09: The Bible and History – Thought Starters
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Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1 You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. … [Click to read more …]

Hey! Where’s My Flying Car?
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There are a whole bunch of crazy predictions and prophecies out there.1 Here are a few I found that you might find interesting: “Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments.” —Roman engineer Julius Sextus Frontinus, A.D. 100 “The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be … [Click to read more …]

09: The Bible and History – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Human history appears as dependent on the abilities of man, but above it all, God is working out His purposes ending with the second coming of Jesus.   [Teaching Plan for “The Bible and History” February 29, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 1:1-3. A. Ask class members to share a short … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Great Controversy and History
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No matter how apparently chaotic, how seemingly out of control, human history is not unfolding in a vacuum. There’s a story behind it, a drama, a struggle between two radically different principles. We’re talking, of course, about the great controversy. Only with that background can we even begin to get an understanding of human history … [Click to read more …]

Ancient God, But Not a Has-Been
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My grandmother on my mother’s side passed away a couple years ago at the ripe old age of 100. A person with so many years is quite a treasure to have, with lots of stories about the old days. However, old stories of days gone by is not what I remember about my grandmother. When … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Daniel 2 and the Providence of God in History
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In the 1700s, a Frenchman, an atheist, speculated that because all of the universe, including human actions, were predetermined by natural laws—then, ideally, if someone could know all of those laws and all the positions of all the particles in the universe at a given time, then that person could know everything that would happen.1 … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Prophets as Historians
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All through the Bible, the prophets use the phrase, “The word of the Lord” (or an equivalent “Thus says the Lord, says the Lord, etc.). In short, what they are saying is, I am not speaking these truths to you; it’s God speaking them through me. So, you’d better listen.1 How is this idea revealed in the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Past and the Future
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World history is usually taught as the history of civilizations. The significant facts are generally the ones that have had a bearing on the development of those civilizations. Some people argue that human affairs are, like the rest of nature, essentially cyclical in character, moving endlessly through the cycle of birth, growth, maturity, decay, and … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Bible and History
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Read for This Week’s Study: Ps. 104:1–9, Rev. 1:1–3, 2 Pet. 1:21, Daniel 2, Rev. 12:7–17, Rom. 16:20, 2 Cor. 5:17–19. Memory Text: “ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ ” (Revelation 1:8, NKJV). Key Thought: Our God works in and through history, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Obstinate Professor
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Jony Ernesto Jony Ernesto lives in Angola, a country in southwestern Africa. He is studying to become a teacher. He attends a government university where classes are held Monday through Saturday. Jony and the other Adventist students at the school simply skipped classes that are scheduled on Sabbaths. And when their exams are scheduled for … [Click to read more …]