Friday: Further Thought – Jesus’ Teachings and the Great Controversy

Man under a Large Red Umbrella

Author Leon Wieseltier wrote about what he said was “one of the saddest stories in the world.” He told of an Englishman, named “S.B.,” who had been blind from birth. However, the good news was that, at 52 years old, S.B. had a corneal transplant that gave him sight. For the first time in his … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: “I Am With You Alway”

Footprints in sand.

Matthew ends his Gospel account with some of the most reassuring words Jesus spoke: “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). What should that mean to us, in practical terms, in our own lives, in our own struggles, failures, and disappointments, and even when we feel that God … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Do Not Judge

pointing accusatory blame

Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount in the early days of His ministry. It was revolutionary. For starters, He told ordinary people that they were valued and blessed in the eyes of God (Matt. 5:3-12) and that they were salt (Matt. 5:13) and light (Matt. 5:14-16)-two highly prized commodities. He spoke of the importance … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Building on Rock

Bible Stands above Other Media

The issue of where we stand in the cosmic struggle that unfolds around us is made very personal in the parable of the man building a house on the rock. Read Matthew 7:21-27. What is so frightening about this parable? What comes to mind when you imagine this story? Where is the rock and where … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Planting and Harvesting

From Seeds to Food

The great controversy theme is implicit in Jesus’ parable of the sower. The listing of four types of responses to the gospel message indicates that there are more than just “good” and “bad” people in the world. Life is more complex than that, and so we need to be careful how we approach those who … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Many Kinds of Rest

Man in the Hand of God

“‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Matt. 11:29, NKJV). How does taking His “yoke” bring rest to our souls? This offer points to a personal dimension amid the much larger one of Jesus’ mission to free … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus’ Teachings and the Great Controversy

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 11:29; Rom. 4:1-6; Matt. 13:3-8, Matt. 13:18-23; Matt. 7:21-27; James 2:17; Matt. 7:1-5. Memory Text: “‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). When we think of the great-controversy theme, we tend to think of it in grand, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thoughts – Victory in the Wilderness

Cosmic Conflict

Though one can find writers through the centuries touching on the theme of the great controversy, and though some evangelicals today are looking at the idea more closely-no one has a deeply developed great- controversy worldview as does the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A literal, physical, moral, and spiritual conflict between Christ and Satan is, indeed, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Devil Worship

God over All

In Matthew’s version, while the first temptation focused on appetite and the second on manipulating God, the third was a direct challenge to Christ Himself, to His kingship and to His ultimate mission on earth. Read Matthew 4:8-10, Deuteronomy 34:1-4, and Revelation 21:10. What is the significance of the “exceeding high mountain” that Satan took … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Victory in the Wilderness

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Victory in the Wilderness” 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 …]