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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 16. AM I WISE OR AM I FOOLISH?

    16. Am I Wise or Am I Foolish?   I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. Ecclesiastes 2:13-14   Sergei […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 24. TIMES AND SEASONS

    24. Times and Seasons   A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:2-3   The meaning of the above verses is transparent: In […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 25. A TIME TO LAUGH

    25. A Time to Laugh   A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain. Ecclesiastes 3:4-5   Several years ago I traveled to Russia on […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 31. HERE COMES THE JUDGE

    31. Here Comes the Judge   Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been be­fore; and God will call the past to account. Ecclesiastes 3:15   The wrath of God is a forgotten doctrine, even in the evangelical church. Part of the problem lies in our definition. When we use the word […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 7. CUT IT DOWN AND FORGET ABOUT IT

    7. Cut It Down and Forget About It   What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking can­not be counted. Ecclesiastes 1:15   Here are two stories to ponder. One comes from the Civil War, the other from the Vietnam War. In Charles Bracelen Flood’s book Lee: The Last Years, Flood tells of a […]

    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 – Understanding

    UNDERSTANDING   Learning from Your Mistakes   Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. Proverbs 16:22   Some people never learn from their mistakes, which is why they repeat them. Others learn the first time and gain what Solomon calls “understanding.” It is an inex­haustible […]

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

    WAITING   Give God Time to Work   Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22   One commentator notes that this verse is the answer to selfish haste. Often when we are mistreated we rush to get even with our tormentors, […]

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

    BEAUTY   Enjoy It, But Don’t Bank On It   Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30   If you had the power to change your body, would you use it? Suppose you could instantly change the way you look. Would you […]

    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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