04: Lessons From the Sanctuary – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Lessons From the Sanctuary October 23, 2013]

1. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8 NASB. Just a dozen words, but think of the answers we would have found to the following questions if we’d been in the group: Who are we building this sanctuary for? Why? Who’s going to build it? Why do we need it? Why do we have to build it? Couldn’t God just create a sanctuary? In [...]

03: Sacrifices – Thought Starters
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The Joy of Sacrifice

[Thought questions for Sacrifices October 16, 2013]

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1. We will return. Three days and many steps after God’s command to offer his son, Abraham stood where he could see the mountain. It was here Abraham puts a voice to his own faith as he speaks to the two young men who came with them. God would, indeed, provide. Gen. 22:5 He told them that he AND the lad [...]

02: Heaven on earth – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Heaven on Earth October 9, 2013]

Prayer, like incense, ascending to God

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1. Corporate prayer. Offering incense may have been a once-in -a-lifetime experience for Zechariah. He would spend a week ministering in the temple. It was in the temple that he would burn incense. The smoke would go upward as a reminder that the prayers of the people would go to the dwelling place of God. Zechariah had [...]

01: The Heavenly Sanctuary – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Heavenly Sanctuary October 2, 2013]

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Part I

Portrait of Love. Two German brothers in the 15th century planned to rise above the poverty that threatened to destroy their dream. With 18 children, parental help was highly unlikely. The plan sent Albert to work in the mines to support Albrecht, who would attend a fine art school. When Albrecht completed his studies, he would return the favor by supporting Albert’s education; however, when [...]

13: God’s Mission Completed – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Promised Revival: God's Mission Completed September 25, 2013]

1. Up, Up, and Away. Billions of dollars have been spent over the years to explore space. The stated purposes vary from wanting to find other inhabitable worlds due to solve an over-populated earth to discovering new energy sources. Both Christians and non-Christians believe there is more to the universe than instruments or travel can discover. Some, however, are a bit skeptical. It [...]

12: Healing Broken Relationships – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships September 18, 2013]

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1. After the crash. Imagine that you’re a professional cake decorator and are just now putting the finishing touches on a cream-colored four-layer cake with an intricate pattern and pretty red roses made of icing when there’s a loud crash and wooden boards begin falling from the ceiling–one of them smashing across your lovely cake. It’s gone. Or is there a way to assemble the [...]

11: Thinking New Thoughts – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Reformation: Thinking New Thoughts September 11, 2013]

1. The human mind: our challenge for this week: The mind is by far the most complicated part of the human being, and we are thousands of miles short of understanding it. How can we know what to believe when we don’t even know what it means to believe? Does God want to control your mind? Is it possible to
think of ourselves as Christians without [...]

10: The Willingness to Grow and Change – Thought Starters
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“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change September 4, 2013]

1. The gift of grace. Without grace, could we ever experience the joy of eternity with God? Why is that? Is spiritual revival a [...]

09: The Outgrowth of Revival – Thought Starters
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For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews 2:11, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Reformation: The Outgrowth of Revival August 28, 2013]

1. What a promise! Look at the Memory Text for this week’s lesson, above. God the Almighty, God the Creator, God the Savior, Jesus the Master of all. How can such a holy [...]

08: Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival – Thought Starters
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“Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.” “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:159, 160, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival August 21, 2013]

1. The devil studies the Bible. Imagine going to a Bible study and finding out that our wily enemy, the devil, will be there, too. What if this [...]