Further Study: Sabbath: A Gift From Eden
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“God created man in His own image.

Here is no mystery. There is no ground for the supposition that man was evolved by slow degrees of development from the lower forms of animal or vegetable life. Such teaching lowers the great work of the Creator to the level of man’s narrow, earthly conceptions. Men are so intent upon excluding God from the sovereignty of the universe that they degrade man and defraud him of the dignity of his origin. He who [...]

Inside Story: Embracing the World’s Cities, 2
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As we look at the mission field, we must look through the compassionate eyes of Jesus.

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We’re not looking at a target group or mere statistics; we’e looking at real people. They may have given up on church and religion, but they’e open to those who follow Christ and show the love and sympathy of their Master.

And if we’e going to minister to needs, we need to know what those needs are. We need to [...]

Thursday: A Psalm for the Sabbath
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Read Psalm 92.

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What does this tell us, at least in part, about what the experience of Sabbath keeping should be like? Why, when thinking about the Lord, should we express the kind of joy expressed in this psalm?

The psalmist obviously knew the Lord, knew what the Lord was like, knew what the Lord had done, and knew what the Lord was going to do one day. And it is for these reasons that he expresses [...]

Wednesday: Sabbath and the Last Days
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Read 2 Peter 3:3-7.

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Compare the description of the last day scoffers with our contemporary society. What do the scoffers deny, and why?

The scoffers claim that nature has continued on without interruption, a claim known among scientists as “uniformitarianism.” This is equivalent to denying that miracles occur. This claim is then used to deny that the Lord is going to come as He promised.

Notice, though, how Peter links their denial of the second coming of Christ [...]

Tuesday: Jesus and the Sabbath
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Read Mark 2:27, 28.

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What crucial truth about the Sabbath does Jesus reveal here? How can we take this principle and apply it to our own Sabbath experience?

Jesus and His disciples had just walked through a field of grain, and the disciples, hungry, had picked some of the grain and eaten it. The act of picking grain while one was passing through a field was not a problem, as the rules of the society permitted this. Food [...]

Monday: The Rich Meaning of Sabbath Rest
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Read Deuteronomy 5:12-15.

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How does the emphasis of the Sabbath commandment here differ from Exodus 20:8-11?

Here Moses reminds the Israelites that they should keep the Sabbath, and he states that they should do this because God delivered them from Egypt. The texts say nothing about the six days of Creation or about the Sabbath being God’s rest. Instead, the emphasis here is on Salvation, on deliverance, on Redemption, in this case the redemption from Egypt, a symbol [...]

Sunday: Creation and the Seventh-Day Sabbath
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In Exodus 20:8-11, the fourth commandment refers directly to the Creation week.

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This is important, because it points back to Eden itself, to a world without sin, a perfect world coming fresh from the Creator. “The Sabbath is not introduced as a new institution but as having been founded at creation. It is to be remembered and observed as the memorial of the Creator’s work.”-Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 307.

Read Genesis 2:1-3. How is the seventh-day [...]

Sabbath: A Gift From Eden
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 2:1-3; Heb. 4:3, 4; Deut. 5:12-15; Ezek. 20:12; Mark 2:27,28; 2 Pet. 3:3-7.

Memory Text: “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8).

At the end of the sixth day, the Creation had been completed

(Gen. 2:1, 2). The world had been formed into a habitable place, and it had been filled with living creatures. Adam and Eve had been created in God’s own image and had been given a beautiful, well-provisioned Garden in which to live. They had formed [...]

Further Study: Stewardship and the Environment
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“Christ’s followers have been redeemed for service. Our Lord teaches that the true object of life is ministry. Christ Himself was a worker, and to all His followers He gives the law of service—service to God and to their fellow men. Here Christ has presented to the world a higher conception of life than they had ever known. By living to minister for others, man is brought into connection with Christ. The law of service becomes the connecting link which [...]

Inside Story: A Heart Full of Thanks
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Ujjal is a young man, but a hole in his heart had left him chronically tired and

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subject to fainting spells. He couldn’t work or even ride his bicycle.

One day Ujjal’s friend Panalal told him that he was learning about Jesus, the powerful and loving God whom Christians worship. Panalal invited Ujjal to a meeting in his home. Ujjal went, hoping that the God of the Christians would heal him. He listened intently as Gopal, [...]