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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 36. THE RARE JEWEL OF CONTENTMENT

    And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. The fool folds his hands and ruins himself. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4-6   Over three hundred years […]

    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 […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 14. SO WHAT?

    14. So What?   Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:11   You would think Solomon would be happy. After all, he had it all-money, fame, power, a vast […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 17. TEMPORARY ADVANTAGES

    17. Temporary Advantages   Then I thought in my heart, “The fate of the fool will over­take me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said in my heart, “This too is meaningless.” For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 18. I HATED LIFE

    18. I Hated Life   So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:17   “Sometimes I get so lonely it’s unbelievable. Life has been so good to me. I’ve got a great wife, good […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 1. SCOTT’S STORY

     1. Scott’s Story     The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly mean­ingless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-2   Scott was only twenty-six years old when he died. Al­though he grew up in a Christian home, during his teens and early twenties he went through […]

    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 […]

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

    REVENGE   Let God Get Even   Do not say, “I’ll do to him as he has done to me; I’ll pay that man back for what he did.” Proverbs 24:29   There is a man in the Bible who had every right to be angry at the way he was treated. He was a […]

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

    RIGHTEOUSNESS   If You Want It, You Can Have It   He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21   Whatever you seek in life, you tend to find. It may be sexual pleasure or financial gain or personal happi­ness. Or it may be something higher and better. In this […]

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