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  • male announcer: Welcome to"From His Heart" with Pastor
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  • Jeff Schreve, who's in hisseries, "Life's Big Questions."
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  • Everyone wants to be happy,but can you ever truly be
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  • completely happy?
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  • The answer is yes.
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  • Join us today for the lesson,"Is True Happiness
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  • Really Possible?"
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ There is truth, thereis love, there is hope ♪
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  • ♪ that you'llalways dream of. ♪
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  • ♪ He can heal every scarwith real truth, real love, ♪
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  • ♪ real hope fromhis heart. ♪
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  • Pastor Jeff Schreve:Nobody wants to go
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  • through life unhappy.
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  • Everybody in this room,everybody under the sound of my
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  • voice, we would say, you knowthat's what we want in life,
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  • we want to be happy in life.
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  • I mean, from the time you'relittle and you hear stories,
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  • you are introduced to thephrase, "and they lived
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  • happily ever after."
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  • You say, that's right,that's what I want.
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  • And you know in our Preamble tothe Constitution, we have the
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  • pursuit of happiness.
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  • And we have happiness put inthere and we're like, yeah,
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  • happiness, that's what we want.
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  • But so many people arenot happy.
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  • As a matter of fact, many, many,many people are unhappy,
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  • very unhappy.
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  • Single people are unhappy,they wanna be married.
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  • Married people are unhappy,they want to be single.
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  • If somebody said,what is marriage?
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  • It's like a window pane, you hadflies on the inside wanting to
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  • get out and flies on the outsidewanting to get in, and that, you
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  • know, we just kinda go throughlife and we're just thinking,
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  • well, something else is gonnamake me happy, because I'm not
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  • very happy right now.
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  • Sometimes we can wonder, I mean,is true happiness really
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  • even possible?
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  • Is it possible to live happilyever after?
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  • I was listening to an interviewthis morning, Pat O'Brien,
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  • he was talking about celebritiesand he said, of all the
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  • celebrities I know, he said,there aren't more than ten
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  • who are really happy.
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  • They have everything that wethink we need to be happy, and
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  • they're so unhappy.
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  • Many, many people are unhappy.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Could it be because they arelooking for happiness in all the
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  • wrong places?
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  • I think so.
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  • We're in a series called,"Life's Big Questions," and
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  • today we wanna talk about thequestion of happiness.
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  • Is true happiness reallypossible?
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  • And we're gonna look at theperson, King Solomon, who was
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  • an unhappy camper.
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  • Unhappy camper.
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  • I like what Jim Gaffigan saysabout camping, he doesn't like
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  • camping, he said, do you wannaknow who's happy?
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  • The guy leaving the campsite.
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  • He's happy, he says.
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  • But King Solomon, we would callhim an unhappy camper, and the
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  • reason he was unhappy is in thebook of Ecclesiastes, which is
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  • a strange book, it'sone of the Wisdom books.
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  • You know that's the waythe Bible is divided up, you got
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  • history and then yourun into wisdom.
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  • Job, Psalms, Proverbs,Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon.
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  • And Solomon, the king in Israel,the son of David, who was
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  • king in the 10th century B.C.
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  • he wrote Proverbs, most of them,he wrote Song of Solomon, and he
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  • wrote Ecclesiastes.
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  • And Ecclesiastes was one ofthose books that people are
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  • like, I don't understand whythat's in the Bible, it just
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  • seems so dismal and depressing.
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  • Vanity of vanities,says the preacher.
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  • Vanity of vanities.
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  • All is vanity.
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  • And people would say, well,that shouldn't be in there.
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  • But it should, and God put it inthere because Solomon is going
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  • to be the poster child, the onethat goes on an expedition, and
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  • his expedition is this.
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  • I am going to try and find truehappiness, but here's how
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  • I'm going to find it.
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  • I'm going to try and find itunder the sun.
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  • That phrase, under the sun, inthe New American Standard Bible.
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  • Is used 29 times in thebook of Ecclesiastes.
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  • What does that mean,under the sun?
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  • Solomon says, I'm going to keepGod out, I'm gonna keep heaven
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  • out, I'm just gonna look ateverything that you can do in
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  • life and see where is the sourceof satisfaction, where is
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  • happiness to be found?
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  • And we're gonna find, as we goon the search with Solomon, that
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  • he was looking for happiness inall the wrong places.
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  • In Ecclesiastes chapter 1, and alot of these verses today I'm
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  • going to use the easy-to-readversion because I like the way
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  • it puts it.
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  • But Solomon gives us hisexecutive summary right in
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  • chapter 1, and he says this.
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  • "I, the teacher, was king overIsrael in Jerusalem.
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  • I decided to study and to use mywisdom to learn about everything
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  • that is done in this life.
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  • I learned that it is a very hardthing that God has given us
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  • to do.
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  • I looked at everything done onearth, and I saw that it is all
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  • a waste of time.
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  • It is like trying to catchthe wind."
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  • Vanity of vanities, saysthe preacher.
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  • Vanity of vanities, allis vanity.
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  • Trying to find happiness, didn'tfind it under the sun.
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  • So here's the question.
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  • Well, Solomon,where did you look?
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  • Where'd you look tofind happiness?
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  • Because maybe I've found it in aplace you didn't find it, maybe
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  • I'm gonna look in a place whereyou didn't look.
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  • Now remember this, when Godsends Solomon on a search for
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  • happiness, Solomon is muchsmarter than you are, he's much
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  • smarter than I am.
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  • He's really probably thesmartest guy who ever lived
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  • outside of mortal man, obviouslyJesus is not included, but God
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  • had blessed Solomon with wisdomand discernment and breadth of
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  • mind, the Scripture says, likethe sand of the seashore.
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  • And Solomon had resources thatyou and I don't have.
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  • So when Solomon searches outsomething, he searches it out
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  • from top to bottom, he searchesit out completely to see, is
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  • there happiness here?
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  • Can I find the source ofhappiness here?
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  • And he looks in six areas wherepeople are looking today in the
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  • same six areas.
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  • He lived 3.000 years ago and yetpeople today are still doing
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  • what he did and ending up emptyjust like he ended up.
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  • So let's look at these areas.
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  • Area number one is the area ofwisdom and knowledge.
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  • And Solomon concluded that truehappiness is not found in wisdom
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  • and in knowledge and in learningand in education.
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  • He says, in Ecclesiastes1:17-18, "I decided to learn how
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  • wisdom and knowledge are betterthan thinking foolish thoughts,
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  • but I learned that trying tobecome wise is like trying to
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  • catch the wind.
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  • With much wisdom comesfrustration.
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  • The one who gains more wisdomalso gains more sorrow."
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  • Now Solomon put his mind to thebooks, he began to study and
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  • study and study and learnand learn and learn.
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  • And he said, it's like tryin' tochase the wind, it's pointless,
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  • it's meaningless.
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  • I mean, he knew so much aboutso many things.
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  • If you could sit down withSolomon, if I could sit down
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  • with Solomon, I don't care whatyour field of expertise is, he'd
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  • be able to talk to you about itand talk intelligently about it
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  • because he knew so many thingsabout so many subjects.
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  • He knew about chemistry and heknew about biology, he knew
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  • about botany, he knew aboutphilosophy, he knew
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  • all these things.
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  • And he said, that's not makingme happy, that's not the source
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  • of happiness, knowing things,learning, and education.
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  • True happiness is not foundin wisdom and knowledge.
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  • So Solomon said, well, okay,well, let me switch gears.
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  • I'm going to go in a totallyopposite direction.
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  • I've been hitting the books sohard, now I'm gonna switch gears
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  • and I'm going to quit learningand I'm gonna start laughing.
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  • And he said, I'm gonna look forhappiness in fun and games,
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  • in laughter and frivolity.
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  • But he found out that truehappiness is not found in
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  • fun and games.
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  • So it's not found in wisdom andin knowledge and in education,
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  • and it's also not found, numbertwo, in fun and games.
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  • And that's what he says inEcclesiastes 2, beginning in
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  • verse 1, he said, "I said tomyself, 'I should have fun.
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  • I should enjoy everythingas much as I can.'
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  • But I learned that thisis also useless.
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  • It is foolish to laughall the time.
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  • Having fun does notdo any good."
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  • Now I think having funis important.
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  • We had these wonderful familiesup on the stage for
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  • a parent-baby dedication.
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  • Hey, it's very important thatthe families have fun together,
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  • and it's important for, I think,for dads to bring the fun.
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  • Even if they're not naturallyvery fun, they need to somehow
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  • learn how to makethe house fun.
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  • And if the wife is more fun thanthe husband, then he needs to
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  • really employ her help inmaking it fun.
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  • But home needs to be fun, and weneed to have fun in life.
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  • But fun and laughter and games,that's not the source
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  • of happiness.
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  • And if you seek after that, youknow, it's one comedy movie
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  • after another, one comedy showafter another, trying to find
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  • the source of happiness.
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  • You're not gonna find it inthere, 'cause it doesn't
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  • exist there.
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  • Solomon tried that and he said,no, that's not where it's at,
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  • you're not gonna find it.
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  • So then Solomon said, all right,I haven't found it in wisdom and
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  • in learning, I haven't found itin laughter and fun and games,
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  • so now I'm going to trya third area.
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  • And the third area:drugs and alcohol.
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  • Maybe I can find satisfactionand happiness in drugs
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  • and alcohol.
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  • But he found out that truehappiness is not found in
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  • drugs and alcohol.
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  • He says, in Ecclesiastes 2:3,"So I decided to fill my body
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  • with wine while I filled mymind with wisdom.
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  • I tried this foolishness,because I wanted to find a way
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  • to be happy."
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  • He's looking for happiness.
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  • Maybe I can find happinessin a bottle.
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  • Maybe I can find it in a pill.
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  • Maybe there's something externalthat I can bring inside of me
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  • that will make me happy.
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  • But he didn't find happiness indrugs and alcohol, he didn't
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  • find happiness in any stimulant.
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  • And as it relates to wine, hewas the one who said, in
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  • Proverbs 20 verse 1, wine is amocker, strong drink a brawler,
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  • and whoever is intoxicated byit is not wise.
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  • Don't do that, don't go therewith wine, don't go there with
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  • strong drink, don't go therewith drugs, because you're not
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  • gonna find happiness there.
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  • And as we know, if you go downthat road of alcohol and drugs,
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  • what you find is instant heaventhat leads to everlasting hell.
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  • It will wreck andruin your life.
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  • Number four, true happiness isnot found in money
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  • and possessions.
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  • Solomon learned that.
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  • Now Solomon had more money thananyone has ever had.
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  • We talk about the people today,Bill Gates and Warren Buffet and
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  • some of these guys, I mean, BillGates has so much money.
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  • Listen, compared to KingSolomon, Bill Gates was
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  • a street beggar.
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  • Solomon had anythingand everything.
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  • It was phenomenal all the richesthat King Solomon had.
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  • When the Queen of Sheba came tosee Solomon's kingdom and to
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  • hear from Solomon, she said,man, I heard these stories about
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  • you and I thought, no way!
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  • And then I come and hear you,and I come and see your kingdom,
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  • and not the half was told to me.
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  • Your greatness exceeds even thestories I heard, which I thought
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  • they were embellished.
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  • Solomon had so much, he says inverse 8 of chapter 2, "I also
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  • collected for myself silver andgold, and the treasure of
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  • kings and provinces."
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  • He had so much silver.
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  • The Bible says that, during thereign of Solomon, silver was
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  • as common as stones.
  • 00:12:49.772 --> 00:12:51.674
  • They didn't really think silverwas very valuable during the
  • 00:12:51.707 --> 00:12:54.076
  • reign of Solomon.
  • 00:12:54.109 --> 00:12:55.444
  • Why?
  • 00:12:55.477 --> 00:12:56.779
  • Because gold was it.
  • 00:12:56.812 --> 00:12:58.147
  • And Solomon, he coveredeverything in gold when he made
  • 00:12:58.180 --> 00:13:00.382
  • his temple of God, when he madehis palace it's just gold, gold,
  • 00:13:00.416 --> 00:13:04.453
  • gold, gold.
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  • He would bring in 666 talentsof gold every year,
  • 00:13:05.855 --> 00:13:10.426
  • the Scripture says.
  • 00:13:10.459 --> 00:13:11.760
  • He was so rich.
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  • And most of us think, that'swhat will make me happy.
  • 00:13:13.362 --> 00:13:17.132
  • I think there are lots of peoplein this room today, lots of
  • 00:13:17.166 --> 00:13:20.336
  • people watching on televisionlistening, that they say, you
  • 00:13:20.369 --> 00:13:23.339
  • know, I think the problems in mylife, they would be solved if
  • 00:13:23.372 --> 00:13:27.343
  • I just had more money.
  • 00:13:27.376 --> 00:13:28.878
  • So many people think that.
  • 00:13:28.911 --> 00:13:30.579
  • Man, if I just had more money,then I would be happy, then
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  • I would be satisfied.
  • 00:13:34.917 --> 00:13:36.952
  • Ecclesiastes 5:10: "He who lovesmoney," Solomon says, "will not
  • 00:13:36.986 --> 00:13:41.490
  • be satisfied with money."
  • 00:13:41.523 --> 00:13:43.092
  • But we think that moneyis gonna do it.
  • 00:13:43.125 --> 00:13:45.261
  • Money is not gonna do it.
  • 00:13:45.294 --> 00:13:46.896
  • Money can't do it.
  • 00:13:46.929 --> 00:13:48.264
  • And so many people, they longfor it, they scheme for it, they
  • 00:13:48.297 --> 00:13:51.267
  • dream for it, they sell theirsouls for money, and then
  • 00:13:51.300 --> 00:13:55.571
  • what happens?
  • 00:13:55.604 --> 00:13:57.139
  • As Ted Turner, billionaire TedTurner said, money is like
  • 00:13:57.172 --> 00:14:01.043
  • a paper bag, everybody wants thepaper bag, and when you finally
  • 00:14:01.076 --> 00:14:04.213
  • get the paper bag you open it upand find out it's empty.
  • 00:14:04.246 --> 00:14:08.851
  • It's empty.
  • 00:14:08.884 --> 00:14:10.319
  • He who loves money will not besatisfied with money.
  • 00:14:10.352 --> 00:14:12.988
  • And Solomon, who had more moneythan anyone, he said, hey,
  • 00:14:13.022 --> 00:14:17.226
  • that's not the sourceof satisfaction.
  • 00:14:17.259 --> 00:14:20.629
  • So he said, I'm going to trysomething else.
  • 00:14:20.663 --> 00:14:23.766
  • And he tried what many peopletry, sex and sexual immorality.
  • 00:14:23.799 --> 00:14:29.672
  • And he found out the truehappiness is not found in sex,
  • 00:14:29.705 --> 00:14:33.842
  • it's not found insexual immorality.
  • 00:14:33.876 --> 00:14:38.547
  • Verse 8 of chapter 2, he said,"I provided for myself male and
  • 00:14:38.580 --> 00:14:43.552
  • female singers and the pleasuresof men--many concubines."
  • 00:14:43.585 --> 00:14:50.092
  • Many concubines.
  • 00:14:50.125 --> 00:14:51.827
  • What's a concubine?
  • 00:14:51.860 --> 00:14:53.262
  • It's like a love slave.
  • 00:14:53.295 --> 00:14:55.097
  • She lives in the harem, andshe's just in the bullpen there.
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  • He had 300 of them.
  • 00:14:58.867 --> 00:15:01.270
  • He had 700 wives and300 concubines.
  • 00:15:01.303 --> 00:15:05.174
  • Not porcupines, we're talkin'concubines.
  • 00:15:05.207 --> 00:15:07.276
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:15:07.309 --> 00:15:08.944
  • They're just waiting around inthe bullpen for Solomon
  • 00:15:08.978 --> 00:15:12.348
  • to call 'em up.
  • 00:15:12.381 --> 00:15:13.782
  • Now, if you're one of 1.000, 300in the bullpen, 700 wives,
  • 00:15:13.816 --> 00:15:18.887
  • I mean, the implication is hehad sexual relationships with
  • 00:15:18.921 --> 00:15:22.958
  • 1.000 different women.
  • 00:15:22.992 --> 00:15:25.194
  • Well that's a lot.
  • 00:15:25.227 --> 00:15:27.429
  • And he gave himselfover to that.
  • 00:15:27.463 --> 00:15:30.366
  • It says, in God's Wordtranslation, if I can find
  • 00:15:30.399 --> 00:15:34.770
  • it here.
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  • It says, "I had all the womena man could want."
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  • I would say so, if youhad a thousand.
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  • All the women a man could want!
  • 00:15:46.181 --> 00:15:47.583
  • Well did that satisfy you,Solomon?
  • 00:15:47.616 --> 00:15:49.785
  • No.
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  • No.
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  • Vanity of vanities,all is vanity.
  • 00:15:53.155 --> 00:15:54.456
  • Now he calls it the pleasuresof men, many concubines.
  • 00:15:54.490 --> 00:15:58.727
  • And that is pleasurable.
  • 00:15:58.761 --> 00:16:00.596
  • Sex is pleasurable, andGod created sex.
  • 00:16:00.629 --> 00:16:03.499
  • He put pleasure in there, it'sfor procreation, yes, but it's
  • 00:16:03.532 --> 00:16:06.702
  • also pleasurable.
  • 00:16:06.735 --> 00:16:08.303
  • But the Scripture talks aboutthe passing pleasures of sin.
  • 00:16:08.337 --> 00:16:13.008
  • It says in Hebrews chapter 11that Moses endured ill treatment
  • 00:16:13.042 --> 00:16:16.578
  • with the people of God ratherthan choosing the passing
  • 00:16:16.612 --> 00:16:20.215
  • pleasures of sin.
  • 00:16:20.249 --> 00:16:22.184
  • Sin is pleasurable, but it'spleasurable for a moment.
  • 00:16:22.217 --> 00:16:26.088
  • As I shared with you, those thatgo the route of drugs and
  • 00:16:26.121 --> 00:16:29.091
  • alcohol, it's instant heaventhat leads to everlasting hell.
  • 00:16:29.124 --> 00:16:33.362
  • I mean, it's fun for a moment,but then the bills come due.
  • 00:16:33.395 --> 00:16:36.498
  • And that's the way it is withsexual immorality, it's fun
  • 00:16:36.532 --> 00:16:39.568
  • for a moment but then thebills come due.
  • 00:16:39.601 --> 00:16:41.937
  • Now I realize that there isa huge temptation there.
  • 00:16:41.970 --> 00:16:45.741
  • I realize that it's difficult tojust say no, like Nancy Reagan
  • 00:16:45.774 --> 00:16:50.546
  • said so many years ago when itcame to drugs, just say no.
  • 00:16:50.579 --> 00:16:54.283
  • Well when it comes to sexualimmorality, just say no.
  • 00:16:54.316 --> 00:16:56.685
  • But it's like, yeah, but there'sa part of me that wants to say
  • 00:16:56.718 --> 00:16:59.288
  • yes, and that's the struggle.
  • 00:16:59.321 --> 00:17:01.723
  • Here's the thing to remember.
  • 00:17:01.757 --> 00:17:03.559
  • You will never find happinessgoing after sexual immorality.
  • 00:17:03.592 --> 00:17:08.964
  • Never.
  • 00:17:08.997 --> 00:17:10.299
  • And as a Christian, if you dothat, you're gonna be convicted
  • 00:17:10.332 --> 00:17:14.536
  • in your heart, the Holy Spiritof God is gonna be stabbing you
  • 00:17:14.570 --> 00:17:18.173
  • in the heart saying, whatyou're doing is wrong.
  • 00:17:18.207 --> 00:17:21.910
  • And you can try and kick theSpirit to death, kick your
  • 00:17:21.944 --> 00:17:25.414
  • conscience to death, but in themiddle of the night you're gonna
  • 00:17:25.447 --> 00:17:28.183
  • know, I am in sin before God.
  • 00:17:28.217 --> 00:17:31.153
  • And you're gonna question yourown salvation, if you have it at
  • 00:17:31.186 --> 00:17:34.056
  • all, because how can you livethis way if you're truly
  • 00:17:34.089 --> 00:17:37.893
  • born again?
  • 00:17:37.926 --> 00:17:40.596
  • Your conscience would just bewrithing in pain because you're
  • 00:17:40.629 --> 00:17:44.800
  • walking in the darkness andthe Lord will be convicting
  • 00:17:44.833 --> 00:17:47.603
  • your heart.
  • 00:17:47.636 --> 00:17:49.071
  • Solomon said, hey, happinessisn't found in sex and
  • 00:17:49.104 --> 00:17:52.274
  • sexual immorality.
  • 00:17:52.307 --> 00:17:54.409
  • And then he said how about this?
  • 00:17:54.443 --> 00:17:56.712
  • Number six.
  • 00:17:56.745 --> 00:17:59.281
  • Work and achievement.
  • 00:17:59.314 --> 00:18:00.749
  • Surely I will find happiness inmy work, surely I'll find
  • 00:18:00.782 --> 00:18:05.454
  • happiness if I achieve, if I dothese great things.
  • 00:18:05.487 --> 00:18:10.826
  • But true happiness isn'tfound in that.
  • 00:18:10.859 --> 00:18:13.662
  • He said, in verse 4, "Then Ibegan doing great things.
  • 00:18:13.695 --> 00:18:21.870
  • I built houses and I plantedvineyards for myself, I planted
  • 00:18:21.904 --> 00:18:24.640
  • gardens and I made parks.
  • 00:18:24.673 --> 00:18:26.175
  • I planted all kinds offruit trees.
  • 00:18:26.208 --> 00:18:27.943
  • I made pools of water for myselfand I use them to water
  • 00:18:27.976 --> 00:18:31.613
  • my growing trees."
  • 00:18:31.647 --> 00:18:33.682
  • Oh man, he's built stuff.
  • 00:18:33.715 --> 00:18:36.251
  • Gardens and parks, and it was sobeautiful, and it's like, this
  • 00:18:36.285 --> 00:18:38.987
  • is what Solomon built and, man,I'm gonna get happiness out of
  • 00:18:39.021 --> 00:18:43.058
  • that, that's gonna bethe source of happiness.
  • 00:18:43.091 --> 00:18:45.694
  • It's not.
  • 00:18:45.727 --> 00:18:47.996
  • All his work wasn'tsatisfying to him.
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:52.000
  • He goes on to say this, inverse 17, "So I hated life.
  • 00:18:52.034 --> 00:18:57.673
  • For the work which was doneunder the sun was grievous to me
  • 00:18:57.706 --> 00:19:00.475
  • because everything is futilityand striving after wind.
  • 00:19:00.509 --> 00:19:03.512
  • Thus I hated all the fruit of mylabor for which I have labored
  • 00:19:03.545 --> 00:19:06.248
  • under the sun, for I must leaveit to the man who will come
  • 00:19:06.281 --> 00:19:08.584
  • after me, and who knows whetherhe will be a wise man or a fool?
  • 00:19:08.617 --> 00:19:12.421
  • Yet he will have control overall the fruit of my labor for
  • 00:19:12.454 --> 00:19:15.157
  • which I have labored by actingwisely under the sun.
  • 00:19:15.190 --> 00:19:18.093
  • This, too, is vanity.
  • 00:19:18.126 --> 00:19:20.028
  • Therefore, I completelydespaired of all the fruit of my
  • 00:19:20.062 --> 00:19:23.131
  • labor for which I had laboredunder the sun."
  • 00:19:23.165 --> 00:19:26.768
  • Man, I've worked and worked andworked and I built this huge
  • 00:19:26.802 --> 00:19:29.938
  • kingdom, but then I'm gonna passon and I gotta give it
  • 00:19:29.972 --> 00:19:33.475
  • to someone else.
  • 00:19:33.508 --> 00:19:35.210
  • And who knows whether thatsomeone else is going to be
  • 00:19:35.244 --> 00:19:37.813
  • a wise man or a fool?
  • 00:19:37.846 --> 00:19:40.249
  • And we know the story aboutSolomon, his son, Rehoboam,
  • 00:19:40.282 --> 00:19:43.852
  • became king, and Rehoboamwas a fool.
  • 00:19:43.885 --> 00:19:47.956
  • Solomon said, "I work my fingersto the bone and who knows if
  • 00:19:47.990 --> 00:19:51.193
  • I don't leave thisto a bonehead?"
  • 00:19:51.226 --> 00:19:53.128
  • And that's what he did, becauseRehoboam was a bonehead.
  • 00:19:53.161 --> 00:19:55.564
  • He lost the kingdom.
  • 00:19:55.597 --> 00:19:56.898
  • Ten tribes said, we're notfollowing you anymore, Rehoboam.
  • 00:19:56.932 --> 00:20:01.803
  • We think that if we justachieve, if we get that next
  • 00:20:01.837 --> 00:20:05.374
  • promotion, if we get the nextrung on the ladder, if we get
  • 00:20:05.407 --> 00:20:09.945
  • that degree, if we achievesomething, then we'll be happy.
  • 00:20:09.978 --> 00:20:15.450
  • Hey, you're never gonnafind happiness in any
  • 00:20:15.484 --> 00:20:20.088
  • of these things.
  • 00:20:20.122 --> 00:20:21.623
  • Why?
  • 00:20:21.657 --> 00:20:23.358
  • Because happiness is not foundunder the sun, it's only found
  • 00:20:23.392 --> 00:20:28.196
  • in the Son.
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:29.564
  • In the S-O-N, in the Sonof the living God.
  • 00:20:29.598 --> 00:20:34.136
  • True happiness is onlyfound in the Lord.
  • 00:20:34.169 --> 00:20:39.074
  • He says, in verse 25, "Forwho can eat and who can have
  • 00:20:39.107 --> 00:20:43.011
  • enjoyment without him?
  • 00:20:43.045 --> 00:20:45.714
  • Answer, no one.
  • 00:20:45.747 --> 00:20:47.949
  • No one.
  • 00:20:47.983 --> 00:20:49.318
  • You can have some passingpleasure in some of these
  • 00:20:49.351 --> 00:20:51.086
  • things, but it's not the sourceof satisfaction, and you'll
  • 00:20:51.119 --> 00:20:53.822
  • never find happiness in things,and in going after learning and
  • 00:20:53.855 --> 00:20:59.194
  • going after laughter and goingafter drugs and alcohol and
  • 00:20:59.227 --> 00:21:02.531
  • going after women and going, anyof that stuff, and in work and
  • 00:21:02.564 --> 00:21:06.435
  • achievement, none of thatstuff is gonna do it.
  • 00:21:06.468 --> 00:21:08.737
  • It's only in the Lord.
  • 00:21:08.770 --> 00:21:10.839
  • Psalm 128 says this.
  • 00:21:10.872 --> 00:21:13.775
  • "How blessed, how happy iseveryone who fears the Lord,
  • 00:21:13.809 --> 00:21:20.182
  • who walks in his ways.
  • 00:21:20.215 --> 00:21:21.817
  • When you shall eat of the fruitof your hands, you will
  • 00:21:21.850 --> 00:21:25.120
  • be happy.
  • 00:21:25.153 --> 00:21:26.855
  • And it will be well with you.
  • 00:21:26.888 --> 00:21:29.691
  • Your wife shall be like afruitful vine within your house,
  • 00:21:29.725 --> 00:21:31.927
  • your children like olive plantsaround your table.
  • 00:21:31.960 --> 00:21:34.196
  • Behold, for thus shall the manbe blessed who fears the Lord."
  • 00:21:34.229 --> 00:21:37.632
  • It's in the fear of God, it's inwalking in his ways, that's
  • 00:21:37.666 --> 00:21:40.502
  • where you find happiness, thathe's the source of happiness.
  • 00:21:40.535 --> 00:21:43.505
  • And I love how it says, you'llbe happy and it will be well
  • 00:21:43.538 --> 00:21:46.541
  • with you and your wife,it speaks of the home.
  • 00:21:46.575 --> 00:21:49.745
  • You know, lots of unhappycouples today, lots of unhappy
  • 00:21:49.778 --> 00:21:53.348
  • couples in church, in our churchand other churches,
  • 00:21:53.382 --> 00:21:56.451
  • many unhappy couples.
  • 00:21:56.485 --> 00:21:57.786
  • You wonder, it's like, man, whydid you guys get married,
  • 00:21:57.819 --> 00:22:00.188
  • 'cause you seem tohate each other?
  • 00:22:00.222 --> 00:22:02.057
  • Many people come into marriage,and Larry Simms shared this with
  • 00:22:02.090 --> 00:22:06.728
  • me the other day, saw a littlecartoon, and the wife is at the
  • 00:22:06.762 --> 00:22:10.132
  • altar and there's a little thingabove her head like she's
  • 00:22:10.165 --> 00:22:13.335
  • thinking, and her thoughts are,he is going to make me happy.
  • 00:22:13.368 --> 00:22:18.974
  • And the husband, the groom, he'sthere at the altar and he's got
  • 00:22:19.007 --> 00:22:22.277
  • the little bubble over his head,she is going to make me happy.
  • 00:22:22.310 --> 00:22:28.717
  • You know, it's almost like atick looking at a dog, saying,
  • 00:22:28.750 --> 00:22:32.587
  • "Well, I can just suck off ofyou, I can just feed off of you,
  • 00:22:32.621 --> 00:22:35.924
  • you're gonna make me happy."
  • 00:22:35.957 --> 00:22:37.292
  • You know what marriage is?
  • 00:22:37.325 --> 00:22:38.627
  • it's two ticks and no dog,that's what marriage is.
  • 00:22:38.660 --> 00:22:41.963
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:22:41.997 --> 00:22:43.532
  • You can get in a lot of troublebecause you think, well, that
  • 00:22:43.565 --> 00:22:45.300
  • person's going to make me happy,you say, well, this person's
  • 00:22:45.333 --> 00:22:47.402
  • going to make me happy.
  • 00:22:47.436 --> 00:22:48.737
  • The only person who can make youhappy is Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:48.770 --> 00:22:52.073
  • [applauding]
  • 00:22:52.107 --> 00:23:00.982
  • And if couples will seek himindividually and then come
  • 00:23:01.016 --> 00:23:05.887
  • together and seek him, theirmarriage will turn around,
  • 00:23:05.921 --> 00:23:09.391
  • their life will turn around,everything will turn around.
  • 00:23:09.424 --> 00:23:11.393
  • People are unhappy in marriage.
  • 00:23:11.426 --> 00:23:12.727
  • Why?
  • 00:23:12.761 --> 00:23:14.095
  • 'Cause they're unhappy withthemselves, they're unhappy in
  • 00:23:14.129 --> 00:23:15.430
  • life 'cause they're lookingfor happiness in all
  • 00:23:15.464 --> 00:23:17.432
  • the wrong places.
  • 00:23:17.466 --> 00:23:19.201
  • We have to look for happiness inthe one who is the source,
  • 00:23:19.234 --> 00:23:23.472
  • and that is Jesus.
  • 00:23:23.505 --> 00:23:25.006
  • I'll close with the words ofthis hymn, written by Harry Loes
  • 00:23:25.040 --> 00:23:30.045
  • in 1915.
  • 00:23:30.078 --> 00:23:32.647
  • It says, "Friends all around meare trying to find what the
  • 00:23:32.681 --> 00:23:36.885
  • heart yearns for by sinundermined.
  • 00:23:36.918 --> 00:23:40.655
  • I have the secret, I knowwhere 'tis found.
  • 00:23:40.689 --> 00:23:43.425
  • Only true pleasuresin Jesus abound.
  • 00:23:43.458 --> 00:23:47.028
  • All that I want is in Jesus.
  • 00:23:47.062 --> 00:23:51.132
  • He satisfies.
  • 00:23:51.166 --> 00:23:52.701
  • Joy he supplies.
  • 00:23:52.734 --> 00:23:55.370
  • Life would be nothingwithout him.
  • 00:23:55.403 --> 00:23:59.274
  • All things in Jesus I find."
  • 00:23:59.307 --> 00:24:03.912
  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Jeff Schreve: The biggestquestion ever asked in the Bible
  • 00:24:05.580 --> 00:24:07.682
  • came from the lips ofPontius Pilate.
  • 00:24:07.716 --> 00:24:09.718
  • He asked the people, "What thenshall I do with Jesus who is
  • 00:24:09.751 --> 00:24:12.754
  • called the Christ?"
  • 00:24:12.787 --> 00:24:14.122
  • Hey, what have you donewith Jesus?
  • 00:24:14.155 --> 00:24:15.957
  • You know, many people tip theirhat to Jesus, but they never bow
  • 00:24:15.991 --> 00:24:19.261
  • their knee in surrenderand submission.
  • 00:24:19.294 --> 00:24:21.930
  • Tipping your hat doesn't get youto heaven, you must surrender to
  • 00:24:21.963 --> 00:24:25.066
  • him who died for you androse again from the dead.
  • 00:24:25.100 --> 00:24:28.703
  • So if you're not sure about yourrelationship with Jesus,
  • 00:24:28.737 --> 00:24:32.007
  • today is the day to make sure.
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:33.642
  • Just pray this simpleprayer with me.
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  • Lord Jesus,I need you.
  • 00:24:35.877 --> 00:24:38.647
  • I know that I'm a sinner, andI'm lost, and I can't save
  • 00:24:38.680 --> 00:24:41.917
  • myself, but I believe you diedon the cross for my sins and
  • 00:24:41.950 --> 00:24:45.320
  • rose again from the dead.
  • 00:24:45.353 --> 00:24:46.888
  • And right now, Jesus, I ask youto forgive me, come into
  • 00:24:46.922 --> 00:24:51.026
  • my heart, be my Lord and Savior.
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  • I surrender my all to you, andI promise to follow you
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  • My friend, if you'll pray thatkind of prayer and mean it,
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  • the Lord will come in and yourlife will never be the same.
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  • male announcer: Today's message,"Is True Happiness
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  • You see, the fear of the Lord isthe starting point, it's the
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