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“Music Monday” Biography of Cole Porter with videos of some of his best songs

 

Sinatra: I Concentrate On You rec 1947

Uploaded on Aug 26, 2010

One of the great Cole Porter songs and just possibly the most perfect recording of a popular ballad ever made – a Sinatra masterpiece arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl.

Friendship

Uploaded on Oct 4, 2006

Ethel Merman belts out the Cole Porter standard “Friendship” to a gaggle of sailors.

Here are the lyrics:

If your ever in a jam, here I am
If your ever in a mess, SOS
If you ever feel so happy you land in jail, I’m your bail

It’s friendship, friendship
Just a perfect blendship
When other friendships have been forgot, ours will still be hot
Lah-dle, ah-dle, ah-dle, dig, dig, dig

If your ever up a tree, phone to me
If your ever down a well, ring my bell
If you ever lose your teeth and your out to dine, borrow mine

It’s friendship, friendship
Just a perfect blendship
When other friendships have been forgate, ours will still be great
Lah-dle, ah-dle, ah-dle, chuck, chuck ,chuck

If they ever black your eyes, put me wise
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose
If they ever put a bullet through your brr-ain, I’ll complain

It’s friendship, friendship
Just a perfect blendship
When other friendships have been forgit, ours will still be it
lah-dle, ah-dle, ah-dle, hep, hep, hep

______________

__________________

Cole Porter Biography written by JX Bell

Cole Porter’s name derives from the surnames of his parents, Kate Cole and Sam Porter. Kate’s father, James Omar (known as J. O.), was an influential man both in the community and in Cole’s early life. J.O. started from humble beginnings as son of a shoemaker, but his business savvy and strong work ethic made him the richest man in Indiana. Despite J.O.’s obsessive drive for making money, he took time off to marry Rachel Henton, who had several children with him.

Kate Cole was born in 1862, and was spoiled during her youth as she was throughout her life. Kate always had the best clothes, the best education, and the best training in dancing and music. Kate’s father expected to marry her off to a man with a strong business background, a strong personality, and the potential for a good career. As it is for many filial presumptions and expectations, Kate married someone who was quite the opposite — a shy druggist from their small town of Peru, Indiana.

The couple married without the full consent of J.O., but he financially supported their wedding and subsidized the couple. As one of the richest men in Indiana, he thought his daughter should be seen doing and wearing the right things without financial fears. These subsidies from J.O. financed the rest of Sam and Kate’s life, as well as that of their son born on June 9th, 1891: Cole Porter.

Cole’s Early Years

Cole learned piano and violin at age six. He became very good at both, but he disliked the violin’s harsh sound and so his energy turned to the piano. During his formative years, he played piano two hours per day. While Cole practiced, he and his mother would parody popular tunes on the piano in order to increase Cole’s patience with such long practice sessions.


J.O.

Kate

Cole

Appearing to surpass his peers was easier due to deception on the part of Cole and his mother. When he was fourteen, his mother falsified his school records so it appeared that he was extra bright “for his age” because his age was falsely decremented one year. The power J. O. Cole wielded within the small town of Peru, Indiana allowed Kate many such unusual favors by community officials. For instance, Kate financed student orchestras in exchange for guarantees of Cole Porter violin solos and apparently influenced the media’s reviews or billing surrounding such concerts. She also subsidized the publishing of Cole’s early compositions.

Cole composed songs as early as 1901 (when he was ten) with a song dedicated to his mother, a piano piece called Song of the Birds, separated into six sections with titles like The Young Ones Leaning to Sing and The Cuckoo Tells the Mother Where the Bird Is. His mother ensured that one hundred copies were published so that the song could be sent to friends and relatives.

He enrolled in the Worcester Academy in 1905, where he was lauded as the precocious youngster who became class valedictorian. There Cole met an important influence in his musicianship, Dr. Abercrombie. His teacher taught him about the relationship between words and meter, and between words and music in songs. Cole later quoted from Ambercrombie’s lessons: “Words and music must be so inseparably wedded to each other that they are like one.”

The Yale Years

Cole’s Yale years included many adventures, many musicals, and the forging of relationships that he carried with him for the rest of his life. Most students soon knew him for the fight songs he would write, many of which continue to be Yale classics.

It might be worth noting that it was during the Yale years when Cole’s homosexuality likely became a powerful, if not fully public, part of his life. The Cole Porter biographies I have read do not reveal compelling proof of his gay sex life until after college, so some this may be partially conclusions based on Cole’s well documented gay liaisons soon after college. And perhaps the number of Yale football fight songs he wrote in college and his post-college sexual preference for large strong men were not entirely coincidence.

Perhaps the biggest influences in his musical development were the full scale (for college) productions designed for the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Yale Dramatic Association, and solo performances in the Yale Glee Club.

Despite an Ivy League academic workload and social obligations, he composed several full productions per year in addition to individual songs. Most of the shows for the Yale student groups were zany musicals that were always complicated and often rallied around the superiority or sexual (heterosexual, by the way) prowess of Yale men. These shows were primarily intended for a Yale audience, although some of them charged admission when intended for a non-college crowd. Cole did not necessarily contribute to the “book” (the script) of the musicals, but he did have an influence on how the plot was strung together, the high energy, and the witty surreality that marked all of Cole’s musicals.

Cole wrote musicals for clubs and alumni associations, which allowed Cole and his friends to tour the country and be showered with attention and party invitations. Some of these Yale connections were helpful when he started his career on Broadway. The Yale ties lasted beyond his graduation. Even as he was graduating, he was promising more musicals for his student organizations to be written after leaving Yale. He left Yale with a legacy of approximately 300 songs, including six full scale productions.

Cole spent the years immediately after Yale flailing in an unsuccessful Harvard law career. The man who paid all of Cole’s bills, his grandfather J.O. Cole, disapproved of men choosing careers in the arts and tried hard to convince Cole to become a lawyer. Even when Cole was young, J.O. tried to instill a sense of rough individualism and business savvy that was lost on the over-pampered young Porter. Cole did indeed start attending Harvard Law but his primary attention was always to music (including writing musicals for his Yale friends). Although Kate knew, J.O. was not told that in his second year Cole switched from the law school to the school of arts and sciences at Harvard in order to pursue music. Eventually, he abandoned his studies, moved to the Yale club in New York, and began his serious music career.

Career and Travel

His first Broadway show was See America First, which was a 1916 flop despite the social luminaries in the early audiences — a feature of hiring Bessie Marbury as theatrical producer. It was described by the New York American as a “high-class college show played partly by professionals.” Cole later claimed to be in hiding after the failure of the show but he actually was prominent in the New York social scene and continued to live at the Yale Club in New York.

In July of 1917, he set out for Paris and war-engulfed Europe. Paris was a place Cole flourished socially and managed to be in the best of all possible worlds. He lied to the American press about his military involvement and made up stories about working with the French Foreign Legion and the French army. This allowed him to live his days and nights as a wealthy American in Paris, a socialite with climbing status, and still be considered a “war hero” back home, an ‘official’ story he encouraged throughout the rest of his life.

The parties during these years were elaborate and fabulous, involving people of wealthy and political classes. His parties were marked by much gay and bisexual activity, Italian nobility, cross-dressing, international musicians, and a large surplus of recreational drugs.


Cole and Linda

By 1919, Cole was spending time with the American divorcee Linda Thomas. The two became close friends quickly. Their financial status and social standing also made them ideal candidates for marriage — as a business contract, not for passion. The fact that Linda’s ex-husband was abusive and Cole was gay made the arrangement even more palatable. Linda was always one of Cole’s best supporters and being married increased his chance of success, and Cole allowed Linda to keep high social status for the rest of her life. They married on December 19, 1919 and lived a happy friendship, a mostly successful public relationship, but a sexless marriage until Linda’s death in 1954

For those interested in the poets, politicians, patricians, and places Cole knew in the next two decades, they were fairly well documented. See the Cole Wide Web Books page for details.

The Later Years

After early success with one-off songs like Don’t Fence Me In, which was re-released in a World War II musical called Hollywood Canteen, Cole signed some contracts with the film industry. The first film with a Cole Porter song was The Battle of Paris from 1929, but his two tunes from that movie had little impact on his career because of the film wasn’t very good overall.

Cole was happy with many aspects of the Hollywood community, including the liberal gay enclave called the movie industry population. Although there is some dispute about the reasons why Linda did not like the Hollywood home, my research indicates that the primary friction was Cole’s relatively more public sexual escapades. At the time, it was much less acceptable to be an eccentric gay artist and Linda feared for Cole’s reputation and career. And her social standing was threatened by such activities, since it reflected poorly in hushed rumors within upper-crust social circles.

In 1937, Cole was involved in a horse riding accident and fractured both of legs. This was a personal tragedy for a vain man who placed an enormous value on looks for both social and sexual reasons. His vibrant energy and obsession to maintain his looks through elaborate daily rituals could not (in his opinion) compensate for such a debilitating blow at his health and his ego. He was in the hospital for months, but his mental and physical health waned. It got worse with the eventual amputation of one of his legs. This did not stop Cole from writing music. During this period were Cole’s popular songs Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love, From Now On, and Get Out Of Town.

In 1945, he lent his permission but minimal creative energy to the movie Night and Day, allegedly about the life of Cole Porter. Although great for his ego and likely hysterically funny for his friends, history suffers because this movie had very little relationship to the actual life of Cole Porter. The movie purposely left out important parts of life, like his overly pampered and controlled youth, his gay life, his sexless marriage of convenience, his ‘business’ marriage, and furthered the fantastic tall tales that Cole spread about himself. For instance, although he had never served in the French Army, the movie faithfully “showed” his exploits and his fake war injuries. Cole reportedly enjoyed the movie’s wildly fictional account, and he had the privilege of seeing movie superstar Cary Grant play a well-hyped heroic (and straight) version of himself.

After this point, he had one major production, Kiss Me Kate, which was based on the Shakespeare classic Taming of the Shrew. Cole was very skeptical of this production but eventually lent his hand to the production and it became very successful, eventually spawning a moderately successful movie. Porter produced fewer successful productions in the later days, but Cole wrote songs for the musicals Can Can and Silk Stockings during this period.

Doctors amputated Cole’s injured right leg in 1958. After the amputation, Cole’s creative productivity, his social power, and his happiness plummeted. He died on October 15, 1964. In accordance with his wishes, official reports say that he was buried between his wife Linda and his father Sam Porter. Howver, perhaps because of his father’s trivial role in Cole’s upbringing, other reports circled that he was actually buried between his mother Kate and his wife Linda.

The popularity of his individual songs lasted far beyond the common knowledge of the man himself. Many of his most famous songs were presented to the public only in the context of musicals or movies which contained non-Cole Porter songs. Other famous songs have come from Cole Porter musicals or revues that failed miserably, but made up their exposure via sheet music and recordings from popular singers like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. For more information about Cole Porter albums, see the CD section of Cole Wide Web. Sometime in the 1990s, ASCAP reported that the sales of the song Night and Day from the musical Gay Divorce were the highest numbers of all time.

A 1990 album brought Cole Porter music to many younger listeners as the fundraising album Red, Hot, and Blue. The album features Cole Porter songs sung by popular musicians of the 1980s and 1990s. Porter songs still maintain a strong presence in movie soundtracks (from Woody Allen Movies, to Tank Girl), with the most popular songs Lets Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) and Night and Day.

The 2004 movie De-Lovely, named after a silly Cole Porter song title, rekindled the nation’s love for Cole Porter’s music due to the beautiful sets, all-star actors, famous musicians, and a well-hyped Hollywood marketing campaign for the movie and the soundtrack.

Let’s hope that we all keep the talent of Cole Porter alive!

For More Information

There are many full biographies of Cole Porter on the Cole Porter Books page.

There are many CDs of Cole Porter music on the Cole Porter CDs page.

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Chynna Phillips is open about her Christian faith 

“Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) is a  very popular show.  I have only watched it a little, but I am a big fan of Chynna Phillips. I love a lot of her music.

Dancing With the Stars: Chynna Phillips Speaks Openly About Her Christian Faith

Actress and singer Chynna Phillips has proven to also be a skilled dancer and a faithful Christian on “Dancing with the Stars” as she has openly expressed her faith live on air.

Formerly a member of Wilson Phillips, she is the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas band members John and Michelle Phillips.

Access Hollywood reported Phillips saying, “I think some people will be surprised that I am doing Christian music.”

The 43-year-old is a born-again Christian, and released a Christian album entitled “One Reason” in 2009.

In an interview with the Christian media source Charisma, Phillips explained her transition after her singing group broke up.

“Although I did accomplish a lot of the things I wanted to… as a member of Wilson Phillips, nothing compares to what I’m doing now. Nothing is more gratifying as a Christian believer than being able to thread my faith and love for Jesus into my music.”

The singer has been married to actor Billy Baldwin since 1995, and the couple share three children together. Phillips told Charisma that she noticed something was missing from her life, and thought: “I know there’s more.”

Writing songs about her faith and love for God has given her “true joy, peace, and fulfillment,” said Phillips.

Appearing on season 13 of “DWTS” Phillips has impressed the judges with her graceful dancing as well as positive attitude. During the second week of performances on “DWTS,” Phillips exclaimed on camera, “Sometimes dancing is so hard, there’s nothing you can do BUT curse!”

Frustrated with learning the quickstep, Phillips added, “Sorry Jesus I have to curse!”

Her performance that week earned her a score of 21.

Frequently mentioning her Christian faith and love for Jesus on the show, Phillips also took to her Twitter account ahead of her third performance on “DWTS” Sunday to thank fans as well as Jesus.

“@wallacejnichols love your work! Thank you Jesus for people like you!” Wrote Phillips, who also said, “@jaydozthegreat hilarious!! I’m here! Sweet dreams- take Jesus!”

During Monday’s dance performance on “DWTS” Phillips and her dance partner Tony Dovolani danced to “Hold On” a song of her own which she claims a strong personal connection to. The elegant Rumba earned her a massive 26 points out of 30.

Phillips and her partner will be dancing the encore performance on Tuesday’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

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The Message I Tried To Talk Myself Out Of is called A PLACE CALLED HELL

Our topic this time is a controversial one. Dr. Rogers said,

“I’ve actually tried to talk myself out of this message. And I’ll tell you why. It’s not a happy one. I’d much rather say something about joy, life, victory—but I’m convinced the missing message in today’s church and especially on the air waves is the message concerning Hell. And I believe we’re reaping the consequences of failing to bring that message. The reason we have so much so-called Hell in our world is because we have so little in our pulpits.

I’m not speaking primarily to the lost. Most lost people are not saved by hearing a message on Hell. I’m preaching primarily to the church—those of us who aresaved—because so often we fail to be properly motivated to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One great motivation is “the love of God that constrains us.”  Another is “knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11).

Some of you have loved ones who will die and go to Hell unless you bring them the message of salvation and redemption. We need to be shocked out of our lethargy.

If I am to be a faithful preacher of the Gospel, I have to preach the whole counsel of God and preach as Jesus preached. Jesus had more to say about the place called Hell than any other person in the Bible.

Let’s begin our study. First the good news, then the bad:

1. Turn to Revelation 21:7, filling in some key words as we go:

He that ___________________ shall inherit all things, and I will be his ______, and he shall be _____ ______.”

So far, wonderful. Continue to v. 8:

“…but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the ________ which ____________ with ______ and _________________, which is the second death.”

Hell—It’s No Joking Matter

Hell is often the subject of jokes, but it’s a somber, serious fact. As you go through this study, you can choose to do one of several things:

1. You can reject it. That’s your privilege.
2. You can ignore it.
3. You can accept it and do something with it.

When people think of Hell, they picture the devil as a comical character wearing a red suit with horns, a tail and a pitchfork, making people shovel coal. Satan loves that image because we laugh at it.

Satan promotes laughter about Hell because if people don’t understand the teaching of Hell, they’ll not prepare to go to Heaven, to give their hearts to Christ.

It makes no difference if all the scholars, preachers, scientists, statesmen, politicians and liberal theologians put together say there is no Hell, it wouldn’t change one letter of what the Word of God says.

Often the minister who preaches on Hell is accused of being unloving. With a sneer the world loves to call him a “hell-fire and damnation preacher.” The late, great Dr. Robert G. Lee said,

I know some people call the preacher who stands squarely upon the teaching of Christ and His apostles narrow, harsh, and cruel. As to being narrow, I have no desire to any broader than was Jesus. As to being cruel, is it cruel to tell a man the truth? Is a man to be called cruel who declares the whole counsel of God and points out to men their danger? Is it cruel to arouse sleeping people to the fact that the house is on fire? Is it cruel to jerk a blind man away from the rattlesnake in the coil? Is it cruel to declare to people the deadliness of disease and tell them which medicine to take? I had rather be called cruel for being kind, than to be called kind for being cruel.

The cruelest thing we could do would be to fail to warn people about Hell and what the Bible has to say about it. To ridicule a preacher who warns of Hell is like ridiculing a doctor who warns of cancer. Hell is not a pleasant subject, but it is a reality.

Sometimes it can be a shocking reality. Each day we hear of someone who met a sudden, unexpected death. In a recent news event, one minute people were alive and well and the next split second they were in eternity, facing Almighty God. For many of us, death is not way out there in the future. The only thing between some people and a literal, burning Hell is a heartbeat. Thank God, between me and Hell is the cross of Jesus Christ.

2. One reason people ridicule is that they don’t like to think about it.  Turn to Proverbs 28:5:

Evil men understand not _______________.

Since our sinful nature recoils at the thought of hell and judgment, people think of ways to refute the idea.

  • “Well, I just don’t believe in life after death.”
  • “Well, I believe in life after death for the saved, but not for the lost”—a doctrine known as “annihilation,” the belief that the lost will just be “gone,” like an earthworm or an amoeba.
  • “Everybody, eventually, is going to heaven”—the doctrine of “universalism.” Universalists believe in life after death; they don’t believe in annihilation but that God may have some remedial place where He keeps people until they finally come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Being a loving God, He’s going to say, “Oh, well, that’s alright. I’ll overlook your sin and bring everybody to Heaven.”
A CLOSER LOOK AT “ANNIHILATION”There are those who knock on your door with their religious pamphlets and tell you there is no everlasting place called Hell. They’ll tell you that when you die, you die like a horse, a dog, a cow—that there’s no conscious existence in Hell. That’s not what God says about it. Revelation 14:10-11 dispenses with that idea, and we’ll get to that in a moment. The only thing you, I, or anybody else knows about life after death is what God’s holy Word says about it. An ounce of what God says is worth a ton of what some philosopher has to say.

Is “Hell” Literal or Figurative?

As we open these passages of Scripture and read the Bible’s description of Hell, the question will come to your mind:
“Are these passages to be interpreted literally or figuratively?”

Whether we take it literally or figuratively, I want us to take it seriously. I teach it like it’s written. When I face God, I’d much rather Him say, “Adrian, you took My Word too seriously” than to hear, “Adrian, you explained it away.”

What Hell Will Be Like

A. A Place of Vile Associations

3. Back to Revelation 21:8, in Hell who would your companions be?

“but the ____________and the ____________________ and the ________________, and ________________, and ________________, and ____________, and ______________, and all ________ shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone which is the second death.”

Xxxxxxxx

Mark Twain is reported to have said, “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” Hell is a place of isolation, and this is who you’ll be in isolation with.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

4. Turn back one chapter to Revelation 20, verse 10. Look who you’ll have for a roommate:

“and the ___________ that deceived them was cast into the _______ of ______ and brimstone.”

At times Scripture refers to him as “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), the father of lies (John 8:44), a murderer (John 8:44), your adversary (1 Peter 5:8), your enemy (John 10:19, Matthew 13:39), and a destroyer (John 10:10, Psalm 17:4).

5. Where is Satan right now? Is he presently in Hell? Google maps won’t help, but to some extent we can GPS him.

a. Turn to Ephesians 2:2:
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that ____ _________  ___ ____ _______________ ___ __________________.”  This nefarious activity can only be carried out where people are.

b. Turn to Job 1:7:
And the Lord said unto Satan, “Whence comest thou?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro in the ___________, and from ___________ up and down _____  ______.”

c. Turn to 1 Peter 5:8:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, _____________ about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Not literally walking, because Satan is a spirit, but he—or more likely one of his minions—is tracking you.

So the devil is not in Hell yet, but one day he will be.

When he goes, it will be a one-way ticket.  He will be cast into a lake burning with fire and brimstone and will suffer there like everyone else. He is not going to be running around as “the lord of Hell,” any more than prisoners in maximum security go around running the place.

6. Turn to Matthew 25:41. Beside Satan and those who rejected God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, what other group will be there?

Once bright shining creatures, they fell from the glories of Heaven. Now foul spirits under Satan’s command, they too will one day be incarcerated in Hell.

7. Turn to Matthew 25:41. For what purpose was Hell originally created?

8. So we have seen in Revelation 21:8 the people who will be there. In case you look at the list and think, “Well, I’m not in that category—I’m not that bad,” look at the first two types of people in the list. Who are they? The ___________ and the ____________.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE GREATEST SINWe’re not talking here about “the unforgiveable sin,” but the greatest sin. For a more complete look at this, read Mark 12:28-34. It is not sexual perversion, rape, murder, arson or thievery. The greatest sin is unbelief, to fail to love God with all of your heart. Many who don’t love God, who’ve never surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ, think Hell is for the drunkard and thief, but not for them. But if you’ve never bowed before the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and said, “Oh God, I’m a sinner. I repent of my sin, and with all of my heart, dear Lord, I believe in you,” you head the list of those who one day will end up in the place called Hell. Those who don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ, the fearful and unbelieving, will spend eternity there.

B. A Place of Separation from People You’d Want to Spend Eternity With

Hell is not only is company with the ungodly but separation from those who are godly.

9. Turn to Revelation 21:27:

a. “ And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: They that are ____________ in the __________’s _________  of  _________.”

b. What place is our Lord describing here?__________________. We’ve seen who will not be there. Who will be there?

10. If your name is not there, you will be separated from the saints. And what will you experience? Turn to Luke 13:28:

“There shall be ______________ and gnashing of teeth when ye shall see _______________, and ____________, and ___________, and all the ______________ in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves __________  _____.”

If you have refused the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, not only will you be in Hell with the devil, the beast, the false prophet, all of the demons, all of the ungodly, all of the unbelievers of all of the ages, but you’ll be separated from the godly and the righteous for all eternity.

C. A Place of Sensual Misery

11. You will feel in Hell. Turn to Luke 16 and look in verses 23, 24 and 25. Jesus is contrasting the eternal destiny of a certain rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. Upon his death—not because of his wealth but because of his rejection of God—the rich man is in Hell.  What word does Jesus use three times to describe his condition?

23 And in hell he [the rich man] lift up his eyes, being in _____________, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am ____________ in this flame.”
25 But Abraham said, “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime received thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art _______________.”

Whether Jesus is speaking here of literal fire or in a metaphor of something even worse, it makes no difference. Whatever Jesus intends to convey by the word “fire,” you do not want to go there. You’ll be tormented if you go to Hell.

D. A Place of Emotional Misery

12. Look again at verse 25. Abraham says to the rich man, “Son, _______________.” What does this word tell you about Hell?

If you go to Hell, you’ll take your memory with you. Memory will sting like a hornet in Hell. You will remember the prayers of your mother, every message where the speaker implored you to give your life to Christ, every opportunity you had to be saved, and every time you stubbornly said no to the Lord Jesus Christ.

E. A Place of Eternal Darkness

13. Go back to Revelation 21:23:

…and the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it: for the _______ of ________ did light it, and the ___________ is the __________of it. And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in the ________ of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their _________ and _________ into it.

Heaven is a place of fantastic beauty and light. But Hell is a place of darkness. How do we know this?

14. a. Turn to the book of Jude, verse 13:

Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the ____________________ of _______________ forever.

No man’s art can fashion a window that will let in the slightest ray of light.

b. Turn to Matthew 8:11-12. Jesus said,

And I say unto you that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
But the children of the kingdom [of Satan—those who rejected Christ] shall be cast out into __________ ________________: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Those who die without Christ never again see a glimmer of light. Never will you see the twinkle of a star, the glory of the sun, the luster of the moon. The Bible calls it “outer darkness.” If you die without Jesus Christ, you will never again see a morning, a sunrise, the smiling face of a child or the beauties in this city of light God described in Revelation 21. The “blackness of darkness forever”!

AN ASIDE HERE
You know, as Christians we go through some very dark times right here on this earth. We think sometimes we won’t survive. But the Bible comforts us with this truth: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Darkness may endure for you for a season, but you will know joy again. Joy comes in the morning. We who belong to Christ have that hope. For us, there is an eternal morning.

F. A Place of Everlasting Dying and Separation from God

15. The child of God will only die once—we will experience physical death. But for the lost, there is a second death that’s spiritual and eternal. Look again at Revelation 20:14.

…and __________ and Hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the __________ death….

The Bible calls this everlasting, eternal separation from God “the second death.”  It is the separation of your soul from God for all eternity.

16. Turn to 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9. There is both comfort and terror in this passage:

And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with __________________ destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power;
You will be shut away from the presence of the Lord for all eternity.  You will walk the burning corridors of the damned, alone, separated from God. Never can your prayers be answered. Never can you have fellowship with God.

BUT JESUS TOOK THAT FOR YOU
Separation from God is what Jesus suffered on the cross for you. When He died, He took your Hell, crying out, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Jesus suffered your Hell on the cross, being forsaken of God, His Father.

In Contrast, Heaven is a Place of Everlasting Life

For the child of God, Heaven is a place of union with God for all eternity.

17. Turn to 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 for some reassuring words from the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul:

Therefore we are [how often?] ___________ ________________, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are ­­­­­_____________ [there’s that word again], I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Paul knew that upon his death (separation of soul from body) he would be in the presence of the Lord. Death is not annihilation. It is separation of the soul from the body. When we die, our body will cease to live. We will simply move out. But those who have trusted Christ will be kicking up gold dust on the streets of glory.

G. A Place of Everlasting Hopelessness

Bernard Baruch said, “‘Hopeless’ is the saddest word in the English language.”

18. Turn to Proverbs 11:7:

When a wicked man dieth, his __________________ shall perish: and the ________ of unjust men perisheth.

At this point in time, you can be saved if you want to be saved. You may accept Christ as Lord now. If you have rejected Christ, when you die, hope dies with you. After death there is no chance, no repentance.

It would be bad enough to have your doctor or your banker tell you, “It’s hopeless.” But think how sad it would be to be in Hell, knowing it was hopeless—that there is never, ever a way out of Hell—for eternity.

19. If you have the idea that you could spend, perhaps, a few thousand years in Hell and then get out, there would be some hope. But turn to Revelation 14. You may want to read the entire chapter for context. The setting is the time of the Tribulation on earth, when people are aligning themselves with the Antichrist. Those who do face great judgment. For our purpose, we are looking at verses 10 and 11 to understand the length of time involved.

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for  _______  _____  _______: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

What is the length of this judgment?

This judgment is not just for those who pledge allegiance to the Antichrist but for all who reject God’s offer of salvation. If you go to Hell, you’ll be there for eternity without hope.

H. A Place of Everlasting Burning

I saved this for last not because I relish it, but because so often when people want to ridicule the idea of Hell, they ridicule the idea of fire. Is there fire in Hell? Listen not to Adrian Rogers but to Jesus Christ.

20. a. Turn back once again to Matthew 25:41:

Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting ________, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Again, look at Revelation 20:14. Remember it says, “and death and Hell were cast into the lake of ________. This is the second death.”

b. Back to the verse we began with, Revelation 21:8:

… shall have their part in the lake which ______________ with _______ and brim-stone, which is the second death.”

You know, people who scoff at the idea of fire in Hell do not put the fires of Hell out. They laughed at Noah when he spoke of the flood. They scoffed at Lot when he warned that God was going to destroy Sodom with fire and brimstone. They disbelieved Daniel when he said Belshazzar would be slain and the kingdom overthrown. Whether literal fire or metaphorical, when Jesus said in Mathew 18:8 that it would be better for you to cut off your right hand and cast it away from you than to enter into everlasting fire, He was not saying we have to cut off our hand to go to Heaven, but “Whatever price you have to pay, miss Hell. Don’t go to Hell, no matter what it costs.”

Why I Believe in Hell

  • The words of Jesus teach it. There are at least 162 texts in the New Testament that speak of Hell and the judgment of the lost, over 70 issued by Jesus Christ Himself. I believe in Hell because I believe in Jesus.
  • The death of Jesus demonstrates it. If there’s no Hell from which men need to be saved, Jesus did not need to die and Calvary is the blunder of the ages.
  • The justice of God demands it. God is just. Acts of unspeakable injustice on earth will be accounted for. There is a judgment to face, a time when things are made right, when equity does come.

In Closing…

God doesn’t want you to go to Hell. I want to tell you, dear friend, God has placed a blockade on the road to Hell, and it is the cross of Jesus Christ. If you go to Hell, you’ll have to climb over His cross to get there. God is lifting up the blood-stained cross of the Lord Jesus Christ saying, “Please, don’t go to Hell!” It was created not for you but for Satan and his minions. God is pleading with you today. With nail-pierced hands Christ is pleading with you today. The Holy Spirit is pleading today. And if you have loved ones who are lost, tell them about the Lord Jesus.

Soon we’re going to meet the Lord. Jesus died to save you from Hell. With His blood He paid your sin debt. Your sin will be pardoned in Christ or punished in Hell, but it will never be overlooked. Come to Jesus. Trust Him. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” You don’t have to go to Hell if you don’t want to.

If you would like to know Jesus for the first time or to learn more, visit “Discover Jesus” at our website.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Five Minutes After Death

Luke 16:19-31 (Program: 2217, Air date: 06.28.2015)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Man is the only creature who knows that he is going to die, and he is trying desperately to forget it.
    2. No one is ever ready for life until he is no longer afraid of death.
    3. Humanity seems more interested in the origin of the species rather than the destination of the species.
    4. There was a time when you were not, but there will never be a time when you will not be. Your soul will continue to exist either in Heaven or in Hell.
    5. Jesus told a story in Luke 16 that deals with the three great issues we all face: life, death and eternity.
      1. This is a story of contrasts. Jesus tells of the contrasts between two men in their lives, deaths and destinies.
  2. A CONTRAST IN LIFE (Luke 16:19-21)
    1. The rich man and Lazarus the beggar described in Luke 16 were very different.
    2. Life is full of inequities.
      1. Congenital inequities
        1. We are born with inequities.
        2. We are each born with different gifts and abilities.
      2. Material inequities
        1. Some are born into great wealth; others are not.
        2. Psalm 62:10
      3. Social inequities
        1. Those who are rich and those who are poor are often perceived differently.
  3. A CONTRAST IN DEATH (Luke 16:22)
    1. Both the poor man and the rich man died.
    2. The Bible states that the rich man died and was buried.
    3. The Bible doesn’t say that the beggar was buried. The beggars of that day were often discarded when they died without a proper burial.
    4. 1 Samuel 20:3
  4. A CONTRAST IN ETERNITY (Luke 16:22-23)
    1. The beggar died and was carried by the angels to Heaven.
      1. Heaven is referred to in this passage as “Abraham’s bosom.”
      2. The man who had been feeding on crumbs is now feasting at a banquet at the highest place of honor.
      3. The glories of Heaven:
        1. Heaven is all that the all-beneficent loving heart of God would desire for you, all that the omniscient mind of God could design for you, and all that the omnipotent hand of God could prepare for you.
        2. Heaven will be just right.
    2. The Bible says that the rich man was in torments.
      1. Many scoff at those who believe in Hell. Mark Twain is reported to have said, “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” But the Bible teaches it and gives other examples of those who were mocked for proclaiming God’s Word.
        1. Noah Genesis 7:22
        2. Lot Genesis 19:24-25
        3. Daniel Daniel 5:30
        4. 1 Peter 1:25
      2. Why I believe in Hell:
        1. The words of Jesus teach it.
          1. There are at least 162 texts in the New Testament that speak of Hell and the judgment of the lost. Over 70 of these texts are issued by Jesus Himself.
          2. Matthew 5:29-30
        2. The death of Jesus demonstrates it.
          1. If there is no Hell from which we need to be saved, then why did Jesus die?
        3. The justice of God demands it.
          1. There must be a time when things are made right.
      3. The agonies of Hell:
        1. What will Hell be like?
          1. It is a place of sensual misery.
            1. Luke 16:23-25
            2. Matthew 25:41
          1. It is a place of emotional misery.
            1. Luke 16:25
            2. One will remember in Hell.
          2. It is a place of eternal misery.
            1. Luke 16:26
            2. Hebrews 9:27
          3. It is a place of spiritual misery.
            1. Luke 16:27-29
            2. Once in Hell, the rich man was concerned about his loved ones’ spiritual destiny; but it was too late for him to warn them.
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. Don’t put off salvation. Acknowledge Jesus as your Lord today.
    2. Romans 10:9-10
    3. Romans 10:13

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Friday, June 12, 2015

The Final Judgement

Revelation 20:11-15 (Program: 2213, Air dates: 06.14.2015 & 06.21.2015)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. There is coming a time when the Millennium we read about in the book of Revelation will come to an end; and time, as we have known it, will conclude.
    2. Each unsaved person has a date with Deity and will stand before Almighty God to be judged.
    3. Hebrews 9:27
  2. THE SETTING DESCRIBED  (Revelation 20:11)
    1. The throne
      1. The throne is great, which speaks of its power.
      2. It is also white, which speaks of its purity.
      3. The word “throne” speaks of its purpose because there is a Sovereign judge sitting upon it.
      4. Those who stand before the great, white throne to be judged are those who are lost in their sins and eternally condemned.
    2. The judge is Jesus Christ.
      1. Jesus Christ is both Savior and Judge.
      2. John 5:22
      3. Revelation 1:13-16
        1. In this passage, Jesus is depicted as wearing the regal robes of a king and a judge.
        2. His hair, white as wool, speaks of His unsullied, absolute purity.
        3. His eyes, like a flame of fire, means that not only does He see you, but He also sees through you.  He knows all about you.
        4. His feet are like fine brass.  Brass, in the Bible, is a symbol of judgment.
      4. Hebrews 4:13
      5. In Revelation 20:11, it states that the Earth and the Heaven fled from His face, and there was no place for them.  This means that everything stable is gone, and there will be no hiding from this Judge.
  3. THE SUMMONS DELIVERED  (Revelation 20:12-13)
    1. Who will be called to the judgment?
      1. The out and out sinner those who hate God, Christ, the Bible and Christianity.
      2. The self-righteous those who think the gospel is only for the thief, the murderer, the drunkard.  They think that because they are nice people and live good lives that they are Heaven-bound.
        1. Titus 3:5
        2. Isaiah 64:6
        3. The worst form of badness is human goodness when human goodness becomes a substitute for the new birth.
      3. The procrastinator these know that they need to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, they know they need to be saved, and they intend to…one day.
        1. Proverbs 27:1
        2. Proverbs 29:1
        3. James 4:14
      4. Lost church members those who are religious, who are church members, who may have been baptized, but have never surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  They give lip service to it but have never been born again.
        1. Revelation 20:15
        2. The church only points the way to Heaven; it is not the way to Heaven.
      5. Those who have never heard the gospel these have never heard the saving message of Jesus Christ.  And while they do not have enough light to save them, they do have enough sin to condemn them.
        1. Many ask, “Is God fair to let someone die and go to Hell who never heard the gospel?”  But the bigger question is whether or not we are saved if we don’t want to tell them about Jesus.
        2. Luke 12:47-48
  4. THE SECRETS DISPLAYED  (Revelation 20:12-13)
    1. Every secret thing word, thought and deed is recorded and will be judged.
    2. Ecclesiastes 12:14
    3. Romans 2:16
    4. Matthew 12:36
    5. Luke 12:2-3
  5. THE SENTENCE DETERMINED  (Revelation 20:13-15)
    1. The sureness of it
      1. The judgment will occur and will be final.
      2. Romans 14:11-12
    2. The severity of it
      1. There will be no mercy in the judgment.
        1. Forgiveness and grace are freely offered to us in this life through the atoning work of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.  But if we reject the Lord Jesus in this life, we will receive no mercy in the judgment.
      2. Hebrews 9:27
      3. Hebrews 10:28-31
    3. Three parts to every trial
      1. The evidence is presented.
        1. The books will be opened; and every word, thought and action will be judged.
        2. One’s influence upon others will also be judged, as well as the failure to do those good and right things that we should have done.
          1. James 4:17
      2. You make your defense.
        1. What will your defense be as you stand before Jesus Christ?
        2. Excuses of not knowing which church to attend, hypocrites in the church, not having enough time, etc., will not satisfy.
          1. We’re told to believe in Jesus Christ, not in a particular church or hypocrite.
          2. You can be saved today, now.
            1. Acts 16:31
      3. The verdict is handed down.
        1. Matthew 10:33
        2. The ones who stand before the great, white throne of judgment will not find their names written in the Book of Life.
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. You don’t have to stand before the great, white throne of judgment if you settle out of court by surrendering today to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
    2. Romans 8:1
    3. Call upon Jesus Christ today.  Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    4. Romans 10:9-10
    5. Romans 10:13

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Friday, June 5, 2015

The Value Of A Soul

Mark 8:35-38 (Program: 2211, Air date: 6.7.2015)

THE VALUE OF A SOUL
(Mark 8:35-38)
(RA2211 ~ Program: 2315, Air date 06.07.2015)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Our souls, which are made in the image of God, will never cease to exist.
    2. The fact that we are made in the image of God makes us uniquely distinct from the rest of God’s creation.
      1. Genesis 1:26-27
    3. The Bible refers to our bodies as an earthly house.
      1. 2 Corinthians 5:1
    4. Oftentimes, we pamper the body and neglect the soul.
    5. Jesus taught that it is a bad bargain if we should try to exchange our souls for the world.
      1. Mark 8:35-38
    6. We need to recognize the value of our souls.
  2. THE FABULOUS TREASURE
    1. Your soul is a priceless treasure.
    2. There are five things that make our souls valuable:
      1. Creativity
        1. The identity of the creator adds to the creation’s worth.
        2. Our Creator is God.
          1. Genesis 2:7
          2. Ephesians 2:10
      2. Potentiality
        1. God has predestined His children to be conformed into the image of His Son.
          1. Romans 8:29
      3. Durability
        1. Our souls will exist for eternity, either in Heaven or in Hell.
          1. Daniel 12:2
      4. Rarity
        1. Our souls are absolutely unique and rare.
        2. There will never be another you.
      5. Desirability
        1. What something is worth is determined by what someone will pay for it.
        2. Jesus gave His life upon bloody Calvary for our souls.
          1. 1 Peter 1:18-19
  3. A FOOLISH TRANSACTION  (Mark 8:36-37)
    1. It is a bad, foolish bargain to try to exchange our souls for this world.
    2. Three reasons why this is a bad bargain:
      1. Nobody gains the whole world.
      2. The part of the world you gain, you can’t keep.
      3. The world will never satisfy you.
        1. Acts 17:28
    3. To lose your soul would be a tragic loss.
      1. It is an irreversible loss.
        1. Hebrews 9:27
        2. Ezekiel 18:4
      2. It is an immeasurable loss.
      3. It is an irreplaceable loss.
      4. It is an inexcusable loss.
        1. You don’t have to lose your soul.
  4. THE FATAL TRAGEDY  (Mark 8:36)
    1. Many of us are engaged in bargaining away our souls for pieces of this world, and we’re not even gaining the pleasures of the world.
    2. Surrender your soul to Jesus.
    3. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”  (Mark 8:36)

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Chynna Phillips tells her mom Michelle about possibility of having spiritual relationship with Jesus!


Chynna Phillips is open about her Christian faith 

“Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) is a  very popular show.  I have only watched it a little, but I am a big fan of Chynna Phillips. I love a lot of her music.

Dancing With the Stars: Chynna Phillips Speaks Openly About Her Christian Faith

Actress and singer Chynna Phillips has proven to also be a skilled dancer and a faithful Christian on “Dancing with the Stars” as she has openly expressed her faith live on air.

Formerly a member of Wilson Phillips, she is the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas band members John and Michelle Phillips.

Access Hollywood reported Phillips saying, “I think some people will be surprised that I am doing Christian music.”

The 43-year-old is a born-again Christian, and released a Christian album entitled “One Reason” in 2009.

In an interview with the Christian media source Charisma, Phillips explained her transition after her singing group broke up.

“Although I did accomplish a lot of the things I wanted to… as a member of Wilson Phillips, nothing compares to what I’m doing now. Nothing is more gratifying as a Christian believer than being able to thread my faith and love for Jesus into my music.”

The singer has been married to actor Billy Baldwin since 1995, and the couple share three children together. Phillips told Charisma that she noticed something was missing from her life, and thought: “I know there’s more.”

Writing songs about her faith and love for God has given her “true joy, peace, and fulfillment,” said Phillips.

Appearing on season 13 of “DWTS” Phillips has impressed the judges with her graceful dancing as well as positive attitude. During the second week of performances on “DWTS,” Phillips exclaimed on camera, “Sometimes dancing is so hard, there’s nothing you can do BUT curse!”

Frustrated with learning the quickstep, Phillips added, “Sorry Jesus I have to curse!”

Her performance that week earned her a score of 21.

Frequently mentioning her Christian faith and love for Jesus on the show, Phillips also took to her Twitter account ahead of her third performance on “DWTS” Sunday to thank fans as well as Jesus.

“@wallacejnichols love your work! Thank you Jesus for people like you!” Wrote Phillips, who also said, “@jaydozthegreat hilarious!! I’m here! Sweet dreams- take Jesus!”

During Monday’s dance performance on “DWTS” Phillips and her dance partner Tony Dovolani danced to “Hold On” a song of her own which she claims a strong personal connection to. The elegant Rumba earned her a massive 26 points out of 30.

Phillips and her partner will be dancing the encore performance on Tuesday’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

WOODY WEDNESDAY Woody Allen’s Autobiography resembles Ricky Gervais show AFTER LIFE and Solomon in ECCLESIASTES Part 3 (Solomon, Tony and Woody all unsatisfied in life with their accomplishments)

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Tony in the film AFTERLIFE keeps thinking about the good ole days with his soulmate and thinks that everything was great then when it wasn’t. Wade Wainio makes this observation in the following article:

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May 2, 2020

Woody Allen c/o NY

Dear Woody,

You got to take the time to watch the film series AFTERLIFE on Netflix since Ricky Gervais, you and Solomon in ECCLESIASTES talk about so many of the same nihilistic themes on life!!!

On the last page of your autobiography are these words: MY  BIGGEST REGRET? Only that I’ve been given millions to make movies, total artistic control, and I never made a great film.”
I have two responses to that. First, you have made a great film. I would argue that CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is a truly great film because it demonstrates how without God MIGHT MAKES RIGHT and there is no argument against that I have ever heard!!!

In fact, I have about 2 million hits on my blog and a large portion of those individuals who have visited my blog have read this quote below that I wrote about you over and over:

I have spent alot of time talking about Woody Allen films on this blog and looking at his worldview. He has a hopelessmeaningless, nihilistic worldview that believes we are going to turn to dust and there is no afterlife. Even though he has this view he has taken the opportunity to look at the weaknesses of his own secular view. I salute him for doing that. That is why I have returned to his work over and over and presented my own Christian worldview as an alternative.

My interest in Woody Allen is so great that I have a “Woody Wednesday” on my blog www.thedailyhatch.org every week. Also I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in his film “Midnight in Paris.” (Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway,T.S.Elliot,  Cole Porter,Paul Gauguin,  Luis Bunuel, and Pablo Picasso were just a few of the characters.)

Second, I would assert that just like Solomon in ECCLESIASTES and Tony in AFTERLIFE or Mick Jagger in the ROLLING STONES, you can not find satisfaction UNDER THE SUN!

There are, however, signs that Tony was disappointed in life even before Lisa’s death. He hates his job at the Tambury Gazette, saying it’s not journalism. He decries what he considers the awful future of online publishing, including click-bait and angry fools in article comment sections.

Netflix’s After Life season 1, episode 4 recap

In episode 4 of Netflix original After Life, Tony is forced to question his bleak outlook yet remains resilient in his pessimism.

After Life has been steeped in the depression of Tony Johnson (Ricky Gervais), following the death of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman). However, Tony’s sense of humor is a sign that, deep down, he still has a spark of life left. Of course, sad reminders follow him around regularly. In this episode, he passes by Lisa’s old room in the hospital. Although he doesn’t cry, he is clearly reminded of her.

There are, however, signs that Tony was disappointed in life even before Lisa’s death. He hates his job at the Tambury Gazette, saying it’s not journalism. He decries what he considers the awful future of online publishing, including click-bait and angry fools in article comment sections. He is confronted yet again by Matt (Tom Basden), Tony’s brother-in-law and boss who’s sick of his sour attitude.

How does Tony in AFTERLIFE or Solomon in the Book of Ecclesiastes get peace in their lives?

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?

Dan Jarrell commented on this passage in Ecclesiastes:

Either way you translate it, it says nothing is so good for us other than a satisfied life but nothing is as impossible for us because it is not in us to be satisfied for who can eat and enjoy life without him?  The answer is NOBODY CAN!!!! So you come down to the idea that if one seeks satisfaction they will never find it. In fact, every pleasure will be fleeting and can not be sustained, BUT IF ONE SEEKS GOD THEN ONE FINDS SATISFACTION. That is my sermon in a nutshell. That is the conclusion. 

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Over and over I have read that Hugh Hefner was a modern day King Solomon and Hefner’s search for satisfaction was attempted by adding to the number of his sexual experiences.

Many of the sermons that I heard or read that inspired me to write Hugh Hefner were from this list of gentlemen:  Daniel Akin, Brandon Barnard, Alistair Begg, Matt Chandler, George Critchley,  Steve Gaines, Norman L. Geisler, Greg Gillbert, Billy Graham, Mark Henry, Dan Jarrell, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., R. G. Lee, C.S. Lewis Chris Lewis, Kerry Livgren, Robert Lewis,    Bill Parkinson, Ben Parkinson,Vance Pitman, Nelson Price, Ethan Renoe, Adrian Rogers, Philip Graham Ryken, Francis Schaeffer, Lee Strobel, Bill Wellons, Kirk Wetsell,  Ken Whitten, Ed Young ,  Ravi Zacharias, Tom Zobrist, and Richard Zowie.

In this post today and several posts that follow this will be based on a sermon series I heard at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock in 1996 on the Book of Ecclesiastes. The pastors back then were Robert Lewis, Bill Wellons, Bill Parkinson and Dan Jarrell. Below is the letter I wrote based both on Dan Jarrell’s sermon from the same series.

Dan Jarrell pictured below:

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Robert Lewis pictured below:

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Bill Wellons pictured below:

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Bill Parkinson pictured below

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I also quoted Ravi Zacharias when I wrote, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term UNDER THE SUN — What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system and you are left with only this world of Time plus Chance plus matter.”

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On page 164 of your autobiography you state:
 
Jean, John, and I hung out sometimes at Hugh Hefner’s. Not much but now and then. It was an open house nearly twenty-four hours, hung with Picassos and full of celebrities, sport figures, sextuplets women. The sexy women were the main draw.

 

 
 
Let me share a letter I wrote to your friend Hef below:

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MUSIC MONDAY Chris Martin writes: “Can there be breaks In the chaos of times?” Oh, thanks God You must’ve heard when I prayed Because now I always Want to feel this way!

Chris Martin writes: “Can there be breaks In the chaos of times?” Oh, thanks God You must’ve heard when I prayed Because now I always Want to feel this way!

Amazing Day – Coldplay (Live in Global Citizen 2015 – Only Audio + Lyrics in Descrip.)

“Amazing Day”

Sat on a roof
Named every star
Shed every bruise and
Showed every scarSat on a roof
Your hand in mine, singing
“Life has a beautiful, crazy design”
And time seemed to say
“Forget the world and it’s weight”
Here I just wanna stayAmazing day [x2]

Sat on a roof
Named every star and
You showed me a place
Where you can be who you are

And the view
The whole Milky Way
In your eyes
I’m drifting away
And in your arms
I just wanna sway

Amazing day [x4]

And I asked every book
Poetry, chime
“Can there be breaks
In the chaos of times?”
Oh, thanks God
You must’ve heard when I prayed
Because now I always
Want to feel this way

Amazing day [x4]

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Music Monday In Remembrance of Me written by Buryl Red of Little Rock

Celebrate Life! – 17 – In Remembrance

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“Celebrate Life!” – A 1972 musical about the life of Jesus. Music by Buryl Red, book and lyrics by Ragan Courtney, featuring Cynthia Clawson.

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MUSIC MONDAY Top 10 songs of the Velvet Underground and Nico

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The Velvet Underground & Nico – Heroin – At The Hilltop Pop Festival – 1969

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The VU & Nico live at the Hilltop Pop Festival 02 08 1969.

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Top 10 songs of the Velvet Underground and Nico:

The Velvet Underground were one of the ’60s most influential bands — right up there with the Beatles and the Stones — even though practically nobody paid attention to them back when they were making records. The classic lineup (with a couple of changes along the way) fronted by Lou Reed made only four albums, but the handful of songs helped shape punk, art-rock and indie rock in the years to come. All four albums are essential listens, and our list of the Top 10 Velvet Underground Songs serves as a first-step primer.

Velvet Underground White Light White Heat
10

‘The Gift’

From: ‘White Light / White Heat’ (1968)
 
 

Viola player John Cale recites a short story by Reed over a droning instrumental backing in this eight-minute track from the Velvets’ second album. And if you think you don’t have time for, or interest in, an eight-minute story about a guy who misses his girlfriend and the unexpected package that arrives for her one day, think again. ‘The Gift’ is a weird delight. We won’t spoil the ending, but needless to say, it’s inevitable, funny and, um, sharp.

 
Velvet Underground Velvet Underground
9

‘Pale Blue Eyes’

From: ‘The Velvet Underground’ (1969)
 
 

Lou Reed more than earned his reputation as a caustic SOB (see just about every other cut on our list of the Top 10 Velvet Underground Songs), but on this lovely ballad from the band’s self-titled third album, he plays it genuinely soft. ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ is a love song — a mournful one, yes — but still, a love song.

 
Velvet Underground Velvet Underground
8

‘After Hours’

From: ‘The Velvet Underground’ (1969)
 
 

Drummer Maureen Tucker sings this charming album closer that sounds like an old-school turn-of-the-century throwback. Reed provides minimal acoustic guitar accompaniment. It’s definitely an oddity among all the whips, chains, drugs and dealers that populate Velvet Underground songs. But it’s a perfect comedown from all the darkness.

 
Velvet Underground All Tomorrow's Parties
7

‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’

From: ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)
 
 

More than 45 years after the band’s debut album was released, there are still very few records that sound like it. Lots of artists strive for the dark, brooding tone that permeates ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ but no one has come close. Reed wrote the haunting ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ about the fractured art scene surrounding mentor Andy Warhol. German singer and model Nico sings his words like English is her fifth or maybe sixth language. A beautiful kind of doom.

 
Velvet Underground & Nico
6

‘Venus in Furs’

From: ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)
 
 

‘Venus in Furs’ sounds like sex and pain and a dungeon filled with leather-clad, whip-wielding masters (and their sweaty servants) before Reed utters even a single word in this S&M dirge based on an underground book. Reed tunes all of his guitar strings to the same note; Cale appears to be strangling his viola. It’s a glorious mess of sex and dread, thus a perfect fit to close out the first half of the Top 10 Velvet Underground Songs.

 
Velvet Underground Loaded
5

‘Rock & Roll’

From: ‘Loaded’ (1970)
 
 

By the time the Velvet Underground recorded their fourth album, Cale was gone (he left before the third record was made) and Tucker was on maternity leave. Reed steered what was left of the band away from the darker material found on their first three albums and toward more folk-oriented music. He left before ‘Loaded’ was released in 1970. It’s a great album, and this timeless anthem regularly turned up in his solo shows throughout the ’70s.

 
Velvet Underground White Light White Heat
4

‘White Light / White Heat’

From: ‘White Light / White Heat’ (1968)
 
 

The opening song on, and the title track to, the band’s second album doesn’t waste time. It kicks like a punk prototype, landing straight into the opening verse without much warning. The quick hit — ‘White Light / White Heat’ checks in at less than three minutes — reflects the song’s druggy theme. It’s a noisy, woozy haze.

 
Velvet Underground & Nico
3

‘Heroin’

From: ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)
 
 

Just how revolutionary were the Velvet Underground? While everyone else’s drug songs in 1967 were about playful LCD trips disguised as children’s stories or opening up one’s mind through enlightening experiences, the Velvets’ seven-minute dirge paints a darker and more apocalyptic portrait of a drug that even most hippies were scared of. Reed embraces it.

 
Velvet Underground & Nico
2

‘I’m Waiting for the Man’

From: ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)
 
 

As if turning heroin abuse into a temporary vacation from the hassles of daily life wasn’t enough (see No. 3 on our list of the Top 10 Velvet Underground Songs), this track, also from the debut album, makes hanging out and waiting to score seem like a casual midday adventure. Drugs were all over the scene in 1967, but they rarely looked like this.

 
Velvet Underground Loaded
1

‘Sweet Jane’

From: ‘Loaded’ (1970)
 
 

Reed had pretty much had it with the Velvet Underground when they were making their fourth album. He was in total control of some songs, almost to the point where ‘Loaded’ was a solo album; he was barely a presence on others. ‘Sweet Jane’ is the Velvets’ late-period masterpiece, a riff-driven rocker that sounds way more conventional than anything found on ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ but just as awesome.

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Music Monday Mad World – Gary Jules

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Mad World – Gary Jules

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The original video of Gary Jules’ and Michael Andrews’ cover version of Mad World, directed by Michel Gondry. Throughout the video children are making animated figures on the sidewalk below. (the song was featured in the movie Donnie Darko. If you haven’t seen it, seriously consider it.)

Directed by Michel Gondry http://www.michelgondry.com.

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Mad World

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“Mad World”
Single by Tears for Fears
from the album The Hurting
B-side “Ideas as Opiates”
“Saxophones as Opiates” (12″)
Released 20 September 1982
Format 7″, 12″
Recorded 1982
Genre Synthpop, new wave, post-punk
Length 3:32
Label Phonogram, Mercury
Writer(s) Roland Orzabal
Producer Chris Hughes
Ross Cullum
Tears for Fears singles chronology
Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love)
(1982)
Mad World
(1982)
Change
(1983)
Music sample
0:00

Mad World” is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band’s third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982. Both “Mad World” and its B-side, “Ideas as Opiates”, appeared on the band’s debut LP The Hurting the following year. The song eventually became Tears for Fears’ first international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries in 1982 and 1983, peaking notably at #2 in South Africa.[1]

Two decades later, the song made a popular resurgence when it was covered in a much slower, minimalist style by composers Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack to the movie Donnie Darko in 2001. This version reached #1 in the UK in December 2003, and also became an international hit.

Background

“Mad World” was originally written on acoustic guitar when Orzabal was 19, it was a deliberate attempt to write something in the vein of Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film“. After a few false starts with Orzabal on vocals, Smith took over and “suddenly it sounded fabulous”.[2]

It began life intended to be the b-side for the band’s second single “Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love)“. At Polygram’s insistence, the band instead decided it may be something people would like to hear on the radio and held back its release, waiting to issue the song as a single in its own right after re-recording it with producer Chris Hughes, a former drummer with Adam and the Ants.[3]

That came when I lived above a pizza restaurant in Bath and I could look out onto the centre of the city. Not that Bath is very mad – I should have called it “Bourgeois World”![4]

—Roland Orzabal

“Mad World” was the first single off the finished album. The intention was to gain attention from it and we’d hopefully build up a little following. We had no idea that it would become a hit. Nor did the record company.[4]

—Curt Smith

Curt Smith’s ad lib in the song’s final chorus resulted in a mondegreen. Smith clarified the actual lyric in 2010:

With Mad World’s again-resurgent popularity, I’m getting asked more frequently about the last line on the album version from The Hurting, a line which I occasionally also sing in concert. The actual line is: “Halargian world.” (Not “illogical world”, “raunchy young world”(!), “enlarging your world”, or a number of other interesting if not amusing guesses.) The real story: Halarge was an imaginary planet invented by either Chris Hughes or Ross Cullum during the recording of The Hurting. I added it as a joke during the lead vocal session, and we kept it. And there you have it.[5]

—Curt Smith

Meanings

[2] The song was influenced by the theories of Arthur Janov, author of The Primal Scream.[citation needed] The lyric “the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had” suggests that dreams of intense experiences such as death will be the best at releasing tension.[6]

Lyrically the song is pretty loose. It throws together a lot of different images to paint a picture without saying anything specific about the world.[4]

—Roland Orzabal

It’s very much a voyeur’s song. It’s looking out at a mad world from the eyes of a teenager.[4]

—Curt Smith

Song versions

The 7″ version of “Mad World” is the same mix of the song found on The Hurting. The song had only one remix on its initial release, the World Remix that was featured on a 7″ double-single. This mix is very similar to the album version, with the most notable differences being the additional echo added to the intro and middle sections and the subtraction of a subtle keyboard part from the bridge. A later remix by noted British music producer Afterlife was featured on the 2005 reissue of the Tears for Fears greatest hits collection Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82–92).

B-side

Ideas as Opiates” is a song that originally served as the B-side to the “Mad World” single. It was later re-recorded for inclusion on The Hurting. The song takes its name from a chapter title in Arthur Janov‘s book Prisoners of Pain and features lyrics related to the concept of primal therapy. The song is musically sparse, featuring just a piano, drum machine, and saxophone. An alternative version of this song titled “Saxophones as Opiates” was included as a B-side on the 12″ single and is mostly instrumental.

That’s the chapter from Janov, and it’s really a reference to people’s mindsets, the way that the ego can suppress so much nasty information about oneself – the gentle way that the mind can fool oneself into thinking everything is great.[4]

—Roland Orzabal

It really was all about that kind of thing – the psychological answer to religion being the opiate of the masses, whereas we thought ideas were, more than anything else.[4]

—Curt Smith

Music video

Curt Smith in the “Mad World” music video

The promotional clip for “Mad World”, filmed in late summer 1982, was Tears for Fears’ first music video. It features a gloomy looking Curt Smith staring out a window, while Roland Orzabal performs a bizarre dance outside on a lakeside jetty. A brief party scene in the video features friends and family of the band, including Smith’s then-wife Lynn.

According to Smith, “When we made the video in a country estate on the cheap, we bussed all our friends and family up from Bath and had a fun day. The woman who’s having the birthday party in the video is my mum.”[2]

The clip was directed by Clive Richardson who was notable for his work at that time with Depeche Mode.

Track listings

7″: Mercury / IDEA3 (United Kingdom) / 812 213-7 (United States)
  1. “Mad World” – 3:32
  2. “Ideas as Opiates” – 3:54
7″: Mercury / IDEA3 (Ireland) / 6059 568 (Australia, Europe) / TOS 1411 (South Africa)
  1. “Mad World” (World Remix) – 3:30
  2. “Ideas as Opiates” – 3:54
7″ double pack: Mercury / IDEA33 (United Kingdom)
  1. “Mad World” – 3:32
  2. “Mad World” (World Remix) – 3:30
  3. “Suffer the Children” (Remix) – 4:15
  4. “Ideas as Opiates” – 3:54
12″: Mercury / IDEA312 (United Kingdom) / 6400 677 (Europe)
  1. “Mad World” – 3:32
  2. “Ideas as Opiates” – 3:54
  3. “Saxophones as Opiates” – 3:54

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1982 UK Singles Chart 3
1983 Australian Singles Chart 12
1983 German Singles Chart 21
1982 Irish Singles Chart 6
1983 New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 25
1983 South African Singles Chart 2
1983 Swiss Singles Chart 10

Michael Andrews and Gary Jules version

“Mad World”
Single by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules
from the album Donnie Darko (Original Soundtrack) and Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets
B-side “No Poetry”
Released 2001
15 December 2003
Format CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Piano rock
Length 3:06
Label Sanctuary

“Mad World” achieved a second round of success almost twenty years later after it was covered by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the film Donnie Darko (2001). While the Tears for Fears version featured synthesizers and heavy percussion, the Andrews/Jules version was stripped down; instead of a full musical backing, it used only a set of piano chords, a cello, and modest use of a vocoder on the chorus. Their version was originally released on CD in 2002 on the film’s soundtrack, but an increasing cult-following spawned by the movie’s DVD release finally prompted Jules and Andrews to issue the song as a proper single. The release was a success in late 2003, becoming the Number One single over the Christmas holiday in the UK, a feat Tears for Fears themselves never accomplished. The music video, directed by Michel Gondry, has since been very popular on YouTube, with its most popular posting garnering over 60 million views by September 2013.[8] It is included on the DVD compilation Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1). The song was later included in the commercial to the videogame Gears of War. [9] A instrumental version plays in Gears of War 3 when Dom sacrifices himself to save Delta Squad by attacking hordes of Locust and Lambent. Its success did not translate to the United States, where it reached number 30 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Gary Jules recently performed “Mad World” with Mylène Farmer on her Timeless 2013 Tour.[10]

Track listings

CD1: Sanctuary / SANXD250 (United Kingdom)
  1. “Mad World” – 3:06
  2. “No Poetry” – 3:59
  3. “Mad World” (alternate version) – 3:37
CD2: Sanctuary / SANXD250X (United Kingdom)
  1. “Mad World” (Grayed Out Mix) – 6:45
  2. “The Artifact & Living” – 2:26
  3. “Mad World” (video) – 3:20

Chart positions

Chart (2003/2004/2007/2009/2010) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 30
Australian Singles Chart 28
Austrian Singles Chart 13
Belgium Flanders Singles Chart 23
Canadian Digital Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart 6
Dutch Singles Chart 4
French Digital Singles Chart[11] 11
German Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 2
Portuguese Singles Chart[12] 1
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 53
New Zealand Singles Chart 37

Year-end charts

Chart (2004) Position
German Singles Chart[13] 14
Chart (2000–2009) Peak
position
UK Top 100 Songs of the Decade 53[14]

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[16] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum 600,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart positions for Adam Lambert’s version

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 30

Popular culture

  • In 2011, the song was covered in the TV reality show The Glee Project.
  • In late 2006, a condensed version of the Andrews/Jules cover of “Mad World” was featured in the award-winning commercial for the video game Gears of War.[18]
  • In addition to its usage in numerous advertisements and fan-made YouTube videos, the Andrews/Jules cover has also become a popular choice for background music in television dramas, having appeared in the following series among others: Being Human (U.S.), Brothers & Sisters, Cold Case, CSI, Dead Like Me, Smallville, The Cleveland Show, The OC, Jericho and The Mentalist. The Lambert version has appeared in ER, FlashForward and General Hospital. Curt Smith sang this song on the television show Psych.
  • It is used on Broadway as the closing number in Butley starring Nathan Lane (2006).
  • The Andrews/Jules version was used in the 28 July 2010, episode of So You Think You Can Dance by choreographer Stacey Tookey in a routine about homelessness, performed by Billy Bell and Ade Obayomi.
  • The 2011 game Gears of War 3 contains a distinct instrumental cover of Gary Jules’ version that plays when Dom saves Delta Squad by sacrificing himself to destroy the Locust and Lambent attacking them.
  • UFC fighter Chris Leben used the Gary Jules version as his walkout theme at UFC 138.
  • An instrumental cover of the Andrews/Jules version was used in one of the scenes of the 2011 Philippine film Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.
  • Cleveland from the animated Fox television program The Cleveland Show sang “Mad World” for the first 2 minutes of the show that aired 1 April 2012.
  • In the web-based parody of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, “Mad World” is adopted as the theme for Noah Kaiba.
  • A commercial for the video game Battlefield: Bad Company titled “Mad World” uses the chorus, sung by Sweetwater. It is used as he and Haggard run through a destroyed street. Haggard is annoyed and questions the meaning of the line “the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.” He then proposes the song “Shortnin’ Bread“.
  • The Gary Jules version was used in an advertisement for Underground: The Julian Assange Story, which was shown on Network Ten in Australia in 2012.
  • The Gary Jules version is also used in the credits of the movie Donnie Darko.

Other versions and covers

In addition to the Andrews/Jules version, “Mad World” has been recorded over the years by the following artists:

Samples and quotations

  • Wale (rapper) samples a version of the song on his track “Vanity” on his album The Gifted.
  • Prozak samples the song on the track “American Princess”, from the Strange Music compilation Strictly Strange 08 (2008).
  • British dubstep artist The Bug, with vocalist Warrior Queen, included the song “Insane” on the album London Zoo (2008). The song ends with a quote from “Mad World”.
  • Orbital sampled the song on “The Moebius”, the first song on their debut album.

Notes

  1. Jump up ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Guardian: ‘Tears For Fears: how we made Mad World’
  3. Jump up ^ Mad World. Songfacts.com. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Cranna, Ian (1999). In The Hurting: Remastered & Expanded [CD booklet]. London: Mercury Records.
  5. Jump up ^ Curt Smith. “It’s a Mad Halargian World.” Curt Smith: The Official Site. October 11, 2010.
  6. Jump up ^ Toby Creswell (2007), 1001 Songs, Hardie Grant Publishing, pp. 87–88, ISBN 978-1-74066-458-5
  7. Jump up ^ Mad World, charts.org.nz
  8. Jump up ^ Mad World (Gary Jules), Youtube.com
  9. Jump up ^ Bissell, Tom. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. p. 56.
  10. Jump up ^ http://www.mylene.net/modules/index.php?r=4&z=3972#setlist
  11. Jump up ^ “French Digital Singles Chart”. SNEP. Lescharts. 2010-05-01.
  12. Jump up ^ Billboard
  13. Jump up ^ http://www.mtv.de/charts/Single_Jahrescharts_2004
  14. Jump up ^ Radio 1 Official Chart of the Decade, as broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday 29 December 2009, presented by Nihal
  15. Jump up ^ “Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Michael Andrews featuting Gary Jules; ‘Mad World’)” (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  16. Jump up ^ “Italian single certifications – Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules – Mad World” (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Weekand Year —-. Enter Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  17. Jump up ^ “British single certifications – Michael Andrews ft Gary Jules – Mad World”. British Phonographic Industry. Enter Mad World in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  18. Jump up ^ Ross Miller (2006). “Mad World: Gears ad propels song to #1 on iTunes”. Joystiq. Retrieved 27 February 2010.

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Music Monday Bush performs the song “Mouth”

Bush – Mouth

Published on Jun 25, 2012

Music video by Bush performing the song “Mouth”, from the album Razorblade Suitcase. (C) 1996 Kirtland Records
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Ricky Gervais Show AFTERLIFE in light of the Book of Ecclesiastes Part 12, Dan Jarrell “[In Ecclesiastes] if one seeks satisfaction they will never find it. In fact, every pleasure will be fleeting and can not be sustained, BUT IF ONE SEEKS GOD THEN ONE FINDS SATISFACTION”

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Tony in the film AFTERLIFE keeps thinking about the good ole days with his soulmate and thinks that everything was great then when it wasn’t. Wade Wainio makes this observation in the following article:

There are, however, signs that Tony was disappointed in life even before Lisa’s death. He hates his job at the Tambury Gazette, saying it’s not journalism. He decries what he considers the awful future of online publishing, including click-bait and angry fools in article comment sections.

Netflix’s After Life season 1, episode 4 recap

In episode 4 of Netflix original After Life, Tony is forced to question his bleak outlook yet remains resilient in his pessimism.

After Life has been steeped in the depression of Tony Johnson (Ricky Gervais), following the death of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman). However, Tony’s sense of humor is a sign that, deep down, he still has a spark of life left. Of course, sad reminders follow him around regularly. In this episode, he passes by Lisa’s old room in the hospital. Although he doesn’t cry, he is clearly reminded of her.

There are, however, signs that Tony was disappointed in life even before Lisa’s death. He hates his job at the Tambury Gazette, saying it’s not journalism. He decries what he considers the awful future of online publishing, including click-bait and angry fools in article comment sections. He is confronted yet again by Matt (Tom Basden), Tony’s brother-in-law and boss who’s sick of his sour attitude.

How does Tony in AFTERLIFE or Solomon in the Book of Ecclesiastes get peace in their lives?

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?

Dan Jarrell commented on this passage in Ecclesiastes:

Either way you translate it, it says nothing is so good for us other than a satisfied life but nothing is as impossible for us because it is not in us to be satisfied for who can eat and enjoy life without him?  The answer is NOBODY CAN!!!! So you come down to the idea that if one seeks satisfaction they will never find it. In fact, every pleasure will be fleeting and can not be sustained, BUT IF ONE SEEKS GOD THEN ONE FINDS SATISFACTION. That is my sermon in a nutshell. That is the conclusion. 

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Over and over I have read that Hugh Hefner was a modern day King Solomon and Hefner’s search for satisfaction was attempted by adding to the number of his sexual experiences.

Many of the sermons that I heard or read that inspired me to write Hugh Hefner were from this list of gentlemen:  Daniel Akin, Brandon Barnard, Alistair Begg, Matt Chandler, George Critchley,  Steve Gaines, Norman L. Geisler, Greg Gillbert, Billy Graham, Mark Henry, Dan Jarrell, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., R. G. Lee, C.S. Lewis Chris Lewis, Kerry Livgren, Robert Lewis,    Bill Parkinson, Ben Parkinson,Vance Pitman, Nelson Price, Ethan Renoe, Adrian Rogers, Philip Graham Ryken, Francis Schaeffer, Lee Strobel, Bill Wellons, Kirk Wetsell,  Ken Whitten, Ed Young ,  Ravi Zacharias, Tom Zobrist, and Richard Zowie.

In this post today and several posts that follow this will be based on a sermon series I heard at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock in 1996 on the Book of Ecclesiastes. The pastors back then were Robert Lewis, Bill Wellons, Bill Parkinson and Dan Jarrell. Below is the letter I wrote based both on Dan Jarrell’s sermon from the same series.

Dan Jarrell pictured below:

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Robert Lewis pictured below:

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Bill Wellons pictured below:

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Bill Parkinson pictured below

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I also quoted Ravi Zacharias when I wrote, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term UNDER THE SUN — What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system and you are left with only this world of Time plus Chance plus matter.”

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