Why Did God Need to Make Peace With Heaven?
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Why did God need to make peace with heaven? (1 Col 1:19-20) This verse may help us understand just how real the war in heaven was: For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth … [Click to read more …]

Why Did God Create Lucifer?
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If God is all-knowing, He must have known that the beautiful angel Lucifer would sin and rebel against God’s government. So why did God create Him?  That’s the question someone asked on our Facebook page this week, and it’s like the similar question, “Why did God create Adam, if He knew that Adam would sin?” … [Click to read more …]

Did God Create the Devil?
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The Deceiver

The problem of evil is a conundrum that has engaged minds since the beginning of humanity. And the lessons on “Rebellion and Redemption” have caused Seventh-day Adventists around the world to wrestle with the problem. Many of us like to know why things happen. So we would like to know why evil happened. But to give a reason for … [Click to read more …]

Crime and Punishment
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When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong. Ecclesiastes 8:11 NLT Several years ago I was studying with a family, while the wife’s father had a stroke and was in the hospital. I went to see him and arrived literally moments after he had passed away. The family … [Click to read more …]

12: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Character December 18, 2013] 1.The big picture. Can knowing about the great controversy between Christ and Satan bring meaning to your own existence? How? The sanctuary is a living example of the plan or strategy to win this controversy. Do you see this plan in every symbol … [Click to read more …]

09: The Pre-Advent Judgment: Discussion starters
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1. Good news. Do you ever consider how the visions Daniel saw compared with the movies and videos and amazing cinematography of our day? How did Daniel describe what he saw so that others could understand the sequence of events that would bring ‘good news’ to succeeding generations? Imagine you were Daniel and this was your vision. … [Click to read more …]

In My Place
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“Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was … [Click to read more …]

03: Sacrifices – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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The Joy of Sacrifice [Thought questions for Sacrifices October 16, 2013] 1. We will return. Three days and many steps after God’s command to offer his son, Abraham stood where he could see the mountain. It was here Abraham puts a voice to his own faith as he speaks to the two young men who … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The First Sacrifice
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Read Genesis 3:9–21. What was God’s response to Adam and Eve after they sinned? Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world, in a sanctuary-like garden, and God granted them face-to-face communion with their Creator. Their first sin opened a nearly insurmountable breach in their relationship to God. However, God had already planned how to … [Click to read more …]

Forgiveness Is Not Saying It Is Okay
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Carrying the Cross

One Sabbath afternoon I received a phone call from the mother of a child I had corrected earlier at church, who had smarted off to me, when I told her to stay out of a room that was off-limits. The mother told me, “My daughter wants to tell you she is sorry, but before she … [Click to read more …]