Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places! by Steve Wagers

Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Ecclesiastes 12
May 31, 2009

Sermon Outline
1. The Longing He Desired to Fulfill!
A) Where He Looked
1) Learning
2) Laughter
3) Liquor
4) Luxury
5) Labor
6) Lust
B) What He Learned
2. The Lesson He Determined to Face!
A) The Brevity of a Feeble Life
B) The Vanity of a Foolish Life
3. The Lord He Decided to Follow!
A) The Duty we must Consider
B) The Destiny we must Confront

Brittany Spears sings a song with these words:

I can’t get no satisfaction,
I can’t get no reaction.
I try and I try and I try and I try,
But, I can’t get no, I can’t get no satisfaction.

That song is a reprise of an old Rolling Stones hit. While on their 3rd tour of the U. S., in 1965, Rolling Stone guitarist, Keith Richards woke up with an excessive hangover, a room full of women groupies, and a seemingly endless line of empty liquor bottles covering the room; as well as, drug paraphernalia scattered abroad. This was the lyric on his mind, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” It became the all-time #1 of the Rolling Stones.
Those words could have well been the title of the book of Ecclesiastes.

Philosophical Book:
Only book of Philosophy in the Bible
Favorite of atheists/skeptics/scoffers

Evangelical Book:
1st lesson: Nothing in the world will satisfy
2nd lesson: Only Jesus can satisfy

3 books are credited to the pen of Solomon.
Song of Solomon: A YOUNG man full of ROMANCE
Proverbs: A MATURE man full of REASON
Ecclesiastes: An OLD man full of REGRET

[1: 2] “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”

It reminds me of the woman who told her pastor, “When I confess my sins, I confess the sin of vanity most of all. Every morning, I admire myself in the mirror for half an hour.” The pastor replied, “My dear lady, that isn’t the sin of vanity. You’re suffering from the sin of imagination.”

Vanity: Heb. Hebe ...

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