Living By The Spirit – Hit the Mark
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The silhouette of a man in a business suit headed towards a white light.

He was an innocent man condemned to die. To ensure his execution, on his last night of life he was locked deep within prison walls, chained between two guards.  His crime? He was an ardent disciple of Christ. His name? Peter. His reaction to his impending death the next morning? He was sleeping like a … [Click to read more …]

Living By the Spirit – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought: Because Christ has conquered the power of sin, the Christian life can keep the desires of the flesh at bay under the power of the Spirit in control. Lesson 12, September 16, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 5:17-21. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important … [Click to read more …]

“In the Spirit”
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The Holy Spirit at Creation

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24 I am sure that you have friends that no matter how long you are apart from them, once you get together, your friendship resumes right where it left off, as though you had never been apart. … [Click to read more …]

A Counterfeit Gift of the Spirit
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The Spirit Moving

Last week we studied about the gifts of the Spirit. This week we are studying about the Holy Spirit and the church. Satan has a counterfeit for most everything. There are some people in the church, who claim to have the gift of “discerning spirits,” when in reality they have Satan’s “gift” of judging and … [Click to read more …]

Why I Can’t Believe in Myself
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A while back I had a conversation with a young man who was studying eastern religions. He asked me about my faith so I told Him I believed in Jesus. “But this faith in Jesus leads you to believe in yourself, right?” He asked. “No.” I said. “It actually makes me not believe in myself at all. … [Click to read more …]

The Day God’s Love Made the Universe Stand Still
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There is a saying, “kids who are loved at home come to school to learn. Kids who are not loved at home come to school to be loved.” Is it any different in Sabbath School? Is it also true that God’s children (ages 0-125) who know they are loved come to Sabbath school to learn, … [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 …]

A Wise Lesson From a Humble Deacon
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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:12-13 NLT It is impossible for a truly wise person to be proud and arrogant. Wisdom is talking in the quoted … [Click to read more …]

Kind Words Are Honey to The Soul
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Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24 NLT Yesterday, when I showed up at Tampa Adventist Academy to teach my baptism class, a teacher, beaming with pride, showed me an e-mail one of her former students had just sent her the night before. In the e-mail, the … [Click to read more …]

Keeping Up Appearances
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Man's Head Being Filled Through His Eyes

Have you ever noticed that humans, as a group, tend to be extremely superficial and shallow? We expend enormous amounts of time, money, and energy making sure that we look a certain way – wear particular brands of clothes and shoes, dye our hair, even have surgery. We go to great lengths to change our … [Click to read more …]