Today’s Illustration: Nothing Fills The Void

Read Outside Of Your Interest Or Field

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“also he hath set the world in their heart”
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water…If I find in myself a desire, which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. – C.S. Lewis

Who: Prince Rogers Nelson

  • Born June 7, 1958
  • In Minneapolis,, Minnesota
  • Parents and Musicians: Mattew Shaw and John Nelson
  • Signed his first record contract in 1978 — at the age of 20
  • Often played 27 instruments himself when recording his albums.
  • Recorded 30 albums
  • Won 7 Grammy Awards
  • A 40-year Career

When: April 21, 2016

  • Died from an opioid overdose
  • October 2016 — “Prince’s estate some more albums than any other artist that year, dead or alive.” [1]
  • President Obama said, “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.” [1]

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Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • eternity
  • salvation
  • evangelism
  • satisfaction
  • lostness
  • drugs
  • purpose
  • meaning
  • direction
  • soul-winning
  • the Gospel

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Sermonic Example: 

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His name was Prince Rogers Nelson. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958 and by the time he was 20 had reached fame and fortune that few 20-year-olds ever attain!

If you want proof — again — that fame, fortune, attainment, recognition, talent, or success does not satisfy, you only need to read about the life of “Prince” who died from an opioid overdose — fentanyl — at the age of 57.  He was found dead in his studio.  He played 27 different instruments and played all of them on his albums himself.  Talent — was to this day — unmatched in Funk/R&B/Rock/Punk music.

Add Prince to the list of examples –( Michael Jackson, Jimmy Hendrix, Judy Garland, Lenny Bruce, Keith Moon, Len Bias, Bubba Smith, Christian Onassis, Clark Gable, Kenny Williams,)   — the proof that nothing in this world will ever replace the void that God has put into the human heart that can only be filled by a cross.  The Lord never created a world that has anything in it that can fill the void.  If anything else could fill that void — then you wouldn’t need Jesus — God’s Son.



Other Information & Links:

1. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/music-legend-prince-dies

2.  https://www.effinghamradio.com/2022/04/20/six-years-gone-prince-remembered/

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