Monday: Loving Your Neighbor

Visiting Neighbors

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself” (Luke 10:27). Read Luke 10:25-37. What message is given here to us in regard to the whole question of helping those in need? The … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jesus’ Mission Statement

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Jesus, the young rabbi from Nazareth, had become very popular in the region of Galilee (Luke 4:15). When He spoke, “the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matt. 7:28-29, NKJV). One Sabbath, when handed the scroll of Isaiah, Jesus read the first … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus on Community Outreach


Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 4:16-19, Luke 10:25-37, Matt. 5:13, Isa. 2:8, John 4:35-38, Matt. 13:3-9. Memory Text: “Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23, NKJV). Robert Louis Stevenson, best … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Mercy and Justice in the Old Testament: Part 2

The Mercy Seat

Read Jeremiah 22:1-16; Ezekiel 16:49; Zechariah 7:9-10. Read Ellen G. White Comments, pp. 1165, 1166, in The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4; “God’s Design in Our Sanitariums,” pp. 227, 228, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Justice & Mercy in the Old Testament – Part 2

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Justice & Mercy in the Old Testament – Part 2” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Church – A Change Agent

A Group of People Building Their Way to Heaven

Read Micah 6:1-16. What is the Lord speaking out against here? Micah joins the other Old Testament prophets who emphasize that external forms of religion that lack a humble and intentional manifestation of justice and mercy are never acceptable to a just and merciful God. What is the crucial message of Micah 6:8? “True religion … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Jubilee Promises

Man Breaks Bondage

The Old Testament is filled with the idea that those who have been blessed materially and spiritually will reach out to those who have not. Read Isaiah 61:1-11. What is God saying to His people here, and how can we apply what’s said here to ourselves and to our calling before the Lord? See also … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Church – A Source of Life

A Wonderful Catch of Fish

“Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish . . .; where the river flows everything will live” (Ezek. 47:9, NIV). Ezekiel’s prophecy illustrates that where the river that comes from God’s church flows, there is life. Ezekiel 47:10 adds to the amazement of it all. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Flowing River


Read Ezekiel 47:1-8. What’s going on with the temple that Ezekiel saw in vision? The temple appears to have sprung a leak. You may wonder, did a pipe break, or what? In this case, the leak was a good thing. This water leaking out of the temple was going “toward the east.” East of Jerusalem … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Alive in Christ

Valley of Dry Bones

The grace of God that brings revival to those who are dead in transgression and sin is graphically revealed in Ezekiel 37. In vision, the prophet Ezekiel is transported by the Spirit to a valley full of dead, dry, and scattered bones. These bones represent the whole house of Israel. God asks, “Son of man, … [Click to read more …]