Did Jesus Tell Us to Love Ourselves First?
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The speaker was telling us that when Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, He was saying that we need to love ourselves first.

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After all, if we don’t love ourselves, we can’t love our neighbors. I was only 15 and was sitting in a girls’ dormitory worship service. But something just didn’t compute for me. It seemed to make logical sense, but it was contrary to what I had read in the [...]

Inside Story: A Place to Share
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Stephanie Behrendt
Courtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

When Stephanie found life difficult in her public school in Denmark, her parents enrolled her in the local Adventist school. The family wasn’t Adventist, but Stephanie quickly made friends and settled in to her new school.

Stephanie BehrendtCourtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

The school’s religious teachings in Bible class seemed strange, but Stephanie’s new friends talked to her about their faith, and she began to understand that the Adventist Church simply follows the Bible. Her friends invited her [...]

Friday: Further Study: Christ’s Kingdom and the Law
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Without a Wedding Garment, pp. 307-319, in Christ’s Object Lessons.

“Satan had claimed that it was impossible for man to obey God’s commandments; and in our own strength it is true that we cannot obey them. But Christ came in the form of humanity, and by His perfect obedience He proved that humanity and divinity combined can obey every one of God’s precepts. . . .

The life of Christ on earth was a perfect expression of [...]

Thursday: The Law in the Kingdom
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Of all the harsh consequences of sin, death has been the most persistent. Sin can be overcome, Satan can be resisted, but with just two known exceptions (Enoch, Elijah) out of billions, who has escaped the inevitability of death? When it comes to death, wrote an ancient philosopher, we human beings all live in an unwalled city.

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What message is found in Revelation 20:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:26?

With the power ascribed to death, it is [...]

13: Christ’s Kingdom and the Law – Hit the Mark
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Entrance to Kingdom

Bound, beaten and bruised he stands as a Royal King. He is in the clutches of the most powerful kingdom on Earth. He has no advocates and a chorus of voices are crying out for a sentence of death. There standing before Him, holding the scales of life or death, is the powerful governor of Rome.

With wonder Pilot examines the Accused and notes the peace that He has while all around a storm of anger and hate is raging. He [...]

HopeSS: Christ’s Kingdom and the Law
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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. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Ask the Author: Christ’s Kingdom and the Law
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Will there be a need for the law in Christ’s eternal kingdom? What role does the law play in the lives of those who claim to be a part of his kingdom? Find out what the Sabbath School author has to say on this week’s edition of “Ask the Author.” (If you have missed past videos, you can see the whole series on the “Ask the Author” Sabbath School Vimeo channel or Youtube channel.)

You can view the same video on YouTube if you [...]

The Kingdom That Lasts Forever
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Daniel 2:1-48 is a prophecy that assures us God’s Kingdom is coming, and that it is coming soon. But that is not all it teaches. It also shows us the character of the people who make up God’s kingdom.

When the wise men could not tell Nebuchadnezzar his dream, Nebuchadnezzar ordered all the wise men to be killed, and that included Daniel. When they went for Daniel this was the first he had heard about [...]

Wednesday: The everlasting Kingdom
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God created a perfect world. Sin entered, and that perfect world became severely marred. The story of redemption tells us that Jesus entered human history so that, among other things, the original perfection will be restored. The redeemed will live in a perfect world where love reigns supreme.

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As we have seen, love can exist only in a moral universe, only in a universe with moral beings, and to be moral they must also be [...]

13: Christ’s Kingdom and the Law – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : In the new kingdom the wages of breaking God’s law will no longer exist.. We are called to be obedient citizens in God’s kingdom.

[Lesson Plan for Christ's Kingdom and the Law June 23, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 2:11-16.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Is Paul saying here that those who weren’t part of the commonwealth of Israel had no hope and without [...]