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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 19. PASSING THE BATON

    19. Passing the Baton   I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have […]

    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 – 27. GRASPING AT SHADOWS

    27. Grasping at Shadows   What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has kid on men. Ecclesiastes 3:9-10   When the final examination grades at Cambridge University were published, Henry Martyn’s high­est ambition had been realized. He was the honors man of the year. Strangely, his first sensation […]

    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 – Introduction

    This book is not a commentary on Ecclesiastes. It may look that way, and it may be arranged that way, but it is something else entirely. This is actually the second installment of a proposed trilogy of “wisdom books” for busy readers. Like many good ideas, this one didn’t start out according to a prede­termined […]

    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 – Perspective

    PERSPECTIVE   No Milk Without Manure   Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. Proverbs 14:4   Every farmer understands this verse. If you want a clean stable, get rid of the oxen. But if you want cat­tle, you’ve got to put […]

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

    PRIDE   The First Deadly Sin   Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18   There are several difficulties in talking about pride, one of the most obvious being that it is hard to de­fine but easy to spot. We all know a prideful person when we see one. But […]

    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 – Success

    SUCCESS   It All Begins with God   Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3   The word commit basically means “to roll.” It was used of rolling large rocks over the mouth of a cave (Joshua 10:18), of garments rolled in blood (Isaiah 9:5), of the sky […]

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