The Great Controversy and the Sin of Unbelief
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In order to have victory over sin, we must properly define sin. I believe the sin defined in John 16:9 is the cause of the sin in 1 John 3:4. Thus we must deal with the sin of unbelief in John 16:9 as our primary definition of sin.

As we take a look at this week’s lesson on victory over sin, I have a question.  For years we as Adventists have used1 John 3:4 as our primary definition of sin which [...]

06: Friends Forever – Thought Starters
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The following thoughts and questions are provided to help Sabbath school teachers and others in a small group discussion of the lesson for the week.

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[Thought Questions for Friends Forever August 8, 2012]

1. The bond of friendship. Is there any doubt about the affection Paul felt towards the believers in Thessalonica? What does Paul anticipate more than anything else in the prayer that opens this week’s lesson? Was Paul justified in his love for these Christians in Thessalonica? Were they all [...]

Apprenticed
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Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

Have you ever tried to learn how to play a new game by just reading the directions? It’s pretty hard to do, isn’t it? It’s much easier if someone in the group already knows how to play the game and they walk you through the first couple of times.

Have you ever wondered how skateboarders and motocross riders learn to do what they do? Do they sit in classes, read books on their tricks, take [...]

Who Will Stand True Against the Majority?
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I recently finished a biography of John Wycliffe, 14th century herald of the reformation. I learned some fascinating info I had not previously known. Like the prophet Daniel, Wycliffe left home as a teen, never to return. John Wycliffe was not merely the first to provide, with his assistants, the entire Scriptures in English, but he was really the first to seriously question the Scriptural authority for the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation and the infallibility of the pope. Wycliffe was [...]

The Irresistible Sin of Babylon
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[Editor's Note: When we think of prophecy, our minds often turn to the message of Rev 14:6-10 and Rev 18:4, and we are reminded that it is our responsibility to call God's people out of Babylon. But do we understand the sin of Babylon so we can be sure that we do not participate in the same sin? Stan Hudson explores this topic.]

Some time ago I visited a dear, little old lady who had a great spiritual concern: “Pastor, do [...]

Obedience and Christian Living
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By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8 NKJV)

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NASB)

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but [...]

04: Holding On in the Flood – Discussion Questions
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The river had been well past flood stage for days, and as darkness settled on the streets and rooftops of the city that night, the wind picked up and howled its fearful message that destruction had arrived. A board worked its way loose outside Sam’s apartment on second floor and crashed against the street light. A short display of fireworks and then darkness. Sam could feel the floor sinking and then rising again, his knees giving way [...]

Living by Faith
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“…just as it is written: `The righteous will live by faith.’” Romans 1:17, NIV

While I was attending Walla Walla College in the late 1970s, a professor asked his class an impromptu quiz. “How many believe,” he asked, “that we can work our way to heaven by our good deeds?”

Only one or two hands went up.

“How many believe that our salvation is totally a gift of grace without regard to our good deeds?”

This time a few more hands went up.

Finally, he [...]

The Sabbath, Creation and Faith
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Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.  He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7, NIV

Have you ever wondered why so many people are so eager to state that they cannot [...]

When Does the Result Justify the Means?
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Some Bible stories seem to indicate that God’s will was done by ignoring one or more of His commandments. What does this say to us? I would like our readers to suggest some answers.

In response to the lesson plan for “Two Classes of Worshipers,” one of our readers concluded (in an unpublished comment)  that “God is not such a rigid leader as we make Him out to be.” Perhaps he’s right. Perhaps God isn’t nearly as “rigid” as we make [...]