“Occupy Till I Come”
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I was running my shift at UPS early one morning, trying to beat the clock, as we loaded the package cars, and prepared them for their busy day. In the midst of our hustle and bustle an alarm sounded. A sorter spotted flames on a conveyor belt. We safely evacuated the building and made sure everyone was okay. The fire was actually extinguished before the fire trucks arrived.

Later, I recollected how we were focused on getting our job done, in time [...]

Near-Death Experiences: How Should Christians Relate to Them?
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People are fascinated with Near-Death Experiences (NDE’s) these days. Books like Heaven is For Real, To Heaven and Back, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and 23 Minutes in Hell tell the story of people who died and crossed over to the other side before they were sent back to earth to tell their stories. Many Christians find in these stories evidence of the traditional doctrine of the immortal soul. For them, the teaching that the soul goes directly to heaven or [...]

13: The Second Coming of Jesus – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : The promised return of Christ displays the fact of a loving Savior who desires to be with His people. We are admonished to daily spiritual preparation and watchfulness..

[Lesson Plan for The Second Coming of Jesus September 22, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why is it a comfort to know that Jesus is coming a second time [...]

Tuesday: How Will Jesus Come
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In His prophetic sermon, Christ expressed concern about wrong teachings in regard to His second advent, and He warned His disciples against people who would come in His name, saying, I am the Christ (Matt. 24:5, NKJV; see also vss. 23-26). He doesn’t want His followers to be deceived. Therefore, He clearly indicated the way in which He will come.

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What does Matthew 24:27 tell us about how Jesus is going to return?

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Monday: The Purpose of Jesus’ Second Coming
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The great plan of Redemption will find its culmination in the Second Coming. Without Christ’s return to this earth, His incarnation, death, and resurrection would have no effect for our Salvation.

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What is one of the basic reasons for the second coming of Jesus? See Matt. 16:27.

Life is not always fair; in fact, often it is not fair. We do not always see justice in our society. Innocent people suffer while evil ones seem [...]

Sunday: The Promise
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After the Last Supper, Jesus told the disciples that He would go to a place where, at least for now, they could not go (John 13:33). The thought of being separated from the Master filled their hearts with sorrow and fear. Peter asked, Lord, where are You going? . . . Why can I not follow You now? (John 13:36-37, NKJV). Christ knew their desire and assured them that the separation would only be temporary.

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Sabbath: The Second Coming of Jesus
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 14:1-3; Matt. 16:27; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 24:3-14; Matt 24:42, Matt 44.

Memory Text: Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that [...]

12: Death and Resurrection – Hit the Mark
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Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. John 11:14

The sisters of Lazarus were crushed. The brother whom they loved so much had been taken away from them by the cruel enemy called Death. They had sent word to Jesus that He was sick, knowing that if Jesus could get to Lazarus quickly, he would not die. But hours turned into days,  and Lazarus died.

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. John 11:5

After Jesus finally arrived [...]

HopeSS: Death and Resurrection
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Inside Story: The Story Box
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Muka [moo-KAH] is the third wife of a Himba headman living in northern Namibia.

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While some Himba children have gone to school, few who remain in the settlements can read or write. They pass their history and culture to their children during story times around a fire in the evening.

For more than 15 years Adventist missionaries have been working with the Himba, befriending them, teaching them about God, showing they care. They prayed for [...]

Friday: Further Study: Death and Resurrection
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Lazarus, Come Forth, p. 524-536, and The Lord Is Risen, p. 779-787, in The Desire of Ages.

The voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then, raising His hands to heaven, He cries: Awake, awake, awake, ye that sleep in the dust, and arise! Throughout the length and breadth of the earth the dead shall hear that voice, and they that hear shall live. [...]

Thursday: Jesus Conquered Death
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Why was Lazarus’ resurrection the crowning miracle of Christ’s earthly ministry? See John 11:38-44.

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Though Jesus had raised two others from the dead, none was as dramatic as this. Lazarus had been dead for four days, a fact that Martha corroborated at the graveside. Jesus performed the miracle in the full light of day before a crowd of respected witnesses from Jerusalem. The evidence couldn’t be dismissed.

Still, far more important than Lazarus’ resurrection was Jesus’ [...]