Jesus Mingled With People – Hit the Mark
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Sepia-tone image of the good shepherd reaching for a lost sheep

He saw something no one else saw. In those despised by society, He saw royalty – Sons and daughters of God. Though far away from Him, they were loved, cherished and not forgotten. He heard something that no one else heard. He heard the heart cries of publicans and sinners when no one cared enough to … [Click to read more …]

A Pot of Soup – and a Pinch of Salt
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Soup

Too often in church conversations, we quote Bible verses and Spirit of Prophecy quotations, but we share little about the practical application of those passages in everyday Christian life. By contrast last year’s excellent article by Lars Justinen, “Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees,” is worth reading as a practical application of what this set of lessons is all about. Not all of … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled with People – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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1.  Christ’s Method Alone. Were you touched by the story of the dying man who grasped the hand of a Christian, convinced it was the hand of Jesus? What can you and I do to reach out to people so effectively that they will see Jesus in us? What did Jesus do before inviting people … [Click to read more …]

Jesus on Community Outreach – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: God longs for His church to be a “going” community – reaching people where they live, work, and play with the good news of salvation. Jesus on Community Outreach – July 30, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 10:25-28. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what is the most important … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 2 – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: Jesus said one big difference between those who will be saved and lost is as simple as who took care of the hungry and thirsty in His name, or for His sake. Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 2 – July 23, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Ezekiel 37:1-6. a. Ask … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought: God never intended for human beings to suffer in poverty, loneliness pain, and brokenness. He has called us to help care for those who are suffering. Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 – July 16, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Psalm 146:7-9. a. Ask class members to share a thought … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 – Hit the Mark
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A golden balance

As an American, I find the timing of this week’s lesson on Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 providential. Our nation, not unlike nations around the world, is grappling with social unrest that includes the question of Justice and Mercy. How justice is meted out and how mercy is applied leaves a lot … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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Mercy to the needy. You were probably touched by the story in the lesson about the child who was treated so kindly by a woman that in amazement he said, “Are you God’s wife?” Isn’t that our primary role in today’s world–to let God’s love show in what we do so strongly that people marvel … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Image © Lars Justinen Goodsalt.com

Key Thought: Our responsibility is to reflect God’s image in the way we interact with others and the way we care for His Creation. Restoring Dominion – July 9, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 43:6,7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Hit the Mark
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The world laid out as a chess game, with two kings leading their armies.

We live in a world obsessed with a quest for dominion. Brutal crimes are perpetrated, schemes of deception are levied against the helpless and the strong take from the weak. Innocent lives are wiped out en masse with little recourse to justice in large part due to a quest for dominion. Church politics, once an … [Click to read more …]