Why Was Jesus Baptized?
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Did Jesus need to be baptized? Was He just setting a good example for us to follow, or was He actually repenting? Suppose you are eating at your favorite restaurant, and the waiter spills the drinks all over you. I guarantee that the manager is going to come out and apologize all over the place. … [Click to read more …]

Michael, My Savior and Rescuer
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Recently I was studying with a man who believed Jesus was a really good person, even a savior who died for us, but he did not believe Jesus was God. I shared with him the importance of knowing Jesus was actually God. I asked him, “If your wife was trapped inside a burning building, which would … [Click to read more …]

The Theme of My Ministry
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One Sabbath afternoon at a luncheon, I met a former Bible Worker, who asked me what the theme of my ministry was. I told him the cross of Christ. He sneered and told me my theme was rather cliche. He very proudly went on to tell me that his theme was the health message. I … [Click to read more …]

Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Prayer – Hit the Mark
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She seems an unlikely character for this week’s discussion on Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Prayer. Throughout her story, as recorded in the Gospel of John, prayer is not once mentioned. She is not one of the many who came seeking Jesus for miraculous healing from some incurable illness. As a matter of fact, she … [Click to read more …]

Group Think
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Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. Proverbs 15:22 NLT …..victory depends on having many advisers. Proverbs 24:6 NLT None of us enjoys getting our ideas shot down by a committee or board. Yet there is safety in numbers, but only if all speak their mind in a humble and Christlike way. … [Click to read more …]

The Perils Of Creative Thinking
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Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Proverbs 2:2 NLT In grade school, my teacher was talking about the possibility of solar powered cars. A sincere question came to my mind. I raised my hand and asked, “How would these cars run in the dark?” My teacher was angered by my question. I … [Click to read more …]

The Jesus No One Wants to Talk About
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We like Jesus. For some that’s too mild of a statement. We love Jesus. We especially love the Jesus who steps in on time, the One who comes to our rescue. We love that Jesus so much we even write songs about Him. Jesus on the main line tell Him what you want… Nothing compares … [Click to read more …]

11: The Apostles and the Law – Hit the Mark
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I am taking the liberty to subtitle this week’s topic to “Evidence is Not Enough.” This week’s lesson on The Apostles and the Law gives additional insight into the validity of the law. From those who knew Jesus best we see a consistency in their understanding of the ongoing role of the Law in the lives … [Click to read more …]

04: Discipling Children – Thought Starters
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  [Thought questions for Discipling Children January 22, 2014 1. The Children’s Ministry. Do you remember special church times just for children? Sabbath school in a children’s division? Story time? Vacation Bible School? Or maybe even children’s church? How important is discipling children in your church family? In your home? By adding “in” after the “n” in … [Click to read more …]