Sunday: The Son of Man
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This title, the Son of Man, was Jesus’ favorite designation for Himself. He referred to Himself as Son of Man more than eighty times. Other people never addressed Him that way. He, of course, selected this special designation for Himself with a purpose in mind.

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This idiomatic expression was common in the Old Testament. With just one exception, it always referred to a human; thus, Jesus used it in order to emphasize His humanity.

Scripture presents [...]

I Could . . .
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Today in the U.S. we commemorate the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776.

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When we finally won the war in 1783, America (named the United States in 1777), became a “sovereign state.” Notice the word “reign” in “sovereign,” indicating that we reign over ourselves. Are you thankful as I am for this? It came as a free gift to us, but at the ultimate cost to a host of forgotten soldiers. [...]

Sabbath: The Son
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 24:30; Dan. 7:13-14; Matt. 11:27; Luke 5:17-26; John 8:58; Matt. 20:28.

Memory Text: For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45, NKJV).

After more than two years of public ministry, Jesus asked His disciples: Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? (Matt. 16:13, NKJV). It was not difficult for them to report what they [...]

Inside Story: On Our Way Rejoicing
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I met the Savior while studying in a simple little Adventist school in my home village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. God gave me a burden to spread the message of the Adventist faith, and I began to share my faith in the neighborhood around my home church.

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Then I learned about Global Mission and began working to plant a church in an impoverished suburb of Kinshasa. I found a few [...]

Friday: Further Study: Our Loving Heavenly Father
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, A Personal God, pages 263-278, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8.

In order to strengthen our confidence in God, Christ teaches us to address Him by a new name, a name entwined with the dearest associations of the human heart. He gives us the privilege of calling the infinite God our Father. This name, spoken to Him and of Him, is a sign of our love and trust toward Him, and a pledge of His [...]

HopeSS: Our Loving Heavenly Father
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris on their own site. (Needs Adobe Flash.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the Study Guide here. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

01: Our Loving Heavenly Father – Hit the Mark
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I don’t know where heaven is. Those who study space constantly find that what they understood to be the limits of space in reality are only gateways to more expansive space. Using man’s fastest conception of speed it would take millions of light years just to reach parts of what our most powerful telescopes reveal. It is mind boggling to consider the size of the known universe and just how tiny our little planet is compared to the countless galaxies that surround us.

And [...]

Thursday: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
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In different ways, Jesus taught and demonstrated that three divine Persons constitute the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although we cannot explain this truth rationally, we accept it by faith (like many of the truths revealed in Scripture), and together with Paul we strive to attain a full knowledge of the mystery of God (Col. 2:2, NKJV). That is, though there is much we don’t understand, we can seek by faith, obedience, prayer, and study to [...]

He’s Not My Brother and You’re Not My Father
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You are looking at my favorite Florida sunset picture out of all the ones I have taken. While I love the beauty of Florida I have discovered as I travel around, that Florida is not the only beautiful place in the world. The sunsets on the sea are not the only way God expresses His beauty. He also expresses His beauty on snow capped mountains, lush valleys and meadows as well as majestic forests. God has too much glory and [...]

Wednesday: The Compassionate Care of our Heavenly Father
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It is important to know that we are cared for. Even though some people may be indifferent and neglectful toward us, Jesus taught that our heavenly Father cares for us in every possible way. His mercy and tenderness are not subject to the ups and downs so common in human temperaments; His love is steadfast and unchanging, regardless of the circumstances.

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Read Matthew 6:25-34. What encouraging words are found here? How can we learn to [...]

Whosoever Calls Me Daddy
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John W. Fountain was, at one time a national correspondent for the New York Times and is now a professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Back in 2005 he gave his testimony on the NPR program, All Things Considered. Here is a excerpt.

“I believe in God. Not that cosmic, intangible spirit-in-the-sky that

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Mama told me as a little boy ‘always was and always will be.’ But the God who embraced me [...]