Heavenly Credentials
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When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and elders came up to him. They demanded,

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“By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?” Matthew 21:23 NLT

That makes me think of what a friend told me about when she was first sitting on a church board. In one of her first meetings she brought up an idea. It was totally ignored. Then later in the same meeting […]

12: The Harvest and the Harvesters – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Harvest and the Harvesters March 19, 2014]

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1. “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” Imagine us wretched creatures of this earth glorifying God the Father of all! He doesn’t see us as wretched at all, but as fallen sinners that He is ready to glorify and lift to the courts of heaven. Do our evangelists and gospel ministers ever use modern techniques of salesmanship to win converts? Should they? What […]

Authority and Individual Conscience
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Sunday’s section of this week’s Sabbath School lesson states that “Over the long centuries, people have struggled to understand the role and function of government and how citizens should relate to it. What gives rulers the right to rule?”

It is worthwhile for all of us to think about the role of government and our individual responsibility – not just secular government but church government as well.

Former United States President Richard Nixon defended himself in the Watergate scandal, by telling reporter David […]

09: Discipling the Powerful – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Discipling the Powerful February 26, 2014]

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1. Introduction.  Have you ever thought of yourself as powerful? Have you ever held a position of authority that led others to think of you as powerful? When you were a youngster, did you ever long for a position that would place you as the person in charge? As Christians and therefore followers of Christ, are we given the special skills needed to share God’s love […]