Tuesday: Perception and Reality
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There is a gap between what Laodicea says and does.

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There is an even greater gap between the spiritual experience that Laodicea thinks she has and what she actually does have .

Read Revelation 3:17. What is Laodicea’s evaluation of herself? What is our Lord’s assessment of her? How do you think a people could be so blinded to their true spiritual condition? In what ways might we be blind regarding our own spiritual condition?

One of Satan’s [...]

Mirror, Mirror!
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How honest is your mirror? Has it ever lied to you?

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Sometimes when we look at the way some people leave their houses, we might think their mirror has not given them an accurate picture of how they look. In those cases, though, it’s usually the mental picture that is faulty, not the mirror’s reflection.

Often our own mental picture of ourselves is different than reality.

“Here’s some good news: if you’re like most people, you’re way [...]

Monday: A Loving Rebuke
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Read Revelation 3:15-16. Why does Jesus give the Laodicean church such a strong rebuke?

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What does it mean to be lukewarm? What other words might Jesus have used in place of “lukewarm”?

Commenting on Revelation 3:15-16, Ellen G. White states: “The message to the Laodicean church applies most decidedly to those whose religious experience is insipid, who do not bear decided witness in favor of the truth.”- The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 962. This is a fascinating [...]

Sunday: Hope for Lukewarm Laodiceans
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Jesus addresses each of the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 with a title of Himself that is appropriate for their spiritual condition. The titles He uses in His message to the church of Laodicea ring with the assurance of spiritual renewal for all those who will heed His call. Read the following Bible passages (Rev. 3:14-15; 2 Cor. 1:20; John 3:10, 11; Col. 1:13-17). Why do you think that Jesus used the titles “the Amen,” “the faithful and true witness,” and “the beginning of the [...]

Sabbath: Revival: Our Great Need
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Quarter 3, 2013: Revival and Reformation
by: Mark Finley
Introduction

In every generation, God’s Spirit strives to bring revival to the hearts of His people. Revival is an ongoing, daily experience. Each of us should identify with an old hymn that says: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.” Deep within, we know these words are true.

Our hearts are, indeed, prone to wander. Our minds drift from the eternal to the mundane. Our thoughts turn so [...]

Do You Pay Tithe?
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Should you pay tithe?

I don’t think so.

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I think paying tithe is a heathen practice. (Please stay with me to the end.) Here’s why:

Paying tithe presupposes that I have goods or money that I wish to exchange for goods or services.
Paying something (offering) to a deity in exchange for grace or favor is a heathen concept.
Paying tithe is sometimes seen as a sort of “divine tax” in return for divine favor. (Who likes taxes?)

When I [...]

Further Study: Lest We Forget
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“God blesses the work of men’s hands, that they may return to Him His portion. He gives them the sunshine and the rain; He causes vegetation to flourish; He gives health and ability to acquire means. Every blessing comes from His bountiful hand, and He desires men and women to show their gratitude by returning Him a portion in tithes and offerings—in thank offerings, in freewill offerings, in trespass offerings. They are to devote their means to His service, that [...]

Inside Story: Usha’s Hope
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Usha returned home after a long day selling garlic on the streets of Mumbai, India, where she lives.

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She placed her basket on the dirt floor inside the family’s one-room home. The box where she kept the family’s few clothes was open, its contents strewn about. She knew that her husband had searched it for something to sell to buy alcohol. He had already sold everything else the family had owned—a chair, a blanket, her [...]

13: Lest We Forget! – Thought Starters
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“‘My name will be great among the nations from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty.’”Malachi 1:11 NIV.

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[Thought questions for Lest We Forget June 26, 2013]

1. Blessings come with responsibility. Did God intend to choose a special nation, bestow unnumbered blessings upon them and then build an [...]

Thursday: The Sun of Righteousness
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On a previous occasion the people asked, “‘Where is the God of justice?’” (Mal. 2:17, NKJV).

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In the beginning of chapter 4, a solemn assurance is given that one day God will execute His judgment on the world. As a result, the proud will be destroyed along with the wicked, just as stubble is consumed in fire. Stubble is the unusable part of the grain, and it lasts only seconds when thrown into a blazing furnace. [...]

The Innkeeper Did Have Room for Jesus!
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And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

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When the story of the birth of Jesus is told, the innkeeper often gets a bum wrap. How could you not have room for a pregnant lady? How could you not have room for the Son of God! Wait a minute. The innkeeper did [...]

Wednesday: A Scroll of Remembrance
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In Malachi 3:13-18, the people complain that the Lord did not care about the nation’s sins.

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Those who practiced evil and injustice appeared to escape unnoticed, and thus many wondered why they should serve the Lord and live righteously when evil seemed to go unpunished.

Read Malachi 3:14-15. Why is it easy to understand that complaint?

How does the Lord respond? (Mal. 3:16-18)

It is easy in this world, where so much injustice exists, to wonder if justice ever will [...]