02: Preserving Relationships – Thought Starters
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A journey through time “Would you look at that? A perfect illustration of the god particle.” Fred held up the second week’s lesson of the Bible Study Guide and pointed to the picture of two hands reaching for each other. “Whatever are you talking about?” Sherry said, her eyebrows lifting toward her hairline. “Whatever in the world does … [Click to read more …]

01: The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica – Thought Starters
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Salina, Robert, and Kim, three youngsters, aged five, seven, and eight were ready to swing in the swings and play in the sandbox and take Rupert the dog for a walk. But it was pouring rain. Salina was still sniffling from a bad cold. Kim was pouting because she didn’t get two pieces of pie for … [Click to read more …]

11: Let the Church Know – Thought Starters
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My first job after graduating from Walla Walla College was in the public relations department of the General Conference. Now, nearly 50 years later, I am self-employed. I joke about how far I’ve fallen in my career, but it is a joke. One of my main tasks at the “GC” was helping to produce a periodical called Tell.” … [Click to read more …]

10: A Love Response – Thought Starters
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Melody and Stewart Part 2 “Good morning, class,” Stewart said after the general greetings and opening prayer had been shared. “We’re going to do something today we’ve never done before.” He looked around. “Let’s start with Matthew 18:19 and 20.” Bible pages rustled as class members turned to the required text. “Go therefore and make … [Click to read more …]

09: Releasing into Ministry – Thought Starters
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“Mel, I’m going to throw these bossy lesson guides into the trash. They aren’t helping me a bit!” “What? That’s a ridiculous thing for a Sabbath school teacher to say. I think these lessons are great.” “But they’re written like a set of management lessons to give to managers at work.”  “Except the work is on a … [Click to read more …]

08: Equipping for Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Equipping for Evangelism and Witnessing May 23, 2012] 1. Good deeds. If all that is good is of God, what do you make of the statement in the quarterly that good deeds can be performed apart from Jesus Christ? Is that possible? What about equipping someone else for a witnessing or evangelistic program? … [Click to read more …]

07: Corporate Evangelism and Witnessing – Thought Starters
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STORY “I don’t like the word ‘corporate’ in the title of our Sabbath school lesson about witnessing,” Beth complained. “Why not?” Her husband Matt rubbed his chin. “Because it makes it sound like evangelism is big business.” “And you think that evangelism is little business?” “No, not really. I just don’t think that God expects us … [Click to read more …]

06: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing – thought starters
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A Prediciament Are any of the following involved in personal evangelism?1 Judy is sitting at her desk at home signing cards to send to children in the primary division for their birthdays. Matthew is working on a stubborn computer to get it to run again for an equally stubborn old man who lives down the road. Susan … [Click to read more …]

05: Sequential Evangelism & Witnessing – Thought Starters
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Another Fairly Reliable (FR) Fable Once upon a time, towards the end of the post-Millerate era of zeal, a seed was planted. Perhaps it was in a small church made of rough boards hewn to fit a frame on a concrete block. Perhaps it was in a barn big enough to accommodate a few hundred believers. Wherever … [Click to read more …]

04: Evangelism & Witnessing as a Lifestyle – Thought Starters
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A QUESTION WITHOUT AN ANSWER (true story) My doctor handed me some papers and asked me to read the radiologist’s report to him.1 I was stunned. I couldn’t fully understand the medical terminology, but it sounded like I had a terrible brain disease and was headed for the coffin. I just sat there. “I don’t … [Click to read more …]