13: The Cost of Discipleship – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for The Cost of Discipleship March 26, 1014] 1. A promise of persecution. Have you ever been persecuted? What do you think of Paul’s admonishing us with these startling words: “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”? (2 Tim 3:12). What would you say if Peter … [Click to read more …]

12: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character December 18, 2013] 1.The big picture. Can knowing about the great controversy between Christ and Satan bring meaning to your own existence? How? The sanctuary is a living example of the plan or strategy to win this controversy. Do you see this plan in every symbol … [Click to read more …]

The God-forsaken God
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Friday’s section of this week’s SS lesson asks the question, “Critics of Christianity will often argue that Jesus knew beforehand that, though He would die, He would be resurrected to life. Thus, they ask, what was the big deal about His death when He knew it would be only temporary?” My mother knows that flying … [Click to read more …]

He Grew the Tree He Knew Would be Used to Make the Old Rugged Cross
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Around a hundred years ago, when I was a teenager, a country singer by the name of Barbara Mandrell, sang, “He grew the tree that He knew would be used to make the old rugged cross.” The song brought out, that even at creation Jesus was planning our redemption. This song could not be any … [Click to read more …]

04: Salvation: The Only Solution – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Salvation: The Only Solution October 24, 2012] 1. Salvation the only solution. Since we can’t have a solution without a problem, what is the problem that salvation addresses? If you said, “sin,” what sin or sins are you including? Did Satan’s sin and rebellion long ago define the need and set the stage … [Click to read more …]

01: The Great Controversy: The Foundation – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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A surprise inside the cover “What a surprise that is!” Susan held the lesson guide above her head. “There’s a surprise in the lesson guide for the final quarter of the year?” “Yes, dear, there is.” “Do we get a balloon or a lollipop?” “No, it’s not that. It’s just that when I saw the title to this … [Click to read more …]

“When My Trophies At Last I Lay Down”
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Several years ago, when I first became a literature evangelist, I was attending an awards banquet for the best sales persons in the Southwest. I was awe struck by the nice shiny plaques and trophies the winners were receiving for leading the region in sales, hours worked, and other categories. I was so impressed that … [Click to read more …]