Son of David – Hit the Mark
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The Wise Men Journey to Jerusalem

In this week’s lesson on the Son of David I originally planned to focus on the character of Joseph, since he is often marginalized in our discussions of the incarnation of Christ. Mary rightly draws our attention, as it was she who actually carried to birth the long-awaited Messiah. But it was the lineage of Joseph that the … [Click to read more …]

God’s Love Wins…Again
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Raised in the 1960’s and 70’s in a rather typical Seventh-day Adventist home, my five siblings and I were left to picture God as old, cold, and hard. We learned about John 3:16 and that was great, but what always came through to me at the end was that I was bad, I needed to … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Son of David
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Son of David” 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 … [Click to read more …]

Why All Those Begats?
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So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 NLT  When I was a youth reading my Bible all the way through for the first time and came to the begats, such as in Matthew 1, I found them … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Royal Line
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Young King David

Whatever the various views of the Jews regarding the coming of the Messiah, one thing was for certain: the Messiah would be from the house of David. (Even many religious Jews today who await the Messiah believe that He must come from the house of David.) That’s why Matthew began his gospel as he did; … [Click to read more …]

It’s Alway Darkest Before Dawn
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On that darkest of all Sabbath nights, Mary cannot sleep. Faith and despair wage a battle in her mind. The numbness of despair threatens to swallow her faith. She has gone through some bad times before, but none like this. She recalls her out-of-wedlock pregnancy and how the neighbors glanced at her and stopped talking … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A Book of Genesis
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Family Tree

“This is the genealogy of Jesus Christ … the son of David” (Matt. 1:1, NIV). Right from the start, Matthew calls his work a “book” (from the Greek word, biblos, which can mean a “sacred writing”), a “book of the genealogy,” of the ancestry of Jesus. In fact, the Greek word translated “genealogy” or “generation” is … [Click to read more …]