11: Getting Ready for the Harvest – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Thought questions for Getting Ready for the Harvest December 9, 2014] 1. Parousia. Does the word “parousia” echo a sense of majesty and anticipation in you? Did it for New Testament Christians as they applied the word to the Second Coming of Jesus? What two conditions does James propose to Christians who want to be ready for … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Models of Patient Endurance
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Read James 5:10-11. What do Job and the prophets have in common? Why do you think these examples are highlighted? What personal lessons can we take away from these stories for ourselves amid our own trials? The prophets of Israel were faithful in preaching the word of the Lord without altering or compromising it. Hebrews, … [Click to read more …]

11: Getting Ready For the Harvest – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : As we wait for the Lord to return, James encourages believers to strive to be patient in the face of evil and injustice and not to take heart. [Lesson Plan for Getting Ready for the Harvest December 8, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read James 5:7,8. a. Ask class members to share a … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Grumbling, Groaning, and Growing
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When is the Second Coming? Why are we still here? It’s not surprising that now, in the 21st century, we have doubters and scoffers. In the history of the church, this is nothing new. The most dangerous threats to Israel throughout its history came not from their enemies but from within their own ranks and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: How Near is “Near”?
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James 5:8 affirms that Christ’s coming is at hand or near. But, after nearly two thousand years, how are we to understand this promise? Jesus described the coming kingdom (Matt. 4:17, Matt. 10:7, Matt. 24:33) by means of parables to teach the unfamiliar heavenly things in terms that are understandable. A close study of these … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Waiting for “Rain”
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Farmers are directly dependent on the weather for their livelihood. If the weather is too dry or too wet, too cold or too hot, their produce will be adversely affected. In drier countries, such as Israel, the margin of safety is even less, and the importance of plentiful rain at the proper times is significantly … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Getting Ready for the Harvest
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 5:7-12, Rom. 13:11, 1 Cor. 3:13, Luke 7:39-50, Col. 4:6. Memory Text: You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand(James 5:8, NKJV). In Greco-Roman times (as in some places still today), a flurry of activity preceded the coming of a visiting … [Click to read more …]

Rich or Blind – a Perspective on Giving.
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We should extend the ideas of James 5:2-3 beyond the mere accumulation of money and look at our penchant for gaining social position, and maintaining control. My daughter sent me this article to shake me out of my complacency: “Volunteerism: More Harm Than Good,” by Heather Ruiz. It is worth reading because the issues she talks about … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Trail of Death, Part 1
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Joel Sandoval Joel Sandoval grew up in an Adventist home, but his life was not transformed by God’s grace. As a teen he resented the restrictions that the church represented. At age 15 he dropped out of church and joined a gang. He quickly became involved in organized crime, drugs, and spiritism. He had his … [Click to read more …]