Sunday: The Essential Christian Toolkit
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Read James 5:13. What interesting contrast is he presenting here? How do we apply these admonitions to our own experiences? Though dealing with two different things (suffering, cheerfulness), James links them with prayer and praise: pray when you are suffering, praise when you are cheerful. The two practices are not that different from each other, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Prayer, Healing, and Restoration
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 5:13-20; 1 John 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:54; Heb. 12:12-13; John 8:43-45; Prov. 10:12. Memory Text: Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much (James 5:16, NASB). People are fascinated … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Trail of Death, Part 2
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Joel Sandoval Joel realized it was Sabbath. His parents would be in church, praying for him. In the midst of the chaos in the house and outside, Joel knelt in a corner and prayed. He was sure that death was near. He opened the New Testament to the book of Psalms and began reading. Joel … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Getting Ready for the Harvest
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Further Study: Read about the experiences of Elijah and Job in times of testing and its significance for us in the last days in Ellen G. White, From Jezreel to Horeb, p. 155-166; What Doest Thou Here? p. 167-176; In the Spirit and Power of Elias, p. 177-189, in Prophets and Kings. “To wait patiently, … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Getting Ready For the Harvest
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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. … [Click to read more …]

Ellen White and Conspiracy Thinking
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Not too long ago, I wrote a blog titled “The End Time and Conspiracy Theories.” In that blog I shared my thoughts regarding the relationship between Christians in general and the ever increasing popularity of conspiracies. In this post, I would like to more specifically address Seventh-day Adventists and conspiracy thinking by sharing some thoughts from the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Transparent as the Sunlight
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Read James 5:12. Commentators have puzzled over why James seems to make such a major issue out of swearing solemn oaths. Even if the intent were to prohibit all speech of this kind, why would it seem to be urged as important “above all” as he has spoken about in this chapter or perhaps in the … [Click to read more …]

11: Getting Ready for the Harvest – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Getting Ready for the Harvest December 9, 2014] 1. Parousia. Does the word “parousia” echo a sense of majesty and anticipation in you? Did it for New Testament Christians as they applied the word to the Second Coming of Jesus? What two conditions does James propose to Christians who want to be ready for … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Models of Patient Endurance
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Read James 5:10-11. What do Job and the prophets have in common? Why do you think these examples are highlighted? What personal lessons can we take away from these stories for ourselves amid our own trials? The prophets of Israel were faithful in preaching the word of the Lord without altering or compromising it. Hebrews, … [Click to read more …]

11: Getting Ready For the Harvest – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : As we wait for the Lord to return, James encourages believers to strive to be patient in the face of evil and injustice and not to take heart. [Lesson Plan for Getting Ready for the Harvest December 8, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read James 5:7,8. a. Ask class members to share a … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Grumbling, Groaning, and Growing
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When is the Second Coming? Why are we still here? It’s not surprising that now, in the 21st century, we have doubters and scoffers. In the history of the church, this is nothing new. The most dangerous threats to Israel throughout its history came not from their enemies but from within their own ranks and … [Click to read more …]

When Job Prayed For His Friends
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For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the … [Click to read more …]