but if you don't honor the lord and you do evil it's like you're lamp we'll get snuffed out proverbs 24 28 evil man has no future hope and the lap of the wicked we'll be snuffed out now is that how life can go here under the sun these province does this happen totally is totally have does it have an all the time the book of joe comes along and how often is the lamp of the wicked put out relay so does their calamity really ever come i mean i guess i've seen that sometimes but i don't see it all of the time ecclesiastes these he says i seen a righteous man who parishes despite his righteousness and a wicked man who has a long life despite his weakness disheveled it doesn't make any sense it seems like justice israel we all know it we all try to live by it but we mostly fail at it and we don't see it at work all of this havel here's what's happening here if you have a superficial view of what the bible is if you just think the bible is i golden tablets like dropped out of heaven or something and it's just like all commands about how you should live than this is going to bother you because we like there is a contradiction in the bible but that's not what especially there's not with the old testament books are the with the three whistling books of the old testament i think of as three ancient israelites ages going into a bar to have a drink in to talk about how life work.
"ecclesiastes" Discussed on Exploring My Strange Bible
"And our core commitments and values what's it being exposed there is that will i guess i saw the deal as i do the jesus thing and god mix my life better in my life not getting better what's that disconnect maybe it's my expectations that need to be altered and one of the things that the book of ecclesiastes these is aiming at is these grave distortions and misconceptions that we have about what we should expect out of life and what we should expect out of god's involvement in my life and any time you're reconfiguring your core beliefs of our god or the world or whatever this just a painful experience and that's why reading the book the khalid has 'this is going to be a painful experience for many of us some of us are going to be deeply disturbed at a book like this is in the bible others of us are going to experience the book ecclesiastes his is like a breath of fresh air finally somebody's talking about this so we're calling the series the divine disconnect because it's sort of like well i have these ideas about what it means for god to be involved in the world and in my life and then i have like reality that seems to point a whole other set of directions how to those two go together in the book of ecclesiastes is exploring our struggle humanize as the struggle of what it means to live life here under the sun as he calls it so this is a very important book it became real to me at an important season in my own journey following jesus and our prayer is a it could play that kind of role in the life of our church this well clear the let's go back to the beginning ecclesiastes chapter one verse one the words of the teacher the son of david the king in in jerusalem actually if you read the book you will find that the author of the book of ecclesiastes eases anonymous.