Friday: Further Study: Taming the Tongue
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Further Study: Read about the power of speech in Talents, from the book Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 335-339, by Ellen G. White and share the points that impressed you with your Sabbath School class. “When in the company of those who indulge in foolish talk, it is our duty to change the subject of conversation … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Blessing and Cursing
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Acidic water flowing into a clear water stream at Yellowstone NP, USA

Read James 3:9-12. What truth does James illustrate using the fountain, the fig tree, and the grapevine? The idea of both blessing and cursing coming out of the mouth of a Christian is disturbing, to say the least. What about watching profanity-laced television programs or movies during the week and attending church on Sabbath to … [Click to read more …]

Hopess: Taming the Tongue
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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 …]

Wednesday: Damage Control
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James 3:5-6
Wildfire in California from Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all experienced it. Something we said gets magnified, perhaps even exaggerated, to the point that we don’t even recognize it anymore. As James says, See how great a forest a little fire kindles (James 3:5, NKJV). Read prayerfully and carefully James 3:6. What is he saying about the power of our tongue, of our … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: “Little” Things Are the Big Things
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Read James 3:3-5. What do the two illustrations have in common, and how do they relate to the tongue? Both the bit in a horse’s mouth and the rudder of a ship are very small compared to what they control. Yet, with a slight movement of the hand, the horse’s or the ship’s direction can … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Word Power
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Test explosion at the US Government Big Explosives Experimental Facility
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For we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2, ESV). What a refreshing admission, especially considering James’s emphasis on behavior! Still, our acknowledgment of the real need not dim our belief in God’s ideal for us as His representatives on earth. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Accountability
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Read James 3:1. What important point is he making here about accountability? Teachers in the church and in Christian schools have an especially heavy responsibility because they shape minds and hearts in ways that will last for years. This effect includes the rippling impact they will have on many others beyond their immediate sphere of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Taming the Tongue
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 3:1-12; Deut. 6:6-7;Luke 9:51-56; Prov. 16:27; Matt. 7:16-18. Memory Text: For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned (Matt. 12:37, NKJV). Words hold tremendous power. A word fitly spoken (Prov. 25:11)-praise, poetry, stories can shape lives in profound ways. What we … [Click to read more …]