The Two Resurrections and the Second Death
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The Appearing. Vintage painting showing the second coming of Christ to rescue His people.

The Bible teaches two different resurrections. Jesus spoke of one resurrection for those who are saved, and another resurrection for those who are lost. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the … [Click to read more …]

When Prayer Doesn’t Move Mountians
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“For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.” -C.S. Lewis I was told a couple Fridays ago that my mother, my biggest champion and one of the biggest prayer warriors in my ministry had less than 30 days to live. She had been in poor health for … [Click to read more …]

12: Death and Resurrection – Hit the Mark
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Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. John 11:14 The sisters of Lazarus were crushed. The brother whom they loved so much had been taken away from them by the cruel enemy called Death. They had sent word to Jesus that He was sick, knowing that if Jesus could get to Lazarus quickly, … [Click to read more …]

Near-Death Experiences: How Should Christians Relate to Them?
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People are fascinated with Near-Death Experiences (NDE’s) these days. Books like Heaven is For Real,To Heaven and Back,1 90 Minutes in Heaven, and 23 Minutes in Hell tell the story of people who died and crossed over to the other side before they were sent back to earth to tell their stories. Many Christians find … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Death and Resurrection
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson 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 Site. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Death and Resurrection
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, Lazarus, Come Forth, p. 524-536, and The Lord Is Risen, p. 779-787, in The Desire of Ages. The voice of the Son of God calls forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then, raising His hands to heaven, He cries: Awake, awake, awake, ye that … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus Conquered Death
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Why was Lazarus’ resurrection the crowning miracle of Christ’s earthly ministry? See John 11:38-44. Though Jesus had raised two others from the dead, none was as dramatic as this. Lazarus had been dead for four days, a fact that Martha corroborated at the graveside. Jesus performed the miracle in the full light of day before … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: What Jesus Said About Hell
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Jesus used two Greek terms, hades and gehenna, to speak about death and the punishment of the unrighteous. Given the popular belief in the meaning hell, we need to consider it carefully. Hades is equivalent to the Hebrew she’ôl, the most common Old Testament term for the realm of the dead. These names simply represent … [Click to read more …]

12: Death and Resurrection – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Without the resurrection of Christ, our religion would not be the road to eternal life, but just an empty promise like many other religions. [Lesson Plan for Death and Resurrection September 15, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read John 1:1-4. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Resurrection and the Judgment
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What we have studied so far could lead us to think that the resurrection will be for only a few. But Jesus affirmed that a time will come when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth (John 5:28-29, NKJV, emphasis added). Believers and unbelievers, righteous and sinners, saved and … [Click to read more …]