Monday: Fear God

Birds and Lillies

Fear God and give glory to Him (Rev. 14:7, NKJV) is the first of the three angels’ messages, so central to Seventh-day Adventists’ life and faith. Fearing God is not being afraid, as it is often thought to be. It is realizing just who God is and what His claims on us are. It is … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Flee Pharisaism

Man With Burden Looks at Flower

Of the more than 80 references to Pharisees in the Gospels, approximately 25 percent of them are found in Luke. Pharisees were noted for their doctrinal conservatism, as opposed to Sadducees, who were known for their liberal ideas. Pharisees were often legalists who, while professing to believe in grace, taught salvation by the keeping of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Following Jesus in Everyday Life

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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 11:37-54; Luke 12:4-21, Luke 12:35-53; Amos 6:1; Luke 8:4-15; Luke 22:24-27. Memory Text: And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (Luke 17:5, NKJV). Though a great teacher, Jesus did not establish a school of theology or philosophy. His purpose was to seek and to save that … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Searching for Peace: Part 1

Bible Study

Tan grew up in a small city in southern China. Plagued with shyness, he found it difficult to talk to others and often felt intensely lonely. He thought religion was just superstition, and yet he somehow felt a spiritual longing. He decided to set out on an pilgrimage in search of peace. He journeyed to … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study

In the Balance

In His life and lessons, Christ has given a perfect exemplification of the unselfish ministry which has its origin in God. God does not live for Himself. By creating the world, and by upholding all things, He is constantly ministering for others. He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Love Defined: The Parable of the Good Samaritan: Part 2

Religious Stock Image help hole hand

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29, NKJV). An expert in the Jewish law, the lawyer must have known the answer to the question. Leviticus 19:18, where the second great commandment is spelled out, defines neighbors as children of your people. (NKJV). Hence, instead of providing … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Love Defined: The Parable of the Good Samaritan: Part 1

Religious Stock Image Christ Pharisee healed

Of the four Gospels, only Luke records the parables of the prodigal son and the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The first one illustrates the vertical dimension of love, the extraordinary love of the Father toward sinners; the second one shows us the horizontal dimension-the kind of love that should characterize human life, refusing to acknowledge … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: A New Family

Light for Mankind

Great teachers before and since Jesus have taught about unity and love, but usually it is about love within the parameters of a single group; a family defined by the exclusivity of caste, color, language, tribe, or religion. But Jesus broke down the barriers that divide humans and ushered in a new family, one that … [Click to read more …]