Wednesday: Mind/Body Relationships
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The ancient Greeks taught a form of dualism; that is, they believed that there was a great distinction between our bodies and our souls. In contrast, Scripture teaches that human beings are an integrated unit of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Whatever affects one part of the human frame affects all parts. The disciples … [Click to read more …]

We are not the Home Team
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“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV) A few years ago I had baptismal studies with an elderly man named Oscar. He had just … [Click to read more …]

11: Thinking New Thoughts – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Our feelings are not safe guides to our lives. Our choices to yield to the Holy Spirit in spite of our emotions lead to actions acceptable to God. [Teaching plan for Thinking New Thoughts September 9, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Philippians 4:7,8. a. Ask class members to share a thought … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Mind’s Filters
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There are some parents who are so concerned about their children’s Internet viewing habits that they have installed filters to block out certain sites. Others have done something similar with television. The purpose of these “electronic filters” is to let some things in while keeping others out. God has provided a “spiritual filter” for our … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Mind Matters
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Our thoughts will ultimately dictate our behavior. The way that we think influences the way that we act. The converse is also true. Repeated actions influence our thoughts. The Christian is a “new creation.” Old thinking patterns have been replaced by new ones (2 Cor. 5:17). When a sailboat embarks on its seaward journey, the sails … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Reformation: Thinking New Thoughts
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Read for This Week’s Study: Col. 3:1-4; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 10:3-5; Rom. 12:2-3; John 10:10;Matt. 5:13-15. Memory Text: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV). Isaac Watts is credited … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change
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“Let no man present the idea that man has little or nothing to do in the great work of overcoming; for God does nothing for man without his cooperation. Neither say that after you have done all you can on your part, Jesus will help you. Christ has said, ‘Without Me ye can do nothing’ (John … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Samba Jean’s Dilemma
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Samba Jean loved going into the forest near their mountain home in central Madagascar to collect herbs for his magic. Although his family calls themselves Christians, his father sees no problem mixing Christian beliefs with witchcraft. He uses sticks and bones to determine who has cursed someone, and he uses magic and traditional herbs to … [Click to read more …]

10: The Willingness to Grow and Change – Thought Starters
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“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:6, 7, NKJV). [Thought questions for Reformation: The Willingness to Grow and Change September 4, 2013] 1. The gift of grace. Without grace, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Faith to Act
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Jesus revealed the Father’s compassion and love through the miracles that He performed. He healed palsied bodies in order to reveal an even greater ability to heal palsied souls. He restored twisted arms and legs in order to demonstrate His greater desire to restore twisted hearts and minds. Jesus’ miracles teach us something about how … [Click to read more …]