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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 […]

    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 – Heart

    HEART   Where Life Makes Up Its Mind   Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23   The term heart in the Bible generally refers to the in­nermost part of life. It is the decision-making center, the source of motives, the seat of the passions, and the […]

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

    ANGER   A Warning for Hotheads   An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22   Here is a simple fact: Either you learn to control your temper or your temper will control you. How many of us have undergone tremendous heartache because at a crucial moment we […]

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

    CHEERFULNESS   The Healing Power of a Merry Heart   A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22   Doctors have known for a long time that there is a close relationship between the physical and the spiri­tual sides of life. Even though the precise relationship is […]

    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, […]

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

    COURAGE   How to Face Down Your Fears   The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righ­teous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1   The dictionary defines courage this way: The ability to face and deal with a dangerous or difficult situation. There are two parts. First you must face […]

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

    ENDURANCE   Hanging Tough in Hard Times   If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10   I have a couple of friends who love to run marathons. I have listened with amazement as they described the months of rigorous training necessary just to survive the twenty-six-mile ordeal. 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 – Gentleness

    GENTLENESS   Power Under Control   A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1   I have a friend who learned this verse the hard way. Whenever she said something in a harsh tone, her mother made her write this verse fifty times on a sheet of paper. […]

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