Apr 2010

The Illusion of Affluence

Losing Your Illusions
Lessons from Ecclesiastes

Sermon Audio:

Sermon Text:
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

“Our civilization promises happiness through the increase and consumption of an endless stream of shiny new products… but the promise is always false.”
– Al Gore, 1992, Earth in Balance

“We will increase the U.S. economy (i.e. consumption) by 30% in 10 years.”
– Al Gore, 1996, Vice-presidential debate

Reflection Points

  • What struck you this morning?  Why this?
  • Have you come down with “affluenza”?
  • What would it mean for you to be content in God?
  • What do you need to loosen your grip on?
  • How could contentment in God allow you to enjoy His gifts?