Tuesday: James and the Gospel
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Unfortunately, perhaps because of Luther’s influence, many Christians have been unable to see the important message James’s epistle contains. Without diminishing the contribution Luther made for the church of his day, we must remember that the Reformation did not . . . end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this … [Click to read more …]

Monday: James, the Believer
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Read 1 Corinthians 15:5-7 and Acts 1:14. What do they tell us about the changes that happened to James? Jesus appeared to many after His resurrection, including Peter and the Twelve (minus Judas Iscariot). Then he appeared to over five hundred people at one time. James, apparently, wasn’t at this meeting with the five hundred; … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Second Coming
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: James, the Lord’s Brother
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Read for This Week’s Study: John 7:2-5; 1 Cor. 15:5-7; James 1:3, James 2:5; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Matt. 7:24-27. Memory Text: You are My friends if you do whatever I command you (John 15:14, NKJV). We, today, are a long way from the early days of the Christian church, both time wise and culturally. Thus, … [Click to read more …]

Introduction to the fourth quarter lessons: The Book of James
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“An Epistle of Straw”? The epistle of James has been one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible. In the Leipzig Debate of 1519, Roman Catholic scholar Johann Eck used it to challenge Martin Luther’s view of justification by faith alone, insisting that works needed to be added to the equation. Luther, in response, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Show Us Your Church
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Ivan and Raveta grew up in the traditional church in Macedonia. After their marriage, Raveta continued attending church occasionally, though Ivan didn’t. When the Bible became available in the Macedonian language, Raveta bought a copy. But she didn’t read it; she put it on a shelf and forgot it. Years later Ivan, a lawyer, had … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: The Second Coming of Jesus
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, On the Mount of Olives, p. 627-636, in The Desire of Ages; Heralds of the Morning, p. 299-316, in The Great Controversy. Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Watch and Be Ready
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Why is it crucial for us always to watch and be ready for Jesus’ coming? See Matt. 24:42, 44. The keynote of Jesus’ prophetic sermon is the imperative to watch, to be on alert. It doesn’t mean to wait idly but to be actively vigilant, as is the owner of a house who remains diligent … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: When Will Jesus Come?
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When Jesus said regarding the temple that not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down (Matt. 24:2, NKJV), the disciples were astonished. Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? (Matt. 24:3, NKJV), … [Click to read more …]