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Sabbath School

Jesus Bade Them, “Follow Me”

In scanning this week’s lesson title, “Jesus Bade Them, Follow Me,” what were your first thoughts? Did you actually want to know more about following Jesus? Or perhaps you thought about the first disciples of Jesus?  Maybe these words have a long ago and far away connotation and you are in the now, so perhaps they do not seem to have much implication in your present context.

Jesus Won Their Confidence

Do you remember the 2008 financial crisis? I heard an interview back then with Joe Nocera, business columnist for the New York Times and author of Good Guys and Bad Guys. When asked what gets credit moving again, his answer was, "It's confidence."[1]

Jesus Ministered to Their Needs

“Needs,” what does that mean? Look up the definition of the word and you will find a statement like this one: “Something that is necessary.” As humans, what do we need? What is necessary? In the field of psychology a theory proposed by Abraham Maslow, and still espoused today, ranks our needs as human beings.  Needs take the form of a pyramid and build from basic up to self-actualization.  Basic human needs according to this ranking are food, shelter, friendship, love, and security.

Jesus Showed Sympathy

There is little more painful than the death of a child. Whether unborn, at birth, or later, something deep inside us rebels at the thought of a child dying or preceding their parents in death.

Jesus Desired Their Good

The title: “Jesus Desired Their Good” is engrossed with meanings. It reminds the reader of what Ellen G. White said regarding the ideal ministry of Jesus towards others. She fittingly indicated that Jesus ministered to the people “as one who desired their good.”[1] Such an ideal method opened various networks for evangelism. It further tells of a church that is located nearby the skateboard park.

Jesus Mingled With People

Editor's Note: We apologise for the lateness in posting last week's commentary. The author provided the commentary in plenty of time, the fault is entirely the editor's, who would like to express their appreciation to Tami Cinquemani for her contribution. The article is highlighted again in order to revisit this discussion.

"Poking Holes in the Darkness": Jesus on Community Outreach

I love the introduction to this week's Sabbath School lesson that quotes the child, Robert Louis Stevenson, telling his nanny that the lamplighter was "poking holes in the darkness." It reminds me of another description of poking holes in the darkness. That description says, "God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe.

A Free Life Found In the Justice and Mercy of the Old Testament

I define what is right and just.  In other words, what is “just” is subjective.  It is what I think is just—is just.  That is the natural condition of my human nature.  I have a rough time with the concept of an external definition of justice that does not take into account how I feel or how I am treated.

I also have the ability to use logic to develop an argument that adequately explains my sense of injustice in any given situation.

To Be a Blessing: Lessons on Justice and Mercy from the Old Testament

One sentence flows across a black granite wall in Montgomery, Alabama: We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Paraphrased from the book of Amos, this statement, engraved on a Civil Rights monument, crosses millennia to underscore unchanging lessons for humanity.

Community Outreach

Over the last week I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of Paul through Turkey and Greece – beginning in Izmir (Smyrna), we've visited Ephesus, Colossi, Laodicea, Philadelphia, Pergamum, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, and are now in Athens.

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