Did Jesus Tell Us to Love Ourselves First?
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Image © Sally Weimer from GoodSalt.com

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.

Image © Sally Weimer from GoodSalt.com

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

12: Christ’s Church and the Law – Hit the Mark
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Baton Handoff

Constantly on the go, they are best known by the attributes of teamwork, planning and perseverance. From one generation to the next they focus on their primary goal. Although often challenged with huge obstacles they find a way to overcome.

Theirs is not a life of inactivity. Theirs no stopping and basking in the accomplishments of yesterday. Theirs no static mission, but one that goes from one victory to the next.

Many seem to serve only rudimentary purposes and appear far removed from [...]

HopeSS: Christ’s Church and the Law
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hopetv

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 Church and the Law
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Are Christians still expected to keep the law? Can those who refuse to observe God’s law be saved? Find out what the Sabbath School author has to say on this week’s edition of “Ask the Author.”

You can view the same video on YouTube if you

12: Christ;s Church and the Law – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : In every generation, God has a called out people to reflect His will by living lives of faithfulness, trust, love, and obedience.

[Lesson Plan for Christ's Church and the Law June 16, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 6:5-9.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. How was Noah determined to be perfect in his generation? Was it by his works and lifestyle, or because he had [...]

Inside Story: Mohammad’s New School
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Mohammad
Courtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

Mohammad looked at the old school building and wondered what his parents had done to him. Mohammad and his parents live in Zamboanga, a city in the southern Philippines.

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A friend had told Mohammad’s parents about the Adventist school, and they went to inspect it. They found an old building in serious need of repair. The school’s principal assured them that the entire school would be replaced soon. But Mohammad’s parents didn’t see [...]

11: The Apostles and the Law – Hit the Mark
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Evidence

I am taking the liberty to subtitle this week’s topic to “Evidence is Not Enough.”

This week’s lesson on The Apostles and the Law gives additional insight into the validity of the law. From those who knew Jesus best we see a consistency in their understanding of the ongoing role of the Law in the lives of God’s people. This adds to our arsenal of evidence to defend the Law – but evidence is not enough.

It is true that we should carefully [...]