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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

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13 – Turning Hearts in the End Time – 6/22 – 6/28

This week’s lesson – Turning Hearts in the End Time

“ ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the earth with a curse’ ” (Mal. 4:56, NKJV).

During Elijah’s time, there was rampant idolatry in Israel, which led to violence and division within families. Both Elijah and John came at the right time to turn people’s hearts to God. The prophets aimed to divert the attention of the people away from the causes of their differences and bring the people to spiritual unity. As John and Elijah restored peace to families of their times, so we have the responsibility to point people to Jesus before His second coming.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

 

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12 – What Have They Seen in Your House? – 6/15 – 6/21

This week’s lesson – What Have They Seen in Your House?

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9, NKJV).

The family is the first place we learn about who God is, our relationship to Him, and what He asks of us. Home is the place from which our lights shine. Unfortunately, because home is where we let down our guard, it can also be the place where we are ugliest to each other. Strained or broken family relationships can destroy the peaceful home God meant to be our spiritual foundation and a welcoming beacon to His lost children. So how do we create a family that mirrors the peace and love of God?  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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11 – Families of Faith – 6/8 – 6/14

This week’s lesson – Families of Faith

“Therefore . . . , let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:12, NKJV).

History shows that bad choices have trickled down to our offspring. Because of the many great biblical and personal examples we can look to, we have the power to break generational curses by simply changing the path we take. We all have some type of family dynamic that has shaped who we are. As we weather the storms of family issues and strive to grow together in faith, we need to remember there is a God who desires to save us and wants us to replicate the family in heaven so that we become examples to the world of how to be families that love God.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabath.

 

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10 – Little Times of Trouble – 6/1 – 6/7

This week’s lesson – Little Times of Trouble

“ ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Eph. 4:26, NKJV).

As we look at the verses that we have studied this week, it is clear that God considered our humanity and understood that anger and conflict would be a part of it. Though conflict will come, He wants us to use conflict as a catalyst to build character. Though we are all unique, we can be united in overcoming conflict and have oneness in the purpose of treating each other kindly.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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9 – Times of Loss – 5/25 – 5/31

This week’s lesson – Times of Loss

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8, NKJV).

We all experience loss in different ways, and we all need to find ways to cope with our losses. While the loss of a loved one, especially under tragic circumstances, might be among the most difficult to deal with, we cannot minimize the effect other losses have as well. A child whose parents separate by divorce experiences a loss, as does someone who loses their means of sustenance through retrenchment. Losing your home through forced relocation and loss of freedom through incarceration or disability because of an accident or illness can also be very devastating. And because in this life we are bound to experience some losses, we must be prepared and equipped to deal with it in a way that will bring healing. Jesus will lift your burdens. So while a loss may make you feel as if God has abandoned you, that is the time to pray without ceasing, staying always in touch and in tune with your heavenly Father and knowing that He will always have your back, now and into eternity.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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8 – Season of Parenting – 5/18 – 5/24

This week’s lesson – Season of Parenting

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Ps. 127:3, NKJV).

The wait had been so long. It wasn’t until I held him in my arms that I understood the meaning of God’s saying He delights in us (Ps. 147:11, NIV). Ever since my son entered our family through adoption, I have called him “Mama’s delight.” One day my son asked me, “What does ‘delight’ mean?” I replied, “To have immense joy.” It wasn’t until I became a parent that I understood God’s love, joy, frustration, and angst and understood the true gift of free will—and how painful that gift is. Parenting my biological and adopted children has stretched me, and I have gained more insights into myself, my marriage, and my family than I ever knew possible.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss on Sabbath.

 

 

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7 – Keys to Family Unity – 5/11 – 5/17

This week’s lesson – Keys to Family Unity

“ ‘That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me’ ” (John 17:21, NKJV).

As we have been studying family unity throughout the week, family unity is based on truth and love (cf. Exod. 20:12). Within the law, we see the importance of the child honoring the father and mother. It is one of the last six commandments that express our love for others. And the Word speaks of the law of God as truth in Psalm 119:151. Love and truth bring true success to family unity.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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6 – The Royal Love Song – 5/5 – 5/10

This week’s lesson – The Royal Love Song

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame” (Song of Sol. 8:6, NKJV).

Marriage is like the flowers that grow and bloom in springtime. It is truly a time of joy and a time of singing. We know that most flowers don’t appear in the wintertime or even in the fall; flowers appear at their appointed time and with the right conditions of the soil. The same is true with the gift of marriage and sexual intimacy. When we receive this gift in the appointed time and follow sound biblical counsel, it can be a taste of heaven on earth.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

 

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5 – Wise Words for Families – 4/27 – 5/4

This week’s lesson – Wise Words for Families

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:56, NKJV).

Proverbs is a treasure chest of wisdom. All of its advice is timeless because the words were inspired by God as an expression of love for His children. We can trust the Lord no matter how great our problems might be, and when we do, it is the best decision that we can make (Prov. 3:5). The Lord wants us to live lives of prosperity and blessing beyond what we can imagine for ourselves or for our families, and we will, if we trust Him.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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4 – When Alone – 4/20 – 4/26

This week’s lesson – When Alone

“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’ ” (Gen. 2:18, NKJV).

Loneliness is confirmation that we were created by a relational God. It is also evidence that sin has marred God’s original plan for our lives. In that sense, we ought to embrace our loneliness as an experience that could deepen our relationship with God (cf. Rom. 5:3). Rather than pretending that we are not lonely, we need to acknowledge the feeling and allow God to minister to us through it. As we find our primary companionship in Christ, He will lead us to Christian fellowship that will ease the feelings of isolation we may face.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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3 – Preparing for Change – 4/13 – 4/19

This week’s lesson – Preparing for Change

“Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway” (Ps. 85:13, NKJV).

Life is a journey of turmoil and unexpected events; adaptation and growth. Our human existence is characterized by and will always be fashioned by our choices and our response to change. For unbelievers, it is merely living to die, existing to experience only perfect bliss while being seemingly independent creators of their own destiny, disconnected from the Almighty. However, for Christians, God expects us to be in a constant state of faithful readiness for each phase of life’s journey. Though we will never get accustomed to the inevitable, God has created us with a natural instinct to deal with our challenges by staying connected to Him and trusting Him to decide our paths. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

 

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2 – The Choices We Make – 4/6 – 4/12

This week’s lesson – The Choices We Make

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15, NKJV).

Job, Daniel, and Stephen all have one thing in common: they chose to follow God. Life wasn’t always easy, though. They faced many trials along the way, but their faith never wavered. When trials come, we cannot falter between two opinions. There is no grey area. There are only two options for us to choose from: one is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, while the other is the path that leads to destruction. The question remains to us as it did to them. Do we choose to stay faithful with eternity in mind or to pursue the fleeting pleasures of this world?  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.

 

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1 – The Rhythms of Life – 3/30 – 4/6

This week’s Lesson – The Rhythms of Life

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccles. 3:1, NKJV).

Life is temporal, having seasons, stages, and chapters. To each of these time periods, there is one or several truths that must be and only can be learned during that time. It is God’s purpose that we experience each of these seasons, from the fresh newness of spring and the glorious warmth of summer to the fading beauty of autumn and silent splendor of winter. As in nature, so in our lives, let us see “every purpose under the heaven” and live our time in fulfilling ways as artfully and gracefully as the Lord intended. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss it this coming Sabbath.

 

 

 

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Great article on “politics in the church.”

https://dialogue.adventist.org/3077/politics-in-the-church-the-moral-management-of-power
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What do you know about evolution?

This, as you may know, is one of my favorite subjects.  I can’t believe I went through 50 of my years not engaged in this subject at all, but once I discovered the vast amount of available knowledge I have become all about it.

Psalms 19: 1-3
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.

“God loves you” is the message of the beauty and the vastness of the universe.  You can’t look at the moon and stars in the dark of night without wondering who we are, where we are going, and how we got here.

Continue reading “What do you know about evolution?”

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