Sunday: The Meekness of Wisdom

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Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom (James 3:13, ESV). The meekness of wisdom? What might that mean?

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Some commentators think that the entire third chapter of James has to do with what qualifies (or disqualifies) people to be teachers. Naturally, the wise and understanding would seem to be good candidates, but the scope seems to be broader, encompassing the whole […]

Sabbath: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom


Read for This Week’s Study: James 3:13-4:10; Deut. 4:6; Gal. 5:17; Jer. 3:6-10, Jer. 3:20; Acts 19:13-16; Ps. 24:3-6.

Memory Text: Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you (James 4:10, NASB 1995).

In many midsize and larger companies, a middle-manager mentality exists. This attitude happens when workers feel entitled to something they do not yet have: more respect, a higher salary, a more advanced position, and so on. This unhealthy attitude develops over time as […]

Inside Story: The Disobedient Son, Part 1

Vitaliano Marrero

Vitaliano had it made. As an officer in the Cuban military, he had a steady job that carried with it a certain amount of respect. He and his wife, Migdalia, had two small children and lived in a modest home. Things were going well, and he had no interest in God or religion.

One day Vitaliano returned from work early and greeted his wife. But his 5-year-old son, Alexey, did not come running to greet him. “Where is Alexey?” […]

Friday: Further Study: Taming the Tongue


Further Study: Read about the power of speech in Talents, from the book Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 335-339, by Ellen G. White and share the points that impressed you with your Sabbath School class.

“When in the company of those who indulge in foolish talk, it is our duty to change the subject of conversation if possible. By the help of the grace of God we should quietly drop words or introduce a subject that will turn the conversation into […]

07: Taming the Tongue – Hit the Mark

Taming the Tongue

Today, as I write this week’s thoughts on Taming the Tongue, an assorted group of scientist have successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet. This historic achievement that cost well over 1 billion dollars is part of an ongoing attempt to discover the origins of life. Some hope that contained within the elements gathered by this machine, will be clues to man’s origin. It has to be more than God speaking.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of […]

Thursday: Blessing and Cursing

Acidic water flowing into a clear water stream at Yellowstone NP, USA

Read James 3:9-12. What truth does James illustrate using the fountain, the fig tree, and the grapevine?

Acidic water flowing into a clear water stream at Yellowstone NP, USA

The idea of both blessing and cursing coming out of the mouth of a Christian is disturbing, to say the least. What about watching profanity-laced television programs or movies during the week and attending church on Sabbath to hear the Word of God? What about someone who speaks the truth and […]

Showers of Blessing

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Bring the full tithe into the storehouse,
that there may be food in my house.
And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts,
if I will not open the windows of heaven for you
and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. Malachi 3:10 ESV

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I was four-going-on-five when my father died. My oldest sister was married, two others were college age and the one closest to me was 12. Mother […]

Hopess: Taming the Tongue

Derek Morris 14d

You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

07: Taming the Tongue – Thought Starters

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[Thought questions for Taming the Tongue November 11, 2014]

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1. But it’s so strong! Have you ever heard that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body? That’s actually a myth. When it comes to strength, the tongue comes in behind the strongest group of muscles—those that close the jaw. Do both types of muscle play a role in what we say? Do the words we speak reflect what we think? Have you ever […]

Wednesday: Damage Control

James 3:5-6
Wildfire in California from Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all experienced it. Something we said gets magnified, perhaps even exaggerated, to the point that we don’t even recognize it anymore. As James says, See how great a forest a little fire kindles (James 3:5, NKJV).

James 3:5-6Wildfire in California from Wikimedia Commons

Read prayerfully and carefully James 3:6. What is he saying about the power of our tongue, of our words, to defile everything about us? Why should this verse make us tremble before we speak?

While fire, when […]

Why Didn’t He Say Anything?

Several years ago one of my superiors made a false accusation against me at church. I asked a couple of friends how I should refute what was said. One friend answered wisely, “Don’t defend yourself against the accusation. Doing so will only give the accusation merit.” My friend was right. Sadly, the leader who made the accusation left the Adventist Church shortly after. As I continued my ministry I realized everyone forgot what he said. It may sound cliche, but some […]

07: Taming the Tongue – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : Words hold tremendous power. Words can soothe and reassure, or poison and contaminate.

[Lesson Plan for Taming the Tongue November 10, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read James 3:1,2.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does being a teacher or leader bring a greater condemnation? How do we offend in many things?
c. Personal Application: Has anyone influenced you in a positive way? How did they impact […]