Crime and Punishment
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When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong. Ecclesiastes 8:11 NLT Several years ago I was studying with a family, while the wife’s father had a stroke and was in the hospital. I went to see him and arrived literally moments after he had passed away. The family … [Click to read more …]

Porcupines In Church
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What? You say you’ve never met a porcupine? I’ll bet you have. In fact, you may be one yourself. I’m pretty sure I am. “The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a cold winter’s night. He said, ‘The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Exhortations from the Sanctuary
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Further Study: “The Mediator, in his office and work, would greatly exceed in dignity and glory the earthly, typical priesthood. . . . This Saviour was to be a mediator, to stand between the Most High and his people. Through this provision, a way was opened whereby the guilty sinner might find access to God … [Click to read more …]

Videos: Exhortations From the Sanctuary
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Martin Pröbstle has another brief introduction to this week’s lesson on Vimeo and on Youtube. You can review previous lessons at Sanctuary Lessons on Vimeo or on The Youtube Bogichannel (also in German). And you can watch the full hour-long, inter-active study of the lesson for the week by the Hope Sabbath School class led by … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Encourage One Another
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“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24, NASB). Whereas the exhortation in Hebrews 10:23 focused on the individual attitude, the next one in Hebrews 10:24 has the community of believers in view. We do not walk alone on our path with Christ. We should care for … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Hope: Be Steadfast and Unswerving
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Look up the texts below. What do they all have in common? What should believers hold on to? Heb. 3:6 Heb. 3:14 Heb. 4:14 Heb. 6:18 Heb. 10:23 Besides having the assurance of salvation, it is important to persevere and uphold the hope offered us all. In Hebrews, to hold fast is a serious appeal. … [Click to read more …]

13: Exhortations From the Sanctuary – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Our faith in God is shown by our care for others. We need each other, and by encouraging others, we strengthen our own relationships with God. [Teaching plan for Exhortation From the Sanctuary December 30, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Hebrews 4:14-16. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Faith: Be Confident
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Read Hebrews 10:19–25 again. One theme appears again and again, and that is “confidence.” The Greek word for “confidence” (Heb. 10:19) refers to a boldness, courage, and fearlessness that in the New Testament describes our new relationship with God. Originally the word referred to an openness of speech, which, in this context, could specifically mean … [Click to read more …]