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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 35. BROKEN HEARTS ON EVERY CORNER

    Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed-and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their op­pressors-and they have no comforter. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are […]

    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 – 34. UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

    “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is […]

    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 – 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 – 15. THE TURTLE ON THE FENCE POST

    15. The Turtle on the Fence post   Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? Ecclesiastes 2:12   I’m sure Solomon felt pressure from both sides on the issue of kingly succession. On the one hand […]

    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 – 20. GOD’S CURE FOR ANXIOUS CARE

    20. God’s Cure for Anxious Care   So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor un­der the sun. For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 22. ARE YOU ON GOD’S SIDE?

    22. Are You On God’s Side?   To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gather­ing and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26   […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 23. EACH PRECIOUS MOMENT

    23. Each Precious Moment   There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1   Missionary friends in Nigeria have told me that Africans and Americans hold radically different views of time. For Westerners, time is to be managed, obeyed, and strictly observed. We spend large amounts of […]

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