Tuesday: Facing the Sadducees
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Sadducees

Read Acts 4:1-30. How is the great-controversy theme being manifest here? In what ways is this just one example of how it has played out all through history? How do we see Satan working here, and how do we see the Lord working, as well?“The priests and rulers saw that Christ was extolled above them. … [Click to read more …]

9 The Great Controversy and the Early Church – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Living-Flame

Meeting about the Beginning. Why couldn’t Jesus’ disciples–His most loyal followers–understand what God’s immediate purpose was after His resurrection? Are you ever surprised by people who are too stubborn to listen to what Jesus wants to tell them? Were the Romans so oppressing to the Jewish people that getting rid of them was the only thing … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Pentecost
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For ten days the followers of Jesus prayed, evaluated their experiences with Jesus in the light of Scripture, showed humility and acceptance to each other, and finally allowed the Holy Spirit to impress the truth upon them. Just as the Spirit hovered over the face of the deep at the beginning of the Creation process, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Beginning of a New Beginning
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You Go Also

After His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days meeting with the disciples to confirm the resurrection and to help them better to understand the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3, 1 Cor. 15:4-7). However, even as they assembled, just before Jesus departed into the heavens, the thing uppermost in their minds was whether or not this was … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Great Controversy and the Early Church
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 1:6-8, Acts 2:5-12, Gen. 11:1-9, Acts 4:1-30, Acts 7:54, Acts 10:12-29. Memory Text: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13, NIV). The greatest … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Comrades in Arms
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Hand Holding Seed With Large Tree in Background

When here in the flesh, Jesus cast out demons (Luke 6:18), gave hope to the hopeless (Luke 6:20-23), showed people how to live out God&rsqup;s agape love (Luke 6: 27-49), healed the centurion’s servant (Luke 7:2-10), raised a widow’s dead son(Luke 7:12-16), stilled a storm (Luke 8:22-25), freed the demoniac at Gadara of his demons … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Divine Encounter With the Word
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Armor of God

It was the third day after Jesus’ death. His followers were still numb with shock. They thought He would crush the Romans, but the Romans had, it seemed, crushed Him instead. Many disciples met together with the apostles after the crucifixion. A group of women from their midst visited the tomb early Sunday morning. Luke … [Click to read more …]

It’s the Waves That Get Us to Where we Need To Be
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Storm Boat

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great … [Click to read more …]

Jesus, the Humble Hero
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HumbleHero

I just have to share a blessing with you! I am reading, Humble Hero,1 an adaptation of the Desire of Ages in modern English. 2 For me, as a Sabbath School teacher, this “modern English version” is a convenient way for a quick review of Ellen White’s classic version of the life of Christ, when I don’t have … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Comrades in Arms
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Comrades in Arms” 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 … [Click to read more …]