The God of the Lowly – Luke 1:26-38

Luke 1:26-38 (ESV) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she

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Walking Wisely in a Broken World, Part 2 – Ecclesiastes 7:7-10

Ecclesiastes 7:7-10 (ESV) 7 Surely oppression drives the wise into madness,     and a bribe corrupts the heart. 8 Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,     and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,     for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

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Words and Worship – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (ESV) 1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word

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The Quest for Joy – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 (ESV) 12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done

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Everything is Vapor – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (ESV) 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,     vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil     at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes,     but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises, and the

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God’s Vision for Our Life Together as Christians – Acts 2:42-47

Acts 2:42-47 (ESV) 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the

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First Love: The Place of God’s World in the Pursuit of Joy in Christ – Psalm 19:1-6

Psalm 19:1-6 (ESV) 1 The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,     and their words to

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