Wednesday: Jesus Wept
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Jesus Wept

What does this verse tell us, not just about the humanity of Jesus, but how in that humanity He related to the suffering of others? See also Rom. 12:15. In John 11:35 Jesus demonstrated sympathy, empathy, and pity from His core. Even though He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, the grief of … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Showed Sympathy
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Showed Sympathy” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Walking in Their Shoes
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Shoes, sandals

Read Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 3:8, and 1 John 3:17. What are these verses saying to us, and how can we reveal this compassion in our lives? Compassion comes from the Latin word compati,which means “to suffer with.” As we ourselves have suffered, we can also understand the sufferings of others; and, no doubt, just … [Click to read more …]

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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Hope Sabbath School

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 …]