Exiles as Missionaries – Hit the Mark
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An Isrealite man holds an lit oil lamp with both hands

I tried to imagine the setting of our topic for this week on Exiles as Missionaries. I tried to picture Daniel, his three companies and many others being forcibly rounded up to be taken from their homeland as captives. The homes they lived in, the streets they played on, the schools they learned in, the … [Click to read more …]

Friday – Inside Story: A Gift From the River – Part 1
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People at Prayer – Hindu

Bangladesh ~ By Doneshor Tripura Doneshor was glad to be home, watching his father’s water buffalo. He had been away at school and had just completed his high school graduation exams. The day grew hotter, and Doneshor decided to go for a swim in the nearby river while the buffalo grazed nearby. He waded into … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: More Exiles as Missionaries
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Joseph and Potiphar

Daniel was an Israelite in involuntary banishment from Israel, as were Joseph and Moses in Egypt, Nehemiah in Babylon, and Esther in Persia. Their lives reveal that it is possible to live faithfully to God in spiritually and culturally unsupportive environments. With God’s direction it was even possible to attain prominent administrative positions in these … [Click to read more …]

Exiles as Missionaries – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

[Lesson plan for July 25—31, 2015] Key Thought : We have a mission to engage creatively with society and to demonstrate the power of faith within our culture. 1. Have a volunteer read Daniel 1:8-13. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. What … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Daniel and God’s Eternal Kingdom
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Grab for Power

Daniel was not merely an interpreter of other men’s dreams, significant as that was in this context. In Daniel 7-12, he had his own visions, which revealed the future of great world superpowers. Daniel’s visions especially emphasized that, despite earthly rulers and their plans and machinations, God retains final control of nations. In the end, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Exiles as Missionaries
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Exiles as Missionaries” 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 …]

Tuesday: Daniel in Persia
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Daniel in the Lion's Den

And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? (Dan. 6:20). The king called Daniel the servant of the living … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Witnesses (Daniel 2-5)
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Belshazzar's Feast

In Daniel 2, Daniel had an opportunity, born out of necessity, to witness to the power of the true God, as opposed to the false ones of Babylon. After singing a hymn of praise with his Jewish compatriots and thanking God for answering their prayers (Dan. 2:20-23), he interpreted the king’s dream and testified to … [Click to read more …]

Exiles as Missionaries – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Discussion starters for Lesson 5, July 25—31, 2015] 1. A handbook for missionary activity. Have you ever wished for a, comprehensive handbook for church activity? During my missionary years I could always obtain good advice, but if only I’d had a systematic presentation of all the things I should know…  How could the book of Daniel help … [Click to read more …]