Sunday: The Authority of Jesus
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The Coming King

As a physician and scholar, Luke was acquainted with the role of authority. He was familiar with the authority of philosophy in Greek scholarship and education. He knew the authority of the Roman law in civil matters and government function. As Paul’s traveling companion he knew the ecclesiastic authority that the apostle commanded with the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus, the Master Teacher
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 8:22-25, Luke 4:31-37, Luke 6:20-49, Luke 8:19-21, Luke 10:25-37, Deut. 6:5. Memory Text: And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority (Luke 4:32, NKJV). When Christ came to the earth, humanity seemed to be fast reaching its lowest point. The very foundations of society were undermined. Life had … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Food for the Soul
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Hands and Food

South Korea – Daesung Kim When I started pastoring the Seoul Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, office buildings surrounded the church and it was very difficult to meet people in the surrounding vicinity. As I was thinking about how to make contact with the people who work nearby, I thought that it could be very practical … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study
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Further Study: By the lost sheep Christ represents not only the individual sinner but the one world that has apostatized and has been ruined by sin.-Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 190. On the value of one soul: The value of a soul, who can estimate? Would you know its worth, go to Gethsemane, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Was Blind But Now I see
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Zacchaeus, Come Down!

The mission statement of Jesus that He came to seek and save that which was lost is an affirmation of a holistic ministry. He came to make men and women whole, to transform them physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Luke gives us two instances that illustrate how Jesus restored two broken men into wholeness. One … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Lost Opportunities
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Lazarus and the Rich Man

Although Jesus came to seek and save those lost in sin, He never forces anyone to accept the salvation He offers. Salvation is free and available to all, but one must accept the free offer in faith, which results in a life in conformity with God’s will. The only time we have for such an … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Parable of the Lost Son: Part 2
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The Lost Son

The return home (Luke 15:17-20) was a journey of repentance. The journey began when he came to himself. Recognition of where he was, in comparison with what his father’s home was, drove him to arise and go to his father. The prodigal son returns home with a four-part speech that defines the true meaning of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Parable of the Lost Son – Part I
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Prodigal Son and the Slippery Slope

Hailed in history as the most beautiful short story ever told on the forgiving nature of love, the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), narrated only by Luke, may well be called the parable of the loving father and two lost sons. One son chose the lawlessness of the distant land over the love … [Click to read more …]