1: Rebellion in a Perfect Universe-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class, October 1, 2022.

Read in Class: 1 John 4:7-16. Discuss the main thought of this passage.

Study: What can the certainty that “God is love” tell us about the nature of His creative activities? What does this passage tell us about free will as a condition to cultivating love?

Apply: Free will, a gift from God, is sacred, but comes heavy laden with powerful consequences, not only for yourself but for others, as well. What important decisions are you, using this gift, about to make, and what will be the consequences of whatever choices you make?

Share: Your friend asks you why didn’t God only create people who would choose to serve Him? Wouldn’t that still be giving free choice to all his creation? Why would that be or not be free choice? Another friend claims that if we die for not choosing Jesus then Jesus is not really giving us free choice. He is intimidating and manipulating us. Is there a difference between free choices and consequences?

Read in Class: Ezekiel 28:12-19. Discuss the theme of this passage.

Study: What can we learn from this passage about the mysterious origin of sin?

Apply: Does pride make us not sense our need of a Savior? Does pride cause us to not be thankful for what Jesus and others have done for us?

Share: Your friend says, God didn’t create the devil, He created Lucifer. Is your friend right? How so?

Read in Class: Isaiah 14:12-15. Discuss the key thought in this passage.

Study: What far-reaching consequences did Lucifer’s pride while in heaven bring to the universe and to this world?

Apply: Why is it so easy to become proud and boastful of either our positions or achievements, or both? How does keeping the cross before us prevent us from falling into such a trap?

Share: Your friend says that competing in sports to be number one is like Lucifer wanting to be number one in heaven,. How is it the same? How is it different?

Read in Class: Revelation 12. Discuss the main point of this passage.

Study: What does this chapter teach about the spread of the rebellion in heaven to the earth?

Apply: What are ways in which we can see the reality of this battle being played out on earth? What is our only hope to overcome our enemy in this battle?

Share: For further discussion see “Why God Needed to Make Peace With Heaven?

9: A Life of Praise-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class on Sabbath, August 27, 2022.

Main Theme: Praising God not only changes our attitude. It can also change our situation.

Read in Class: Philippians 4:4-7. Discuss the main idea of this passage.

Study: How do you think Paul could have written such things when he himself was sitting in a prison? In this passage, what are the keys to gaining the “peace of God”?

Apply: What reasons do you have to praise God even in the worst of circumstances? See Ruin Satan’s day.

Share: Your friend asks, is there a difference between praising God in all things and praising God for all things? What do you tell your friend?

Read in Class: Joshua 6:15-17 and Hebrews 11:30. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: What was God trying to teach His people here?

Apply: How does Psalm 66:1-2 help you understand the meaning of Hebrews 11:30?

Share: Your friend says there is no way we can have total victory over addictions in this life. How can you sue Hebrews 11:30 to show how faith makes victory a reality.

Read in Class: Acts 16:16-34. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: Why did this event cause the jailer to focus on his own need of salvation? What role do you think Paul’s and Silas’ prayers and songs played in the prisoners’ not running away, and in the conversion of this man and his whole family?

Apply: Who do you think could be influenced for God by a song of praise that could come from your heart? Make a concerted effort to be more open and effusive in your praise to God around others. You don’t know the positive effect it could have.

Share: Your friend asks if Paul and Silas sing hymns of praise caused the earthquake? What do you tell your friend?

Read in Class: 2 Chronicles 20:3-12. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: When you see a “vast army” approaching, what is your instinctive reaction? From Jehoshaphat’s response in 2 Chronicles 20:3-12, what can you learn about dealing with overwhelming opposition?

Apply: What spiritual principles can you find in 2 Chronicles 20, that can apply to your own walk with God, especially in times of trial and stress?

Share: Can you think of a friend who could use some encouragement from the Bible passages in this lesson? How can you share it with them this week?

13: Israel in Egypt-Sabbath School lesson Teaching Plan

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Key Thought: Even though Israel living in Egypt contrasts with the hope of the promised land, Joseph points to another place where God will bring them to the land sworn to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
June 25, 2022

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 47:23-26.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. What spiritual truths and principles can we kind in Israel leaving the land of promise for Egypt?
  3. Personal Application: What obligations does our faith place upon us in how we treat others? Share your thoughts..
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “Why should we pay taxes if the government isn’t using our money correctly? Why should we pay tithe if the church isn’t using our money correctly?’” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis 48:16-20..

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. Why did Jacob bless Joseph’s two sons here, and not his other grandsons?
  3. Personal Application: How have we ourselves received the blessings of Israel? Share your thoughts
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Why did Israel mention the angel that redeemed him from all evil as the one to bless Joseph’s children? Who was this angel? Was Israel a prophet in predicting the history of the two sons by placing his right hand on the younger son?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Genesis Genesis 49:1-28.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. What prophecy is given here, and why is it important?
  3. Personal Application: What involvement have you had in the future of your children and understanding of their character traits? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “What is the significance of Jacob blessing each one of his sons in a different way?” How would you respond to your relative?

4. Have a volunteer read Genesis 49:29-50:21.

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. Why did it matter to Joseph where he was buried after he died?
  3. Personal Application: With families being scattered all over the country and world, does it matter to you where you are buried when you die? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

8: The Promise-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class, Sabbath, May 21, 2022.

Maine Theme: From generation to generation God kept His promise to provide a Savior.

Read Together: Genesis 22:1-12, and Hebrews 11:17. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: What was the meaning of this test? What spiritual lessons come from this amazing event?

Apply: What does the story of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah say to you personally about your faith and how you manifest it?

Share: Your friend tells you that it sounds like God is contradicting his own law in forbidding human sacrifices. How do you make sense of this apparent contradiction? Hint: See the note at the end of this page.

Read Together: Genesis 22:13-14 and Romans 5:6-8. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: How do these verses help us understand what happened at the Cross, which is prefigured in the sacrifice here on Mount Moriah?

Apply: How does what happened here help us better understand what happened at the cross and what God has suffered in our behalf? What should our response be to what has been done for us?

Share: Your friend comments, “My pastor preaches that when we become Christians God makes us highly favored and prosperous. Instead of calling us to sacrifice, God calls us to prosperity.” How do you answer your friend, particularly in light of Genesis 22?

Read Together: Genesis 24. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: Why is Abraham so concerned that his son not marry a woman from the Canaanites?

Apply: Why is it so comforting to know that while not all things are God’s will, He is still in charge? How do prophecies like Daniel 2, for instance, prove this point to us?

Share: Your friend says that God’s providence in the story of Isaac and Rebekah prove that our entire lives and predestined and predetermined. How do you respond to your friend, especially in light of Genesis 24:58?

Read Together: Genesis 24:67-25:8. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: What is the meaning of these final events in the life of Abraham?

Apply: In the end, God kept His promise to Abraham. How does God’s faithfulness to Abraham encourage you?

Share: Your friend asks, “What is the greatest promise anyone ever made to you and actually kept?” How does that faithful friend help you appreciate the promises God has made to us?

Note: “They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.” 1 Peter 1:12 NLT

“The sacrifice required of Abraham was not alone for his own good, nor solely for the benefit of succeeding generations; but it was also for the instruction of the sinless intelligences of heaven and of other worlds. The field of the controversy between Christ and Satan–the field on which the plan of redemption is wrought out–is the lesson book of the universe. Because Abraham had shown a lack of faith in God’s promises, Satan had accused him before the angels and before God of having failed to comply with the conditions of the covenant, and as unworthy of its blessings. God desired to prove the loyalty of His servant before all heaven, to demonstrate that nothing less than perfect obedience can be accepted, and to open more fully before them the plan of salvation.
Heavenly beings were witnesses of the scene as the faith of Abraham and the submission of Isaac were tested. The trial was far more severe than that which had been brought upon Adam. Compliance with the prohibition laid upon our first parents involved no suffering, but the command to Abraham demanded the most agonizing sacrifice. All heaven beheld with wonder and admiration Abraham’s unfaltering obedience. All heaven applauded his fidelity. Satan’s accusations were shown to be false. God declared to His servant, “Now I know that thou fearest God [notwithstanding Satan’s charges], seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from Me.” God’s covenant, confirmed to Abraham by an oath before the intelligences of other worlds, testified that obedience will be rewarded.
It had been difficult even for the angels to grasp the mystery of redemption–to comprehend that the Commander of heaven, the Son of God, must die for guilty man. When the command was given to Abraham to offer up his son, the interest of all heavenly beings was enlisted. With intense earnestness they watched each step in the fulfillment of this command. When to Isaac’s question, “Where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham made answer, “God will provide Himself a lamb;” and when the father’s hand was stayed as he was about to slay his son, and the ram which God had provided was offered in the place of Isaac–then light was shed upon the mystery of redemption, and even the angels understood more clearly the wonderful provision that God had made for man’s salvation. 1 Peter 1:12.” -Patriarchs and Prophets, Pages 154-155.

7: The Covenant With Abraham-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class, Sabbath May 14, 2022.

Main Theme: The promises given to Abraham are for all believers. “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:29 NLT

Read Together: Genesis 15:1-6. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: How did Abraham reveal what it means to live by faith?

Apply: What does it mean if we start counting up or relying on our good works?

Share: Your friend says that if we are counted righteous because we believe then there is no reason to obey. How do you respond to your friend? See Genesis 26:5 and James 2:23-24.

Read Together: Genesis 17:1-12. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: What is the spiritual and prophetic significance of the circumcision rite?

Apply: How do you keep believing even when we struggle with belief?

Share: Your friend says that circumcision is nothing more than barbaric sexual mutilation. How do you respond to your friend? See Why Circumcision.

Read Together: Genesis 18:1-8 and Romans 9:9. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: What lessons of hospitality do we learn from Abraham’s reception of his visitors? How do you explain God’s response to Abraham’s hospitality?

Apply: What is our responsibility to the poor and hungry? How do we help those in need? What stipulations would you put on helping someone who is in need?

Share: Your friend asks, what it was that made Abraham so generous? What do you tell your friend?

Read Together: Genesis 18:22-Genesis 19:13. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: How does Abraham’s prophetic ministry affect his responsibility toward Lot?

Apply: How do you respond to someone who says that God does not punish the lost, that it is against His love?

Share: How can we help the sinner realize their need of a Savior without making them feel like the scum of the earth?

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17 NKJV

3: Cain and his Legacy – Teaching Plan

Posted on  by Michael Frackeravatar

Key Thought: After the fall, we see the birth of Cain, the firstborn son, which Eve saw as a fulfillment of the Messiah of hope. But the next events of the crime of Cain, shortened life, and increasing evil fulfilled the curse in Genesis 3.
April 16, 2022

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 4:1-5 ; Hebrews 11:4.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. What do we learn from these passages about the birth of the two sons?
  3. Personal Application: What things are truly vapor that we treat as if they mattered much more than they do? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “Why did Adam and Eve misunderstand what God had promised them? Are we susceptible to misunderstand God’s word and promises in our lives? Why isn’t God more specific in His word so that we don’t misunderstand or misapply it?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Genesis Genesis 4:3-8 ; I John 3:12.

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. What is the process that led Cain to kill his brother?
  3. Personal Application: What does this story tell us about free will and how God does not force the will and make people do things against their will? Share your thoughts
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Didn’t God harden the heart of Pharoah? Didn’t He lead Judas toi betray Christ? Doesn’t God make people do things to fulfill His purposes?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Genesis 4:9-16.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. Why does God ask Cain the question, “Where is your brother?” How did Cain’s sin cause him to be a fugitive and vagabond on the earth?
  3. Personal Application: What is the only way that we, as sinners, can keep from being “hidden” from His face? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “Why did Cain say, I shall be hidden from your face? Wasn’t salvation and forgiveness available to Cain as well as all who have gone astray and did wrong things? Was Cain lost because he was judged by a different standard in the Old Testament than we are in the New?” How would you respond to your relative?

4. Have a volunteer read Genesis 4:17-24..

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. What was Cain’s legacy and how did his crime open the way for the wickedness of mankind?
  3. Personal Application: How can we learn to put sin from our lives through God’s power? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

13: Let Brotherly Love Continue-Sabbath School Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class Sabbath, March 26, 2022.

Main Theme: Hebrews teaches us how to live a practical Godly life with Jesus as our High Priest and intercessor.

Read Together: Hebrews 13:1-2, Romans 12:13, 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8 and 1 Peter 4:9. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: What is the role of hospitality in the church?

Apply: What more can we do for those who are in prison, whether church members or not?

Share: Your friend opposes the church’s prison ministry because many of the prisoners are con artists and instead of being sincere are only looking to take advantage of people. How do your respond to your friend?

Read Together: Hebrews 13:4-5. Define the main idea in this passage.

Study: What two evils are found in the passage, how could they be tied together?

Apply: What are the ways that contemporary society undermines sexual purity and, at the same time, feeds the human love of money? In what practical ways can we strengthen our defenses against these two dangerous vices?

Share: Your single friend confides how hard it is to stay sexually pure. He/she believes its easier to stay pure if you are married? How would you use this passage to help your single friend? See also Overcoming Sexual sin When you are Single.

Read Together: Hebrews 13:7-17. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: What should be our relationship with our leaders?

Apply: What can you do to strengthen or improve the leader-member relationship in your congregation, as well as with leaders around the world?

Share: How do you encourage your friend who has a narcissistic pastor?

Read Together: Hebrews 13:9, 2:9, 4:16. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: Where is grace obtained? How are our hearts strengthened?

Apply: Dwell on Christ’s complete sacrifice. Why, then, is the idea of anything that we do “adding” to this sacrifice contrary to the gospel and the grace that is found in Jesus?

Share: Can you think of someone who may be shut in or lonely who needs to be shown brotherly love? Can you reach out to them this week or even find a way to reach out to them every week?

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 NKJV

9: Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School Class Sabbath, February 26, 2022.

Main Theme: Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. “With His stripes we are healed.”-Ellen White, Desire of Ages, Page 25.

Read Together: Hebrews 9:22-28. Define the main point of this passage.

Study: What does this passage say about the work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary?

Apply: Think what you would face if you had to face the just punishment for your sins. How should that truth help you understand what Christ has done for you?

Share: Your friend asks you why Jesus is ministering in the sanctuary? Wasn’t everything already accomplished on the cross for our salvation? Why is He in the sanctuary now? What do you tell your friend? For Hints see The Sanctuary in Light of the Cross.

Read Together: Hebrews 2:9. Discuss the main idea of this passage.

Study: How did Jesus taste death for every man? Especially since everyone seems to die their own death? Hint: See The God-forsaken God.

Apply: How does Jesus’ death on the cross not only atone for our sin, but also help restore our faith in God’s love?

Share: A friend tells you they have read where Jesus died for everyone, but how can they know for sure that they can have eternal life? How do you answer your friend? Hint: See The Gospel Presentation.

Read Together: Hebrews 7;27 and Hebrews 10:10. Discuss the main idea of these passages.

Study: How is Jesus’ sacrifice described in these passages?

Apply: The cross is the basis for all the benefits that God bestows upon us. It provides purification from sin, sanctification to serve, and nourishment to grow. How can we better experience what we have been given in Jesus?

Share: A friend asks, why did all those innocent animals have to be killed in the Old Testament if Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished forgiveness for all time? What do you tell your friend?

Read Together: Romans 3:21-26, Romans 1:16-17, and Romans 5:8. Discuss the common idea in these passages.

Study: What does Redemption in the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins reveal about God?

Apply: Why does the cross and the ministry of Jesus in our behalf suggest that we should look confidently, but with humility and repentance, toward the judgment?

Share: Have you ever shared the Gospel Presentation with someone? Can you think of someone this week you could share it with?

“No sooner does one come to Christ than there is born in his heart a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus; the saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart. If we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and are filled with the joy of His indwelling Spirit, we shall not be able to hold our peace. If we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good we shall have something to tell. Like Philip when he found the Saviour, we shall invite others into His presence.” -Ellen White, Steps to Christ, Page 78.

8: Jesus, The Mediator of the New Covenant-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class, Sabbath February 19, 2022.

Main Theme: By living a perfect life, and then by dying in our place, Jesus mediated a new, better covenant between us and God. Through His death, Jesus canceled the penalty of death that our trespasses demanded and made possible the new covenant.

Read Together: Hebrews 7:11-19. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: Why was there a need for a change in the law? Exactly what law was changed? The ten commandments or the priesthood?

Apply: Why is it so important to know that our High Priest and Redeemer lived a perfect life? See Romans 5:10.

Share: You son asks you, “If the law does not make us perfect, and we are not saved by it, why obey it?” What do you tell your son?

Read Together: Hebrews 8:1-6. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: Why is Jesus the mediator of a better covenant?

Apply: How are the promises of the new covenant better than the promises of the old covenant? See Better Promises Make a Better Covenant.

Share: A friend asks, “If Jesus is our High Priest, why do we need priests and pastors here on earth?” How would you answer your friend?

Read Together: Hebrews 8:10-12 with Deuteronomy 6:4-6Deuteronomy 30:11-14, and Jeremiah 31:31-34. Define the common idea in these passages.

Study: What do these verses teach us about the nature of the new covenant?

Apply: Read 2 Timothy 2:13. What can we learn from God’s faithfulness to His people and to His plans as we consider our relationships with others and our plans?

Share: Your friend tells you that his pastor says the new covenant does away with the law. How do you answer your friend?

Read Together: Hebrews 10: 5-10 and Exodus 24:1-8. Define the main idea of these passages.

Study: What are the similarities and differences between these two promises?

Apply: Christ has satisfied the demands of the covenant; therefore, the fulfillment of God’s promises to us is not in doubt. How does this help you understand the meaning of 2 Corinthians 1:20-22? What wonderful hope is found here for us?

Share: What is your main “take away” from today’s study? How can you share it with someone this week?

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

7: Jesus, The Anchor of the Soul-Sabbath School Lesson Teaching Plan

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Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School class on Sabbath, February 12, 2022.

Main Theme: The book of Hebrews encourages us to not become discouraged and give up the hope we have in Jesus.

Read Together: Hebrews 6:4-6. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: What were believers given in Christ while they were faithful to Him?

Apply: Have you ever been enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift, and been a partaker of the Holy Spirit? How so?

Share: The Inside Story on lesson four talked about a doctor who believed in Jesus when Jesus miraculously healed his son. The story went on to say that the doctor no longer believes in Jesus now. A classmate asks how can someone have such a wonderful experience with Jesus and then turn away? How do you answer your classmate? How do we make sure that doesn’t happen to us?

Read Together: Hebrews 6:7-12. Define the main idea of this passage.

Study: List the good things that the audience has done and continues to do and explain what they mean.

Apply: Sometimes we have to give words of warning to those people whom we love. What can we learn from the apostle regarding warning and encouraging others?

Share: A friend confides that he is discouraged because he has not seen the results he had been hoping to see in his ministry. Can you encourage him by sharing a time you were discouraged in your ministry, but later realized just how fruitful you were?

Read Together Hebrews 6:17-20. Define the key thought of this passage.

Study: How did God guarantee His promises to us?

Apply: What do you feel when you think that God has made an oath to you? Why should that thought alone help give you assurance of salvation, even when you feel unworthy?

Share: Your daughter asks you how you know your hope is not just presumption? How do you answer your daughter?

Read Together: Hebrews 10:26-29. Discuss the main idea of this passage.

Study:  In what three ways does the author describe the sin for which there is no forgiveness?

Apply: Which definition of sin applies to this passage, 1 John 3:4 or John 16:9? What difference does it make?

Share: Can you think of someone who has become discouraged lately? Can you reach out to them this week with a word of encouragement?

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9