Ecclesiastes: Life Under the Sun

This series of messages is a verse by verse exposition of the book of Ecclesiastes by Jim Osman, a pastor at Kootenai Community Church. These messages were preached during our Sunday Morning Worship Service. Click here for more teaching by Jim Osman.

When Wisdom Fails – Part 1 (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18)

Solomon the “philosopher” describes his attempt to find meaning and purpose using human wisdom. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.

Nothing New Under the Sun – (Ecclesiastes 1:8-11)

Solomon observes that in spite of all our effort and toil, nothing is new and nothing is remembered. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 1:8-11.

Everything Changes and Nothing is Changed (Ecclesiastes 1:4-7)

Solomon answers the question of v. 3, “What advantage does man have in all his work which he does under the sun?” by examining the work done in nature. In spite of all the labor of generations, the sun, the wind, and the water, nothing is changed. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 1:4-7.

Vanity of Vanities (Ecclesiastes 1:2-3)

Solomon begins the book with a bold proclamation of the vanity of all things and then questions whether there is really any profit to be had from life under the sun. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 1:2-3.

Introducing Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 1:1)

An introduction to our next sermon series on the book of Ecclesiastes. What does the word “Ecclesiastes” mean? Who wrote this book? What are its main themes? A look at some of the interpretive difficulties presented by this very odd book. Ecclesiastes 1:1.

Jim Osman

Jim Osman


Jim Osman was born in May of 1972 and has lived in Sandpoint since he was 3 years old. He achieved his life’s ambition by graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1990. Jim came to know Christ through the ministry of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp. Kootenai Community Church has always been his home church, attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group.

After graduating from High School, he attended Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. It was at Bible College that Jim met his wife to be, Diedre, who was also enrolled as a student. Jim graduated with a three year diploma in April of 1993 and married Diedre in August of that same year. He returned to Millar to further his education in September of 1994 and graduated from the Fourth Year Internship Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Ministries in April of 1995.

Jim and Diedre returned to Sandpoint where Jim began working in construction and as a Roofing Materials Application Specialist (roofer) until he was asked to take over as the Preaching Elder of Kootenai Community Church in December of 1996. Now he counts it as his greatest privilege to be involved in ministering in the Church that ministered to him for so many years. It has been a great adventure!

Jim is the author of Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual WarfareSelling the Stairway to Heaven, and The Prosperity of the Wicked: A Study of Psalm 73Jim and Diedre have four children: Taryn, Shepley, Ayden and Liam.

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