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    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 – 12. THE VIEW FROM THE PENTHOUSE

    12. The View From the Penthouse   I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.   Ecclesiastes 2:9   Here is his story, briefly told: At age six, his mother threw his birthday cake off the porch. He played the French Horn at age […]

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

    SUBMISSION   How God Works Through Others   The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:8   Submission is one of the more difficult lessons to learn, especially when we have more wisdom than the per­son to whom we must submit. It’s not that difficult to obey a […]

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

    TEMPTATION   Just Say No   My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs1:10   Playwright Oscar Wilde once jokingly remarked, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human condition. Temptation pays a visit to each […]

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

    PURITY   Staying Clean in a Dirty World   Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words. Proverbs 7:4-5   Solomon felt so strongly about the dangers of sexual temptation that he devoted three chapters of […]

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

    RESTLESSNESS   Running Away from Your Problems   Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. Proverbs 27:8   This verse speaks to the desire we all feel from time to time to run away from our problems. The translators use various phrases to express this truth. […]

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

    BOASTING   The Loud Sound of an Empty Mind   Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1   This is one of the most famous verses in the book of Proverbs and one of the most often quoted. In tones that are darkly ominous, […]

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

    LEADERSHIP   Paying the Price to Lead the Way   O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Introduction

    Introduction   It is sometimes said that preachers answer questions that no one is asking. Several years ago I decided to tackle that problem head-on by asking my congregation to submit a list of questions they would like answered from the pulpit. To my surprise (and delight) we received more than six hundred questions covering […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 7

    Chapter 7 How can I overcome temptation?   Playwright Oscar Wilde once remarked jokingly, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human con­dition. Temptation pays a visit to each of us every day, and most of us struggle to say no. […]

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