Monday: True Education
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Read Proverbs 1:8–19. What two contrasting ways of education are presented in these verses? What’s the basic message here, not just for parents, but for everyone who fears the Lord?

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Education is, first of all, a family matter, and true education comes, first and foremost, from the parents. In these verses, this education is called instruction and even law. The Hebrew word for law, torah, means direction. The parents are to point their […]

Sunday: The Beginning of Wisdom
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In Proverbs 1:1–6 the title the proverbs of Solomon the son of David (Prov. 1:1) establishes a link between this proverb and 1 Kings 3:5–14. In Kings (as in the book of Proverbs), Solomon is presented as a son seeking wisdom from God. In addition to both referring to Solomon as the son of David, the two texts share significant common wording: understand, wisdom, judgment.Not only do these parallels confirm Solomon as the one behind the composition of the book, they […]

Sabbath: The Call of Wisdom
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Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 1–3, Gen. 1:1, Exod. 19:16, Exod. 20:20, Prov. 11:30, Prov. 13:12, Prov. 15:4.

Memory Text: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7, NKJV).

From Eden onward, the root of human tragedy lies in wrong choices. Man lost all because he chose to listen to the deceiver rather than to Him who is Truth, who alone has understanding. By the mingling of evil with […]

Introduction to Proverbs: Words of the Wise
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by Jacques Doukhan

While many books of the Bible are filled with deep spiritual and theological truths, the book of Proverbs is filled with practical and down-to-earth advice for daily living.

Brief, well-balanced, poetic, salty, and often humorous, the proverbs are universal, are easy to memorize, and make their points well, sometimes even more efficiently than do eloquent speeches and rigorous argumentation.

For instance: Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise (Prov. 6:6, NKJV). Or: It is […]

Inside Story: Under Arrest! Part 2
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Giovanni Zaldivar

At the detention center we were searched, and police took our remaining invitations. Then the police officer took our names and addresses, and the names of the schools we attended. He hinted that our arrest would be reported to our school and could our chances to attend college one day.

Meanwhile the woman returned to the church and told the members what had happened. The choir practice immediately became a prayer meeting as the believers sought God’s protection for […]

Friday: Further Study: The Everlasting Gospel
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Further Study: Read Ellen G. White, The Loud Cry, p. 198-202, in Last Day Events.

We need to come up to a higher standard, to go forward and claim our exalted privileges. We should walk humbly with God, make no proud boasts of perfection of character, but in simple faith claim every promise in the word of God; for they are for the obedient, not for the transgressors of God’s law. We are simply to believe the testimony of God, […]

Thursday: The Climax of the Gospel
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But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets (Rev. 10:7, NASB).

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Significantly, Revelation 10:7 is the only other verse in Revelation (besides Revelation 14:6) that specifically refers to preaching the gospel (the Greek word translated preached is euangelizo, to proclaim good news). These two chapters are special for Seventh-day Adventists, because […]

HopeSS: The Everlasting Gospel
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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

13: The Everlasting Gospel – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Everlasting Gospel December 23, 2014]

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1. Where we are today. How long has it been since God made clear the essence of the gospel? Did He explain the gospel to Adam and Eve in the garden? How? Could you explain the gospel in 25 words or less? We are saved by faith, by the grace of God. Is that the essence of the gospel? Did James understand that the gospel of grace is the gospel of […]

Wednesday: The New Covenant
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The book of Hebrews describes the new covenant as better than the old covenant (Heb. 8:1-2, 6, NRSV). The obvious question, then, is Why did God establish the old covenant if it was faulty? The problem, however, was not with the covenant but with the response of the people to it.

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Read Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 8:9, Hebrews 10:1-4. What problems with the old covenant are mentioned?

The people did not remain faithful to the […]

13: The Everlasting Gospel – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : We are indeed saved by faith which works by love and purified the soul. Every second God is using all His power, grace, and mercy to reconcile us to Him.

[Lesson plan for The Everlasting Gospel December 29, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 15:29-32.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What had to take place in the son’s heart before he could return home? […]

Tuesday: The Gospel in Paul
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Like many of his countrymen, Paul thought he was in good spiritual standing. But then he saw Jesus as the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me (Gal. 2:20, NASB). Suddenly he saw himself not saved, but lost; not God’s servant, but God’s enemy; not righteous, but the chief of sinners. The scales fell from his eyes, in other words, in his reading of the Old Testament. God’s revelation, to him personally and through the […]