Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Won Their Confidence

Man With a Lot on His Mind

Read Mark 5:18-20; Luke 8:38-39; Acts 5:12-16. Read Ellen G. White, “Our Example,” pp. 17-28, in The Ministry of Healing; “The Grace of Courtesy,” pp. 236-240, in Selected Messages, book 3 (especially pp. 238, 239); “Blessing the Children,” pp. 511-517, in The Desire of Ages; “Relieve the Oppressed,” p. 242, in My Life Today. There … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Favor With People

Healthy Living Garden Harvest

There’s no question that we, as a people, have been blessed with so much light from the Lord. This light isn’t just in theology, such as understanding the Cross, the sanctuary, the state of the dead, the Sabbath, and the great controversy, which are great blessings in and of themselves. When we think about the … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Won Their Confidence

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Won Their Confidence” 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 Value of Social Capital

Healthcare Costs

Churches are largely volunteer groups, which operate on limited budgets. Social capital helps improve the chance that your church can reach significant goals. The old tradition in some countries of farmers helping other farmers bring in their harvest is an example of social capital. That is, though we need to look at each situation on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Social Capital

Man Stands Out in a Crowd

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Prov. 22:1, NIV).  How does the concept expressed here relate to our community witness and outreach? What is “social capital”? When you make investments in a bank account, its value grows. Social capital consists of positive, productive … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Careful Balance

Protection When We Walk the Tightrope

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in an African country is growing rapidly. What is the secret? Church leaders have stated that there is a strong connection between this growth and the unselfish and unconditional service of the church members to people in communities throughout the country. The widespread confidence in the Seventh-day Adventist Church came to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Winning Confidence

Man in the Hand of God

After desiring their good, showing sympathy, and ministering to their needs, Jesus “won their confidence.” Confidence in Latin is composed of the words con,meaning “with,” and fides meaning “faith.” Throughout the Bible several words are employed to get across the meaning of the word faith. In Hebrew the main root for “faith” is amn, from … [Click to read more …]