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    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 […]

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

    MOTIVES   It’s the Thought That Counts   All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2   The man’s case was very simple. That he had been cheated out of his job was clear enough. That he had also lost his temper once or twice was also […]

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

    PRAISE   Can You Handle It?   The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives. Proverbs 27:21   For every person who can handle success, there are a thousand who can handle failure. As bad as it hurts to be on the bottom, sometimes it […]

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

    SIMPLICITY   Learning to Live with Less   Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injus­tice. Proverbs 16:8   Most of us live on the opposite principle. We figure our contentment on the basis of how many of our needs are met. Unfortunately, it’s hard to reach a place where all our needs […]

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

    SOVEREIGNTY   God Has the Last Word   To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. Proverbs 16:1   We might paraphrase this verse as follows: “A man can have his own ideas, but the Lord inspires the words he utters.” This is a powerful […]

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

    TRIALS   From Ashes to Gold   The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. Proverbs 17:3   More than once lately I have had the opportunity to ponder why God allows some people to undergo prolonged disappointment. In one case, it is a prayer for a loved […]

    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 – Complaining

    COMPLAINING   Don’t Blame God for Your Problems   A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord. Proverbs 19:3   Here is a common problem. When things go bad for us, we start to blame God as if He were the source of all our problems. Like Adam in […]

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

    DISCERNMENT   When You’re in a Hole, Stop Digging   A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:24   The particular Hebrew word translated “discerning” in this verse is very common in the Old Testament. It has the idea of considering a situation […]

    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 […]

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