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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 32. ORIGINAL SIN

    And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judg­ment-wickedness was there, in the place of justice- wickedness was there. I thought in my heart, “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 27. GRASPING AT SHADOWS

    27. Grasping at Shadows   What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has kid on men. Ecclesiastes 3:9-10   When the final examination grades at Cambridge University were published, Henry Martyn’s high­est ambition had been realized. He was the honors man of the year. Strangely, his first sensation […]

    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 […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 2. THE ULTIMATE QUESTION

    2. The Ultimate Question   What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils un­der the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:3   Solomon’s question in verse 3 begs for an answer. Mine goes like this: What you gain from your labor depends on why you are doing it. There is a huge difference be­tween […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 7. CUT IT DOWN AND FORGET ABOUT IT

    7. Cut It Down and Forget About It   What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking can­not be counted. Ecclesiastes 1:15   Here are two stories to ponder. One comes from the Civil War, the other from the Vietnam War. In Charles Bracelen Flood’s book Lee: The Last Years, Flood tells of a […]

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

    REBUKE   Caring Enough to Tell the Truth   Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. Proverbs 27:5-6   The King James Version says it elegantly: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” Being a man or woman of integrity means that you […]

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

    SIMPLICITY   Learning to Live with Less   Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injus­tice. Proverbs 16:8   Most of us live on the opposite principle. We figure our contentment on the basis of how many of our needs are met. Unfortunately, it’s hard to reach a place where all our needs […]

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

    TOLERANCE   A Misunderstood Virtue   A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to over­look an offense. Proverbs 19:11   The dictionary defines tolerance as “respecting the na­ture, beliefs, or behavior or others.” To tolerate someone means to respect his opinion without necessari­ly agreeing with him. In that sense, tolerance is […]

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

    TRIALS   From Ashes to Gold   The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. Proverbs 17:3   More than once lately I have had the opportunity to ponder why God allows some people to undergo prolonged disappointment. In one case, it is a prayer for a loved […]

    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 […]

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