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 …]

7 Jesus’ Teaching and the Great Controversy – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Peace

“I will give you rest.” How does the “great controversy” play out in your life? Do you ever feel tired of the fight and even tempted to give up as you continue to confront the evil one with his big bag of temptations? What is “great” about the controversy between Christ and Satan? “Great” as in wondrous … [Click to read more …]

Jesus’ Teachings and the Great Controversy – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : The great controversy is fought out on the day to day choices we make. But we don’t have to face our struggles alone; we can find rest in Jesus. Jesus’ Teachings February 6- 12, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 13:18-23. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what … [Click to read more …]

Victory in the Wilderness – Hit the Mark
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Views of Rev. Martin Luther King, as he was stabbed in chest with letter opener.

“I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.” Martin Luther King, Jr. On September 20, 1958, as he sat signing autographs for his book, Martin Luther King Jr was stabbed and nearly killed. He was whisked to the hospital with the blade of the knife still stuck in his chest. It would take a delicate and … [Click to read more …]

Victory in the Wilderness – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : Jesus came to restore that which Adam lost, to save sinners from their sins, and to reveal the true character of God. Victory in the Wilderness -January 30 – February 5, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 3:7-12. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]