04: Salvation: The Only Solution – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Salvation: The Only Solution October 24, 2012] 1. Salvation the only solution. Since we can’t have a solution without a problem, what is the problem that salvation addresses? If you said, “sin,” what sin or sins are you including? Did Satan’s sin and rebellion long ago define the need and set the stage … [Click to read more …]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Thought Starters
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God Made Us [Thought Starters for Man: God’s Handiwork October 17, 2012] 1. Better and better, or worse and worse. Which is it? Think of all the advances in human life today. Open-heart surgery for an inborn infant? Travel to Mars in a space ship smart enough to look around and take pictures? The transformation … [Click to read more …]

02: Revelation and the God revealed in it – Thought Starters
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The book that reveals God The name of the last book of the Bible, “Revelation,” implies that its purpose is to reveal information important to God’s people. Why, then, do people find Revelation such a difficult book to understand? Let’s relax in the truth that God loves us and shows us His love in every … [Click to read more …]

01: The Great Controversy: The Foundation – Thought Starters
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A surprise inside the cover “What a surprise that is!” Susan held the lesson guide above her head. “There’s a surprise in the lesson guide for the final quarter of the year?” “Yes, dear, there is.” “Do we get a balloon or a lollipop?” “No, it’s not that. It’s just that when I saw the title to this … [Click to read more …]

13: Keeping the Church Faithful – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Keeping the Church Faithful September 26, 2012] 1. Change and growth. Can a church grow without changing? Of course not. By definition, growth requires change. Can a church change without growing?  Where does change without growth lead? If you’ve been attending the same church for five years, has the church changed during that time? … [Click to read more …]

12: The Antichrist – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Antichrist September, 19, 2012] 1. Are we there yet? Living two thousand  years ago with the recent memory of a Christ Jesus crucified and resurrected, what earthly reason did our Thessalonian brothers and sisters have for assuming Jesus would come that soon? What about us today? Why are we so sure that … [Click to read more …]

11: Promise to the Persecuted – Thought Starters
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Introduction Can we modern-day computer-saturated Christians even imagine what communication was like in Paul’s day? Today we consider it a disaster if we’re without electricity for an hour or two. Once current is available, we can flash a message to a relative or friend thousands of miles away and in seconds the message is being … [Click to read more …]

10: Church Life – Thought Starters
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Introduction Three admonitions, six imperatives, eight brief admonitions, and closing prayer. This is how Paul concludes his first letter to the Thessalonians. Fasten your seat belts. This could be an exhilarating and life-altering experience for us, sitting with the rest of the last-day believers in church homes and other meeting places around the world. What is Paul’s … [Click to read more …]

09: Final Events – Thought Starters
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It was an unusual meeting taking place entirely in the minds of those attending. “Jesus is coming again in seven days.” One of the faithful who had seen Jesus after the resurrection was sure He would return right away. A week would be about right. “He’s coming on October 22, 1844.” A young Adventist believer spoke with conviction. “The Bible says … [Click to read more …]

08: The Dead in Christ – Thought Starters
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The death of infants and children seems terrible because the precious ones are gone without having lived a life for Jesus. And, of course, the death of parents and hard-working adults who are giving family members a livelihood and taking care of others are heroes we don’t want to lose. But as we age, the death of … [Click to read more …]