Friday: Further Thought – Great Controversy and the Early Church
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The Choice

Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote about Jesus returning to the earth, but not as predicted in the Bible. Instead, in this made-up story, Jesus returned at the height of the Inquisition, when religious leaders used their power for evil. The Grand Inquisitor had Jesus, who came as a humble peasant, arrested and thrown in a … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Great Controversy and the Early Church
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Great Controversy and the Early Church” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Changing Attitudes
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Peter's Vision

The disciples not only struggled with preconceived ideas that kept them from understanding what Jesus taught them, they also shared national prejudices. One example of this is the story of the Samaritan woman from whom Jesus asked a drink of water. The disciples were surprised that He even spoke to the woman (John 4:27) . … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Stoning of Stephen
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Stoning of Stephen

The disciples weren’t the only ones to be confronted by the religious establishment during the earliest days of the church. Stephen, who was filled with “faith and power, [and] did great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8, NKJV), was brought before them. His witness was so compelling, in fact, that his opponents manufactured … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Facing the Sadducees
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Sadducees

Read Acts 4:1-30. How is the great-controversy theme being manifest here? In what ways is this just one example of how it has played out all through history? How do we see Satan working here, and how do we see the Lord working, as well?“The priests and rulers saw that Christ was extolled above them. … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Pentecost
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pentecost

For ten days the followers of Jesus prayed, evaluated their experiences with Jesus in the light of Scripture, showed humility and acceptance to each other, and finally allowed the Holy Spirit to impress the truth upon them. Just as the Spirit hovered over the face of the deep at the beginning of the Creation process, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Beginning of a New Beginning
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You Go Also

After His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days meeting with the disciples to confirm the resurrection and to help them better to understand the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3, 1 Cor. 15:4-7). However, even as they assembled, just before Jesus departed into the heavens, the thing uppermost in their minds was whether or not this was … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Great Controversy and the Early Church
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Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 1:6-8, Acts 2:5-12, Gen. 11:1-9, Acts 4:1-30, Acts 7:54, Acts 10:12-29. Memory Text: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13, NIV). The greatest … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Comrades in Arms
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Hand Holding Seed With Large Tree in Background

When here in the flesh, Jesus cast out demons (Luke 6:18), gave hope to the hopeless (Luke 6:20-23), showed people how to live out God&rsqup;s agape love (Luke 6: 27-49), healed the centurion’s servant (Luke 7:2-10), raised a widow’s dead son(Luke 7:12-16), stilled a storm (Luke 8:22-25), freed the demoniac at Gadara of his demons … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Divine Encounter With the Word
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Armor of God

It was the third day after Jesus’ death. His followers were still numb with shock. They thought He would crush the Romans, but the Romans had, it seemed, crushed Him instead. Many disciples met together with the apostles after the crucifixion. A group of women from their midst visited the tomb early Sunday morning. Luke … [Click to read more …]