How I Know God Is With Me
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My niece Hannah and I, a few years after this story took place.

Several years ago I was flying from Fort Worth Texas to go home to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a short flight and I was on a commuter plane. Upon landing, instead of pulling up to the terminal like the big jets, we were let out on the tarmac. I went up … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus’ Teachings and the Great Controversy
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Man under a Large Red Umbrella

Author Leon Wieseltier wrote about what he said was “one of the saddest stories in the world.” He told of an Englishman, named “S.B.,” who had been blind from birth. However, the good news was that, at 52 years old, S.B. had a corneal transplant that gave him sight. For the first time in his … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: “I Am With You Alway”
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Footprints in sand.

Matthew ends his Gospel account with some of the most reassuring words Jesus spoke: “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). What should that mean to us, in practical terms, in our own lives, in our own struggles, failures, and disappointments, and even when we feel that God … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Do Not Judge
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pointing accusatory blame

Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount in the early days of His ministry. It was revolutionary. For starters, He told ordinary people that they were valued and blessed in the eyes of God (Matt. 5:3-12) and that they were salt (Matt. 5:13) and light (Matt. 5:14-16)-two highly prized commodities. He spoke of the importance … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus’ Teaching on the Great Controversy
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus’ Teaching on the Great Controversy” 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 … [Click to read more …]

7 Jesus’ Teaching and the Great Controversy – Discussion starters
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Peace

“I will give you rest.” How does the “great controversy” play out in your life? Do you ever feel tired of the fight and even tempted to give up as you continue to confront the evil one with his big bag of temptations? What is “great” about the controversy between Christ and Satan? “Great” as in wondrous … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Building on Rock
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Bible Stands above Other Media

The issue of where we stand in the cosmic struggle that unfolds around us is made very personal in the parable of the man building a house on the rock. Read Matthew 7:21-27. What is so frightening about this parable? What comes to mind when you imagine this story? Where is the rock and where … [Click to read more …]

Jesus’ Teachings and the Great Controversy – Teaching Plan
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Image © Lars Justinen Goosalt.com

Key Thought : The great controversy is fought out on the day to day choices we make. But we don’t have to face our struggles alone; we can find rest in Jesus. Jesus’ Teachings February 6- 12, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 13:18-23. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Planting and Harvesting
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From Seeds to Food

The great controversy theme is implicit in Jesus’ parable of the sower. The listing of four types of responses to the gospel message indicates that there are more than just “good” and “bad” people in the world. Life is more complex than that, and so we need to be careful how we approach those who … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Many Kinds of Rest
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Man in the Hand of God

“‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Matt. 11:29, NKJV). How does taking His “yoke” bring rest to our souls? This offer points to a personal dimension amid the much larger one of Jesus’ mission to free … [Click to read more …]