Wisdom for life is best given at the end of one’s life. With age comes experience and with experience comes wisdom. Hence the value of the book of Ecclesiastes. Writing about life as his own came to a close, Solomon expresses the virtues of a life well-spent and the vanity of a life wasted.
Last week I was given the opportunity to give a devotional to the lower level of my dorm here at Faith Baptist Bible College. During my time here at school, I have really been challenged with the importance of using time wisely and redeeming it as Paul exhorted Christians to do in Ephesians 5:15-16. So the topic of my devo last week was using time wisely, and my text was Ecclesiastes 12:9-14. After studying the passage and talking about it to the guys here, I was challenged to read through the book of Ecclesiastes for my daily devotions.

So that is what I am doing. I don’t know how long it will take, but I plan to go through it at the speed at which I can get the most out of it. So here it goes: The Book of Ecclesiastes.


All right…so the next time you feel burdened down with your load of sins, iHave the perfect solution for you (no pun intended, but since I left it, I guess it becomes intentional). iThink you just might like this…Actually, iDidn’t come up with this solution but iAm referring you to it. Introducing (drum roll please) the new confession app for the iPhone, appropriately named “Confession: A Roman Catholic App“. That’s right. If you sin, you can go straight to your iPhone to take care of your problem and entirely bypass any other system. Bye-bye confession booths- you have gone out of style.

But seriously, how much time and money does it take you to go to your local Catholic confession booth and confess your sins to the priest? This popular app is available for a one-time fee of $1.99! Come on, how can you turn that down? It’s inexpensive, convenient, and includes the following:

-Custom examination of Conscience based upon age, sex, and vocation (single, married, priest, or religious)
– Multiple user support with password protected accounts
– Ability to add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience
– Confession walkthrough including time of last confession in days, weeks, months, and years
– Choose from 7 different acts of contrition
– Custom interface for iPad
– Full retina display support

Now understand that this app in no way gives you a license to sin. Just because you now have a “fold-out” confession booth tucked neatly away in your pocket doesn’t mean you can sin whenever and just pull out your phone when you’re finished with your deed. One other thing, in case you’re worried someone else might find out about your sins, it is designed with security features to protect your data so only you and your phone will know what you’ve been up to. Still, that doesn’t give you a right to just sin whenever and to any extent.

Okay, seriously though, I will be serious now. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is not a joke, but then again, it is. Some clever person has successfully melded man’s depravity with, well, man’s depravity (addiction to apps) and the result is this app for confessing your sins in a more convenient manner. I don’t have the time or sanity to get into an explanation behind the whole history and significance of Catholic confession booths, but suffice it to say that they are unnecessary anyway. The booths and the app are both things that we don’t need. But how will we confess our sins then?

As always, God has come up with the perfect solution. Any surprise? Check it out: “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17, NKJV). We have immediate access to God to confess our sins! That’s right, GOD! The Creator of the World,