Sabbath: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom


Read for This Week’s Study: James 3:13-4:10; Deut. 4:6; Gal. 5:17; Jer. 3:6-10, Jer. 3:20; Acts 19:13-16; Ps. 24:3-6. Memory Text: Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:10, NASB 1995). In many midsize and larger companies, a middle-manager mentality exists. This attitude happens when workers feel entitled to … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Disobedient Son, Part 1

Vitaliano Marrero Vitaliano had it made. As an officer in the Cuban military, he had a steady job that carried with it a certain amount of respect. He and his wife, Migdalia, had two small children and lived in a modest home. Things were going well, and he had no interest in God or religion. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Taming the Tongue


Further Study: Read about the power of speech in Talents, from the book Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 335-339, by Ellen G. White and share the points that impressed you with your Sabbath School class. “When in the company of those who indulge in foolish talk, it is our duty to change the subject of conversation … [Click to read more …]

07: Taming the Tongue – Hit the Mark

Taming the Tongue

Today, as I write this week’s thoughts on Taming the Tongue, an assorted group of scientist have successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet. This historic achievement that cost well over 1 billion dollars is part of an ongoing attempt to discover the origins of life. Some hope that contained within the elements gathered by … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Blessing and Cursing

Acidic water flowing into a clear water stream at Yellowstone NP, USA

Read James 3:9-12. What truth does James illustrate using the fountain, the fig tree, and the grapevine? The idea of both blessing and cursing coming out of the mouth of a Christian is disturbing, to say the least. What about watching profanity-laced television programs or movies during the week and attending church on Sabbath to … [Click to read more …]

Hopess: Taming the Tongue

Derek Morris 14d

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. … [Click to read more …]

07: Taming the Tongue – Thought Starters

Image © Krieg Barrie from

[Thought questions for Taming the Tongue November 11, 2014] 1. But it’s so strong! Have you ever heard that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body? That’s actually a myth. When it comes to strength, the tongue comes in behind the strongest group of muscles—those that close the jaw. Do both types of … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Damage Control

James 3:5-6
Wildfire in California from Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all experienced it. Something we said gets magnified, perhaps even exaggerated, to the point that we don’t even recognize it anymore. As James says, See how great a forest a little fire kindles (James 3:5, NKJV). Read prayerfully and carefully James 3:6. What is he saying about the power of our tongue, of our … [Click to read more …]

Why Didn’t He Say Anything?

Several years ago one of my superiors made a false accusation against me at church. I asked a couple of friends how I should refute what was said. One friend answered wisely, “Don’t defend yourself against the accusation. Doing so will only give the accusation merit.” My friend was right. Sadly, the leader who made … [Click to read more …]

07: Taming the Tongue – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : Words hold tremendous power. Words can soothe and reassure, or poison and contaminate. [Lesson Plan for Taming the Tongue November 10, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read James 3:1,2. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. Why does being a teacher … [Click to read more …]