Sunday: Our Father in Heaven
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Father was not a new name for God. The Old Testament sometimes presented Him as our Father (Isa. 63:16; 64:8; Jer. 3:4, 19; Ps. 103:13). However, it was not the most used name for Him. For Israel, the personal name of God was YHWH (probably pronounced Yahweh), which appears more than six thousand eight hundred … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Our Loving Heavenly Father
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 7:9-11, John 14:8-10, Luke 15:11-24, Matt. 6:25-34, Heb. 9:14. Memory Text: Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him (1 John 3:1, NKJV). Jesus delighted … [Click to read more …]

The Teachings of Jesus – An Introduction to 2014c lessons
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The Divine Teacher Most of us probably remember a great teacher who made an impact on our lives, whom we admired and appreciated. Some teachers transcend their own times and continue to influence subsequent generations. Outstanding teachers have decisively impacted life and thought and are often universally recognized. Jesus, of course, was the greatest Teacher … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: A Place to Share
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When Stephanie found life difficult in her public school in Denmark, her parents enrolled her in the local Adventist school. The family wasn’t Adventist, but Stephanie quickly made friends and settled in to her new school. The school’s religious teachings in Bible class seemed strange, but Stephanie’s new friends talked to her about their faith, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Christ’s Kingdom and the Law
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Without a Wedding Garment, pp. 307-319, in Christ’s Object Lessons. “Satan had claimed that it was impossible for man to obey God’s commandments; and in our own strength it is true that we cannot obey them. But Christ came in the form of humanity, and by His perfect obedience He … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Law in the Kingdom
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Of all the harsh consequences of sin, death has been the most persistent. Sin can be overcome, Satan can be resisted, but with just two known exceptions (Enoch, Elijah) out of billions, who has escaped the inevitability of death? When it comes to death, wrote an ancient philosopher, we human beings all live in an … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The everlasting Kingdom
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God created a perfect world. Sin entered, and that perfect world became severely marred. The story of redemption tells us that Jesus entered human history so that, among other things, the original perfection will be restored. The redeemed will live in a perfect world where love reigns supreme. As we have seen, love can exist … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Faith and the Law
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The dominant theme in Scripture is simple: God is love. God’s love is most potently demonstrated in His grace. With His unlimited power, He could easily have wiped humanity from the face of the earth, but instead He chose to exercise patience and give all a chance to experience the fullness of life in His … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Citizens of the Kingdom
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In many nations, those who move there from other countries have to surrender all allegiances to their land of birth if they want citizenship in their new country. However, some countries allow a person to hold dual citizenship; that is, they can pledge allegiance to both places. There’s no such thing as dual citizenship, however, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Kingdom of God
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When God created the first human beings, He gave them dominion over all things. Adam was to rule the world. However, through violating God’s law, he forfeited his right to earthly sovereignty, and ownership went to the archenemy, Satan. When the representatives from the other worlds gathered before God during the time of the patriarchs, … [Click to read more …]