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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 – 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 – 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 – 21. LEARNING TO ENJOY LIFE

    21. Learning to Enjoy Life   A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:24-25   Twice in verses 24-25 Solomon speaks of “finding” satisfaction and […]

    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 […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 6. BIG GOD AND LITTLE ME

    6. Big God and Little Me   I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done un­der heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of […]

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

    SOBRIETY   Knowing When to Say No   Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1   There are a great many references to wine, strong drink, and drunkenness scattered throughout the Bible. The earliest reference is in Genesis; the last, in Rev­elation. The […]

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

    Accountability  How to Reach Your Full Potential   As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17   Anyone who has ever owned a knife understands this proverb. When iron becomes blunt, another piece of iron is used to sharpen it. That process necessarily in­volves heat, friction, and very close contact. You can’t […]

    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 – 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 […]

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