Tuesday: Law of Freedom
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Read James 1:25. What does he say about the role of the law? James echoes the Psalms in calling God’s law perfect (Ps. 19:7) and a way of freedom (Ps. 119:45). But notice that the law in James cannot save us and certainly cannot cleanse us. It shows us God’s ideal, but it cannot make … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Being a Doer
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Read James 1:22 again. The Greek says to be doers of the Word. How might the message have been different had James simply said, Do the word? James combines being and doing. He does not separate them, nor does he make one more important than the other. They are like two sides of the same … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Knowing Your Enemy
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Someone once said this about his enemy: I see him every day-when I’m shaving. This is exactly what James wants us to recognize: our greatest enemy is ourselves. Salvation begins by seeing who we really are, not who we imagine ourselves to be. Read James 1:23-24. Who is described here, and what is the basic … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Being and Doing
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 1:23-24; Matt. 19:16-22; Luke 6:27-38; Rom. 8:2-4; Rom. 12:9-18; 2 Pet. 1:4. Memory Text: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22). Jean Francois Gravelet, better known as The Great Blondin, became famous for walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Heidy’s Hope, Part 2
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Juan Caicedo Solis The demons in Mirella struggled against the family members who took her to the Adventist church. During the struggle Mirella fainted. When the family tried to carry her limp body through the church door, they could feel a powerful force pushing them away. Inside the church the congregation prayed while deacons tried … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Enduring Temptation
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Further Study: Read about sin and the power to change in Ellen G. White, Repentance, Steps to Christ, pp. 23-36 and summarize the key points. The plan of redemption contemplates our complete recovery from the power of Satan. Christ always separates the contrite soul from sin. He came to destroy the works of the devil, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Enduring Temptation
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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 …]

Thursday: Saved by Receiving
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Read James 1:21. What role does the word have in what James is saying? This verse concludes all that has been said so far about faith and salvation. It is an appeal to put away all impurity and separate ourselves from wickedness. The command put away (RSV) is used seven out of nine times in … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Slow to Speak
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Read James 1:19-20. What important point is he making there? God’s Word is powerful. But so are human words. How often have we spoken words that later we wish we could take back? Unfortunately, just being aware of how hurtful wrong words can be, and how destructive anger is, does little to help us get … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Every Good and Perfect Gift
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Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:16-17). Although sin gives birth to death, God is the source of life. He is the Father of lights (James 1:17), … [Click to read more …]