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Ecc 5

  1. 1. Ecclesiastes 6-7 Recipe for Misery!
  2. 2. LET’S REVIEW…
  3. 3. ECCLESIASTES 1 THE VANITY OF LIFE!
  4. 4. ECCLESIASTES 2 RUNNING AWAY FROM THE VANITY OF LIFE! SEARCHING FOR MEANING!
  5. 5. ECCLESIASTES 3 CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE… Upward, Inward, Forward
  6. 6. ECCLESIASTES 4-5 THE INSTABILITY OF A WORLDLY-MINDED BELIEVER! When a believer is double-minded... his whole life will be unstable!
  7. 7. WHERE’S THE HAPPINESS???
  8. 8. Abraham Lincoln: “ Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
  9. 9. “ Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”
  10. 10. Hugh Downs “ A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”
  11. 11. Richard Bach: “ If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.”
  12. 12. Ecclesiastes 6-7 Recipe for Misery!
  13. 13. Recipe for Misery, Ecc. 6-7 Cultivate discontent, Ecc. 6:1-12 <ul><li>Watch others enjoy your good things, 1-2. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be satisfied with family or good things, 3-5. </li></ul>
  14. 14. George Burns: “ Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city!”
  15. 15. Recipe for Misery, Ecc. 6-7 Cultivate discontent, Ecc. 6:1-12 <ul><li>Watch others enjoy your good things, 1-2. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be satisfied with family or good things, 3-5. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t enjoy the good things in your life, 6. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Recipe for Misery, Ecc. 6-7 Cultivate discontent, Ecc. 6:1-12 <ul><li>Don’t appreciate any accomplishments, 7-9. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the futility of life, 10-12. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Recipe for Misery, Ecc. 6-7 Make Constant Comparisons, 7:1-12. Resign yourself to Futility, 7:13-14. Focus on the Negative, 7:15-26 <ul><li>The unfairness of life, 15 </li></ul><ul><li>The foolishness of extremes, 16-18 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Recipe for Misery, Ecc. 6-7 Focus on the Negative, 7:15-26 <ul><li>The imperfections of people, 19-20 </li></ul><ul><li>The foolishness of rash words, 21-22 </li></ul><ul><li>The impossibility of wisdom, 23-25 </li></ul><ul><li>The danger of relationships, 26 </li></ul>
  19. 19. Recipe for Misery, Ecc. 6-7 Criticize your companions, 27-29
  20. 20. Recipe for Happiness: Do the opposite! <ul><li>Cultivate Contentment </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make Comparisons! </li></ul><ul><li>Accept the Good and the Bad </li></ul><ul><li>Trust God, That He is wise and good. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for the “good.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Recipe for Happiness: Do the opposite! <ul><li>Thank God…and them…for your friends! </li></ul>
  22. 22. “ Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”
  23. 23. If you enjoyed these slides, visit our church website at: www.FBCEdgewater.org <ul><li>There, you can… </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about our church. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign our Guest Book </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the link, “Listen to A Recent Sermon,” and you can listen to the audio message that these slides complemented. AND, you can listen to many other messages while you are there. </li></ul>

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