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From April 24, 2015

A Reflection
  by Pastor Cliff

Hi Friends:

gold, silver, gems The writer of Ecclesiastes said to himself, ‘Come, try pleasure and enjoy yourself.’ And this is exactly what he did. He built mansions, planted vineyards, laid out gardens and parks in which he planted different kinds of fruit-trees. He built pools to use for watering the trees on his plantations. He bought slaves. He bred large herds and flocks. He amassed silver and gold, secured singers, held concerts, staged carnivals and jamborees. He said, ‘Nothing I coveted did I refuse myself.’ But then something strange happened. When he took a close look at all he had achieved and at his toil and trouble, he realized it was all vain and futile. So much so, he said, ‘Nothing in this world is worthwhile’ (Ecclesiastes 2:11).

Clarence Macartney quoted a person who commented on people who pursue the things of this world, while forgetting the things of God. ‘They try,’ the person said, ‘to get more out of this world than there is in it.’1 How true that is. There is little in this world that really satisfies the soul. Why try to get out of the world more than there is in it? Remember our Lord’s teaching: ‘The world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.’ (1 John 2:17 CEB)


Cliff Houston
Interim Pastor, FBCR

1 Macartney’s Illustrations

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