King Solomon issues a warning: Death is not the final slumbering, death is the final awakening! Since life is short, with just a breath between you and death, it's vital to remember your Creator! Remembering your Creator means you won't become misguided in your youth -- you'll walk with Him. Remembering your Creator means you won't become miserable in your old age -- you'll trust Him. And remembering your Creator means you won't be mistaken at your death -- you believe in Him.
To the young, Solomon pulls his chair up close and says, "Listen; this is God’s Word; this is God's design; this is God's protection. Put sin as far away from you as you can. I want you to enjoy your youth; I want you to make the most of it, but you've got to do it God's way. God knows what's best; God created you, and God wants you to enjoy the gift of life He's given you. So: enjoy these early years thoroughly, invest these early years wisely, and guard these early years carefully."
There are many things in life we can't predict; don't let the unexpected events of life paralyze you with fear. There are a lot of mysteries too. But don't let the unexplainable mysteries of God's work in your life rob you of joy. While there is the sweet light of day -- this day which God has made, let's make the most of it -- for the glory of God.
Solomon gave us a description of how to aim your life in the wrong direction. The wisest thing you will ever do, to begin walking in the right direction, is to repent of your sin at the cross of Christ. The word repent literally means to turn around. To change direction. To allow Christ to lead you away from yourself and your fallen world, and walk with Him. And then, by following Him, you can influence and guide our world as we show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into a marvelous light.
"A wise life is made up of a multitude of small things; little words, not eloquent speeches. It is not in one heroic effort, but through little things, that a life is wisely lived." That's another way of saying, wisdom is to be demonstrated out there in the routine, traffic patterns of life.
It makes common sense to the honest person that they need a God. The problem is, most people don't want the God of the Bible. To them, and to us, God says "Stop wandering around in the darkness of your own speculations. "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." God offers you light and wisdom for life today. So, which way are you leaning? Who are you following? What direction are you taking? Not just for this life, but as you journey through life toward that eternal life tocome.
The wisdom of God and the Word of God go hand in hand. Wise people aren't the smartest people on the SAT scores; wise people are submissive people to the scriptures. Wisdom might not win the most applause, but it's still right. Wisdom might not gain the largest audience, but it's still right. Wisdom might not win the biggest argument, but it's still right. Wisdom will mark your life and change your life as you walk with God who is all-wise. Walk through life with the Author and Finisher of our faith who humbled Himself unto death, even death on a cross. Let's not forget Him during a lifetime of surprising events. Let's learn to expect the unexpected, leaning on Him, and loving Him, and trusting Him, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
While we are here on earth, God wants us to enjoy the good gifts he has given us. He wants us to live with heaven in mind, but while we're here, we savor His blessings, enjoy the love and companionship of family and friends, and we serve with vigor. And then, at God's appointed time, we each will wing our way to that Celestial City where the dancing and the feasting and the singing and serving and the loving and the thanking and the worshiping will go on and on and on in uninterrupted eternal joy.
Life is filled with puzzles and they're all missing a piece -- as if to remind us that God must remain the -- the middle piece -- the primary piece . . . Solomon is reminding us that God is -- and God will be and God will always be -- the final piece, tying it all together.
God gives you practical wisdom for the workplace and helps you navigate your work and work relationships well. God gives you wisdom to respond to those in authority over you. God gives you wisdom to know that whatever happens, God has reasons, and those reasons will lead you to new depths of character and trust . . . and even more wisdom.
Do you get a pit in your stomach when awaiting that diagnosis or that acceptance letter or that apology? Do you lose sleep sometimes? In truth, our bodily responses to external and internal pressures are inescapable. So when Paul tells us to get rid of anxiety, he isn't talking about physical ills; he's talking about spiritual ones. In a society that pours billions of dollars into medicating symptoms, Stephen takes us to the source of anxiety by giving us a remedy for the soul.
There have been many notorious sell-outs and traitors in history. But none of them are quite as infamous as Judas Iscariot. His name is synonymous with betrayal, and his story is the epitome of treachery. But what led this seemingly committed disciple to forsake Jesus Christ for a mere thirty pieces of silver? Where did he go wrong? And more to the point, as far as we're concerned, what are the warnings for us in this account? Stephen is going to remind us that there is a grave difference between being near Christ and being in Christ.
What was the point of circumcision in the Old Testament? Many Jews believed it was a sign of salvation and that without it you couldn't have a relationship with God. Were they right? Stephen answers that question and many more in this message.
In this message Stephen introduces us to the mysterious third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, and explores some of the aspects of the Spirit's ministry that often go unnoticed. So join Stephen once again in his series, "Unwrapping the Perfect Gifts," as he brings us the greatest gift of all: God Himself!
Smoke is filling the temple. Creatures of earth and heaven are falling beneath the weight of God's glory. Seven Angels are given seven vials that are filled with the wrath of God. Who are they for? What will happen next?