HopeSS: Behind the Mask (Mar 7, ’15)
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Derek Morris 14d

You can view a discussion of the current lesson 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 Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Behind the Mask
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Christian Stewardship

Further Study: The agency of the Spirit of God does not remove from us the necessity of exercising our faculties and talents, but teaches us how to use every power to the glory of God. The human faculties, when under the special direction of the grace of God, are capable of being used to the … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “Opening ‘a Lot More Doors'”
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Woman receiving mail

In Bridgeport, West Virginia, the only Adventist church in Harrison county meets each Sabbath in the local Presbyterian church. Although they don’t yet have their own building, members of the Central Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church are certainly building relationships. In response to the Discover Bible School mailings, the Central Hills church has received more than … [Click to read more …]

Who Likes Being Rebuked?
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GoodSalt.com-chuas0005

An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.. Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT When I was about 9 or so I was playing soccer (football to most of the world) with my neighbor. We had an argument about what the out-of-bounds markers were. It … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Enemy as Friend
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The Selling of Indulgences

The Enemy as Friend Read Proverbs 26:17–23. On the lines below, summarize what is being said. Proverbs, again, gets into the power of words, this time dealing with the harm caused by slander and quarreling. Those who slander your enemy before your face, to make you think they’re on your side, are really like charcoal: … [Click to read more …]

10: Behind the Mask – Hit the Mark
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Photo by Marc Garrido i Puig

“Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great.” Proverbs 25:6 This lesson fits one of my favorite Bible characters perfectly! Not because he was guilty of deceit or of being a sluggard. To the contrary, he was the model of transparency, humility and diligence. … [Click to read more …]

10: Behind the Mask – Thought Starters
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Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

[Thought questions for Behind the Mask March 3, 1015] 1. Introduction. Can people exalt themselves? Isn’t the approval of the other people needed for exaltation to happen? But what about Satan? Did he win a heavenly election? And don’t all of us, at times anyway, wish we could have more honor than life deals us? Stay tuned to see what … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Friend as Enemy
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Teenage Girls Talking

The Friend as Enemy If we are more disappointed by our friends than by our enemies, it is because we expect good from our friends and evil from our enemies. It doesn’t always work out that way, though, does it? That’s why Proverbs warns us that sometimes a friend behaves like an enemy, and an … [Click to read more …]

10: Behind the Mask – Lesson Plan
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BehindMask

Key Thought : Moral situations that humans face do not change over the years. The book of Proverbs is an ethical textbook that fits our situations today. [Lesson plan for Behind the Mask March 2, 2015] 1. Have a volunteer read Proverbs 25:2-7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]