Sabbath: Jesus Showed Sympathy
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Kings 13:23; Exod. 2:23-25; Luke 7:11-16; 1 John 3:17; John 11:35; Rom. 12:15; 2 Cor. 1:3-4. Memory Text: “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14, NKJV). How much more tragic could it … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Jesus Desired Their Good
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Homerun

Read Ellen G. White, “Our Example,” pp. 17-28, in The Ministry of Healing; “ ‘One Thing Thou Lackest,’ ” pp. 518-523, in The Desire of Ages; “A Social Life,” pp. 186-188, 190-192, 194-196, in My Life Today. “In order to reach all classes, we must meet them where they are; for they will seldom seek … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Other-centered Church
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“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:3-5, NIV).  In what ways should the principles expressed here … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Desired Their Good – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Christians should mingle with people to show Christ’s character of love – to care for people and want the best for them. Jesus Desired Their Good – August 13, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 5:43-48. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Jesus Desired Their Good
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Jesus Desired Their Good” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Second Touch
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Jesus Heals a Blind Man

Read Mark 8:22-25. What spiritual lesson can we learn from the fact that Jesus’ first healing touch didn’t fully heal the blind man? After Jesus “spat” on the man’s eyes, He touched him and asked, “ ‘Do you see anything?’ ” (Mark 8:23, NIV). Why did Jesus “spit” on his eyes? Ancient literature indicates examples … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Love Never Fails
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Your Love Never Fails

According to Jesus, the two greatest commandments are love to God and love to neighbor (Luke 10:27-28). He also showed us who our neighbors are (Luke 10:29-37). No question, too, that Jesus’ life, from beginning to end, was an expression of the pure love of God, who Himself is love (1 John 4:16). Thus, if … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Desired Their Good discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Restoration

Memory text. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often I would have gathered they children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37. Should you and I long to take in as our good friends … [Click to read more …]

She Did So Much For Me, and I Never Got to Thank her.
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Jesus Dines With Friends

In evangelism workshops its almost become a cliche now,  Jesus…reached the hearts of the people by going among them as one who desired their good. ….. He met them at their daily vocations, and manifested an interest in their secular affairs.-Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 151.  How interested are we really in other … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The “Anyway” Principle
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Just Like Jesus

A leper approaches Jesus and begs for healing. Conventional wisdom says that this man should be isolated. Jesus, the clean One, touches him and heals him anyway (Matt. 8:1-4). Peter denies Jesus three times during His trial (John 18:1-40). After the resurrection, having searched Peter’s heart, Jesus reinstates him into His service anyway (John 21:1-25). … [Click to read more …]