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Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 9:1-10, Hebrews 9:27, Philippians 4:4, Colossians 3:23-24
Nothing is random. From the time you are born until the time you die everything in between has a purpose. Everything in-between has a plan. In his writings in Ecclesiastes, Solomon reflects on his life and the meaningless pursuits which led him to conclude that life without God is meaningless. In this message, Dr. Merritt details Solomon's writing on the topic of how we use our lives. Contrary to what may seem to be true on the surface, nothing is random. Everything and everyone is in the hand of God. Solomon tells us that being in the hand of God doesn’t guarantee us that we will always have a paycheck, that we will always feel good, that we will never hurt and that everybody will like us. You don’t know whether that next letter or that next phone call or that next conversation is going to be good news or bad news. The only thing we do know is that behind all of it is a God who makes sure that nothing is random.
"If both the righteous and the unrighteous are going to die and if both the godly and ungodly are going to die why should we be different? Why should we be godly? Great question. Here is the answer. There is no difference in our destiny before we die, because we are all going to die. There is a great difference in your destiny after you die and it all depends on the way you lived." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.