12: Prayer, Healing, and Restoration – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Prayer, Healing, and Restoration December 16, 2014]

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1. Words with power. One of my favorite texts growing up in Sabbath school is this week’s memory text containing these words, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” I repeated those words until they were embedded in my heart. But what did they mean? What is an effectual fervent prayer? Do only righteous people have the ability to pray such a prayer? That kind […]

11: Getting Ready for the Harvest – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Getting Ready for the Harvest December 9, 2014]

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1. Parousia. Does the word “parousia” echo a sense of majesty and anticipation in you? Did it for New Testament Christians as they applied the word to the Second Coming of Jesus? What two conditions does James propose to Christians who want to be ready for the coming of Jesus? (See James 5:8) What does is take to meet those conditions?

2. Waiting for rain. A scientific study […]

10: Weep and Howl – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Weep and Howl December 2, 2014]

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1. Weep and howl! Can you imagine the impression those words made on James’ readers and listeners? What if you went to church one week, and the pastor walked to the pulpit wearing his usual invisible robe of humility but  places his hand in the open Bible and bellows to the frightened congregation, “Weep and howl!” What is going on? What is the message that follows?

2. Dangers […]

09: One Lawgiver and Judge – Thought Starters
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[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 […]

08: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom – Thought Starters
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“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10 NASB)

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[thought questions for The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom November 11, 2014]

1. “He will exalt you.” Some struggling Christian might read these words by James and say, “Okay. Small price to pay. I’ll humble myself before the Lord, and he’ll make me important in the church—and elsewhere.” Is that the apostle’s intent when he wrote these words—to provide a lesson on how […]

07: Taming the Tongue – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Taming the Tongue November 11, 2014]

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1. But it’s so strong! Have you ever heard that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body? That’s actually a myth. When it comes to strength, the tongue comes in behind the strongest group of muscles—those that close the jaw. Do both types of muscle play a role in what we say? Do the words we speak reflect what we think? Have you ever […]

06: Faith that Works – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Faith that Works November 4, 2014]

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1. Faith without works is dead.

James didn’t mince words, did he? Why did he speak so boldly, so plainly, about how faith is as useless as a dead body in the Christian faith? If the doctor-preacher in the story at the beginning of the lesson had survived, what would he need to do to recover from his terrible fall from God’s grace? Would he need […]

05: Love and the Law – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Love and the Law October 28, 2014]

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Love without Liking. Your lesson this week asks you to love even those you don’t like. Wait a minute! Is that possible? What about the marriage that goes bad? Is the wife obliged to love the husband she can’t stand any more? What if he uses his physical strength to impress on her that he’s the boss she must obey? Then think of men who have […]

04: Being and Doing – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Being and Doing October 21, 2014]

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1. It’s not enough to be able to see and hear. Do you think it would be harder to follow Jesus if you were deaf? or blind? Didn’t have much intellectual understanding? Does a thorough knowledge of God and His plan of salvation earn you a place in His eternal kingdom? What did the apostle James say that Christians need to do to give them a firm and lasting relationship with God?

2. Your enemy. How […]

03: Enduring Temptation – Thought Starters
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Introduction. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12. What does our love for God have to do with victory over temptation? Will we be tempted even if we love God supremely? Will we be lost if we do not withstand all of the trials of being tempted?

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[Thought questions for Enduring Temptation October 14, 2014]

1. The […]