Thursday: Favor With People
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Healthy Living Garden Harvest

There’s no question that we, as a people, have been blessed with so much light from the Lord. This light isn’t just in theology, such as understanding the Cross, the sanctuary, the state of the dead, the Sabbath, and the great controversy, which are great blessings in and of themselves. When we think about the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Won Their Confidence
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Won Their Confidence” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Value of Social Capital
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Healthcare Costs

Churches are largely volunteer groups, which operate on limited budgets. Social capital helps improve the chance that your church can reach significant goals. The old tradition in some countries of farmers helping other farmers bring in their harvest is an example of social capital. That is, though we need to look at each situation on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Social Capital
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Man Stands Out in a Crowd

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Prov. 22:1, NIV).  How does the concept expressed here relate to our community witness and outreach? What is “social capital”? When you make investments in a bank account, its value grows. Social capital consists of positive, productive … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Careful Balance
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Protection When We Walk the Tightrope

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in an African country is growing rapidly. What is the secret? Church leaders have stated that there is a strong connection between this growth and the unselfish and unconditional service of the church members to people in communities throughout the country. The widespread confidence in the Seventh-day Adventist Church came to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Winning Confidence
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Man in the Hand of God

After desiring their good, showing sympathy, and ministering to their needs, Jesus “won their confidence.” Confidence in Latin is composed of the words con,meaning “with,” and fides meaning “faith.” Throughout the Bible several words are employed to get across the meaning of the word faith. In Hebrew the main root for “faith” is amn, from … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus Won Their Confidence
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Jesus with people, smiling

Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 15:6, Num. 14:11, 1 Cor. 3:1-9, Dan. 6:1-3, Neh. 2:1-9, Deut. 4:1-9, Acts 2:42-47. Memory Text: “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities” (Luke 5:15, ESV). For several years, a Seventh-day Adventist … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Ministered to Their Needs
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Paul and the Unknown God

Read Deuteronomy 15:11, Job 29:11-17, Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 19:17, Acts 3:6, James 1:27-2:5; Ellen G. White, “Pioneering in Australia,” pp. 327-338, in Welfare Ministry. Paul, like Jesus, was involved in meeting the expressed needs of people. We can see this, for example, in the famous story of Paul at Mars Hill in Athens. In Acts … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Church at Work
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People Looking at Large Map

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Prov. 16:3, NIV). Once your church has a clear vision of how it can minister to the community, it is important to develop a plan whereby all church departments can work together in order to make this vision a reality. Even though … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Dorcas in Joppa
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Dorcas With the Children

Read Acts 9:36-42. What did Dorcas do in Joppa when she discovered the needs around her? In Acts 9:41 what does the phrase “the believers, especially the widows” (NIV) imply? Dorcas was a disciple of action. “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha” (Acts 9:36, NIV). Can it be said, “In [the name of … [Click to read more …]