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Wayne SDA Collegiate Sabbath School Class

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10 – Successors and Ancestors – 11/30 – 12/6

This week’s lesson – Successors and Ancestors.

The initial verses of chapter 7 state that Nehemiah had completed his mission. Whereas in the previous chapter, the wall had been built but the doors had not been hung (6:1), now both were complete. The logistics of the wall and doors were over. Now that a mere administrative leadership was necessary for the upkeep of the structures Nehemiah delegated the task to others: Hanani and Hananiah (6:2). From this week’s lesson–[inGest]

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

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9 – Through Hidden Opposition – Discernment – 11/23 – 11/29

This week’s lesson.

When Nehemiah was not intimated by social deception (invitation to compromising dialogue) or by military deception (rumors of rebellion by letter), the enemies resorted to spiritual deception. A prophet named Shemaiah (v.10) sounded quite concerned for Nehemiah’s welfare. In this dramatic sub-plot, this man, who was a shut-in in his own house (“a secret informer” in NKVJ), signifying the gravity of the matter, became anxious of murder plots in the night, and suggested that they both find safety in the temple.  From this week’s lesson–[inGest]

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

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8 – Through Hidden Opposition: Strength – 11/16 – 11/22

This week’s lesson.

The coalition’s efforts to hinder the work of Nehemiah were unsuccessful. He had proved victorious against external forces as well the complications of internal conflicts. This time, the coalition used deceptive techniques and compromise to halt the almost completed reconstruction program.  From this week’s lesson–[inGest]

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

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7 – The Usage of Power – 11/9 – 11/15

This week’s lesson.

Where there is motion, there is friction. Just when the external problems seemed to be resolved, internal conflict emerged. This internal crisis involved spouses, children, families, and the community as a whole. The rich were getting richer, while the poor became poorer. Since everyone was busy building the wall, they had no time to go to the fields. Verse 3 mentions a dearth, or famine, that caused the people to borrow money. Others, who had mortgaged their fields, borrowed money to pay the taxes. Unable to pay, some had to sell their children into slavery.  From this week’s lesson–[inGest]

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

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6 – Through External Opposition: Watchfulness – 11/2 – 11/8

This week’s lesson.

We are to stand our ground for the cause of truth even when all those around us are not with us. Enemies are not only those who have anger, contempt, and cruelty, but also indolence, inconsistency, lukewarmness, and betrayal of friends and helpers. Those who love pleasure-seeking and the world are just as much enemies to the work as those who outright hate us. Morale affects people in more ways than one.

The secret to success is remembering that strength is from the Lord and that all were in this together: brothers, sons, daughters, wives, and whole families (4:14). In the middle of building, when they are most vulnerable, Nehemiah is at his strongest because God is with Him. In the end, trust was placed upon God to turn their weak morale into God’s victory.  From this week’s lesson–[inGest]

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

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5 – Through External Opposition: Prayer – 10/26 – 11/1

This week’s lesson.

This week we find the biblical answer to external forms of opposition: prayer. It sounds like a simple answer, but it really is the ultimate means to overcome any challenge. Instead of letting emotion take over, Nehemiah resorted to prayer. He did not repress or express his frustrations to others. Instead, he confessed his heart to the Lord and then re-assessed his situation. This focus allowed the people to have confidence in their leader and to mimic his restraint and resolve.  From this week’s lesson–[inTro]

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

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4 – Organized to Orchestrate – 10/20 -10/25

This week’s lesson

The work was thoroughly organized. Every person knew where they were in relation to the whole project. In complete harmony and teamwork, the city reflected an orchestra. Sometimes all the instruments played in unison, while sometimes only some, and at other times only one. This concerted action was directed under the guidance of the conductor.

In the case of God’s work, the leader conducts under the Holy Spirit, who organizes the orchestra to play the music of God’s will. When all are in tune and cooperative, the music is beautiful.  From this week’s lesson.

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

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3 – The Hand of God -10/12 – 10/19

This week’s lesson

The royal letters to the governors of the provinces along his route, secured to Nehemiah an honorable reception and prompt assistance. And no enemy dared molest the official who was guarded by the power of the Persian king and treated with marked consideration by the provincial rulers. Nehemiah’s journey was safe and prosperous.

His arrival at Jerusalem, however, with the attendance of a military guard, showing that he had come on some important mission, excited the jealousy and hatred of the enemies of Israel… From this week’s lesson (InSight)

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

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2 – In His Presence: Vision and Planning – 10/5 – 10/11

This week’s lesson

While Nehemiah implored the help of God, he did not fold his own hands, feeling that he had no more care or responsibility in the bringing about of his purpose to restore Jerusalem. With admirable prudence and forethought, he proceeded to make all the arrangements necessary to ensure the success of the enterprise. Every movement was marked with great caution. He did not reveal his purpose even to his own countrymen; for while they would rejoice in his success, he feared that, by some indiscretion, they might hinder his work. Some would be liable to manifest exultation that would arouse the jealousy of their enemies, and perhaps cause the defeat of the undertaking… From this week’s lesson (InSight)

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

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1 – Discovery of Calling: Prayer and Purpose – 9/28 – 10/4

This week’s Lesson

Nehemiah, a Hebrew exile, occupied a position of influence and honor in the Persian court. As cup-bearer of the king, he was familiarly admitted to the royal presence; and by virtue of this intimacy, and his own high abilities and tried fidelity, he became the monarch’s counselor. Yet in that heathen land, surrounded by royal pomp and splendor, he did not forget the God of his fathers or the people who had been entrusted with the holy oracles. With deepest interest, his heart turned toward Jerusalem, and his hopes and joys were bound up with her prosperity. Days of peculiar trial and affliction had come to the chosen city. Messengers from Judah described to Nehemiah its condition. The second temple had been reared, and portions of the city rebuilt; but the work of restoration was imperiled, the temple services were disturbed, and the people were kept in constant alarm, by the fact that the walls of the city were in ruins, and the gates burned with fire. The capital of Judah was fast becoming a desolate place, and the few inhabitants remaining were daily embittered by the taunts of their idolatrous assailants, “Where is your God?” – From this week’s lesson (InSight)

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

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13 – A Community of Servants – 9/21 – 9/27

This week’s lesson – A Community of Servants

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (Heb. 10:2324, NKJV).

There is a well-known saying that goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Christ in His Word has time and time again outlined His perfect will for the church. He not only teaches us but came to this earth to give us a living example and make a way for us to walk in the “new and living way” (Heb. 10:20). Christ calls us to reject the easy, mechanical, and cold way we’ve been purporting service to be. He’s made a way for us to reach out in true service to those who need it the most. Hebrews 10 is a love letter; it’s a call for God’s people to be who He’s called them to be. To be authentic. To be real. To be a community of servants in a world where to be served seems most important. Let us support each other and encourage each other, and by God’s Holy Spirit, let us hold fast, without wavering, and do the good works we have been chosen to do.  From this week’s lesson – Friday

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

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12 – To Love Mercy – 9/14 – 9/20

This week’s lesson – To Love Mercy

“Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion” (Ps. 112:45, NKJV).

Social justice has become heavily politicized in recent decades, and especially so in recent years. This has caused many Christians to abstain from becoming involved in such issues. However, by Jesus’ example, we see that we are called to be active participants in this arena.

Much of Jesus’ ministry while on earth was focused on providing justice and mercy to oppressed and marginalized individuals. Jesus fulfilled the words of Isaiah that stated that He would “ ‘tell the Good News to the poor’ ” and “ ‘tell the prisoners of sin that they are free, . . . tell the blind that they can see again’ ”and “ ‘free those who have been treated unfairly, and to announce the time when the Lord will show kindness to his people’ ” (Luke 4:1819, ICB).

Ultimately, as we seek to follow Jesus’ mandate to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, take care of the sick, and visit the imprisoned, our involvement must be rooted in a desire to see God’s love and mercy shared with all people across all sectors of life.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

 

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11 – Living the Advent Hope -9/7 – 9/13

This week’s lesson – Living the Advent Hope

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58, NKJV).

In this desolate world on the brink of the most cataclysmic finale, we have been placed for such a time as this. With despair, suffering, homelessness, disease, and death knocking at the door, we need hope. You and I are the ones who must teach people today to look with confidence to the promised return of Jesus to save us from this sin-filled world. The truths of the Bible must be visible in our lives so that we might be living examples to testify of what we profess to believe, as light shining in the darkness.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

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10 – Living the Gospel – 8/31 – 9/6

This week’s lesson – Living the Gospel

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8–10, NKJV).

There is a basic nature to the righteous, and a portion of that is how we respond to the cause of the oppressed. This is not something you do to gain favor with God; it is evidence that the Spirit of the Most High God dwells within you. And here we find that a marker of the wicked is their inability to empathize with those whom God empathizes with. And is not the God of the Bible the God of the oppressed? We would do well to consider our positions on the issues that will define our times.  From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

 

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9 – Ministry in the New Testament Church – 8/24 – 8/30

This week’s lesson – Ministry in the New Testament Church

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27, NKJV).

As Seventh-day Adventist young adults, it behooves us to touch lives so as to create a community in which everyone contributes to the needs of other people. Christ left for us the mantle of service, which we must hold high until He comes to take us home. When our hearts fill with compassion, we can passionately reach out to touch the lives of the people around us through material donations, service, and more important, drawing them closer to Christ. This week’s lesson is a challenge for us to put our faith into practice. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

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8 – The Least of These – 8/17 – 8/23

This week’s lesson – The Least of These

“ ‘And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” ’ ” (Matt. 25:40, NKJV).

“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccles. 7:20, ESV). All of us are in need of a savior. All of us need help at times. We are the body of Christ—created beautifully to support each other without pride or looking down on one another. And what an honor it is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. “Walk . . . with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:12, ESV). That “small” act of compassion could make all the difference in the world. So let’s actively look to see how we can make a positive difference. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

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

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7 – Jesus and Those in Need – 8/10 – 8/16

This week’s lesson – Jesus and Those in Need

“ ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’ ” (Luke 4:1819, NKJV).

In a world that discriminates, exploits, and subjugates the disadvantaged, the sweet embrace of Jesus engulfs those who are marginalized and outcast. In Luke 4:18 Jesus said He was anointed by the Spirit to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoner, to give recovery of sight for the blind, and to set the oppressed free. Just like Mary Magdalene, the apostle Peter, the blind, the deaf, and the Jews who were blessed by Jesus, today as Christians we have a duty to share our gift of knowing Christ to those who are in spiritual need. This will enable those around us to experience Jesus’ embrace too. Let us follow in the footsteps of Christ, the epitome of service, salvation, and sacrifice.  – from this week’s lesson – Friday

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss on Sabbath.  Hope to see you there!

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6 – Worship the Creator – 8/3 – 8/9

This week’s lesson – Worship the Creator

“ ‘Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?’ ” (Isa. 58:67, NKJV).

God requires us to recognize His presence in our lives through worship. He wants us to render true worship that brings honor and glory to His name. If we worship Him in Spirit and truth, we can have a lasting connection with Him in our hearts, and this will be demonstrated in our actions. Besides, God has provided, in His Word, everything that we need for our spiritual growth and development. The truth in the Bible sets us free to worship God and to serve our fellow humans by His standards.

From this week’s lesson – Friday

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss Sabbath morning.  Hope to see you there!

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5 – The Cry of the Prophets – 7/27 – 8/2

This week’s lesson – The Cry of the Prophets

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8, NKJV).

“True religion is following after the heart of God. As a prophet of God, Isaiah’s message was all about calling God’s people to live a life that reflected the character of the One they claimed to obey. Amos, Ezekiel, Micah, and other prophets also shared a similar perspective on the compassionate nature of God, pointing out our responsibility to respond to the needs of those around us. The biblical narrative in both the Old and New Testaments brings our attention back, again and again, to the necessity of caring for society’s most vulnerable and defining passivity or indifference to their suffering as sin against God. Ultimately, as the passage in Isaiah 42 expresses clearly, relieving suffering is the very work of Christ and the work that He was commissioned to do while He was on earth. The question then remains: what are we willing to do in response to His example?” – From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss this Sabbath.  Hope to see you there.

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4 – Mercy and Justice in Psalms and Proverbs 7/20 – 7/26

This week’s lesson – Mercy and Justice in Psalms and Proverbs

“Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked” (Ps. 82:34, NKJV).

Paul tells us to be imitators of Christ (Eph. 5:12). While Jesus was on earth, He spent a lot of time ministering to those who were considered outcasts in society. If we profess to be followers of God, we will work to meet the needs of others. We must be a refuge for the poor and seek justice for the afflicted. In our ministry to the less fortunate, we should also point them to the Savior and eternal life. When we assist those who are least among us, we are doing it to Christ!

Read about it, think about it, and let’s discuss on Sabbath morning.  Hope to see you then.

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3 – Sabbath: A day of Freedom – 7/13 – 7/19

This week’s lesson – Sabbath: A Day of Freedom

“And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath’ ” (Mark 2:27, NKJV).

As we stop to take relief from our busy lives and to worship on the Sabbath, we are reminded that the Sabbath commemorates Creation and affirms God as Creator of the earth.

In Mark 2:27, Jesus says, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” Christ reminds us that the Sabbath isn’t just a weekly ritual filled with liturgy or one more thing we have to do at the end of the week. Rather, He has given us the freedom to understand and celebrate the Sabbath in its multifaceted biblical depth and beauty. From this week’s lesson – Friday.

Read about it, think about it, and we’ll discuss it Sabbath morning.  Hope to see you then.

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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.

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