Sabbath: God as Artist
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Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 64:5–8, Ps. 51:10, Heb. 8:1–5, 1 Chron. 23:5, Rom. 11:33–36, Acts 9:1–22. Memory Text: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4, NKJV). Key Thought: God as artist? … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Complying With Conditions
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Someone sits in a restaurant, consuming a large meal, filled with fatty food that they wash down with a soft drink. They then finish off with a large bowl of chocolate ice cream covered in hot fudge. That night, before going to bed (and having a little snack before then, too), they get on their … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: The Promise of Prayer
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“Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Well spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious experience.”—Ellen G. White, Gospel … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Noisy Neighbor
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 by Bobby Wagh Raju heard the singing coming from the neighbor’s house and turned his music up as loud as possible. Sometimes he could still hear the singing, and he shouted abuses at the little group of Adventist believers who worshipped next door.1 Other neighbors avoided confronting Raju about his actions. They left the troublesome … [Click to read more …]

10: The Promise of Prayer – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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“God is my best Friend,” Judy said quietly to her friend Stacy as the adult Sabbath school was tranforming into the worship hour.1 “Mine, too,” Stacy replied. “The best Friend I’ve ever had. I talk to Him a lot.” A set of shoulders in front of them paused and turned in their direction. It was … [Click to read more …]

10: The Promise of Prayer – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : Prayer is the most important way of communing with God and should be engaged in as much as possible. Christ showed that prayer attitudes such as humility, persistence, and acceptance of God’s will greatly helps us. [Teaching Plan for “The Promise of Prayer” March 7, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Because You Do Not Ask
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One of the questions that those who pray often ask is, “Can my prayers really move God to do something that, otherwise, He might not do?” That’s a logical question. To answer it, all we can do is go to the Word of God and see what it says.1 Read James 4:2; Luke 11:9, 10; James 5:16–18. What … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Prayer of Faith
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“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). What important principles does this text teach us in regard to what is required for prayer and what it means to us?  1 In a … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jesus, the Praying Messiah
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What do the following texts teach us about Jesus and prayer? What is the context of these verses?1 Luke 3:21, 22 Luke 9:28, 29 Luke 6:12, 13 Heb. 5:7 Matt. 14:23 Luke 22:31, 32 Matt. 26:34–44 Jesus, the spotless Son of God, the one who was without sin, without fault, the one who lived in perfect … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Past and the Future
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One day, a young man received a letter from a former co-worker, someone who had retired a number of years earlier. The two workers, to put it mildly, hadn’t gotten along; the one who had left, from the start, had treated the other one badly. Anyway, the worker still there opened the letter and started … [Click to read more …]