Kind Words Are Honey to The Soul
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Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24 NLT Yesterday, when I showed up at Tampa Adventist Academy to teach my baptism class, a teacher, beaming with pride, showed me an e-mail one of her former students had just sent her the night before. In the e-mail, the … [Click to read more …]

03: A Matter of Life and Death – Hit the Mark
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For the commandments are like a lamp, instruction is like a light, and rebukes of discipline are like the road leading to life Proverbs 6:23 NET We have an unhealthy relationship with the word discipline. It connotes the worst in our emotions. Pain and some form of suffering are usually associated with this word. And … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: “This Isn’t Yogi Bear!”
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Being from the tropical country of Puerto Rico, Paola never dreamed that she would end up in the wilds of Alaska. It’s just so out there, Paola says. It’s one of those places that you’re never going to go to because it’s so far away. But when the recruiting team from the Alaska conference came … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: A Matter of Live and Death
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Further Study: Satan offers to men the kingdoms of the world if they will yield to him the supremacy. Many do this and sacrifice heaven. It is better to die than to sin; better to want than to defraud; better to hunger than to lie. — Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Threat of Death
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Most people don’t think of death when they sin; they have other things on their minds, usually the immediate gratification and pleasure that they derive from their sin. It doesn’t help, either, that popular culture often extols adultery and other iniquities. In contrast, the book of Proverbs places sin in the right perspective, a view … [Click to read more …]

Don’t Sleep Through Harvest Time!
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Early this morning before I even got out of bed, I was reading my Proverbs reading plan on my YouVersion Bible android app. I ran across this passage: A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. Proverbs 10:5 NLT When I read that I immediately remembered reading … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: “You Shall Not Steal”
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Right after his warning about adultery (Prov. 6:24–29), the author starts talking about another sin: stealing (Prov. 6:30-31). The relationship between the two commandments (stealing and adultery) shows how disobedience to one commandment can affect our obedience to the others. The attitude of compromise, to pick and choose in regard to God’s law, could be … [Click to read more …]

Obedience to Avoid Punishment is Not True Obedience
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My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Proverbs 2:1 NLT The other day I was substitute teaching at my local church school. The kids were all good, but a little hyperactive. I finally said, “The next one who talks without raising their hand will get their name on the board.” No … [Click to read more …]

03: A Matter of Life and Death – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : God teaches us His principles of living for our own good. Understanding the guidance from God’s law is essential for our ultimate survival. [Lesson Plan for A Matter of Life and Death January 12, 2015] 1. Have a volunteer read Proverbs 6:20-23. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Fighting Temptation
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As we have just seen, the author of Proverbs 6:23, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, directly links light and life to God’s law. In the next verse he gives a solid example of how the law, as light and life, can offer us powerful spiritual protection. What are we being warned about in … [Click to read more …]