Monday: Promise and Expectation
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Because “last things” center around the establishing of God’s kingdom, attention to “last things” has always been a paramount Seventh-day Adventist concern. So much so that we have drawn attention to the end times in our name: Seventh-day Adventist. The name itself points to our belief in the second advent of Jesus.1 How does Peter express … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Beginning and the End
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The description of our pitiful human condition is honestly and correctly painted in Scripture. Bible writers did not always despair, however, because they knew the final outcome. The last chapters in the books of Isaiah and Revelation assure us that the destruction of sin is coming and that God’s kingdom will be restored. God revealed … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Promise of His Return
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 3:1–10, 13; John 14:2, 3; Dan. 2:44; Hebrews 9:28; 11; Rev. 6:9–11; Luke 12:42–48. Memory Text: “ ‘And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work’ ” (Revelation 22:12, NKJV). Key Thought: When is Jesus coming back? Who knows? In one sense, it doesn’t matter. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus and Romance
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Read John 2:1–11. What does this tells us about Jesus’ attitude toward marriage and romantic love? What does it mean that He gave His blessing to such boisterous and long-drawn-out affairs as Jewish weddings were in that day and age?  1 Jesus had just returned from the wilderness of temptation, where He Himself had drunk the cup … [Click to read more …]

Ultimate Romance
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I’m embarrassed to admit that I have always been a hopeless romantic. I spent several years reading anything I could find that involved a love story.  I loved fairy tales long after they were considered age appropriate.  Then I would watch and re-watch those sappy old romantic movies.1 I think that most of us (guys, … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A Book of Romance
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Libraries could be filled with books that deal with the difficult question of human suffering, difficult especially for those who believe in a loving and all-powerful God (for the atheist, suffering is merely part of what it means to live in a godless and meaningless universe and thus doesn’t present the difficult philosophical questions it … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: God’s Love
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Genesis shows, right from the start, that romance was to be a basic part of the human experience. One man with one woman, period. That was God’s ideal, the biblical prototype that models what romantic love was to be about. It’s fascinating, too, how often the Bible uses imagery of love, of marriage, to depict … [Click to read more …]

12: Love Stories – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : From the beginning to the end of Scripture, the sacredness and beauty of romance, the sacredness and beauty of romance, love, and intimacy of healthy relationships is revealed. [Teaching Plan for “Love Stories” March 21, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:21-15. A. Ask class members to share a short thought … [Click to read more …]