Wednesday: Dorcas in Joppa
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Dorcas With the Children

Read Acts 9:36-42. What did Dorcas do in Joppa when she discovered the needs around her? In Acts 9:41 what does the phrase “the believers, especially the widows” (NIV) imply? Dorcas was a disciple of action. “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha” (Acts 9:36, NIV). Can it be said, “In [the name of … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Ministered to Their Needs
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Ministered to Their Needs” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Deeper Needs
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Woman Thinking About Her Family

Jesus, as the Lord, knew more about the people than they knew about themselves. There are many accounts in the Gospels where Jesus showed that He not only knew what people were thinking at the present (see Mark 2:8)-He knew their histories as well (John 4:18). Read Psalm 139:1-13. What is the Word of God … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Ministered to Their Needs – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Cross and wheelchair

What an Example! The opening note for our lesson this week describes a heart-lifting example of a woman believer in Africa being a minister for her community stricken by AIDS. Do reports like this stir you? Make you wish you could send a few thousand dollars to further this work? Or, go there yourself? Or can … [Click to read more …]

Monday: How Can I Help You?
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Man's Ear

Read Mark 10:46-52 and John 5:1-9. In both cases, Jesus asked questions. Why would He do that? Notice, in both cases, that Jesus asked what they wanted, even though it was obvious what they wanted. And even if it weren’t, Jesus would have known what those needs were anyway. However, by asking these questions, Jesus … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Interruption for Ministry
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The Interruption

Jesus steps off the boat on the shore near Capernaum. (See Mark 5:1-43.) His disciples are still reeling from the harrowing encounter with the demon-possessed man in Decapolis. As usual, a crowd is there to meet Him. Eager to get His attention, individuals in the throng jostle to be near Jesus. Immediately He is asked … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus Ministered to Their Needs
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Jesus with People

Read for This Week’s Study: Mark 5:22-43, Mark 10:46-52, John 5:1-9, Ps. 139:1-13, Mark 2:1-12, Acts 9:36-42. Memory Text: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35, NIV). A retired Seventh-day Adventist woman in an African … [Click to read more …]

The Irony of Sympathy
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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:6-7 NKJV I’ve been told the beatitudes are building blocks to a complete conversion. I find it interesting that after we are filled with God’s righteousness, instead of seeing ourselves as … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Showed Sympathy
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Little Girl Brings Flowers to Elderly Woman

Read Deuteronomy 24:10-22, Jonah 3:1-10, Malachi 3:17, Matthew 15:32-38, Mark 6:34-44, Galatians 6:2, Hebrews 10:32-34. Read Ellen G. White, “Be Sympathetic to All Men,” p. 189, and “Thoughtful of Others,” p. 193, in My Life Today; “The Privilege of Prayer,” p. 93, in Steps to Christ; “This Is Pure Religion” and “The Parable of the Good … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Showed Sympathy – Hit the Mark
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Hospital Visitation

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” That was the opening line in the television series Mission: Impossible. The show was based around a group of secret government agents who would be given, via a tape recording, secret tasks of grave danger. After delineating what the mission entailed, the recording would go on to … [Click to read more …]