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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 – 12. THE VIEW FROM THE PENTHOUSE

    12. The View From the Penthouse   I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.   Ecclesiastes 2:9   Here is his story, briefly told: At age six, his mother threw his birthday cake off the porch. He played the French Horn at age […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 28. A GOD-SHAPED VACUUM

    28. A God-Shaped Vacuum   He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11   Ecclesiastes 3:11 contains good news and bad news. The good news is that everything has a purpose […]

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

    OBEDIENCE   The Benefits of Playing by the Rules   Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Proverbs 8:32   Here is a simple promise from God. Those who walk in the way of wisdom will be blessed. The word lis­ten means to hear and to obey. After […]

    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 – 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 – 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. […]

    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 – Initiative

    INITIATIVE   No More Excuses   Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow"-when you now have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28   Here is a warning against procrastination in well doing. It […]

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

    INTEGRITY   The Ultimate Virtue   The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9   The dictionary uses words such as whole and complete to describe what integrity means. To borrow a modern expression, a man with integrity “has his act together.” There are no […]

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