Porcupines In Church


What? You say you’ve never met a porcupine? I’ll bet you have. In fact, you may be one yourself. I’m pretty sure I am.

“The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a cold winter’s night. He said, ‘The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth; but the closer we get to one another, the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night […]

Further Study: Preserving Relationships


“If we would humble ourselves before God, and be kind and courteous and tenderhearted and pitiful(emphasis supplied), there would be one hundred conversions to the truth where now there is only one. But, though professing to be converted, we carry around with us a bundle of self that we regard as altogether too precious to be given up. It is our privilege to lay this burden at the feet of Christ and in its place take the character and similitude of […]

02: Preserving Relationships – Thought Starters

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A journey through time

“Would you look at that? A perfect illustration of the god particle.” Fred held up the second week’s lesson of the Bible Study Guide and pointed to the picture of two hands reaching for each other.

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“Whatever are you talking about?” Sherry said, her eyebrows lifting toward her hairline. “Whatever in the world does the god particle have to do with the lesson this week?”

Fred folded back the pages […]

Thursday: Paul Reveals His Heart

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Read 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:10. What does this passage tell us about Paul’s emotional attachment and relationship to these believers? What can we learn from it regarding how we should relate with those to whom we minister?

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Paul’s depth of thought and confrontational tone (see, for example, Gal. 1:6, 7; 3:1-4; 4:9-11) sometimes make him appear dismissive of feelings and personal relationships. But this delightful interlude in 1 Thessalonians shows otherwise. He was an intensely relational evangelist along the lines of the Great […]

02: Preserving Relationships – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought : Evangelism is not just a mere acceptance of Christian beliefs. The whole life – physical, mental, and emotional is involved in our Christian faith..

[Teaching plan for “Preserving Relationships” July 9, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 17:5-9.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. In what ways as Seventh-day Adventist Christians, both positive and negative, do our lives affect the people we interact with from […]

Sabbath: Preserving Relationships

Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 17:5-9, 10-15, 16-34; 1 Cor. 1:18-2:2; 1 Thess. 2:17-3:10.

Memory Text: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20, NKJV).

Key Thought: True evangelism leads to relationships that can stand the test of time and last for eternity.

This lesson covers the aftermath of Paul’s attempt to evangelize Thessalonica. It would have been easy after such […]