“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 …]

Son of David – Hit the Mark
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The Wise Men Journey to Jerusalem

In this week’s lesson on the Son of David I originally planned to focus on the character of Joseph, since he is often marginalized in our discussions of the incarnation of Christ. Mary rightly draws our attention, as it was she who actually carried to birth the long-awaited Messiah. But it was the lineage of Joseph that the … [Click to read more …]

Peter on the Great Controversy – Hit the Mark
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A family in silhouette walking towards a large cross.

They were astonished at His words. With an authority that could not be denied, they heard words of affirmation that were inconceivable just a short while ago. His words pierced through the darkness of their minds and illuminated the reality of heaven – that they were valuable. We call it the Sermon on the Mount … [Click to read more …]

Paul and the Rebellion – Hit the Mark
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Warrior in golden armor with sword raised in victory, his foot on a defeated demon. Light shines down from heaven.

The church was organized for service. The church is not a hospital for sinners (I know that goes against tradition). “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

The Great Controversy and the Early Church – Hit the Mark
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Peter and John Before Sanhedrin

It’s called a do-over – a second chance to redeem a failure. The greater the failure, the greater the significance of achievement the second time around. We celebrate those who make the most of their do-overs. To see someone who has failed miserably yet, when again faced with that same situation, triumphs, gives us much encouragement. The … [Click to read more …]

Comrades in Arms – Hit the Mark
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Peter's Act of Faith

We need what Peter had – individually and collectively. And we need it desperately. We readily recall Peter’s boldness in asking his Lord for permission to walk on water. That story is full of encouragement as we face the impossible in our lives. If ever there was a story in the bible that illustrates the success … [Click to read more …]

Victory in the Wilderness – Hit the Mark
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Views of Rev. Martin Luther King, as he was stabbed in chest with letter opener.

“I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.” Martin Luther King, Jr. On September 20, 1958, as he sat signing autographs for his book, Martin Luther King Jr was stabbed and nearly killed. He was whisked to the hospital with the blade of the knife still stuck in his chest. It would take a delicate and … [Click to read more …]

The Controversy Continues – Hit the Mark
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Done in a contemporary style

This week we look at how some monumental Bible characters played important roles during times of crisis. The author of this lesson week’s lesson pointed out how each of the persons in the lesson was instrumental in a period of deliverance needed for God’s people.  But what was it about these characters that led to their … [Click to read more …]