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CRITICAL THINKING DAY 3
Day 3: Monday, June 8, 2009

Today's lesson is titled "Time" and deals with time management. Besides suggesting that the student read some books on time management, the lesson suggests we can learn about the Christian's correct use of time by reading the Bible and by studying the life of Jesus. The lesson also says that there must be "balance" in how we divide our time.

Problems

If we understand correctly that all that we have been given belongs to God (see yesterday's commentary), the idea that we can learn how to use our time from secular time management books is ridiculous. The Word of God found in the Bible should be our source of wisdom.

The further idea that by studying the life of Jesus we can know how to use our time is also misleading. He did not come primarily as our example. Jesus came to die for us. He came to be our substitute. We are never going to be anyone's savior! Moreover, if we do look at how Jesus lived, we don't find balance. He took really long walks (Matt. 16:13); he spent long hours in prayer (Luke 6:12); fasted 40 days (Matt. 4:2), and preached through meal time (Matt. 14:14-21).

"…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28).

The majority of the lesson deals with imitating Jesus. One of the first behaviors of Jesus mentioned was his not missing the blessings of the Sabbath, and implying that we must also keep the Sabbath to avoid missing blessings....

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).

The idea of living a "balanced" life is presented in the last paragraph. ... The Bible, in stark contrast, teaches submission. All we are and all we have is completely God's. We humbly submit our all to our Lord Jesus. All of our time belongs to Him and we use it as he directs.


Summary

...Jesus did not come primarily as our example. His mission was to save us by dying in our place...
Tuesday 9 th June,2009
Read and pray over 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20. What do these verses tell us about how we use our bodies? What are practical ways we can put these words into effect?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (King James Version)

19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.


Paul writes to Corinth, a city known for its perversities. Apostle Paul was, in particular, referring to the abuse of our body through sexual immorality.

Stewardship of our bodies implies taking good care of our health, too. It has to do not only with what we eat but also with the amount of rest we take and with keeping fit through adequate exercise. And there can be no question of using substances that are addictive or otherwise harmful.

Preoccupation with health can be a form of idolatry that gets in the way of a satisfying relationship with God. Health is to enable service to God, but is not an end in itself."—Leo R. Van Dolson and J. Robert Spangler, Healthy, Happy, Holy (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald® Publishing Association, 1975), p. 43.

Take a good look at all your health habits, not just diet. What do you need to improve on?

What changes can and should you make? What holds you back from doing what you know is right?


1.We should glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits. They have been bought with a price.

2. How much did Jesus pay to buy us back? Read Matt. 13:45, 46

Matt. 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Matt. 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
ANSWER:
Sold all that He had and bought us.
OBSERVATION:

The value of a product can be determined by the price of a product. We are worth all that He had!
3. Read 1 Cor. 7:22, 23 and observe.

1Cor. 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
1Cor. 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
OBSERVATION:
We have been bought back to God with a great price. Therefore we are His servants. Our body and spirit belong to Him. We become stewards of our body and spirit.
4. How do should we glorify God in our body?

1Cor. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1Cor. 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1Cor. 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
ANSWER:
Keep our body (appetite and passion) under the subjection of the Holy Spirit.

Adapted from IONA's weekly commentary for the Sabbath School Lesson by PETER GREGORY. http://sabbathschoolnotes.blogspot.com/
Walking the Walk: The Christian Life by Jonathan Gallagher

11. Stewardship (2Q 2009—Walking the Walk: The Christian Life)

Biblical material: Deut. 8:18; Ps. 50:12; Matt. 24:46; 25:14–30; Luke 4:16; 1 Cor. 6:19,
20.
Quotes
• The use of our possessions shows us up for what we actually are. Charles Caldwell Ryrie
• Stewardship is what a man does after he says, ‘I believe.’ W.H. Greaves
• We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Duane Hulse
• Are you giving God what is right, or what is left? Anon
• I am persuaded that there is nothing upon which the Christian conscience is so illinformed
as the subject of Christian giving. Samuel Chadwick
• Have you ever noticed the difference in the Christian life between work and fruit?
A machine can do work; only life can bear fruit. Andrew Murray

Questions
How would you explain stewardship in a Christian setting? Why is this far more
than fundraising? Why does God tell us to give? In an age that is dominated by
materialism and consumerism, how do we demonstrate that we have different
motivations? What is God really looking for from us?

Bible discussion
Deut. 8:18 tells us that it is God who makes us successful. But how do we
measure success? God is identified as the owner of the whole world (Ps. 50:12) so
anything we “own” is a very temporary matter. Many of the parables speak about wise
stewardship (e.g. Matt. 24:46; 25:14–30). Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1
Cor. 6:19) and we need to make the best use!

Comment
Once a local church treasurer arrived at the Conference office with the weekly
offering, surprisingly large. He was asked why so much—had there been many visitors?
“I had a dream about a horse race,” he told the Conference treasurer, “and so I put the
whole offering on a horse. And it came in first.”
Good stewardship? Hardly! The Conference treasurer made it clear this was
gambling, dream or no dream, and extracted a promise from the man never to do this
again.
A few months later the same thing happened again—with even more spectacular
results. “But what about your promise?” he was asked.
“I know, I know—but the dream was so vivid and real, and I just couldn’t say
no!” the man replied. This time the Conference treasurer made it crystal clear that if this
ever happened again, he would be sanctioned. It never happened again that the church
office knew about. And as the Conference treasurer commented, he didn’t know whether
he’d bet the offering and had lost it all!
A principled man, entrusted with the church’s funds, betting the divine service
offering on horses! Split-level thinking is that bizarre.
2
There is nothing as dangerous as an inconsistent Christian, yet we all seem to
have that capacity for split-level thinking, in different ways and at different occasions.
We are all capable of revealing discrepancies in our ideals and principles, times when we
don’t practice what we preach. But this schizophrenic spirituality that allows us to believe
one thing and act quite oppositely will damage us and those around us.
For in the end Jesus died at the hands of those who clung to their split-level
thinking. Caiaphas who said it was better for one man to die instead of all the people. The
ones who were so dedicated to stewardship that they paid tithe on the herbs in their
gardens. The self-righteous saw Jesus as a blasphemer. Those who claimed to know God
failed to see Him in their midst. And in the final irony, the faithful made sure the Lord of
the Sabbath was dead and buried, so they could go home and observe the Sabbath.
So how are we to make sure we use all our resources for the best? While
stewardship often comes down to debates about money, more significant is our
motivation and dedication. As Jesus said about the widow with her two mites—she has
given from her lack. The much larger gifts of the rich were not comparable because they
did not affect the giver to the same degree. The motivation to dedicate what we have to
the Lord is what is truly significant. What God wants us to demonstrate is that we are not
selfish people, concerned only about ourselves. He has no need of the money—
everything is his anyway—but he knows how much we value our possessions. Of course
this is tragic, since like the rich young ruler we can become preoccupied with what we
think we have. But ultimately, what do we really have? A little time, some resources for a
short period, and then life is over.
The best then is to invest where there’s no moths and no rust, as Jesus declared.
Things of value are not things! One of the great lessons we need to learn is just that, and
to see that the value system of this world is completely upside-down. God’s value system
is very different, and he wants us to see that so that we can live truly happy lives.

Ellen White Comments
Heaven is watching to see how those occupying positions of influence fulfil their
stewardship. The demands upon them as stewards are measured by the extent of their
influence. In their treatment of their fellow-men, they should be as fathers,--just, tender,
true. They should be Christlike in character, uniting with their brethren in the closest
bonds of unity and fellowship. {GW 495}
God may entrust men with money and possessions, but because of this they are
not to lift themselves up. All they have they hold in trust; it is lent them by God that they
may develop a character like His. They are on trial. God wants to see whether they will
prove themselves worthy of the eternal riches. If they use their Lord’s goods to set
themselves above their fellowmen, they prove unworthy of a place in the kingdom of
God… But if those whom the Lord has made stewards regard their treasures as His gifts
and seek to manifest compassion, sympathy, and love for their fellowmen, they are in
harmony with the character of God, who gave His only-begotten Son to die for their
salvation. If they value the souls of the human race according to the price paid for their
redemption, they will not work out their natural impulses, but will manifest the attributes
of the mind and will of God, and will be channels through which God’s generous, loving
sentiments may flow to humanity. {TM 286}

Prepared February 8, 2009 © Jonathan Gallagher 2008
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Wednesday 10 th. June, 2009

Our Material Possessions

Christian stewardship is emphatically not just about money. But, just as emphatically, it also is about money. Money is an essential part of our lives and does play a central role in stewardship.

Fact number one: Everything begins with God. God owns everything. And He gives us the strength to work and make a living. Those who say It is all my own hard work, forget a vital truth, which is that it was God alone who enabled them to earn what they did.

Fact number two: God takes first place in all we have and do, including in our use of money. Before you spend any part of your money, make sure you have set aside your tithes and offerings. Then spend the rest responsibly, always aware that stewardship extends to the use of whatever money you have been entrusted with.

Fact number three: God expects His people to return to Him at least ten percent of their wealth. That was the rule in the Old Testament, and that principle has never been rescinded. In Old Testament times the tithes were received by the priests and used for the support of the sanctuary services. Likewise, today our tithes are received and used for financing the worldwide gospel commission that God has entrusted to His church.

Fact number four: The more we give, the more we are blessed. Try it, and you'll see for yourself the truth of the words that " 'it is more blessed to give than to receive' " (Acts 20:35, NIV).

Read the following texts: Lev. 27:30, Deut. 8:18, Ps. 50:12, Mal. 3:8–10, Matt. 6:31, Matt. 23:23. What lessons do you draw from them?

ANSWER:
Lev. 27:30 – God is the owner of all our increase
Deut. 8:18 – God gives the power to get wealth
Ps. 50:12 –The whole world belongs to God
Mal. 3:8-10 – God honors us with His blessings if we acknowledge Him as the Owner of all thing when we return tithes and offerings to Him.
Matt. 6:31 –Eating and Drinking are necessary in this life but not as important as seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This text is not suggesting that we should not work. Paul said, “If any would not work, neither should he eat” 2 Thess. 3:10. However working should not take away our eyes from the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Therefore God asked us to return our tithes and offerings to Him so that we will be reminded to seek Him first.
Matt. 23:23 – Righteous judgment, mercy, and faith are not to be forgotten when we practice giving our tithes and offerings to God.
2. Don’t forget how we came and how we will go.

1Tim. 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Tim. 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

CONCLUSION:
Do not live for money. Money exists for us. Yes, we can make money but let not money make you.

Adapted from IONA's weekly commentary for the Sabbath School Lesson by PETER GREGORY. http://sabbathschoolnotes.blogspot.com/

There's an old English saying, "Let him put his money where his mouth is." The idea is that people can talk about how much they believe in something, but unless they are willing to put some of their money into it, the talk is meaningless.

1) How does the act of giving tithes and offerings reveal where our heart really is?

2) What does your giving reveal about your faith?

God bless your day...
DEAR ONE,

ITS A LAUDABLE IDEA, MAY GOD BLESS IT TO BE A SUCCESS. WHAT SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS CAN I MAKE?

MY BEST COMMENT OF THE WEEK'S LESSON IS THAT. " TO BECOME THE TRUEST STEWARD IS TO DECIDE TO FOLLOW JESUS ALL THE WAY NO MATTER WHAT.
Thursday 11 th June 2009.

While We Are Waiting

There is an important dimension in the parables about the talents and the pounds that we must not miss. In Matthew 25 "the master" (vs. 19, NIV) went on an extensive journey and returned after a long time to settle the accounts with his servants. In Luke 19 we are told that the " 'man of noble birth' " (vs. 12, NIV) went to a distant country. While on his mission, He was made king and then "returned home" (vs. 15, NIV).

Jesus clearly referred to Himself. He wanted His disciples to know that He was going away and that it would take a while before He would come back. But when He returns He will ask for an account of what was done with what we have been given.

What should characterize our waiting for the second coming of Christ? Matt. 24:42-46. What do these verses mean for us in the practical sense of how we live?

Matt. 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

ANSWER:
“Doing” is the key word for the answer. Not “done” or not “will do” but “doing” It is continually doing the will of God. What is the will of God in this sense? Using our talents to “feed” others spiritually. God has given us talents so that we may use them to bless others. We destroy ourselves if we use these God given talents only for our survival in this world. Are you that wise servant “feeding” others or are you that evil servant who just eat and drink for himself?

While we wait, we live with a purpose. It is not a waiting in idleness but as dedicated disciples who are keen stewards over all we have been given. "We are to be vigilant, watching for the coming of the Son of man; and we must also be diligent; working as well as waiting is required; there must be a union of the two. This will balance the Christian character, making it well developed, symmetrical. We should not feel that we are to neglect everything else, and give ourselves up to meditation, study, or prayer; neither are we to be full of bustle and hurry and work, to the neglect of personal piety. Waiting and watching and working are to be blended. 'Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.' "—Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 23.

We are waiting for the Owner of everything to return. Soon He will come and will want to know what we have done with our gifts, our time, our physical strength, and our material resources. The fact that He comes to inspect the results of our faithful stewardship should not in any way frighten us. The accusation of the servant who had buried his talent and refused to employ it usefully, that the master was a "hard man" who wanted to harvest where he had not sown, was totally false. Note that the servants who had been faithful stewards did not share this negative view. Every effort they had put into their stewardship assignment was fully worth it when they heard their master say, "Come and share your master's happiness" (Matt. 25:21, NIV).

If Jesus came back next week, what do you think He would say to you regarding what you have done in the past week with the things He entrusted to you?


Adapted from IONA's weekly commentary for the Sabbath School Lesson by PETER GREGORY.

http://sabbathschoolnotes.blogspot.com/

Addition audio resourses http://www.sabbathschoolstudy.org/study/
ADDITIONAL SABBATH SCHOOL RESOURSES.

I was thinking recently that there really should be a Progressive Adventist Sabbath School lesson discussion pod cast. So I decided to search the internet and see what Sabbath School pod casts (mp3 or streamed) are available for people to download and listen to. There really don’t seem to be many, the closest I could find were those which are based upon Graham Maxwell’s Larger View, AKA Great Controversy Trust and Healing model. Listed as follows:

The Sabbath School Lesson page at Pine Knoll Publications Jonathan Gallagher http://www.pineknoll.org/sabbath-school-lessons


Ken Hart's Sabbath School Class is recorded weekly on the campus of Loma Linda University in the Randall Visitor Center at 11080 Anderson Street (at the corner of Anderson Street and University Court) in Loma Linda, California. Recordings and Handouts are provided here in multiple formats for your personal and group study. https://www.theox.org/index.cfm/pageid/615/index.html


Dr Tim Jennings’ Bible Study Class

The following would consist of more traditional Adventist viewpoints:
Walla Walla University School of Theology present the Good Word hosted by Paul Dybdahl http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/departments/theology/goodword/


Doug Batchelor’s ‘Central Study Hour’ Batchelor’s class is not a discussion at all more like a sermon, though he does have audience members read Bible verses.


The Denomination sponsors a couple of downloadable Sabbath School related programs:


A reading of the quarterly: Sabbath School Bible Study a pod cast service is brought to you by the South Pacific Division SDA quarterly weekly reading pod cast (mp3) audio recordings, in MP3 file format, of the Seventh-day Adventist Adult Bible Study Guide - Sabbath School lesson. Each file plays for about 40 minutes and is around 10mb in size. http://link.adventistconnect.org/lesson/podcast/index.htm Streamed version at http://record.net.au/sabbath-school-bible-study


Sabbath School U is a weekly program produced by the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries covering a quarterly topic or theme. It follows the studies found at www.cqbiblestudy.org or http://www.sabbathschoolu.org/podcastlist.php or http://gcyouthministries.org/Resources/SabbathSchoolLesson/SabbathS...


Sabbath School U Colligate: http://cqbiblestudy.org/article.php?id=3


Hope Sabbath School Study See HopeTV.org for a schedule of when the class is broadcast. You can also subscribe to a podcast of the class to automatically download the video or audio in your own podcast feed reader. Teacher: Dr. Derek Morris
http://media.forestlakechurch.org/content/hope-sabbath-school-study
This runs a week behind unlike many of the other downloads which record their discussions earlier so that people can listen to the discussions before their local class,


And finally at Sharon Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Omaha, Nebraska the Sabbath School Department has a weekly Sabbath School Teachers Meeting. (does not post in advance of actual date thus you hear the last weeks lesson) http://pkwsabbathschoolwrap.podbean.com/

This article original published in Ron Corson, Olympia, Washington, United States

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Questions to be ponder...

24. Today, many Christians believe that by serving God, they will become wealthy. That is
sometimes called the “health and wealth” gospel. That was the belief that the Pharisees and
Sadduceesshared. Shouldn’tGod be giving those of us “saints”moremoneybecauseweare
faithfully serving Him? What is wrong with that philosophy? Doesn’t God reward those who
serve Him? Are all the rich people you know “saints”?

25. God created us. He has cared for us down throughthe millennia.He came to redeem us from
sin. He has gone away again, but He is coming back. We do not know exactly when He will
return. There is plenty of evidence that we are hastening toward that day. Jesus said, “Do
business with this [your talents] until Icome back.” (Luke 19:13, NASB) Jesus has promised
to come back.We should be expectantlywaiting for Him. But we are to do more thanjust wait!
We are to take advantage of the time and use it efficiently for our own needs and those of our
family, but we are also to “forward” the cause of God.
We are to be vigilant, watching for the coming of the Son of man; and we must
also be diligent; working as well as waiting is required; there must be a union
of the two. This will balance the Christian character, making it well developed,
symmetrical.We should not feel thatwe are to neglecteverything else,and give
ourselves up to meditation, study, or prayer; neither are we to be full of bustle
and hurry and work, to the neglect ofpersonal piety. Waiting and watching and
working are to be blended. “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the
Lord.” [Romans 12:11]—Ellen G. White, The Adventist Home, p. 23.

26. Look back over the last few weeks of your life. If God were standing next to you evaluating
what you have accomplished in those few weeks, what would He say? Would you be called
a faithful steward? God does not ask us to give Him what He has not given us. He does not
expect us to exercise talents that we have not been given.
The Lord will not require from those who are poor that which they have not to
give; He will not require from the sick the active energies which bodily
weakness forbids. No one need mourn because he cannot glorify God with
talents that were never entrusted to Him. But if you have only one talent, use it
well, and it will accumulate. If the talents are not buried, they will gain yet other
talents.—Ellen G. White comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p.
1100.4.

27. So, what is the relationship between “salvation by faith alone” (Acts 16:31) and “faithful
stewardship of our talents”? Doesn’t this lesson seem to suggest that there is a lot of faithful
work to do? Are we saved by faith but judged by works? Does our stewardship say anything
aboutour faith? Canwe have a growing, vibrant, living relationship with Christ and donothing?
If youwere dating a young man or a young woman and you told them thatyoureally wanted to
develop a good relationship but youjustdid nothave any time to spend with them, whatdo you
think would happen?

28. Are we using all the talents we have? Do we even know how many talents we have? Is it
possible thatwe might have hiddentalents thatevenwe ourselves are notaware of? Have we
explorednewavenues for serving the Lord? Read Councils on Stewardship,pages195-206.
And read Christ’s Object Lessons pages 325-365.

29. What have we learned about God in this lesson? God knows thata life of usefulness is much
happier thana life of idleness. He has given us talents to use not only as needed byourselves
and our families here on earth but also to serve His cause. He knows that if we come to
understand the importance of working with Him, we will have the best possible lives.

Stewardship is the most direct way to live healthy, happy, holy lives. God always wants what
is best for us. We may not always recognize that, but it is true. What a blessing it is to serve
such a God!


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MORE QUESTIONS FROM WALLA WALLA GROUP

Stewardship
When Christians hear the word stewardship, many think of the need to carefully manage the financial resources God has given. Stewardship, however, involves the careful use and management of all the resources God has entrusted to us.

1. (Psalms 50:9-12) A foundational principle undergirding stewardship is that all that we are and all that we "own" really belongs to God. We should use what God has given as he would want us to, not merely as we would want to. What do you find is most difficult to turn over to God? Is it your time? Your finances? Your relationships? Your health? Your talents and abilities? From the preceding list, what does God most want you to turn over to him?

2. (Matthew 25:14-30) The Adult Sabbath School Study Guide uses this parable of Jesus to urge us to use our talents for God. In the parable, however, the word "talent" refers to a unit of money, not an ability. Whatever the case, the parable contains some thought provoking ideas.

A. In the parable, some servants are given more talents than others. Why? Are some of us given more money or more abilities than others? Is that fair?

B. Are those with more talents held to a higher standard by the master? If this is true, is it actually to our advantage to be a "one talent" person? What is the advantage of having many talents?

C. How is it that a person can "increase" the talents that God has given?

D. If we think of "talents" as God-given gifts or abilities, why is it that God would take talents away from someone? Jesus said, "Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him" (Mat 25:29). What did he mean by this?

E. Do you think some people do not exercise their talents because of their humility?

F. What God-given talents are especially needed in your church?


3. (Mark 1:21-39) Part of stewardship involves careful use of our time. In Mark 1, we find a sequence of events that took place during a twenty-four hour period in Jesus' life. How did Jesus spend his time? Is Jesus a good example for us as to how we should spend our time? If we look at Jesus' entire 30+ years of life on earth, would we say that he spent his time wisely? If God had given us the task of
"scheduling" how Jesus would spend his 30 years on earth, what would the schedule have looked like?


4. (Gen 2:1-3; Exo 20:8-11) In what ways does the Sabbath help us with our stewardship of time? If our daily schedule was given to God for him to organize, how would our schedule change? Would we work more, or less?

5. (1 Cor 6:19-20) It seems that when it comes to stewardship of our own bodies, balance is difficult to achieve. How careful must we be? Eating refined sugar, for example, is not healthful. Yet, does that mean that we should never have ice cream? Should we feel guilty for eating unhealthy desserts or greasy foods-or adding mustard to a sandwich? Must all that we eat be organic and raw? How can we be careful stewards of our health without becoming preoccupied and self-focused?

6. (Mal 3:8-10) Few would disagree with the concept of tithing. What is less certain, however, is if a person bears responsibility for how their tithe is used. Should we continue to pay tithe if we feel that the church is not using our funds as God would desire? Does the story in 1 Samuel 1 help us to answer this question? (Samuel's parents continue to come to the temple and offer sacrifices [and Hannah even donates her son!] while Eli's sons misuse the offerings that are given.)

7. (James 1:27; James 2:14-17) Christians in the Western world are wealthy by the world's standards. (Approximately half of the world lives on less than US $2 per day, for example.) What responsibility do we have to care for the material needs of others around the world? Does our responsibility end once we have paid tithe? When the day of judgment comes, how will we answer Jesus when he asks what we did to care for the "least of these"?

http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/departments/theology/goodword/s...
Friday 12 th June, 2009

“The Lord will not require from those who are poor that which they
have not to give; He will not require from the sick the active energies
which bodily weakness forbids. No one need mourn because he cannot
glorify God with talents that were never entrusted to him. But if
you have only one talent, use it well, and it will accumulate. If the talents
are not buried, they will gain yet other talents.”—Ellen. G. White
Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1100.

Discussion Questions:

What’s wrong with what’s been dubbed the “health and wealth
gospel,” the idea that if you live right, God will give you lots of
money and good health? How is this a perversion of true principles
of stewardship?

Summary: We all have been given one or more talents. We have been
entrusted with resources. As stewards we are expected to “manage”
these resources to the best of our ability, in grateful recognition that
all we have, in fact, comes from God. Stewardship should not be a
hard duty but a joyful prioritizing in all aspects of our lives
.

God bless as you study this week lesson..& have a happy Sabbath ahead....Amen
How about a person who is poor can be a steward , who has nothing to give away apart for food and just for living and survival. How can we prioritize god is first in that persons life and to help him to be a steward? Its easy for a person to give when he/she has in abundance in life.. . Throw some light on this question.

Your answer sister is in the Friday portion...
Friday 12 th June, 2009

The Lord will not require from those who are poor that which they
have not to give; He will not require from the sick the active energies
which bodily weakness forbids. No one need mourn because he cannot
glorify God with talents that were never entrusted to him
. But if
you have only one talent, use it well, and it will accumulate. If the talents
are not buried, they will gain yet other talents.”—Ellen. G. White
Comments, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1100.

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