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Looking at Life from Ecclesiastes

Share the Wealth

Recently, someone from Valley View sent me an interesting article from CNN Money that they thought I might appreciate in light of our current series on Ecclesiastes. I must admit that the title caught my eye when I read, "Bill Gates wishes he wasn't so rich."

The Bottom Line

A well known pastor tells about an experience that he had when he was a young man that radically changed his life. He admits that he was a child of privilege. He grew up the son of a successful businessman and had everything that he could ever want challenge, opportunity, promise, money.

What Do You Expect?

Life is full of disappointments, isn't it? And the longer I live the more I realize that many of our disappointments come from failed expectations.

We All Fall Down

"Ring around the roses,
Pocket full of poises,
Ashes, ashes,
We all fall down."

The Enigma of Life

One of my favorite historical characters is a man by the name of Winston Churchill. And he was a character.

The Benefits of Wisdom

Last Sunday morning, rookie race car driver, Paul Dana, was killed in a tragic racing accident during a warm up session at an Indy Car speedway in Miami, Florida. Apparently, he never saw the disabled car in front of him and slammed into it going 200 mph.

Wisdom Reloaded

In his book Living on the Ragged Edge, Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a friend of his who called him up one day and in a deep, husky voice said, "Hello, Charlie.

Portrait of a Disturbed Man

Vincent Van Gogh was an artist. He was born in Holland, the son of a pastor, in 1853. As a child he was described as being highly emotional and lacking in self-confidence. He had a difficult life. He failed at love in two unhappy romances.

On Wealth and Worship

In 1923 nine of the world's wealthiest and most successful financiers gathered for a meeting at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.  Together these tycoons controlled more wealth than was contained in the entire United States treasury.  For years newspapers and magazines printed their

Sidebar: Contentment

Imagine waking up tomorrow morning completely content ...

The Failure of Success

In his book The Paradox of Success John O'Neil tells this story. Being a prisoner of the office was only a figure of speech to me until the early morning phone call I received from the headquarters of a Fortune 500 corporation. He's locked himself in the office and won't come out.

Turn! Turn! Turn!

That song Turn! Turn! Turn! was written by Pete Seeger and recorded by a group called the Byrd's back in 1965. It reached number one on Billboard's top 40 chart and stayed there for three weeks becoming the biggest hit of the Byrd's career.

I Can't Get No

This morning we continue our series called Been There. Done That. Now What? It's a series that's going to take us through the book of Ecclesiastes which is really the personal journal of King Solomon. And in it are the observations of a man who is totally frustrated with life.

Swimming in Circles

I love to swim. I grew up swimming. Both my parents were swimmers and so I guess I had no choice but to like it. I started swimming competitively when I was about six or seven years old. At that time, swimming wasn't my favorite sport, baseball was.

The Myth of More

All he ever really wanted in life was more. He wanted more money, so he parlayed inherited wealth into a billion dollar pile of assets. He wanted more fame, so he broke into Hollywood and while still in his twenties became a filmmaker and a star.


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