Monday: The Greatness of Forgiveness
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Woman Helping Man Through Gap in Wall

One of the worst consequences of the Fall is seen in interpersonal relationships. From Adam trying to blame Eve for his sin (Gen. 3:12) to this moment on earth today, our race has been ravaged and degraded by conflict between individuals. Unfortunately, conflicts are not just in the world but in the church, as well. … [Click to read more …]

Looking Ahead: Idols of the Soul (and Other Lessons from Jesus)
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Looking Ahead

I recently listened to Professor Patricia Greenfield from UCLA describe how television shows watched by pre-teenagers have shifted from community-based issues to fame-based issues during the last fifteen years. Our young people are now encouraged to aim for fame while their sports heroes engage in “trash talk” that displays no humility but only arrogance and pride. … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Greatness of Humility
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publican proud

Who doesn’t aspire to greatness? That is, who doesn’t want to be great or do great things? This desire doesn’t always have to arise from selfishness or from ego or arrogance. It could simply be doing the very best that you can at whatever you do, hoping perhaps that what you do could even bring … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Idols of the Soul
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Read for This Week’s Study: Eccles. 9:10; Matt. 18:1-4; Matt. 18:21-35; Matt. 19:16-30; Gal. 3:21-22; Matt. 19:27. Memory Text:“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’” (Matthew 18:1, NIV). As human beings, we are products of our environment, of our culture. These greatly … [Click to read more …]

Is the Church Infallible?
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And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 NLT  Many believe that in Matthew 16, Jesus was setting Peter up as the first pope and giving the church … [Click to read more …]

Peter and the Rock – Hit the Mark
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A man walking with his shadow carrying the cross

One of the men I admire most in my life is T. Marshall Kelly. I admired his rich baritone voice as he sang meaningful gospel songs. What a privilege it was for me to one day entertain him and his wife at my house for a Sabbath dinner. One of the songs T. Marshall Kelly is … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Peter and the Rock
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Selecting Lamb for Sacrifice

The story of how Jesus has Peter pull the money, the exact amount needed, out of the mouth of the first fish Peter catches is extraordinary, so extraordinary that some scholars have tried to argue it away. It was just a “bit of a folk-tale,” a cute story to make a point, nothing more. Of … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus and the Temple Tax
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Peter Finds Coin in Fish's Mouth

Read Matthew 17:24-27. What is going on here, and what does this also tell us about Jesus? Though all Jews were required to pay the temple tax, priests, Levites, and rabbis were exempt. So, this question about whether Jesus paid the temple tax was also a challenge to His ministry. Ellen G. White writes that … [Click to read more …]