Monday: Our Sympathetic Savior
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Helping a Stranger As Someone Else Looks On

As Jesus mingled with people during His earthly ministry, He encountered situations that revealed His sympathy and compassion for them. “He came forth, and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick” (Matt. 14:14, ASV). Read Matthew 9:35-36 and Luke 7:11-16. What do they teach us about how true … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Hearing the Groans
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In the Beginning There Was Nothing

The universe can seem like a very scary place: vast, cold, and so big we sense our own insignificance and meaninglessness amid it. This fear has become even more prevalent with the advent of modern science, whose giant telescopes have revealed a cosmos much larger and vaster than our imaginations can readily grasp. Add to … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus Showed Sympathy
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Kings 13:23; Exod. 2:23-25; Luke 7:11-16; 1 John 3:17; John 11:35; Rom. 12:15; 2 Cor. 1:3-4. Memory Text: “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14, NKJV). How much more tragic could it … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Desired Their Good
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Homerun

Read Ellen G. White, “Our Example,” pp. 17-28, in The Ministry of Healing; “ ‘One Thing Thou Lackest,’ ” pp. 518-523, in The Desire of Ages; “A Social Life,” pp. 186-188, 190-192, 194-196, in My Life Today. “In order to reach all classes, we must meet them where they are; for they will seldom seek … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Other-centered Church
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Christians Wanted Seven-Day Week

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:3-5, NIV).  In what ways should the principles expressed here … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Desired Their Good
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Desired Their Good” 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 Second Touch
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Jesus Heals a Blind Man

Read Mark 8:22-25. What spiritual lesson can we learn from the fact that Jesus’ first healing touch didn’t fully heal the blind man? After Jesus “spat” on the man’s eyes, He touched him and asked, “ ‘Do you see anything?’ ” (Mark 8:23, NIV). Why did Jesus “spit” on his eyes? Ancient literature indicates examples … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Love Never Fails
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Your Love Never Fails

According to Jesus, the two greatest commandments are love to God and love to neighbor (Luke 10:27-28). He also showed us who our neighbors are (Luke 10:29-37). No question, too, that Jesus’ life, from beginning to end, was an expression of the pure love of God, who Himself is love (1 John 4:16). Thus, if … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The “Anyway” Principle
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Just Like Jesus

A leper approaches Jesus and begs for healing. Conventional wisdom says that this man should be isolated. Jesus, the clean One, touches him and heals him anyway (Matt. 8:1-4). Peter denies Jesus three times during His trial (John 18:1-40). After the resurrection, having searched Peter’s heart, Jesus reinstates him into His service anyway (John 21:1-25). … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Jonah in Nineveh
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Jonah at Nineveh

Read Jonah 3:4-4:6. What serious attitude problem does this prophet have? In Jonah 4:1-11, the prophet Jonah sits down east of the great city of Nineveh. He has delivered the message of doom that God has entrusted to him. He reflects on his journey, his reluctance to come to Nineveh, his runaway tactics, God’s insistence … [Click to read more …]