Monday: The Desire of Ages
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Children Praying

Jesus Christ is Lord of both the church and the world. His coming is a fulfillment of the Old Testament expectations of a saved community that would extend far beyond the Jewish people. The coming of Jesus, especially His suffering and resurrection, ushered in a new age in which the distinction between Jew and Gentile, … [Click to read more …]

Giving the Appearance of Evil or Just Being Misjudged?
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Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV A misunderstanding of this verse has crippled the success of many missionaries. A young student loses his parents, and his teacher is afraid to put her arm around his shoulder and comfort him for fear she might be accused of evil. A pastor is having studies … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus the Master of Missions
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Isa. 42:1-9; Dan. 9:24-27; Luke 2:8-14; Matt. 10:5-6; Acts 1:1-14. Memory Text: Again Jesus said, Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you (John 20:21 NIV). According to Scripture, a core activity of the Trinity is mission. Father, Son, and Holy … [Click to read more …]

Esther and Mordecai – Teaching Plan
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Lesson for August 1-7, 2015 Key Thought : God still calls on men and women to be available as His representatives in promoting life and the values of the kingdom of heaven. 1. Have a volunteer read Esther 1:19-21. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study (Esther and Mordecai)
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Mark of the Beast

The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. Today the enemies of the true church see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment a Mordecai at the gate. The reverence of God’s people for His law is … [Click to read more …]

Hope for the Hopeless – Hit the Mark
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An Isrealite man prays while working in the early morning hours

“Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” ~ John Flavel I’m retitling this week’s lesson on Esther and Mordecai to “Hope for the Hopeless.” There are so many times in life when we simply do not know what to do. We find ourselves in difficult situations and often feel as though we are carrying the weight of the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: When Some Gentiles Became Jews
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Soldier

Read Esther 8. Focus specifically on Esther 8:17. How can we understand this in terms of outreach and witness? No question, the book of Esther is not a typical story about outreach and witness. And yet we can see something like this scenario happening here toward the end. As a result of the king’s edict … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Esther and Mordecai
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Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Esther and Mordecai” 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 …]