Inside Story – Japan Helio
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People at Prayer – Buddhist

Guided and Transformed My father, a Japanese immigrant to Brazil, was a Buddhist. My mother, who was of Japanese descent, was raised a Roman Catholic. Our home was an interesting mixture of Catholicism with Buddhism. When I was 14, my father died of tuberculosis. He longed to be healed, and perhaps that was why he … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Sabbath – The Sick Versus the Ox and the Donkey
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Balaam and His Donkey

Of the three synoptic Gospels, only Luke records these two Sabbath healings of Jesus (Luke 13:10-16, Luke 14:1-5). The first caused the ruler of the synagogue to be indignant with Jesus; the second put the Pharisees to silence. In either case, the enemies of Jesus were using their misinterpretation of the law to accuse Jesus of … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Lord of the Sabbath
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Christ and Disciples in Grain Field

Luke 6:1-11 provides two accounts of Jesus dealing with the Pharisees over the Sabbath. Read the first story in Luke 6:1-5. How did Jesus face the accusation that He and His disciples did not care for the Law and the Sabbath? While walking through a field, the disciples plucked the heads of grain, rubbed them … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath (May 2, ’15)
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Sabbath Healings at Capernaum
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Rejection at Nazareth sent Jesus back to Capernaum, where He had already ministered before (Matt. 4:13). This important city became the base for Jesus’ Galilean ministry. In this city was a synagogue, possibly built by a Roman officer (Luke 7:5), and Jesus, as per His custom, went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. On … [Click to read more …]

05: Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : In order to keep the Sabbath holy, men must themselves be holy. Through faith they must become partakers of the righteousness of Christ. [Lesson Plan for Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath April 27, 2015] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 4:16-20. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Sabbath – It’s Message and Meaning
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When He had opened the book (Luke 4:17, NKJV). The Sabbath was not only for going to church in order to worship but also to hear God’s Word. A life without His Word is not far from the trap of sin: Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: “As His Custom Was”
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Jesus in the Synagogue at Nazareth

As His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day (Luke 4:16, NKJV). This is a good Adventist text. Most of us use it in evangelistic meetings or in Bible studies in order to emphasize the point that it was the practice of Jesus to keep the Sabbath. Synagogues played a crucial … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath
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Read for This Week’s Study: Mark 1:21, Mark 6:2; Luke 4:17-19, Luke 4:31-37; 2 Cor. 5:17; Luke 6:1-11; Luke 13:10-16. Memory Text: The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28, NKJV). Although Luke wrote his Gospel primarily for the … [Click to read more …]