Friday: Inside Story – God’s Saving Hand: Part 1
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Fire Fist

Wesley Banda pastored several villages in Malawi. The family lived in a two-room house. Because the area had no electricity, Mrs. Banda prepared the family meals outside over an open fire. One evening after dinner Mrs. Banda returned to her fire to prepare the morning meal of sadza (a thick porridge of cornmeal). Her husband … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Josiah’s Reforms
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Turn around

As the lesson stated, the depth of corruption that had befallen Israel can be seen in the kind of reforms that Josiah had to undertake. How, though, could the nation have fallen so far? In one sense, the answer is easy: it’s because humanity has fallen so far. Just how far humanity has degraded was … [Click to read more …]

Josiah’s Reforms – Hit the Mark
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Josiah Reading the Law

Tapping into the widespread admiration of basketball icon Michael Jordan, a highly successful TV ad named “Be Like Mike” was launched on August 8, 1991. Michael’s effervescent smile, his passion for the game and his superior athletic skills made him a household name all around the world. Everyone wanted to be like Mike, including me at … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Josiah’s Reforms
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Blood on the Doorposts

Despite the forewarning of doom, Josiah was still determined to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Maybe disaster couldn’t be averted, but in announcing the retributive judgments of Heaven, the Lord had not withdrawn opportunity for repentance and reformation; and Josiah, discerning in this a willingness on the part of God … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Josiah’s Reforms
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Josiah’s Reforms” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Book of the Law
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Josiah discovers the law.

The renovation of the sanctuary, long the center of Israelite worship, was important, but renovation of a building wasn’t all that was needed. The most beautiful and elaborate structure, though designed to help worshipers sense something of the power and grandeur of the Lord, in and of itself isn’t enough to evoke piety among the … [Click to read more …]

Josiah’s Reforms – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : Josiah’s reforms with all his zeal, enthusiasm, and determination demonstrated that it was possible to follow God faithfully and bring temporary peace to the nation. Josiah’s Reform, November 14- 21, 2015 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Kings 22:3-7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Reigns of Manasseh and Amon
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The Sin of Witchcraft

However much we like to talk about objectivity, about viewing things as they really are, as human beings we are hopelessly subjective. We see the world not so much as the world really is, but as we really are. And because we are fallen and corrupted beings, this corruption is going to impact our perceptions … [Click to read more …]