Introduction to 2014a: The Master of Discipleship
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[Introduction to The Master of Discipleship December 27, 2013] In the beginning God created a perfect, sinless world. Human beings enjoyed the privilege of honoring, worshiping, and following their Creator. Life should have continued thus for eternity. Satan, however, seduced our first earthly parents, thus robbing humanity of ultimate meaning, purpose, and significance. Rebellion multiplied, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Nurturing Spiritual Roots
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Mi Eh Kim was disappointed. She had arrived in Tokyo from China to study, but she couldn’t find a Chinese Adventist congregation and didn’t yet understand enough Japanese to understand people. She was used to worshipping God every Sabbath in China, and she worried about her spiritual life when she couldn’t go. She prayed to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Encourage One Another
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“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24, NASB). Whereas the exhortation in Hebrews 10:23 focused on the individual attitude, the next one in Hebrews 10:24 has the community of believers in view. We do not walk alone on our path with Christ. We should care for … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Faith: Be Confident
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Read Hebrews 10:19–25 again. One theme appears again and again, and that is “confidence.” The Greek word for “confidence” (Heb. 10:19) refers to a boldness, courage, and fearlessness that in the New Testament describes our new relationship with God. Originally the word referred to an openness of speech, which, in this context, could specifically mean … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Cleansed and Sincere
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Read Hebrews 10:22. What conditions for approaching God in the heavenly sanctuary are laid down in this verse? According to this verse, worshipers should meet four conditions when they draw near to God: 1. Come with a sincere heart. The heart is our inner being, our thoughts, our motivations, our emotions, our will, and our … [Click to read more …]