Are There Any Wise People Besides Us?
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Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Proverbs 8:33 NLT Is there a chance God tried to share His wisdom with us, but we rejected it because we didn’t like the vessels He used? Sure Isaiah 8:20 tells us if they speak not according to the law there is no light in … [Click to read more …]

05: Love and the Law – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for Love and the Law October 28, 2014] Love without Liking. Your lesson this week asks you to love even those you don’t like. Wait a minute! Is that possible? What about the marriage that goes bad? Is the wife obliged to love the husband she can’t stand any more? What if he uses … [Click to read more …]

My All-White World
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I grew up in an all-white world. Well, not exactly all white. There was Maurice, the black custodian at the local shopping center, who swept the sidewalks singing B.B. King songs. There was Joe Parche, the skinny, high-I.Q. boy who they bussed in from the city in an effort to “integrate” our high school. And there was … [Click to read more …]

Eager to Forgive (Jonah)
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“Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35, NIV As human beings, we can come to understand our relationship to God in terms of familiar bonds. We can … [Click to read more …]

And Justice for SOME
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We humans are a funny bunch. We love to talk about fairness and justice and everybody getting what they deserve – just as long as we get to decide just what that means. Jonah is a prime example. God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell the folks there that if they don’t make some … [Click to read more …]

Should We Hide Who We Are?
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And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known. Mark 3:11-12 Many people, even in our own ranks, accuse Seventh-day Adventists of being dishonest, when we cover up our church sign when … [Click to read more …]

10: Laws and Promises – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Madeline and Melvin were in love. No question about it. At every opportunity they would steal glances at each other and talk with nudges and grins. Everybody knew.1 They would soon be married. Then Melvin dropped a bombshell. Both Madeline and Melvin had been married before, and Melvin wasn’t ready to risk a repeat performance of … [Click to read more …]