Pain and Pleasure February 12, 2016

Three centuries before Christ’s birth, Epicurus, a Greek Philosopher, defined pleasure as the highest good. He advocated, “Above all else, avoid pain.” Lord Byron, the great English poet lamented, “My days are in the yellow leaf, the flowers and fruit of life are gone.” Blaise Pascal a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, which only God can fill through His Son Jesus Christ.” He was absolutely correct. Yet men and women down through the ages, and indeed to this very day, have frantically sought to fill the emptiness within their lives by pleasure, wealth and power. How much better to heed the wisdom of the old song that tells us “Only Jesus can satisfy your soul, and only He can change your heart and make you whole. He’ll give you peace you never knew, sweet love and joy and heaven too, for only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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