Sabbath: The Promise of Prayer
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Read for This Week’s Study: Col. 4:2, Rom. 12:12, Matt. 26:34–44, Heb. 11:6, James 4:2, John 14:15, 1 Thess. 4:3. Memory Text: “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17, NKJV). Key Thought: In numerous places in the Bible the Lord calls us to pray because prayer is an essential component of … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: The Bible and History
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“The Bible is the most ancient and the most comprehensive history that men possess. It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and throughout the ages a divine hand has preserved its purity. . . . Here only do we find an authentic account of the origin of nations. Here only is given a … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: From Despair to Hope
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Dowell Chow Neng Suan cried out in agony. His son—his only son—was dead. Neng and his wife have five daughters, but in their culture girls count for nothing. If someone asked Neng how many children he had, his answer was, “I have a son.” A son meant stability, support in old age, hope for the … [Click to read more …]

09: The Bible and History – Thought Starters
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Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1 You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. … [Click to read more …]

09: The Bible and History – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Human history appears as dependent on the abilities of man, but above it all, God is working out His purposes ending with the second coming of Jesus.   [Teaching Plan for “The Bible and History” February 29, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:1-3. A. Ask class members to share a short … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Cross in History
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Have you ever noticed that world history is divided by one event? That event was not the rise or fall of some major empire, as one would expect. Nor was it the discovery of a new continent. Instead, world history has been divided by the birth of a single itinerant rabbi living in a relatively … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Great Controversy and History
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No matter how apparently chaotic, how seemingly out of control, human history is not unfolding in a vacuum. There’s a story behind it, a drama, a struggle between two radically different principles. We’re talking, of course, about the great controversy. Only with that background can we even begin to get an understanding of human history … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Daniel 2 and the Providence of God in History
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In the 1700s, a Frenchman, an atheist, speculated that because all of the universe, including human actions, were predetermined by natural laws—then, ideally, if someone could know all of those laws and all the positions of all the particles in the universe at a given time, then that person could know everything that would happen.1 … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Prophets as Historians
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All through the Bible, the prophets use the phrase, “The word of the Lord” (or an equivalent “Thus says the Lord, says the Lord, etc.). In short, what they are saying is, I am not speaking these truths to you; it’s God speaking them through me. So, you’d better listen.1 How is this idea revealed in the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Past and the Future
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Woman Walking over Clocks

World history is usually taught as the history of civilizations. The significant facts are generally the ones that have had a bearing on the development of those civilizations. Some people argue that human affairs are, like the rest of nature, essentially cyclical in character, moving endlessly through the cycle of birth, growth, maturity, decay, and … [Click to read more …]