When We Just Need to Talk to Jesus Face to Face
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Christ, the Word

When we go through Job-like experiences and trials, we sometimes wish that Jesus was right here with us, so we could talk to Him face-to-face instead of just reading the Scriptures. We think Jesus would have something new to say to us outside of Scriptures, something that would fit our unique experience. However, let’s see what … [Click to read more …]

The Observance of Christmas
Ellen G White

Boys gazing at starry Christmas sky

Is it too early to think about what we shall do with Christmas next year? Perhaps not, because it takes time to change ingrained thinking, and some of us may need a year to change our pattern of thought. I. What Is Christmas?1 Christmas is coming,” is the note that is sounded throughout our world from … [Click to read more …]

Glory In the Lowest
Nathan Brown

Christmas candle

Yes, the celebration of Christmas may have pagan roots. But read on to see how that might actually be a good thing.  It seems almost inevitable at this time of year that an earnest friend, family member or perhaps someone at your church will announce – with all the breathless enthusiasm and urgency of one who has … [Click to read more …]

The Day God’s Love Made the Universe Stand Still
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There is a saying, “kids who are loved at home come to school to learn. Kids who are not loved at home come to school to be loved.” Is it any different in Sabbath School? Is it also true that God’s children (ages 0-125) who know they are loved come to Sabbath school to learn, … [Click to read more …]

What Time is Sunset?
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During the 1992 U.S. presidential debate, George Bush Sr. glanced at his watch, and lost the election. Many speculate, that by looking at his watch, Bush was disconnecting from his audience while a young Clinton was charming them. When we watch the clock on Sabbath are we disconnecting from God? God gave us the Sabbath to … [Click to read more …]

Conservative Towards Ourselves, Liberal Towards Others
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Job and friends in desert

After Job heard enough criticism from his “friends,” my heart breaks for him, as I read his words, “I could say the same things if you were in my place. I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you. But if it were me, I would encourage you. I would try to take away … [Click to read more …]

The Two Resurrections and the Second Death
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The Appearing. Vintage painting showing the second coming of Christ to rescue His people.

The Bible teaches two different resurrections. Jesus spoke of one resurrection for those who are saved, and another resurrection for those who are lost. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the … [Click to read more …]

The Curse Causeless? – Hit the Mark
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A woman uses an umbrella to protect from negative thoughts.

Words matter. That’s the takeaway I received for this week’s lesson on The Curse Causeless. This week our attention is on the words of Job’s friend Eliphaz. He was one of the three, who in their concern and respect for Job, came to see him after his life was turned upside down. I imagine it … [Click to read more …]