All Depends on Our Possessing God’s Abundant Grace and Blessing (Ecclesiastes 1:2, Ecclesiastes 2:18-26)

Mark Bernthal, August 20, 2017
Part of the Post-Pentecost series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Sermon Text: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26
All Depends on Our Possessing
God’s Abundant Grace and Blessing
I: You can’t take earthly treasures with you.
II: Material goods can’t even give you peace.
III: Only God gives you peace and meaning to life"The best thing to spend on your children is time." Children may beg for things, but what they need most is our time spent with them. Spending time with our children teaching them God's Word, saying prayers with them, speaking of Jesus and all that He has done for them, instructing them in manners and morals, showing them love and fairness, playing and working with them, being a part of their lives is far more valuable than giving them things: toys, clothes, computers, video games, etc. Our time is a very important gift to our children.

Tags: blessings, earthly treasures, God gives you peace, God’s Abundant Grace, meaning to life

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Ecclesiastes 1:2

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity. (ESV)

Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. (ESV)

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