Paul and the Rebellion – Hit the Mark
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Warrior in golden armor with sword raised in victory, his foot on a defeated demon. Light shines down from heaven.

The church was organized for service. The church is not a hospital for sinners (I know that goes against tradition). “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

10: Paul and the Rebellion – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

War-Machine

Who’s winning? Do we know the answer to that question when it is asked about the greatest conflict of all time? Do we ever feel ourselves trembling in fear when we think of the powers of evil unleashed and aimed at the everlasting destruction of Jesus and his people? Is it important to study Satan’s strategies and … [Click to read more …]

Paul and the Rebellion – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : It is important for us to share the hope we have in the resurrection in a world that is full of suffering, pain, and death. Paul and the Rebellion, February 27 –  March 4, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read I Corinthians 3:12-15. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

The Great Controversy and the Early Church – Hit the Mark
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Peter and John Before Sanhedrin

It’s called a do-over – a second chance to redeem a failure. The greater the failure, the greater the significance of achievement the second time around. We celebrate those who make the most of their do-overs. To see someone who has failed miserably yet, when again faced with that same situation, triumphs, gives us much encouragement. The … [Click to read more …]

9 The Great Controversy and the Early Church – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Living-Flame

Meeting about the Beginning. Why couldn’t Jesus’ disciples–His most loyal followers–understand what God’s immediate purpose was after His resurrection? Are you ever surprised by people who are too stubborn to listen to what Jesus wants to tell them? Were the Romans so oppressing to the Jewish people that getting rid of them was the only thing … [Click to read more …]

Jesus, the Humble Hero
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HumbleHero

I just have to share a blessing with you! I am reading, Humble Hero,1 an adaptation of the Desire of Ages in modern English. 2 For me, as a Sabbath School teacher, this “modern English version” is a convenient way for a quick review of Ellen White’s classic version of the life of Christ, when I don’t have … [Click to read more …]

Comrades in Arms – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : Jesus reveals Himself to us and then allows us to choose to receive or reject His revelation. As we choose, we are acting our part in the great controversy Comrades in Arms February 13-19, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Mark 3:14. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [Click to read more …]

Comrades in Arms – Hit the Mark
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Peter's Act of Faith

We need what Peter had – individually and collectively. And we need it desperately. We readily recall Peter’s boldness in asking his Lord for permission to walk on water. That story is full of encouragement as we face the impossible in our lives. If ever there was a story in the bible that illustrates the success … [Click to read more …]

8 Comrades in Arms – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Memory Text: “And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’” Who is talking in this text? Why is there such a sense of amazement about Jesus’ power of speaking? Satan couldn’t force Jesus to … [Click to read more …]

Mindfulness Meditation- What’s the Buzz?
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A Buddhist form of meditation called “mindfulness meditation” has taken the mental health field by storm. It has produced many well-documented positive effects and has been basically touted as a panacea for most psychological ills. In terms of popularity and buzz, mindfulness is to mental health what organic coconut water is to physical health—a somewhat … [Click to read more …]