What Does it Mean to be Under Grace?
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Friday’s section of this week’s Sabbath School lesson asks,

“What do you say to those who claim that because of the grace of Christ, they are free from the law? What do they often really mean by that, and how would you answer them?”

I have heard Christians tell me not to worry about keeping the law because we are no longer under the law. We are under grace. Funny thing is, they only tell me that when it comes to Sabbath keeping. [...]

09: Christ, the Law and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, the Law and the Gospel May 28, 2014]

1. Memory text. Does the word “but” in the memory text (John 1:17) trouble you in any way? (…the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth…through Jesus Christ…) Could you explain to someone that this does NOT mean that the law has no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ? Does law contradict grace in any way? What is the end result of the law–and grace–in our hearts?

08: The law of God and the law of Christ – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Law of God and the Law of Christ May 21, 2014]

1. The law of God and the law of Christ. Are we guided by two laws? One the law of the God eternal and almighty, the other of Christ the Saviour? If you think so, what is different about these two laws? During Jesus’ ministry on earth, which law did He follow and preach? Why?

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2. The relevance of the Ten Commandments. [...]

The Arrow of Prayer
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It was a simple question: “What are you doing here?” Standing in a cave after fleeing for his life, Elijah recounts the lament of his soul. His recent conquests for God appear to have taken a turn for the worse. Feeling alone and confused, this man of great experience, has all but given up and resigned himself to defeat. Elijah is in a crisis and he needs a word from the Lord.

Instructed to stand on the mount to hear from [...]

It’s a Good Thing
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In an effort to “get us,” the enemy tells us lies, half-truths and even complete truths (in deceptive ways) in his effort to get us to doubt our Salvation. Let’s look at a few of his arrows.

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Satan says that God doesn’t really love us

One of Satan’s most successful lies is that God doesn’t really love us at all – that He’s out to get us.

Satan will point to things that are happening in our [...]

10: The Willingness to Grow and Change – Thought Starters
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“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change September 4, 2013]

1. The gift of grace. Without grace, could we ever experience the joy of eternity with God? Why is that? Is spiritual revival a [...]

Repairing the Potholes
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We’ve had a tremendous amount of rain this year, with five inches just last Friday.  When I was driving in the pouring rain with the grandchildren, I told them we needed a boat, as every now and then, the water splashed up 20 feet or so on either side of the van. When the sun came out the next day, we saw washed-out driveways and big pot holes where the rain had washed away parts of roads. It [...]

The Gift of Repentance
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One of my life-long battles has been with colas. Actually I can’t honestly say I have battled it my whole life, which may be part of the problem.

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I am not going to debate temperance vs. abstinence concerning colas, but let’s face it, they have 0% nutritional value, and if you drink too much you have the risk of cancer, diabetes and acid re-flux. So you can’t really say the nutritional value is worth all [...]

Do We Keep the Change Or Not?
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If you have ever been around a cat, you might have noticed its whiskers. Have you ever wondered about the purpose for those whiskers? Well, believe it or not, a cat’s whiskers work kind of like the Holy Spirit. They warn the cat that it is going into a dangerous place.

No, really! Check it out –

“… the whisker’s primary use is to help a cat judge whether or not he’ll fit through an opening. A cat’s whiskers are roughly as [...]

The “Perfect” Debate
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In Christ’s day in Palestine, you could start a heated debate in the church by just saying the word “resurrection.” Today you can accomplish the same thing during fellowship lunch by just casually using the word “perfect.”

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In my 47 years of being an Adventist I have observed something ironic. I have met people who have told me, that if I don’t believe that we can live without sinning, that I am not a real [...]