Following Jesus in Everyday Life – Hit the Mark
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A tiny mustard seed is resting on a fingertip.

“And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith.” Luke 17:5 I still have the keepsake my father gave me as a teen. It’s a mustard seed encased in glass. This trinket obviously symbolizes the power of small faith doing big things. In various ways over the years I have seen this same symbolism … [Click to read more …]

So…Is The Second Coming Still On?
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Second Coming by Steve Creitz

After more than 150 years of preaching the Second Coming, one important question comes to mind for Seventh-day Adventists. Is the Second Coming still on? Are we still planning on it? Is it still a part of who we are? Growing up as a Seventh-day Adventist I heard people talk about how Jesus was surely coming in … [Click to read more …]

God Puts No Stock in Titles or Positions
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Years ago Brett Favre, a famous American football quarterback said in a commercial, “The history books won’t record me as a quarterback, but as a football player.” As well as setting all kinds of passing records as a quarterback, Favre also was not afraid to block or even make tackles, if the other team got … [Click to read more …]

The Journal of the Prodigal Son’s Father
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Sivan 30, I am so grieved I can barely write. My younger son asked for his inheritance, and has taken it and left home. I thought he loved me, but he only loved the things I gave him, and apparently wants nothing to do with me personally. My only solace is in my oldest son, … [Click to read more …]

Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Prayer – Hit the Mark
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She seems an unlikely character for this week’s discussion on Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Prayer. Throughout her story, as recorded in the Gospel of John, prayer is not once mentioned. She is not one of the many who came seeking Jesus for miraculous healing from some incurable illness. As a matter of fact, she … [Click to read more …]

Male and Female – In His Image
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Creation and Creator

On that first morning, sweeter than a tree-ripened peach, more beautiful than a flowering valley, God felt a void. There amidst the verdure, the teeming animal life, the crystal, rushing water, something was missing. That something was us. “And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male … [Click to read more …]

Christ’s Radical Treatment of Women
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It’s hard for us to imagine ourselves in a world where devout men pray every morning on arising, “God I thank You that you did not create me a Gentile, a slave or a woman.” 1 It was in such a society that Jesus ministered. The prominent role played by women in society, as related … [Click to read more …]

Is the Sabbath the Goal or the Means to the Goal?
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More than a couple of times in my life, I have heard someone say, “My friend just accepted Jesus as their Savior. Now all we have to do is teach them about the Sabbath!” Whether they mean to or not, they are making it sound like the Sabbath is the goal. A relationship with Jesus … [Click to read more …]

Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath – Hit the Mark
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It has finally arrived – the lesson topic on which everyone is an expert. The one topic we love to talk about above all others – the Sabbath. Yes, you can put your Bible and study guides down right now and let the free-flowing discussions begin. I can hear the Sabbath school discussions right now, … [Click to read more …]