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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 11. MONEY, SEX AND POWER

    11. Money, Sex and Power   I amassed silver and gold for myself and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well-the delights of the heart of man.   Ecclesiastes 2:8   Solomon had a harem, all right-seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Historians tell […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 15. THE TURTLE ON THE FENCE POST

    15. The Turtle on the Fence post   Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? Ecclesiastes 2:12   I’m sure Solomon felt pressure from both sides on the issue of kingly succession. On the one hand […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 21. LEARNING TO ENJOY LIFE

    21. Learning to Enjoy Life   A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:24-25   Twice in verses 24-25 Solomon speaks of “finding” satisfaction and […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 31. HERE COMES THE JUDGE

    31. Here Comes the Judge   Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been be­fore; and God will call the past to account. Ecclesiastes 3:15   The wrath of God is a forgotten doctrine, even in the evangelical church. Part of the problem lies in our definition. When we use the word […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Praise

    PRAISE   Can You Handle It?   The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives. Proverbs 27:21   For every person who can handle success, there are a thousand who can handle failure. As bad as it hurts to be on the bottom, sometimes it […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Purity

    PURITY   Staying Clean in a Dirty World   Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words. Proverbs 7:4-5   Solomon felt so strongly about the dangers of sexual temptation that he devoted three chapters of […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Righteousness

    RIGHTEOUSNESS   If You Want It, You Can Have It   He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21   Whatever you seek in life, you tend to find. It may be sexual pleasure or financial gain or personal happi­ness. Or it may be something higher and better. In this […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Self-Control

    SELF-CONTROL   Learn This or Else!   A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated. Proverbs 14:17   The Bible offers many examples of men who failed be­cause they lacked this essential element of self-control. But no one sticks in my mind like Samson, the undisput­ed heavyweight champion of ancient Israel. […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Sobriety

    SOBRIETY   Knowing When to Say No   Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1   There are a great many references to wine, strong drink, and drunkenness scattered throughout the Bible. The earliest reference is in Genesis; the last, in Rev­elation. The […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Success

    SUCCESS   It All Begins with God   Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3   The word commit basically means “to roll.” It was used of rolling large rocks over the mouth of a cave (Joshua 10:18), of garments rolled in blood (Isaiah 9:5), of the sky […]

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