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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 35. BROKEN HEARTS ON EVERY CORNER

    Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed-and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their op­pressors-and they have no comforter. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 22. ARE YOU ON GOD’S SIDE?

    22. Are You On God’s Side?   To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gather­ing and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26   […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 8. WHAT KNOWLEDGE CAN’T DO

    8. What Knowledge Can’t Do   I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem be­fore me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowl­edge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that […]

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

    PATIENCE   The Waiting Game   Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32   Regarding this verse, John Phillips points out the dif­ference between Joab and David. As David’s chief general, Joab knew how to take a city. In many ways […]

    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 – Conscience

    CONSCIENCE   It Can Be the Voice of God   The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being. Proverbs 20:27   What is meant by “the lamp of the Lord"? There are two answers. First, it refers to human conscience, which “searches out” a man’s motive, […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 3

    Chapter 3 Which church should I join?   I live in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park. Approximately fifty-three thousand people live here. On many street corners you can find a mas­sive church structure. At the turn of the century, when Oak Park was the first affluent suburb on the railroad west from Chicago, […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 5

    Chapter 5 How can I discover God’s will for my life?   Have you ever wished you could sit down with Jesus and talk with him about your own life? Wouldn’t you like to ask him, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” All of us have moments when we want to hear God’s […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 8

    Chapter 8 If God is good, why do I hurt?   Of all the questions that trouble the people of God, none is greater than the question posed in the title of this chapter. Sometimes it is asked in other ways: Why is there so much suffering in the world? Or why do bad things […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 9

    Chapter 9 What is spiritual warfare?   Can the devil come to church?” The young man who asked me that question was both sincere and intense. He had heard a television preacher say that the devil comes to church all the time. How do you answer a quesdon like that? As I thought about it […]

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