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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 – 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 […]

    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, […]

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

    MERCY   Doing unto Others As God Has Done unto You   A kind man benefits himself. Proverbs 11:17a   Whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31b   He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will re­ward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19:17   […]

    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. […]

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