Many Christians find the book of Ecclesiastes to be the most surprising book in the whole Bible. It doesn’t take a rosy, positive-thinking approach to life. Instead, it tells the truth about our lives. It confirms that being a person of faith doesn’t necessarily mean always having a positive outlook on everything—at least when it comes to our present life here on earth. Some believe it was written by Solomon, but we honestly don’t know who wrote it. The author simply identifies himself as “The Preacher,” or the “Teacher.” What the Preacher offers up is an honest reflection on the challenges of life—not cheerful platitudes and happy thoughts.
The book of Ecclesiastes asks us to take stock of our lives.
The book of Ecclesiastes asks us to take stock of our lives. If we do, we’ll find that from an earthly perspective, everything appears to be ultimately empty and fleeting. There is a time for everything, but everything eventually passes away. The Preacher was a wise and wealthy man, but that didn’t answer the ache in his heart. Pursuing money and power and pleasure, are, he says, are nothing more than “pursuing the wind.”
Ultimately, from the perspective of faith, the reality of God casts meaning and purpose over everything in our lives.
But the Teacher doesn’t leave us in that place of despair. Ultimately, from the perspective of faith, the reality of God casts meaning and purpose over everything in our lives. In that sense, though it might sometimes appear that way, nothing is empty. So, in the end, he calls us to “remember your Creator;” to “fear God and keep His commandments.” Only then will we find true fulfillment.
Here’s a short video that highlights five key themes in the book of Ecclesiastes. May you be blessed by it!
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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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