by Steve Wagers

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Looking for LIFE in all the Wrong Places (1 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book Ecclesiastes
Steve N. Wagers
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
July 17, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. The DISGUISE of a FUTILE Life!
A. The Words of a Wise Man!
B. The Woes of a Weary Man!
2. The DISGUST with a FRUSTRATED Life!
A. An Unending Cycle!
B. An Unchanging Cycle!
3. The DISGRACE from a FOOLISH Life!
A. A Life Void of Fulfillment!
B. A Life Vexed by Forgetfulness!

- A recent survey asked nearly 8,000 students, at 48 different colleges, what they considered to be "very important." The study, conducted by scientists from John Hopkins University, reported that 16 percent of the students answered that "making a lot of money" was most important to them. However, 75 percent said that their first goal was to "find a purpose and meaning to my life."

- In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren describes a survey conducted by Dr. Hugh Moorhead, philosophy professor at Northeastern Illinois University. Moorhead wrote to 250 famous philosophers, scientists, writers and intellectuals, asking a simple question, "What is the meaning of life?"

- Some offered their best guesses; others admitted they just made up a response; still others honestly admitted they were clueless. Several of the intellectuals even asked Moorhead to write back and tell them if he had discovered the real meaning of life. [1]

- Psychologist Carl Jung, in his book, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, wrote, "About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis, but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives. This can best be described as the general neurosis of our time." [2]

- One of mankind's common denominators is that he has, and will always search for the real meaning of his existence. Every person wanders if their life will count for something; yet, every person wants their life to count for something. While man works to make a living, deep down h ...

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