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Adventist Sabbath School Lesson

Sabbath June 20, 2015 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, O Mighty City
Leading Question: What strikes you most about Jesus' last week in Jerusalem? Is it the unrelenting hostility of the Jewish religious establishment; the disciples' failure to really see the picture of who Jesus really was; the fickleness of the common people?
Facing death: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Could you be resolute as you approach your death? What advantage is there to knowing the time and the place where we will die?
Hosanna! People power! Many people were on their way to the city to keep the Passover, and these joined the multitude attending Jesus. The crowd shouted joyfully and noisily. The dignitaries of the temple are dumb with astonishment. Amidst all this celebration, why was Jesus was weeping? Was Jesus just an emotional person? The Bible records Jesus crying a least twice, both in public. Hebrews 5:7 suggests other occasions as well.
The pe…

Adventist Sabbath School Review and Pass Lesson Reviews

Sabbath June 20, 2015
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, O Mighty City
Leading Question: What strikes you most about Jesus' last week in Jerusalem? Is it the unrelenting hostility of the Jewish religious establishment; the disciples' failure to really see the picture of who Jesus really was; the fickleness of the common people?
Facing death: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Could you be resolute as you approach your death? What advantage is there to knowing the time and the place where we will die?
Hosanna! People power! Many people were on their way to the city to keep the Passover, and these joined the multitude attending Jesus. The crowd shouted joyfully and noisily. The dignitaries of the temple are dumb with astonishment. Amidst all this celebration, why was Jesus was weeping? Was Jesus just an emotional person? The Bible records Jesus crying a least twice, both in public. Hebrews 5:7 suggests other occasions as well.
The …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 20
Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple Luke 14:27
There is always the shadow of the cross resting upon the Christian’s path. Is that a reason why you should avoid or not undertake the duty? Have you made up your mind that you will follow your Master everywhere else, save when He ascends the path that leads to the cross? Is that your religion? The sooner you change it, the better. The religion of the Lord Jesus Christ is the religion of the cross, and unless we take up our cross, we can never follow Him.
W. Hay Aitken

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments

June 20: Man vs. Nature
Ezra 9:1–10:44; 1 John 4:7–12; Psalm 107:23–43

As a teenager, I devoured stories about men and women at odds with nature. These man vs. nature struggles always told of a battle of wills. Nature was always at its most magnificent and most frightening: untamed, unwieldy, and heartless. The characters seemed to be living on the edge of human experience—they were not focused and resolute, anticipating the next turn of events like a typical Hollywood action film, but frightened and helpless before an uncaring force.

If we read Psa 107, we’ll find this genre isn’t unique to contemporary novels. Biblical writers also used the man vs. nature theme to show battling wills. Psalm 107 reads like a riveting short story: “Those who went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the high seas; they saw the works of Yahweh, and his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and raised up a stormy wind, and it whipped up its waves. They rose to the heavens; they plunged to the …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, June 20                                                 Go To Evening Reading

“For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”           — Amos 9:9
Every sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some sense our siftings are directly the work of heaven, for the text says, “I will sift the house of Israel.” Satan, like a drudge, may hold the sieve, hoping to destroy the corn; but the overruling hand of the Master is accomplishing the purity of the grain by the very process which the enemy intended to be destructive. Precious, but much sifted corn of the Lord’s floor, be comforted by the blessed fact that the Lord directeth both flail and sieve to his own glory, and to thine eternal profit.

The Lord Jesus will surely use the fan which is in his hand, and will divide the precious from t…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

June 20th
Have you come to “when” yet?


And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Job 42:10.
The plaintive, self-centered, morbid kind of prayer, a dead-set that I want to be right, is never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is a sign that I am rebelling against the Atonement. ‘Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer; I will walk rightly if You will help me.’ I cannot make myself right with God, I cannot make my life perfect; I can only be right with God if I accept the Atonementof the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to resign every kind of claim and cease from every effort, and leave myself entirely alone in His hands, and then begin to pour out in the priestly work of intercession. There is much prayer that arises from real disbelief in the Atonement. Jesus is not beginning to save us, He has saved us, the thing is done, and it is an insult to ask …