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    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 13. KING FOR A DAY

    13. King for a Day   I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Ecclesiastes 2:10   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be king for a day? Suppose […]

    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 – 5. FADED PHOTOGRAPHS

    5. Faded Photographs   There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow. Ecclesiastes 1:11   There is good news and bad news in Ecclesiastes 1:11. The good news is for those people who worry about what others think about […]

    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 – 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 – Accountability

    Accountability  How to Reach Your Full Potential   As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17   Anyone who has ever owned a knife understands this proverb. When iron becomes blunt, another piece of iron is used to sharpen it. That process necessarily in­volves heat, friction, and very close contact. You can’t […]

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

    COURAGE   How to Face Down Your Fears   The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righ­teous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1   The dictionary defines courage this way: The ability to face and deal with a dangerous or difficult situation. There are two parts. First you must face […]

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

    DEPENDABILITY   How Old Faithful Got Its Name   He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored. Proverbs27:18   It has been well said that the greatest ability is depend­ability. The word itself means “able to be relied upon.” It’s the one quality […]

    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. […]

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

    INSIGHT   A Time to Answer and a Time to Walk Away   Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:4-5   Critics have sometimes seized on these verses […]

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