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Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity

In learning English grammar, we learn basic rules like “i before e.” But then, once we have the rules mastered, we then are taught that there are all the exceptions to the rules, like “except after c, or when sounding like “a”, as in neighbor and weigh.” Some have wondered how Ecclesiastes fits in the Bible at all; but if we are honest, for many people, the same question fits when asking how God is in charge of anything at all. The world seems full of contradictions, exceptions, and frustrations. Ecclesiastes is an invitation to see the world most fully for what it is: God’s good creation, wounded by sin, full of joy and sadness, delight and despair, and that answers sometimes amount to sheer absurdity. As we long and look for the day when all absurdity is answered, we can draw comfort with a God who isn’t afraid to “go there” with us and acknowledge how messy and mixed up things really are.

September 16, 2018

Wisdom that Leaves Us Wanting

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:12–1:18

September 9, 2018

An Invitation to the Weary

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:1–1:11

March 4, 2018

Contempt or Compassion?

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:21

February 25, 2018

Test Everything

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 4:1–4:6

February 18, 2018

How Do We Know?

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 3:11–3:24

February 11, 2018

Children of the Father

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 2:28–3:10

February 4, 2018

Discerning Falsehood

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 2:18–2:27

January 28, 2018

Fighting the World's Allure

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 2:12–2:17

January 21, 2018

Lovely Fruit

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 2:3–2:11

January 14, 2018

God is Light

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 1:5–2:2

January 7, 2018

A Proclamation of Joy

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Knowing the Father's Heart: Studies in First John Passage: 1 John 1:1–1:4

December 24, 2017

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Series: Stand Alone Sermons Passage: John 3:16

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