The Law and Love – An Introduction to 2014b lessons
avatar

Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com

by Keith Augustus Burton

Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com

From the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the law of God.”-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 582.

Why? Because the law, as the foundation of God’s government, expresses the moral integrity of the cosmos; and to overthrow that law would be to overthrow the moral order of the creation itself.

Think about it. If no god existed, and no life either, the [...]

Repairing the Potholes
avatar

potholes2

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 [...]

Loving the Fence
avatar

Image © John Baker from GoodSalt.com

Image © John Baker from GoodSalt.com

Have you ever seen those dogs who can go outside with their people and they don’t need a leash or a fence? They just stay right in their yard or beside their person. We had a dog like that once. He was a border collie and his name was Shadow. He knew exactly where our (unfenced) yard stopped and didn’t stray from it unless he was walking beside one of us. It was a [...]

Who Are the Anti-Christs?
avatar

Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com

Monday’s section of this week’s Sabbath School lesson asks the question, “In what subtle ways are each of us susceptible to having the same kind of attitude as we see revealed here in this “man of sin”?

Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com

As Adventists, we often think of the anti-Christ as the leader of a system revealed in the book of Revelation. While Revelation does identify a specific leader within a specific system setting himself up as God, and thus [...]

Too Much Commentary
avatar

commentaries-c

I know a woman who is a fabulously good cook. Not only is the food delightful to taste – it is seriously good for you. The problem is that all her food comes with commentary.

Did you know that this food has Vitamin K?
And you get 85.6% of your selenium requirements from this kind of parsnip!
There are 28 trace elements required by the human body and this meal today is providing 14 of them!

To the extent that sometimes I feel so [...]

08: The Priority of the Promises – Discussion Questions
avatar

green-question-question-mark

Darrel: This week the seven billionth life began breathing on this earth. What do you think about that?”

Matt: Terrible, terrible news. Population growth is all messed up because most of the new lives are starting out in poverty with no education. You know where that leads.

Darrel: Where?

Matt: The smart end up ruling the ignorant and we end up with a massive fiefdom.

Darrel: But Jesus will come before that happens.

Matt: Only if we get busy and fulfill our duty to spread [...]

06: Priority of the Promise – Teaching Plan
avatar

10-29

Key Thought: The law serves to reveal God’s character and show our deficiencies, leading us to our acceptance of Christ’s righteousness and our redemption by faith.

[Teaching Plan for Priority of the Promise November 2, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:15-18

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What is the difference between a contract and a will ( or testament)?

C. Personal Application: How [...]

What Is a Covenant?
avatar

My Covenant

In this sin-ridden world we, keeping a promise is not looked upon with much respect. Therefore, in order for society to insure that promises would be kept, man has devised simple ways to enforce such things. Two of those ways are the ancient covenant and today’s contract.

The difference between the two of them basically lies in the range of implementation and the way they are ratified or sealed. A contract is usually between two parties and can be either one-sided [...]

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
avatar

The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness” (Luke 11:34 NKJV).

This text has to do with our perception of truth, how we view things. This is important because Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Mat 5:14 NKJV). Then within [...]