SlideShare a Scribd company logo
1 of 30
Series Overview
Trivial Pursuits
•Worldly Wisdom
•Worldly Pleasure
•Riches/Contentment
•Lasting Gain
•Self-Sufficiency
Meaningful Pursuits
•God’s Timetable
•Companionship
•“The” God
•The Fear of God
•Obedience
The Pursuit of
Riches
Ecclesiastes 5:8-17
Sermon Outline
The
Corruption
Tax
The
Consumption
Tax
Ecclesiastes
5:8-9
Ecclesiastes
5:10-12
Ecclesiastes
5:13-17
The
Calamity Tax
First Point
Corruption is an
age-old problem
across the globe!
Ecclesiastes
5:8-9
The
Corruption
Tax
3 Insights concerning Corruption
• It shouldn’t surprise us!
• It shouldn’t surprise us!
• The watchdogs are lining their own
pockets!
3 Insights concerning Corruption
• It shouldn’t surprise us!
• The watchdogs are lining their own
pockets!
• The king is the kingpin!
3 Insights concerning Corruption
Second Point
Those who love
money never
have enough!
The
Consumption
Tax
Ecclesiastes
5:10-12
Lovers of Money
• Lovers of money are never satisfied!
Lovers of Money
• Lovers of money are never satisfied!
• Lovers of money would love to spend
your money!
Lovers of Money
• Lovers of money are never satisfied!
• Lovers of money would love to spend
your money!
• Lovers of money would love to sleep
better, but they don’t!
Third Point
No matter how
much you try to
protect money, it
slips away!
Ecclesiastes
5:13-17
The
Calamity Tax
You can’t hold onto money forever!
• Hoarding hurts us!
• Hoarding hurts us!
• We are all just one bad decision away
from financial ruin!
You can’t hold onto money forever!
• Hoarding hurts us!
• We are all just one bad decision away
from financial ruin!
• We are born and die with empty
hands!
You can’t hold onto money forever!
Pursuing
Contentment
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
Solomon’s Advice:
•Remember that your ability to work
is a gift from God (v.18)
Solomon’s Advice:
• Remember that your ability to work is a gift from God (v.18)
•Remember that your ability to enjoy
work and its fruit is a gift from God
(v.19; 3:24-25)
Solomon’s Advice:
• Remember that your ability to work is a gift from God (v.18)
• Remember that your ability to enjoy work and its fruit is a gift
from God (v.19; 3:24-25)
•Avoid greed and learn to be content
with God’s provision (v.18; 3:24)
Solomon’s Advice: PRACTICAL
•Enjoying Parenting
Solomon’s Advice: PRACTICAL
•Enjoying Parenting
•Enjoying Work
Solomon’s Advice: PRACTICAL
•Enjoying Parenting
•Enjoying Work
•Enjoying School
Finding
Contentment
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
Contentment is Found…
•Accepting what you cannot control.
Contentment is Found…
•Accepting what you cannot control.
•Joyfully stewarding your reality.
Contentment is Found…
•Accepting what you cannot control.
•Joyfully stewarding your reality.
•Rejoicing in God’s daily blessings.
What would
Jesus do?
Trivial Pursuits - The Pursuit of Riches_Contentment.pptx

More Related Content

What's hot

The cooper arms 17 ackley hornet alex clarke
The cooper arms 17 ackley hornet   alex clarkeThe cooper arms 17 ackley hornet   alex clarke
The cooper arms 17 ackley hornet alex clarke
L L
 

What's hot (20)

Facets of David: Everybody Needs a Promise.pptx
Facets of David: Everybody Needs a Promise.pptxFacets of David: Everybody Needs a Promise.pptx
Facets of David: Everybody Needs a Promise.pptx
 
La experiencia de israel en Horeb
La experiencia de israel en HorebLa experiencia de israel en Horeb
La experiencia de israel en Horeb
 
Slides Licao 13, Resistindo as Sutilezas de Satanas, 3Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD ...
Slides Licao 13, Resistindo as Sutilezas de Satanas, 3Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD ...Slides Licao 13, Resistindo as Sutilezas de Satanas, 3Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD ...
Slides Licao 13, Resistindo as Sutilezas de Satanas, 3Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD ...
 
Slides Lição 8, Central Gospel, Neemias, um Líder Versátil, 2Tr23.pptx
Slides Lição 8, Central Gospel, Neemias, um Líder Versátil, 2Tr23.pptxSlides Lição 8, Central Gospel, Neemias, um Líder Versátil, 2Tr23.pptx
Slides Lição 8, Central Gospel, Neemias, um Líder Versátil, 2Tr23.pptx
 
Slides Lição 2, CG, Moisés, um Líder Fiel à sua Casa, 2Tr23, Pr Henrique, EBD...
Slides Lição 2, CG, Moisés, um Líder Fiel à sua Casa, 2Tr23, Pr Henrique, EBD...Slides Lição 2, CG, Moisés, um Líder Fiel à sua Casa, 2Tr23, Pr Henrique, EBD...
Slides Lição 2, CG, Moisés, um Líder Fiel à sua Casa, 2Tr23, Pr Henrique, EBD...
 
Slides Licao 12, Imersos No ESPIRITO Nos Ultimos Dias, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EB...
Slides Licao 12, Imersos No ESPIRITO Nos Ultimos Dias, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EB...Slides Licao 12, Imersos No ESPIRITO Nos Ultimos Dias, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EB...
Slides Licao 12, Imersos No ESPIRITO Nos Ultimos Dias, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EB...
 
Oratória Cristã
Oratória CristãOratória Cristã
Oratória Cristã
 
Estudo Bíblico 10 -Nova Terra, A Cidade Santa
Estudo Bíblico 10 -Nova Terra, A Cidade SantaEstudo Bíblico 10 -Nova Terra, A Cidade Santa
Estudo Bíblico 10 -Nova Terra, A Cidade Santa
 
Slideshare Lição 2, Sal da Terra, Luz do Mundo, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV
Slideshare Lição 2, Sal da Terra, Luz do Mundo, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TVSlideshare Lição 2, Sal da Terra, Luz do Mundo, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV
Slideshare Lição 2, Sal da Terra, Luz do Mundo, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV
 
Slideshare Lição 8, Sendo Verdadeiros, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV
Slideshare Lição 8, Sendo Verdadeiros, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TVSlideshare Lição 8, Sendo Verdadeiros, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV
Slideshare Lição 8, Sendo Verdadeiros, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV
 
Slideshare Lição 12, A Coragem do Apóstolo Paulo diante da Morte, 4tr21, Pr H...
Slideshare Lição 12, A Coragem do Apóstolo Paulo diante da Morte, 4tr21, Pr H...Slideshare Lição 12, A Coragem do Apóstolo Paulo diante da Morte, 4tr21, Pr H...
Slideshare Lição 12, A Coragem do Apóstolo Paulo diante da Morte, 4tr21, Pr H...
 
LMS 001 - Teks Viler - Tajna zlatnog rudnika
LMS   001 - Teks Viler - Tajna zlatnog rudnikaLMS   001 - Teks Viler - Tajna zlatnog rudnika
LMS 001 - Teks Viler - Tajna zlatnog rudnika
 
Palestra para Empresas - Chaves do Sucesso
Palestra para Empresas - Chaves do SucessoPalestra para Empresas - Chaves do Sucesso
Palestra para Empresas - Chaves do Sucesso
 
Slides Licao 13, O SENHOR Esta Ali, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV.pptx
Slides Licao 13, O SENHOR Esta Ali, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV.pptxSlides Licao 13, O SENHOR Esta Ali, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV.pptx
Slides Licao 13, O SENHOR Esta Ali, 4Tr22, Pr Henrique, EBD NA TV.pptx
 
SlideShare Lição 13, A Verdadeira Identidade Do Cristão, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, ...
SlideShare Lição 13, A Verdadeira Identidade Do Cristão, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, ...SlideShare Lição 13, A Verdadeira Identidade Do Cristão, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, ...
SlideShare Lição 13, A Verdadeira Identidade Do Cristão, 2Tr22, Pr Henrique, ...
 
Slides Licao 5, CPAD, O Avivamento na Vida da Igreja, 1Tr23, Pr Henrique.pptx
Slides Licao 5, CPAD, O Avivamento na Vida da Igreja, 1Tr23, Pr Henrique.pptxSlides Licao 5, CPAD, O Avivamento na Vida da Igreja, 1Tr23, Pr Henrique.pptx
Slides Licao 5, CPAD, O Avivamento na Vida da Igreja, 1Tr23, Pr Henrique.pptx
 
Slides Lição 8, Betel, Família, uma Obra em permanente construção, 1Tr24.pptx
Slides Lição 8, Betel, Família, uma Obra em permanente construção, 1Tr24.pptxSlides Lição 8, Betel, Família, uma Obra em permanente construção, 1Tr24.pptx
Slides Lição 8, Betel, Família, uma Obra em permanente construção, 1Tr24.pptx
 
The cooper arms 17 ackley hornet alex clarke
The cooper arms 17 ackley hornet   alex clarkeThe cooper arms 17 ackley hornet   alex clarke
The cooper arms 17 ackley hornet alex clarke
 
O Grande Holocausto - Alberto Rivera (ex- Jesuita)
O Grande Holocausto - Alberto Rivera (ex- Jesuita)O Grande Holocausto - Alberto Rivera (ex- Jesuita)
O Grande Holocausto - Alberto Rivera (ex- Jesuita)
 
Slides Lição 10, CPAD, Quando os Pais Sepultam seus Filhos, 2Tr23.pptx
Slides Lição 10, CPAD, Quando os Pais Sepultam seus Filhos, 2Tr23.pptxSlides Lição 10, CPAD, Quando os Pais Sepultam seus Filhos, 2Tr23.pptx
Slides Lição 10, CPAD, Quando os Pais Sepultam seus Filhos, 2Tr23.pptx
 

Similar to Trivial Pursuits - The Pursuit of Riches_Contentment.pptx

The Gospel And Money
The Gospel And MoneyThe Gospel And Money
The Gospel And Money
mattperman
 
131026 five i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...
131026 five  i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...131026 five  i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...
131026 five i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...
eaglepointcf
 
150405 eng wealth in the bible by steve miller
150405 eng  wealth in the bible by steve miller150405 eng  wealth in the bible by steve miller
150405 eng wealth in the bible by steve miller
eaglepointcf
 

Similar to Trivial Pursuits - The Pursuit of Riches_Contentment.pptx (20)

The Gospel And Money
The Gospel And MoneyThe Gospel And Money
The Gospel And Money
 
Always Look Out For Number One
Always Look Out For Number OneAlways Look Out For Number One
Always Look Out For Number One
 
Creative Giving: Tithing and Biblical Stewardship
Creative Giving: Tithing and Biblical StewardshipCreative Giving: Tithing and Biblical Stewardship
Creative Giving: Tithing and Biblical Stewardship
 
It's my money
It's my moneyIt's my money
It's my money
 
Are You a Biblical Worker? webinar - Os Hillman
Are You a Biblical Worker? webinar - Os HillmanAre You a Biblical Worker? webinar - Os Hillman
Are You a Biblical Worker? webinar - Os Hillman
 
Do "Not" Be Deceived!
Do "Not" Be Deceived!Do "Not" Be Deceived!
Do "Not" Be Deceived!
 
Til Debt Do Us Part
Til Debt Do Us PartTil Debt Do Us Part
Til Debt Do Us Part
 
The Spirit of Nazareth - Session #5
The Spirit of Nazareth - Session #5The Spirit of Nazareth - Session #5
The Spirit of Nazareth - Session #5
 
Taming Money 26 August 2018 - Tobie Verreynne
Taming Money   26 August 2018 - Tobie VerreynneTaming Money   26 August 2018 - Tobie Verreynne
Taming Money 26 August 2018 - Tobie Verreynne
 
There'sMoreJoyinMoreMoney
There'sMoreJoyinMoreMoneyThere'sMoreJoyinMoreMoney
There'sMoreJoyinMoreMoney
 
Money Myths
Money MythsMoney Myths
Money Myths
 
James (series 10): Playing God
James (series 10): Playing GodJames (series 10): Playing God
James (series 10): Playing God
 
Slides for 7 15-8 am
Slides for 7 15-8 amSlides for 7 15-8 am
Slides for 7 15-8 am
 
Theperilsofpride
TheperilsofprideTheperilsofpride
Theperilsofpride
 
131026 five i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...
131026 five  i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...131026 five  i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...
131026 five i wish i knew series (part 4 - how to gain financial margin) by ...
 
Liberty In Financial Truth
Liberty In Financial TruthLiberty In Financial Truth
Liberty In Financial Truth
 
Parent
ParentParent
Parent
 
A Success Plan for Your Personal Relationship with Money
A Success Plan for Your Personal Relationship with MoneyA Success Plan for Your Personal Relationship with Money
A Success Plan for Your Personal Relationship with Money
 
Handling Money God's Way 7-25-2013
Handling Money God's Way 7-25-2013Handling Money God's Way 7-25-2013
Handling Money God's Way 7-25-2013
 
150405 eng wealth in the bible by steve miller
150405 eng  wealth in the bible by steve miller150405 eng  wealth in the bible by steve miller
150405 eng wealth in the bible by steve miller
 

More from Stephen Palm

Christmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptx
Christmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptxChristmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptx
Christmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptx
Stephen Palm
 

More from Stephen Palm (20)

Jude: The Acts of the Apostates: Waterless Clouds (vv.8-13).pptx
Jude: The Acts of the Apostates: Waterless Clouds (vv.8-13).pptxJude: The Acts of the Apostates: Waterless Clouds (vv.8-13).pptx
Jude: The Acts of the Apostates: Waterless Clouds (vv.8-13).pptx
 
Jude: The Acts of the Apostate: High Handed Sins (vv.5-7).pptx
Jude: The Acts of the Apostate: High Handed Sins (vv.5-7).pptxJude: The Acts of the Apostate: High Handed Sins (vv.5-7).pptx
Jude: The Acts of the Apostate: High Handed Sins (vv.5-7).pptx
 
Jude: The Acts of the Apostates (Jude vv.1-4).pptx
Jude: The Acts of the Apostates (Jude vv.1-4).pptxJude: The Acts of the Apostates (Jude vv.1-4).pptx
Jude: The Acts of the Apostates (Jude vv.1-4).pptx
 
Culture Clash_Bioethical Concerns_Slideshare Version.pptx
Culture Clash_Bioethical Concerns_Slideshare Version.pptxCulture Clash_Bioethical Concerns_Slideshare Version.pptx
Culture Clash_Bioethical Concerns_Slideshare Version.pptx
 
Meaningful Pursuits: Pursuing Obedience_Ecclesiastes.pptx
Meaningful Pursuits: Pursuing Obedience_Ecclesiastes.pptxMeaningful Pursuits: Pursuing Obedience_Ecclesiastes.pptx
Meaningful Pursuits: Pursuing Obedience_Ecclesiastes.pptx
 
Meaningful Pursuits_The Fear of God.pptx
Meaningful Pursuits_The Fear of God.pptxMeaningful Pursuits_The Fear of God.pptx
Meaningful Pursuits_The Fear of God.pptx
 
Easter Apocalypse_The Glorfied Jesus.pptx
Easter Apocalypse_The Glorfied Jesus.pptxEaster Apocalypse_The Glorfied Jesus.pptx
Easter Apocalypse_The Glorfied Jesus.pptx
 
Easter Apocalypse_Palm Sunday_Rev. 7.pptx
Easter Apocalypse_Palm Sunday_Rev. 7.pptxEaster Apocalypse_Palm Sunday_Rev. 7.pptx
Easter Apocalypse_Palm Sunday_Rev. 7.pptx
 
The Pursuit of God's Timetable_Ecclesiastes 3.pptx
The Pursuit of God's Timetable_Ecclesiastes 3.pptxThe Pursuit of God's Timetable_Ecclesiastes 3.pptx
The Pursuit of God's Timetable_Ecclesiastes 3.pptx
 
Culture Clash_Reasserting the Gospel to a culture that wants to reshape its m...
Culture Clash_Reasserting the Gospel to a culture that wants to reshape its m...Culture Clash_Reasserting the Gospel to a culture that wants to reshape its m...
Culture Clash_Reasserting the Gospel to a culture that wants to reshape its m...
 
The Pursuit of Self Sufficiency_Ecclesiastes 9:11-12.pptx
The Pursuit of Self Sufficiency_Ecclesiastes 9:11-12.pptxThe Pursuit of Self Sufficiency_Ecclesiastes 9:11-12.pptx
The Pursuit of Self Sufficiency_Ecclesiastes 9:11-12.pptx
 
Celebration Sunday_Child Dedication_Lord's Supper_Baptism
Celebration Sunday_Child Dedication_Lord's Supper_BaptismCelebration Sunday_Child Dedication_Lord's Supper_Baptism
Celebration Sunday_Child Dedication_Lord's Supper_Baptism
 
The Pursuit of Worldly Pleasure_Ecclesiastes 2.pptx
The Pursuit of Worldly Pleasure_Ecclesiastes 2.pptxThe Pursuit of Worldly Pleasure_Ecclesiastes 2.pptx
The Pursuit of Worldly Pleasure_Ecclesiastes 2.pptx
 
The Pursuit of Worldly Wisdom_Ecclesiastes 1:1-18.pptx
The Pursuit of Worldly Wisdom_Ecclesiastes 1:1-18.pptxThe Pursuit of Worldly Wisdom_Ecclesiastes 1:1-18.pptx
The Pursuit of Worldly Wisdom_Ecclesiastes 1:1-18.pptx
 
Culture Clash_Antisemitism and the Abrahamic Covenant.pptx
Culture Clash_Antisemitism and the Abrahamic Covenant.pptxCulture Clash_Antisemitism and the Abrahamic Covenant.pptx
Culture Clash_Antisemitism and the Abrahamic Covenant.pptx
 
Christmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptx
Christmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptxChristmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptx
Christmas List - Jesus: Prioritizing Mission over Everything Else.pptx
 
Christmas List - The Magi_Matthew 2:1-12.pptx
Christmas List - The Magi_Matthew 2:1-12.pptxChristmas List - The Magi_Matthew 2:1-12.pptx
Christmas List - The Magi_Matthew 2:1-12.pptx
 
Christmas List_Reordering Your Priorities - Joseph.pptx
Christmas List_Reordering Your Priorities - Joseph.pptxChristmas List_Reordering Your Priorities - Joseph.pptx
Christmas List_Reordering Your Priorities - Joseph.pptx
 
Christmas List - Mary_Slideshare.pptx
Christmas List - Mary_Slideshare.pptxChristmas List - Mary_Slideshare.pptx
Christmas List - Mary_Slideshare.pptx
 
4. Eph. 6.10-24_Behind Enemy Lines
4. Eph. 6.10-24_Behind Enemy Lines4. Eph. 6.10-24_Behind Enemy Lines
4. Eph. 6.10-24_Behind Enemy Lines
 

Recently uploaded

Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and Kala jadu expert in ...
Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and  Kala jadu expert in ...Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and  Kala jadu expert in ...
Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and Kala jadu expert in ...
makhmalhalaaay
 
Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...
baharayali
 
Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...
Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...
Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...
makhmalhalaaay
 
The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...
The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...
The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...
jfrenchau
 
Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...
Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...
Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...
baharayali
 
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...
baharayali
 
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...
baharayali
 
Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...
baharayali
 
Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...
Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...
Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...
baharayali
 
Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...
Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...
Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...
makhmalhalaaay
 
Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...
baharayali
 

Recently uploaded (20)

Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and Kala jadu expert in ...
Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and  Kala jadu expert in ...Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and  Kala jadu expert in ...
Powerful kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Dubai and Kala jadu expert in ...
 
Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Famous kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Multan and Kala ilam specialist in ...
 
Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...
Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...
Genuine kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in Du...
 
Twelve Terrific Teachings (English & Chinese).pptx
Twelve Terrific Teachings (English & Chinese).pptxTwelve Terrific Teachings (English & Chinese).pptx
Twelve Terrific Teachings (English & Chinese).pptx
 
The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...
The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...
The Illuminated Republic: Understanding Adam Weishaupt through his own writin...
 
Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, & Bienvenido Bones Bañez, Jr with Obviously a Bod...
Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, & Bienvenido Bones Bañez, Jr with Obviously a Bod...Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, & Bienvenido Bones Bañez, Jr with Obviously a Bod...
Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, & Bienvenido Bones Bañez, Jr with Obviously a Bod...
 
Gongregation Tehillah Journal of 2024 GALA
Gongregation Tehillah Journal of 2024 GALAGongregation Tehillah Journal of 2024 GALA
Gongregation Tehillah Journal of 2024 GALA
 
Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...
Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...
Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...
 
Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...
Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...
Famous kala ilam, Black magic specialist in Pakistan Or Kala jadu expert in E...
 
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Canada and Kala ilam speciali...
 
Lesson 7 - The Danger of Murmuring - SBS.pptx
Lesson 7 - The Danger of Murmuring - SBS.pptxLesson 7 - The Danger of Murmuring - SBS.pptx
Lesson 7 - The Danger of Murmuring - SBS.pptx
 
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert ...
 
Persian Soul Winning Gospel Presentation - Only JESUS CHRIST Saves.pptx
Persian Soul Winning Gospel Presentation - Only JESUS CHRIST Saves.pptxPersian Soul Winning Gospel Presentation - Only JESUS CHRIST Saves.pptx
Persian Soul Winning Gospel Presentation - Only JESUS CHRIST Saves.pptx
 
A SHORT PPT ON SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV JI.pptx
A SHORT PPT ON SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV JI.pptxA SHORT PPT ON SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV JI.pptx
A SHORT PPT ON SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV JI.pptx
 
Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...
Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...
Amil Baba Bangali in UK/Online services in UK Australia Canada and Pakistan. ...
 
Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...
Asli kala ilam, Black magic expert in Faisalabad and Kala ilam specialist in ...
 
Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...
Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...
Original kala ilam, Kala jadu specialist in Dubai and Black magic expert in D...
 
Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...
Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...
Top kala ilam, Kala ilam expert in Multan and Black magic specialist in Sindh...
 
Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...
Most popular Kala Jadu, Black magic expert in Karachi and Kala jadu expert in...
 
Bad Religious Practice and It's Adverse Effect on Society
Bad Religious Practice and It's Adverse Effect on SocietyBad Religious Practice and It's Adverse Effect on Society
Bad Religious Practice and It's Adverse Effect on Society
 

Trivial Pursuits - The Pursuit of Riches_Contentment.pptx

Editor's Notes

  1. “[Corruption] robs societies of schools, hospitals, and other vital services, drives away foreign investment, and strips nations of their natural resources,” he said. “The poor and vulnerable suffer disproportionately,” he added. “And impunity compounds the problem.” (UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres).
  2. Second Point: Hedonism is a fast highway that leads to Fatalism! Turn with me to Ecclesiastes 2:12-17. We’ll hit verses 18-23 in a few minutes. 12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done. 13 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 14 The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to all of them. 15 Then I said in my heart, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is vanity. 16 For of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How the wise dies just like the fool! 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.
  3. Third Point: Going from Surviving the “Daily Grind” to Finding Joy in the God’s Simple Blessings! Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 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. At this point Solomon takes us out from “under the sun.” Notice that God is back in the equation of life. He speaks of God giving two important gifts. The first gift is the gift of the simple pleasures that are attached to honest labor. The ability to eat good food and enjoy good drink. However, the second gift is the one that has eluded the cynical character Qoheleth, the Preacher. It is the ability to enjoy these simple pleasures. Sidney Greidanus makes an interesting connection, a bridge back to Genesis: The Fall into sin destroyed God’s good design: “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.… By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Gen 3:17, 19). Work became toil without much joy. But toil was not entirely futile: it still provided food to eat. God commanded Israel, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work” (Exod 20:9). And God could still make toil enjoyable. Israel prayed, Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.… Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands. (Ps 90:14, 17) When we consider Jesus’ life and ministry, we see the perfect example of one who enjoyed God’s simple blessings. We see him sharing meals with His friends frequently, even after His resurrection. He exhorted his disciples and listeners to consider the birds as a testimony to God’s faithful provision. He drives home his point by saying that not even Solomon, in all his glory, was arrayed as beautifully. As we observe the gospel records of His ministry, we can’t miss the frenetic pace. Jesus lived through more of a daily grind than we experience, but he wasn’t ground down. He still found time for outcasts. He spent time with the Samaritan woman at the well and gave her hope and a purpose. He called Zacchaeus down from a tree and delivered him from his personal bondage to materialism. If there is anyone who can teach us how to make this journey from despair to delight, it is our Savior. Solomon ends this chapter by taking note of unequal outcomes. He sees how God gives wisdom, knowledge and joy to the one who pleases him. But to the sinner he gives the business of gathering and collecting. He ends even this bright section on a sour note and takes us back to vapor and chasing wind. It is here that I will challenge Solomon’s conclusion. Is it possible that he wants us to challenge him? There are unequal outcomes, eternally speaking. For the believer in Jesus there is a promise of salvation. In Christ we are ultimately delivered from the daily grind, and we enter God’s kingdom, a place of eternal rest and fellowship and joy. Those who reject Christ go to a place of eternal separation from God – a place called Hell whose daily grind of regret is soul-crushing. But Solomon makes it sound like God favors some and constrains others to endless gathering and collecting. In drawing this portrait, he misses human responsibility. God is not capricious, favoring some and ignoring others. In 1 Timothy 2:4 the apostle Paul tells us that God desires that all people will be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. There is no defect in God’s desire. There is a choice before us, to accept salvation through Jesus, or to reject the gift of God’s favor and blessing and continue to grasp at smoke, chase wind and continue the endless cycle of pointless accumulation, endless empty experiences until death takes us.