Friday: Further Thought – Curse the Day
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Romans 5:8

“In an era so unprecedentedly illuminated by science and reason, the ‘good news’ of Christianity became less and less convincing a metaphysical structure, less secure a foundation upon which to build one’s life, and less psychologically necessary. The sheer improbability of the whole nexus of events was becoming painfully obvious—that an infinite, eternal God would … [Click to read more …]

Curse the Day – Hit the Mark
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Mother helping children to safety at flooding house

“42,773” That’s the number of people who commit suicide each year in the United States where suicide is the 10th leading cause of death [1]. Depression, which has many causes, may not lead to suicide but it wears down the life forces of many. It is the leading cause of disability in the US among … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Curse the Day
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Curse the Day” 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 the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Weaver’s Shuttle
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Man with Burden

Imagine the following conversation. Two people are bemoaning the fate of all humanity: death. That is, no matter how good the lives they live, no matter what they accomplish, it’s going to end in the grave. “Yeah,” gripes Methuselah to a friend. “We live, what, 800, 900 years, and then we are gone. What is … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Other People’s Pain
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Job and friends in desert

Job finished his first lament, as recorded in chapter 3. For the next two chapters one of his friends, Eliphaz, gives Job a lecture (we will come back to that next week). In chapters 6 and 7, Job continues to speak about his suffering. “‘Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Let the Day Perish
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Imagine that you are Job. Inexplicably your life, all that you have worked for, all that you have accomplished, all that God has blessed you with, comes tumbling down. It just doesn’t make sense. There doesn’t seem to be any reason, good or bad, for it. Years ago, a school bus went off the road, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Curse the Day
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Read for This Week’s Study: Job 3:1–10, John 11:11–14, Job 6:1–3, Job 7:1–11, James 4:14, Job 7:17–21, Ps. 8:4–6. Memory Text: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11, NKJV). As we read the story of … [Click to read more …]