Are you reading your Bible?
Seventh-day Adventists pioneers spent days and nights earnestly studying the Bible to arrive at the truths that now define us as a body of believers. They became known as people who really knew their Bibles.
But how is it with you and me? Is our faith anchored firmly in the Word of God, or does it rest on tradition and Sabbath sermons? Is studying of the Sabbath School lessons enough?
The lessons are largely based on looking up […]
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While I love being with friends, it does not bother me to be alone. Being alone does not make me lonely. Being misunderstood makes me lonely.
In a youth group I asked the young people what specific things do others not understand about you that you wish they did. An ordinarily quiet group suddenly became very vocal. Everyone wants to be understood. Well not all the time. Sure, when our motives are pure we wish people could understand us, but not so much when […]
Read for This Week’s Study: James 5:1-6, Ps. 73:3-19, 1 Sam. 25:2-11, Lev. 19:13, Luke 16:19-31, Matt. 5:39.
Memory Text: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21).
The worldwide popularity of the television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? suggests that many people vicariously enjoy the rags-to-riches fantasy and probably hope it could happen to them someday.
But wealth isn’t all that many believe it to be. Studies suggest that increasing income follows the […]
As a teenager Solomon was not so smart. He let his peers influence his decisions and began smoking and taking drugs. He experimented with every drug he could get, and often he grew weak because he was not eating. Drugs were all he cared for.
Solomon and his friends were always together, smoking and taking drugs. They formed a gang and often fought with other teens. Once when he was high on drugs he picked up a machete, ready […]
Further Study: Read about the value of time in Ellen G. White, Talents, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 342-346, and share the points that impressed you with your Sabbath School class.
Let no one among you glory any longer against the truth by declaring that this spirit [of discerning the evil motives of others] is a necessary consequence of dealing faithfully with wrongdoers and of standing in defense of the truth. Such wisdom has many admirers, but it is very deceptive and […]
[Thought questions for One Lawgiver and Judge November 26, 2014]
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1. Introduction. Have you ever complained about a new stop sign in your neighborhood? Or about the lack of stop signs or posted speed limits nearby? Imagine that you live in the capital city of the United States, Washington, DC. What would the term “diplomatic immunity” mean to you if you saw a luxury car displaying the logo of a foreign country illegally blocking traffic ahead […]
Read James 4:15-17 in the context of the verses that come before it. What crucial point is he making here?
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James here is dealing with the attitude of self-dependence. In fact, he calls that attitude arrogance, and the words spoken as boasting; he says it is evil. That’s how important the right attitude is for the Christian.
Read verse 17. The Bible defines sin in two ways: (1) doing wrong; (2) not doing right. The […]
I thought that I would focus this week on the “not judging” part of the One Lawgiver and Judge lesson. After all, the phrase “judge not” is probably one of the most oft quoted and misquoted Bible verses of our generation. It sometimes serves as our “get out of jail free” card.
The discerning of right and wrong, good and evil has been blurred by the misapplication of the phrase “judge not.” The Bible is full of examples of those who called out […]
Read James 4:14. What crucial point is being made here?
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Life is uncertain. Every breath is a gift. James 4:14 uses a very rare Greek word (atmis), which is translated as vapor or mist. Like the Hebrew word hebel (breath, vapor), which occurs 38 times in Ecclesiastes and is often translated as vanity, it emphasizes the transitory nature of life. Who hasn’t, especially as we get older, experienced just how fast and fleeting life […]
Key Thought : Our attitude towards law affects how we relate to others and to God. Law governs how we relate to others.
[Lesson plan for One Lawgiver and Judge November 24, 2014]
1. Have a volunteer read James 4:11,12.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Is this saying that when we speak against another person, we are judging them? How can we keep ourselves from being judgmental?
c. Personal Application: Have […]
Read James 4:13. (Compare Luke 12:13-21.) How do we balance prudent planning for the future with our need to live each day in expectation of Christ’s imminent coming? How can we avoid the trap of merely building bigger barns?
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It may seem very reasonable to plan a year in advance or even more. Businesses commonly have short-, medium-, and long-range plans. Individuals and families need to save for the future and to make provision […]