Thursday, April 04, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (March 30 - April 3): the Rhythms of Life

READ: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

These verses suggest two things about life that can make it seem "meaningless" or "empty."
  • everything changes.
  • it's often difficult to see any point or purpose to all this change.
What examples of this have you seen in your own life?

What suggestion you do find in Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 for dealing with this problem?

READ: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Not only do things change, but these verses suggest there are times when change is both good and needful.

What examples of this have you seen in your own life?

What does Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 add to this discussion - and what does it tell you about dealing with change?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (March 23-30): "I Make All Things New"

It used to be the most dangerous place on earth.

Much like a nuclear reactor, you see, the Temple in Jerusalem was designed to keep people safe.
  • That's why it was surrounded by a fence - a fence that only authorized people could go inside.
  •  That's why inside that fence there was a building  - a building that only very authorized people could go inside.
  • And that's why inside that building there was a room: the Most Holy Place - and just like the core of a reactor, the Most Holy Place was off-limits almost all of the time to to almost everyone.
"No one can see my face and live," God said to Moses - and the design of the Temple reflected that fact.
That's what makes the New Jerusalem so different.
  • Just like the Most Holy Place, you see, the New Jerusalem is a cube.
  • Just like the Most Holy Place, the New Jerusalem shines with the Shekinah -- with the visible presence of God.
  • But unlike the Most Holy Place, the New Jerusalem is open all of the time to all of God's people!
In short, the New Jerusalem is a place where we will see God's face (Revelation 22:4) . . . 
And that raises a question:
Does He change?
Or do we?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (March 16-22): Judgment on Babylon

It's not always easy to tell right from wrong.

Take Babylon and the New Jerusalem, for instance - two cities in the Book of Revelation that have much in common with each other.
  • Both are compared to beautiful women.
  • Both are loaded with all kinds of gold and jewels.
  • And much to the surprise of many, both have close relationships with "the kings of the earth" (cf. Revelation 21:24).
So . . . what makes one good and the other bad?
And what does this tell you about the difference between right and wrong?

Friday, March 15, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (March 9-15): The Seven Last Plagues

The Seven Last Plagues?

A better name would be "The Seven Last Speed-bumps."

Nobody dies in these plagues, after all.

(Nobody except the fish.)

That's why they're best understood as warnings - as God's seven last attempts to make good and sure people know they're going the wrong way.

And the fact that nobody pays attention to these warnings?

Proof there's nothing else God can do - no matter how drastic - that would make them give up their foolishness.

In short, it's not The Seven Last Plagues we need to worry about.

No, it's the people who are willing to ignore them . . .

People like us.

That's what worries me.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Something a little different

Let's try something new this week.

Send a email to this address: oregoncoastsda+SSQ@gmail.com

And I'll send you a copy of my sermon on the three angels of Revelation 14. 

Free!


Friday, March 01, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (February 23 - March 1): Satan & His Allies

1,260 days.

42 months.

Time, times, and half-a-times.

God always saves His people . . . 

But as Revelation 13 reminds us, He doesn't always do it right away.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (February 16-22): Satan, a defeated enemy

If there's one thing you learn from Revelation 12, it's that the devil is a loser.

A sore loser, to be sure.

But still, a loser.

The chapter opens, remember, with something that's straight out of the World Wrestling Federation:
  • In this corner: a great red cannibal dragon.
  • And in the other corner: a pregnant woman giving birth.
It looks like a sure win for the dragon, in other words.
But no, the dragon loses . . . 
Just as it loses its next two matches: 
  • one with Michael and his angels,
  • and the other: a rematch with the woman.
By the time you get to end of Revelation 12, as a matter of fact, the devil has been kicked out of heaven, and left to find whatever revenge it can on this earth.
And yes, it's still dangerous.
That's because losers usually are.