09: One Lawgiver and Judge – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for One Lawgiver and Judge November 26, 2014]

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1. Introduction. Have you ever complained about a new stop sign in your neighborhood? Or about the lack of stop signs or posted speed limits nearby? Imagine that you live in the capital city of the United States, Washington, DC. What would the term “diplomatic immunity” mean to you if you saw a luxury car displaying the logo of a foreign country illegally blocking traffic ahead […]

Thursday: Knowing and Doing What Is Good
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Read James 4:15-17 in the context of the verses that come before it. What crucial point is he making here?

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James here is dealing with the attitude of self-dependence. In fact, he calls that attitude arrogance, and the words spoken as boasting; he says it is evil. That’s how important the right attitude is for the Christian.

Read James 4:17. The Bible defines sin in two ways: (1) doing wrong; (2) not doing right. The […]

09: One Lawgiver and Judge – Hit the Mark
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I thought that I would focus this week on the “not judging” part of the One Lawgiver and Judge lesson. After all, the phrase “judge not” is probably one of the most oft quoted and misquoted Bible verses of our generation. It sometimes serves as our “get out of jail free” card.

The discerning of right and wrong, good and evil has been blurred by the misapplication of the phrase “judge not.” The Bible is full of examples of those who called out […]

HopeSS: Lawgiver and Judge
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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. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

Wednesday: A Mist
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Read James 4:14. What crucial point is being made here?

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Life is uncertain. Every breath is a gift. James 4:14 uses a very rare Greek word (atmis), which is translated as vapor or mist. Like the Hebrew word hebel (breath, vapor), which occurs 38 times in Ecclesiastes and is often translated as vanity, it emphasizes the transitory nature of life. Who hasn’t, especially as we get older, experienced just how fast and fleeting life […]

09: Our Lawgiver and Judge – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Our attitude towards law affects how we relate to others and to God. Law governs how we relate to others.

[Lesson plan for One Lawgiver and Judge November 24, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read James 4:11,12.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Is this saying that when we speak against another person, we are judging them? How can we keep ourselves from being judgmental?
c. Personal Application: Have […]

Tuesday: Planning Ahead
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Read James 4:13. (Compare Luke 12:13-21.) How do we balance prudent planning for the future with our need to live each day in expectation of Christ’s imminent coming? How can we avoid the trap of merely building bigger barns?

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It may seem very reasonable to plan a year in advance or even more. Businesses commonly have short-, medium-, and long-range plans. Individuals and families need to save for the future and to make provision […]

God Knows My Heart, But Is That Really Good News?
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While I love being with friends, it does not bother me to be alone. Being alone does not make me lonely. Being misunderstood makes me lonely.

In a youth group I asked the young people what specific things do others not understand about you that you wish they did. An ordinarily quiet group suddenly became very vocal. Everyone wants to be understood. Well not all the time. Sure, when our motives are pure we wish people could understand us, but not so much when […]

Monday: The Lawgiver Is Judge
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All the laws of the Old Testament are from Jesus. They are sometimes called the laws of Moses because they were given through him (2 Chron. 33:8, Neh. 10:29), but it was Jesus who led the Israelites through the wilderness and spoke the Ten Commandments to them at Mount Sinai (see 1 Cor. 10:1-4). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus clarified and amplified the law. He is the Word . . . made flesh (John 1:14), and it is […]

Sunday: Judgment or Discernment?
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“Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it” (James 4:11, NIV). How does judging others amount to sitting in judgment of the law?

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The initial phrase in James 4:11 that is literally translated “speak against” could include several sins of speech, including slander, bearing false […]