Sunday: Restoring the Fallen
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While Paul has lofty expectations for the nature of the Christian life (Gal. 5:16), his counsel to the believers in Galatians 6:1 also is refreshingly realistic. Humans are not perfect, and even the most dedicated Christians are not immune from mistakes. In Greek, Paul’s words in Galatians 5:16 indicate that he is envisioning a situation … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Gospel and the Church
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 6:1–10, Matt. 18:15–17, 1 Cor. 10:12, Rom. 15:1, John 13:34, Luke 22:3. Memory Text: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10) Some potato farmers decided to save the biggest potatoes for themselves and to plant the smaller … [Click to read more …]

The Meaning of Christmas
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Be it admitted from the start that we do not know the day on which our Lord was born. His early biographers did not think it of sufficient importance to record. 1 We do not know why the church chose to celebrate that birth when they did. Perhaps to stay concealed from Roman sight, perhaps … [Click to read more …]

12: Even a four-year-old can learn about Christian love – Thought Starters
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“Christmas! Christmas! I can hardly wait for Christmas!” Four-year-old Randy Williams clapped his hands and did a tumble to the Christmas tree in the corner of the family room.1 “What’s so special about Christmas?” his dad teased. “Presents. Lots of presents. And cake and cookies and ice cream and—“ “Christmas is for you?” “Yes! Yes! … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Works of the Flesh
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Having introduced the conflict that exists between the flesh and the Spirit, Paul in Galatians 5:18–26 elaborates on the nature of this contrast by means of a list of ethical vices and virtues. The catalog of vices or virtues was a well-established literary feature present in both Jewish and Greco-Roman literature. These lists identified behavior … [Click to read more …]