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 obscure part of the vast Roman Empire. Considering the vast number of Jews born at this time, it’s even more revealing that this one birth, […]

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 and what it all means.1

How do these texts help us understand world history? Rev. 12:7–17; Job 2:1, 2; Isa. 14:12–14; Gen. 3:15; Eph. 6:12; Rom. 16:20.  

Satan is real, the battle is real, […]

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

Of course, humans do have free will, free choice. God made us that way. As beings who can love, we had to be given free choice, […]

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 following verses? Jer. 1:14–19.

The reader is allowed to see the painful historical process by which the capital city Jerusalem is to be handed over to Babylon, in […]

Sunday: The Past and the Future
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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 death in a series that does not have a beginning or any significant end.1

The circular dial of a watch can be deceptive; as the hands […]

Sabbath: The Bible and History
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Read for This Week’s Study: Ps. 104:1–9, Rev. 1:1–3, 2 Pet. 1:21, Daniel 2, Rev. 12:7–17, Rom. 16:20, 2 Cor. 5:17–19.

Memory Text:

“ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ ” (Revelation 1:8, NKJV).

Key Thought: Our God works in and through history, and in and through history He has given us powerful evidence for faith.

Is human history a meaningless series of events, or is there a central direction toward […]

Further Study: Creation Care
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“In the beginning, God was revealed in all the works of creation. It was Christ that spread the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth. It was His hand that hung the worlds in space, and fashioned the flowers of the field. ‘His strength setteth fast the mountains.’ ‘The sea is His, and He made it.’ Ps. 65:6; 95:5. It was He that filled the earth with beauty, and the air with song. And upon all things in earth, and air, […]

Inside Story: The Obstinate Professor
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Jony Ernesto

Jony Ernesto lives in Angola, a country in southwestern Africa. He is studying to become a teacher. He attends a government university where classes are held Monday through Saturday. Jony and the other Adventist students at the school simply skipped classes that are scheduled on Sabbaths. And when their exams are scheduled for Sabbaths, they ask permission to take the exams on another day. Because there are many Adventist students in Angola, most teachers allowed students Sabbath privileges.

Jony’s math […]

08: Creation Care – Thought Starters
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“Can you believe this? They’ve put a week’s lesson on the environment into our church’s lesson study guides.”1

“They have?” Brenda reached the coffee table and found her copy of the guidebook her husband Matt was talking about. She rustled through the pages until she found the one labeled February 18-24. “It doesn’t say anything about the environment, Matt. It just says ‘creation care.’ ”

“Yes. They’ve found a phrase they hope won’t upset us. But you can be sure of one thing. They’re talking […]

08: Creation Care – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Because God has created this world to be our home and given us dominion as His stewards, we have a responsibility to care for our environment.

 

[Teaching plan for “Creation Care” February 22, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:25-28.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to dress and keep the earth? Does that include weeding, pruning, planting, mowing, and gardening? […]