Tuesday: Social Capital

Man Stands Out in a Crowd

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Prov. 22:1, NIV).  How does the concept expressed here relate to our community witness and outreach? What is “social capital”? When you make investments in a bank account, its value grows. Social capital consists of positive, productive … [Click to read more …]

Monday: A Careful Balance

Protection When We Walk the Tightrope

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in an African country is growing rapidly. What is the secret? Church leaders have stated that there is a strong connection between this growth and the unselfish and unconditional service of the church members to people in communities throughout the country. The widespread confidence in the Seventh-day Adventist Church came to … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Winning Confidence

Man in the Hand of God

After desiring their good, showing sympathy, and ministering to their needs, Jesus “won their confidence.” Confidence in Latin is composed of the words con,meaning “with,” and fides meaning “faith.” Throughout the Bible several words are employed to get across the meaning of the word faith. In Hebrew the main root for “faith” is amn, from … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Dorcas in Joppa

Dorcas With the Children

Read Acts 9:36-42. What did Dorcas do in Joppa when she discovered the needs around her? In Acts 9:41 what does the phrase “the believers, especially the widows” (NIV) imply? Dorcas was a disciple of action. “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha” (Acts 9:36, NIV). Can it be said, “In [the name of … [Click to read more …]