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Final Conclusion for a Full Life (5 of 5)
Series: Full - Why Not Live This Way?
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: The Book of Ecclesiastes tells it straight, no beating around the bush, no hiding the truth, no obscure symbolisms, no soft talk. This is hard-hitting, straight-to-the-heart material with no generalities. Like a CPA, there are no generalities. You want to know exactly how things are, precisely how much you get back and how much you owe. Like your car mechanic, I don't want to hear a lot of mechanical terms and text book descriptions, I want to know the bottom line - what is broken?... can you fix it?... how much will it cost me?! From my doctor, I don't want a, "well it could be", or, "maybe it might be", and, "we could do some exploratory surgery, it might help." I want the truth in a way that I can understand it. Solomon has given us the whole truth of living life from a wrong perspective, life without a relationship to God, life that will be empty. Thank you Solomon for coming full-circle and back to a true life foundation, Ecclesiastes 12, "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth; fear Him, obey Him…"
The preacher starts with, "life is an empty study in futility", and ends with, "life finds its fulfillment in knowing and loving God."
• Story of Christopher Columbus monument in Spain, 1506, where he died and was buried. Statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been Spain's motto for centuries. Before his voyage, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of Earth, "Ne Plus Ultra"… "No More Beyond".
The word being torn apart by the Lion was "Ne", or "No", making it read, "Plus Ultra", "More Beyond".
• Deadwood, South Dakota Museum. Left by a prospector: "I lost my gun. I lost my horse. I am out of food. Indians are after me, but I have all the gold I can carry…"
• You won't find a funeral hearse pulling a U-Haul.
I. FINAL CONCLUSIONS OF SOLOMON
A. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear ...
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