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THE DESTINY OF MATERIALISM


The lure of wealth, or what we might call the magnetism of materialism.


“Finns [people from Finland] who can’t get enough of winter swarmed to the northern town of Kemi for the opening of a sprawling ice castle that features a theatre, a playground, an art gallery, and a chapel.


“Thirty workers took three months to build a castle with 13-foot walls stretching for 1650 feet.


“An Orthodox Church chapel, hewn from ice, has been booked for weddings and christenings. The theater has a capacity of 3000 and features rock and pop concerts, musicals, modern dance, opera recitals, and popular operas.


[Here’s the kicker.]


“Construction and upkeep costs are estimated to be $1.1 million, yet the castle always melts sometime in mid-April.


“The melting ice serves as a reminder that all the material things in this world will one day pass away.”


(1001 Quotes, Illustrations & Humorous Stories for Preachers, Teachers & Writers, 329). From a sermon by Eric Lenhart, Seeds Among Thorns, 8/13/2010

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