Jesus Showed Sympathy – Hit the Mark
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Hospital Visitation

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” That was the opening line in the television series Mission: Impossible. The show was based around a group of secret government agents who would be given, via a tape recording, secret tasks of grave danger. After delineating what the mission entailed, the recording would go on to … [Click to read more …]

Jesus Mingled With People – Hit the Mark
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Sepia-tone image of the good shepherd reaching for a lost sheep

He saw something no one else saw. In those despised by society, He saw royalty – Sons and daughters of God. Though far away from Him, they were loved, cherished and not forgotten. He heard something that no one else heard. He heard the heart cries of publicans and sinners when no one cared enough to … [Click to read more …]

Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 – Hit the Mark
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A golden balance

As an American, I find the timing of this week’s lesson on Justice and Mercy in the Old Testament: Part 1 providential. Our nation, not unlike nations around the world, is grappling with social unrest that includes the question of Justice and Mercy. How justice is meted out and how mercy is applied leaves a lot … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Hit the Mark
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The world laid out as a chess game, with two kings leading their armies.

We live in a world obsessed with a quest for dominion. Brutal crimes are perpetrated, schemes of deception are levied against the helpless and the strong take from the weak. Innocent lives are wiped out en masse with little recourse to justice in large part due to a quest for dominion. Church politics, once an … [Click to read more …]

Last Day Events – Hit the Mark
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An hourglass pouring the world into the lower section.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 The Pharisees and religious rulers were standing in the way of salvation. Matthew 23 is a scathing condemnation of the most revered men in Jewish society. The reverence, respect and fear of these men touched all areas … [Click to read more …]

Peter and the Rock – Hit the Mark
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A man walking with his shadow carrying the cross

One of the men I admire most in my life is T. Marshall Kelly. I admired his rich baritone voice as he sang meaningful gospel songs. What a privilege it was for me to one day entertain him and his wife at my house for a Sabbath dinner. One of the songs T. Marshall Kelly is … [Click to read more …]

Resting in Christ – Hit the Mark
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Photo by Curtis Hall

I wish I had understood the Sabbath much earlier in my Christian walk. I’ve been a Sabbath keeper for decades. I was born into a Sabbath-keeping family with many Sabbath-keeping relatives. I’ve calculated that I’ve willingly “kept” the Sabbath over two thousand times. Yet, for most of those past years I can honestly say that … [Click to read more …]

“Get Up and Walk!” Faith and Healing – Hit the Mark
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Man Comes Through Roof

This week, instead of my normal article based on a theme of the lesson, I thought I would give you a look into the teacher side of preparation. As some of you know I have a ministry that provides training to Sabbath school leaders and adult class teachers throughout our denomination. This coming Sabbath I … [Click to read more …]

The Sermon on the Mount – Hit the Mark
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Nicodemus the Pharisee comes to a night time private meeting with Jesus.

Twenty-five years ago in 1991, the first For Dummies book was published. It was titled DOS for Dummies and it was the first in a long line of instructional books that presented complex subjects in simple, non-threatening ways. From that first computer software book the brand has expanded to cover a huge variety of topics … [Click to read more …]

The Ministry Begins – Hit the Mark
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Jesus summons the fisherman to follow Him.

If one didn’t know better they might think that Jesus could have benefited from a savvy P.R. marketing manager. We know that first impressions are lasting, and it is imperative for any public figure to get their debut right. The society in which Jesus began his ministry was very religious. At the top of the … [Click to read more …]