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    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 – 1. SCOTT’S STORY

     1. Scott’s Story     The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly mean­ingless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2   Scott was only twenty-six years old when he died. Al­though he grew up in a Christian home, during his teens and early twenties he went through […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 10. THE MAN WHO HAD IT ALL

    10. The Man Who Had It All   I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were […]

    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 – Beauty

    BEAUTY   Enjoy It, But Don’t Bank On It   Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30   If you had the power to change your body, would you use it? Suppose you could instantly change the way you look. Would you […]

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

    CAUTION   Look Before You Leap   It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. Proverbs 19:2   What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? […]

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

    CHILDREN   Planting Seeds for God to Harvest   Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6   What exactly do these famous words mean? I believe the key lies in the phrase the way. When Solomon uses those words he […]

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

    DILIGENCE   Staying by the Stuff   Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4   Ponder this definition of diligence: “Long, steady ap­plication to one’s occupation or studies; persistent effort.” That’s clear, isn’t it? If you want to make it to the top in any field of endeavor, you […]

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

    ENVY   The Green-Eyed Monster   A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30   Envy rots the bones. The Hebrew literally means “envy makes the bones disintegrate.” Once again, Solomon is telling us that there is a strong connection between the spiritual and the physical. The […]

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

    EXCELLENCE   Doing Your Best All the Time   Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29   Children and young adults need to memorize this verse because we are told over and over that it’s not what you know, […]

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