HopeSS: The Lord of Jews and Gentiles
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Lord of Jews and Gentiles” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Hypocrite’s Heart
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Uncommited

“Therefore the LORD said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’” (Isa. 29:13, NKJV). Though this was the Lord speaking to ancient Israel, what message is here … [Click to read more …]

Lord of Jews and Gentiles – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Christ the Creator

Discussion Starters for Lesson 7, May 7-13, 2016 Memory text… “‘I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles’” (Isaiah 42:6, NIV).  Does it trouble you at all … [Click to read more …]

Lord of Jews and Gentiles – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Jesus is all sufficient to meet every human need. Our aim should be to hold onto Him at all times and at all costs. Lord of Jews and Gentiles, May 7-13, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 14:17-21. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Lord of All Creation
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Peter Sinks in the Water

After the miraculous feeding, Jesus ordered His disciples into their boat (Matt. 14:22). He wanted them away from the mayhem and pressure. A good teacher will shelter his students from what they’re not yet ready to handle. “Calling His disciples,” writes Ellen G. White, “Jesus bids them take the boat and return at once to … [Click to read more …]

Looking Ahead: “Lord of Jews and Gentiles”
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Looking Ahead

A few years ago my wife and I hiked a rugged trail that was longer than we could handle. Near the end of the hot summer day she sat down at a resting place where the trail crossed a country road, while I trudged the last mile of the loop to our truck and then … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Feeding the Hungry
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Feeding 5000

One of the most well-known acts of Jesus is the feeding of the five thousand, “besides women and children” (Matt. 14:21). Yet, as with everything else in the New Testament, this story doesn’t occur without a context that helps us understand even more deeply the meaning of what Jesus had done. Read Matthew 14:1-21. What … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Lord of Jews and Gentiles
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Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 14:1-21, Exod. 3:14, Matt. 14:22-33, Isa. 29:13, Matt. 15:1-20, Matt. 15:21-28. Memory Text:“‘I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles’” (Isaiah … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Resting in Christ
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“With or without religion,” someone said, “you would have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” In the 1600s, French mystic Blaise Pascal famously warned “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious … [Click to read more …]

Resting in Christ – Hit the Mark
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Photo by Curtis Hall

I wish I had understood the Sabbath much earlier in my Christian walk. I’ve been a Sabbath keeper for decades. I was born into a Sabbath-keeping family with many Sabbath-keeping relatives. I’ve calculated that I’ve willingly “kept” the Sabbath over two thousand times. Yet, for most of those past years I can honestly say that … [Click to read more …]