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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 […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 13. KING FOR A DAY

    13. King for a Day   I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Ecclesiastes 2:10   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be king for a day? Suppose […]

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

    NOBILITY   The Legacy of a Godly Wife   A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10   The final section of Proverbs is an acrostic, a poem in which each verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. One commentator calls this “an […]

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

    OVERINDULGENCE   Too Much of a Good Thing   If you find honey, eat just enough-too much of it, and you will vomit. Proverbs 25:16   Perhaps this doesn’t seem like a life-changing issue, and it might not be-until you begin to vomit. You don’t realize the problem until it has overwhelmed you. As Derek […]

    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 – Sovereignty

    SOVEREIGNTY   God Has the Last Word   To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. Proverbs 16:1   We might paraphrase this verse as follows: “A man can have his own ideas, but the Lord inspires the words he utters.” This is a powerful […]

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

    TEMPTATION   Just Say No   My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs1:10   Playwright Oscar Wilde once jokingly remarked, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human condition. Temptation pays a visit to each […]

    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 – 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 […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 3

    Chapter 3 Which church should I join?   I live in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park. Approximately fifty-three thousand people live here. On many street corners you can find a mas­sive church structure. At the turn of the century, when Oak Park was the first affluent suburb on the railroad west from Chicago, […]

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