What is the Whole Duty of Mankind?

The last chapter of Ecclesiastes, chapter 12, Solomon directs his thoughts toward the youth. Solomon has come to the end of his days and describes the decline of life figuratively and humorously in verses 1-7.

As an old man, Solomon realizes where the true place is to find meaning in life. He intentionally makes an effort to encourage the young to seek God in their youth. In verse 11 and 12 he said, The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd (God).  Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Solomon was emphasizing the value of God’s wisdom describing it as a goad (a pointed stick used to drive Sheep – to keep them on the right path). The nail represents the security and steadfastness of God’s Word. God’s Word is what can keep us on the right path and keep our life secure and steadfast. He encouraged his son to cling to God’s wisdom. Solomon described how he sought diligently to find the right words, to help his son, youth, and others understand the importance of following God’s path (vs. 9-10).

Are you a parent, grandparent, or teacher? You can follow Solomon’s wise example in Ecclesiastes and Proverbs and take every opportunity to teach younger generations the importance of following God. Also, to encourage them to follow God early in life!

So what is the whole duty of mankind? Read Ecclesiastes 12, then play the trivia game below and you will find the Solomon’s answer! (This is a fun way to teach youth God’s Word too! )

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A Paw-Paw, Granddaughter, and Dove

Photo (C) Child Evangelism Fellowship

I am not the grandparent in my story, but my grandparents were a huge part in my salvation. Neither of my parents actively followed Christ, but my grandparents taught me about Jesus at an early age and I would attend church with them from time to time.

When I was 8 years old, I went to a Vacation Bible School (VBS) at their church. After the VBS, I was at my grandparents’ home on the back porch/deck with my grandfather (Pawpaw). I don’t remember there being much of a conversation leading up to this, but I remember thinking my grandfather could help me accept Jesus into my heart. So, being the bossy granddaughter that I could be from time to time, I said, “Pawpaw, I want to ask Jesus into my heart and I want you to help me.”

He, obviously surprised and happy, gladly led me in prayer to accept Jesus that day and always talked about a dove landing on the deck right after the prayer that he felt was a “sign” from God that He had a special plan for my life. Both my grandparents told that story many times.

Both of my grandparents were firm believers and LOVED studying the Bible and worshipping (my grandfather played guitar and sang, my grandmother would harmonize with him). I learned the value in studying God’s Word through both of them, the patience and love Christ gives through both of them. I still cherish the Bibles my grandmother gave me or I gained after her passing that has notes all over almost every page.

I am so thankful for my grandparents and their influence in my life.

Note: The grandparents were right too! This “bossy” granddaughter is now serving on the mission field!

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Grandma Seewer

Grandpa & Grandma Seewer

Grandma Seewer lived with us occasionally. I have only good memories about her and some that have stood out in my mind over the years. One special memory is seeing her kneel beside her bed at night and silently say her prayers. If she knew I was awake and watching her, she never let on.

After she passed, the family found a letter she wrote to her children and grandchildren included with her will. My mother saved the letter and my grandmother’s faith in Christ shines through.

Here is a portion of what she wrote:

If it were not for my belief in God I don’t think I could have carried on after Our Heavenly Father called your Father home.

Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give your rest.

And for all who ask it shall be freely given, He who knocks at the heavenly door, they shall be opened unto them.”

Also, remember John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

and “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

I am praying that I can so live that someday I can meet your father in heaven. Also, I am praying that the circle will not be broken up there.

God, through Christ Jesus, has give us so many good lessons if we only read our bibles and believe.”

Good bye now. May God bless you all – Love – Mother.

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The Challenge of Reaching the THIS Generation for Christ

Pastor Dennis Watson of Celebration Church, New Orleans, shared this message regarding results of a recent Probe Survey regarding religious views and practices in 2020.

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The Circle of Love: from one generation to the next…

I recently watched a video that touched my heart because a grandson shared the impact his grandmother had on his life.

After we shared this video with our children and grandchildren, we shared this brief devotional:

A portion of Grandma Flora Seewer’s Family letter

This is a guide provided by the Pray for Me Campaign. Download and use personally, place in church bulletins, or share with Sunday School and Bible Study groups.

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Positive Help for Relationships

Did you know my husband’s dad was married seven times and his mom five times? Both were committed Christians too. This dysfunctional background didn’t help Phil in his first marriage that ended in divorce. My first marriage also ended in divorce.

This brokenness gave Phil a desire to learn the relationship skills his parents couldn’t teach him so he could pass the wisdom on to his son. His career as a Chaplain in the LA National Guard provided the opportunity to study and earn certification in several relationship skills courses to help the soldiers.

Phil discovered several resources that he highly recommends to individuals and/or couples who struggle with relationship issues.

First, he shares his book list, he’s listed in foundational order. Each book builds upon the previous book. Phil says even married couples should read the jerk book (to learn how not to be a jerk). Many of these books helped us in our own marriage. Here is his book list he shares:

Second, is information regarding expectations we bring into relationships. Here are some charts to illustrate our needs:

Here is a list that can help an individual or couple recognize risk factors in their life. When an individual or couple have too many risk factors or even one major risk factor going on , it can lead to depression, anxiety, and (in cases where someone has made the issue or issues more important that life) even suicide.

Another great resource Phil and I found helpful in our marriage and also very entertaining is Mark Gungor’s video series for couples. Mark presents conferences for couples and this video is from the first night, the Tale of Two Brains. This is the full evening, there are shorter clips but I recommend watching thirty minutes at a time and talking about it.

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Precious Promise Market

Debbie demonstrates three promises from God’s Word that we use when counseling a child for salvation. We teach these promises to children using our 5-10 fingers!

You can also download our Precious Promise Cards we bind together with a chicken ring and give to children. (Print front and back, flip on long edge.)

Debbie demonstrates an easy way for children to learn 3 Bible Verses
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Destination Dig Mission Market

We created this brief video for the Lifeway Vacation Bible School 2021 kit, Destination Dig.

Destination Dig Mission Market Presentation
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How to Face the Storms of Life

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Summer Fun Days Music

Here are the songs we are using for our Vacation Bible School at Delacroix Hope Baptist Church 2021.

Theme Song:

The Building Song

This is our Memory Verse Song:

Memory Verse Song

Here is our Gospel Song

Jump Gospel Song by CEF Press

How to Dig for Buried Treasure Song

Three Questions Song by CEF Press

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man in English and Spanish

Mrs. Debbie and Señorita Gladys Sing The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Song

The lyrics for Psalm 1: Note a few errors, I should of said “wicked” instead of “foolish.” Also, I mispronounced “chaff,” I said “shaff,” lol. One other error, at the end I should of said, “build your “LIFE” on the Lord, instead of “house.” Maybe I can get the kids at VBS to sing this and I will create a video with them singing the song!

Here is the lyrics for Psalm 1

Here is the Cadence for Psalm 119:72. I hope to get a video of the children reciting the verse with the cadence… they are a LOT cuter than me, lol.

Simple way to memorize Psalm 119:72, Why is God’s law better than gold or silver?
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