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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 24. TIMES AND SEASONS

    24. Times and Seasons   A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:2-3   The meaning of the above verses is transparent: In […]

    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 – Progress

    PROGRESS   Walking Toward the Light   The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs4:18   Here is a wonderful promise for the believer. God has ordained that as we walk in His ways, obedient to His will, our path will […]

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

    UNDERSTANDING   Learning from Your Mistakes   Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 16:22   Some people never learn from their mistakes, which is why they repeat them. Others learn the first time and gain what Solomon calls “understanding.” It is an inex­haustible […]

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

    DISCERNMENT   When You’re in a Hole, Stop Digging   A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:24   The particular Hebrew word translated “discerning” in this verse is very common in the Old Testament. It has the idea of considering a situation […]

    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 – Flexibility

    FLEXIBILITY   Shifting Gears Without Changing Direction   Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s pur­pose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21   Flexibility is the ability to adjust to a changing situa­tion. Some people are naturally better at this than others, but all of us need some degree of flexibility, […]

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

    LEADERSHIP   Paying the Price to Lead the Way   O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 12

    Chapter 12 What is heaven like?   Here are two statements that seem to be almost universally true: Everyone wants to know about heaven, and everyone wants to go there. Recent polls suggest that nearly 80 percent of all Americans believe there is a place called heaven.15 I find that statistic encourag­ing because it tells […]

    Samson and the Fine Art of Self-Control

    In December 2004 I received an email that changed my life. Right after the tsunami that devastated Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary, sent an email that contained a simple, one-sentence prayer. He called it a “dangerous” prayer. The moment I saw that prayer I knew that it […]

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