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Children’s Treasures
Volume 3, No. 1
Editor:
Liliane Balbach

Design/Layout:
Heather Clements

Cover Photo
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Children’s Treasures is a
daily guide for parents to study with their children, applying principles from the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. This program is based on a three-year cycle. Published quarterly and copyrighted © 1998 by Reformation Herald Publishing Association, 5240 Hollins Road, Roanoke, Virginia 24019-5048, a nonprofit organization.

Sabbath Bible Lesson
Contents
A Message to Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Rich, Foolish Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Story of a Kind Traveler . . . . . . . . . . . Two Brothers Who Wanted to Be Firs . . . The Supper Nobody Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . Finding the Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Lost Boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Blind Man Sees Again . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lazarus Lives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jesus, the Friend of Little People . . . . . . . The Rich Young Ruler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Little, Rich Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Workers in the Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Shows Her Love for Jesus . . . . . . . .
Our special thanks to:
The artists and publishers who have so kindly allowed us to use the illustrations on the following pages: Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc., Crockett, Kentucky; all little fillers, and pp. 4, 10, 44, 67. Bible Story Coloring Book, published by Standard Publishing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, pp.: 6, 12, 20, 29, 33, 38, 41, 47, 52, 58, 59, 60, 68, 74, 84, 88. Family Bible Library, by V. Gilbert Beers, Ph.D.,Th.D., published by The Southwestern Co., Nashville, TN: pp. 21, 94, 95.

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Acknowledgements:
As we are preparing these lessons, we are keeping in close touch with Christ, our Master Teacher. We thank Him for His wisdom, His guidance, and the revelation of His methods. He is our wonderful Teacher, our Counselor, our Mighty God, our everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

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Growing Up With Jesus, by V. Gilbert Beers, Ph.D.,Th.D., published by Harvest House Publishers, illustrated by Helen Endres, p. 2. 366 Bible Stories, by Brown Watson, illustrated by Chris Rotero: p. 28. Emerson Freitas, staff of Editora Miss. “A Verdade Presente,” S. Paulo, Brazil, pp.: 5, 18, 22, 35, 36, 40, 48, 49, 50, 56, (Oseas: 66, 70, 81), 82, 90, 91. Heather Brown, pp. 31, 34, 54, 62. June DeWind, pp. 43, 51, 87. Linda Lee, pp. 8, 14. J. Maniscalco, pp. 15, 46.

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A Message to Parents
Dear Parents:
We live in a selfish society among selfcentered people, children and youth. What a tremendous challenge lies before us Christian parents to guard our children from the “leaven” of selfishness. This quarter, as we watch our Saviour working untiringly for others, let us lift the eyes of our children from themselves to the unselfish life of Jesus Christ. Why is it important for our children to learn to be thoughtful of others, and forgetful of self? “Love, the basis of creation and of redemption, is the basis of true education.” —Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, p. 32. “The law of love calls for the devotion of body, mind, and soul to the service of God and our fellow men. And this service, while making us a blessing to others, brings the greatest blessing to ourselves. Unselfishness underlies all true development. Through unselfish service we receive the highest culture of every faculty.” —Ibid. We can tell our children that when they learn to be unselfish, they will have a sharp mind and happy heart. By God’s grace, let us demonstrate to them true, unselfish service by doing unselfish deeds for our spouses, neighbors and other church members. The best way to teach them the meaning of this principle, “none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself” (Romans 14:7), is by our example. If we do this, God will awaken in our children an ambition to cheerfully help to serve others. “The parents and teachers who by wise instruction, in a calm, decided manner, accustom children to think of and care for others, will help them to overcome their selfishness and will close the door against many temptations. Angels of God will cooperate with these faithful instructors. Angels are not commissioned to do this work themselves; but they will give strength and efficiency to those who, in the fear of God, seek to train the young to a life of usefulness.” —Ibid., pp. 148, 149. Victory over temptation in general and selfishness in particular, a sharp mind and happiness, are some of the wonderful benefits that we and our children can reap as they learn to die to self and live for Jesus and others. Let us keep looking for instructions from our Master Teacher, who came to this world not to be served but to serve. May we inspire our children to follow in His footsteps. Your Friends at the Sabbath School Department

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 12:13; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 252, 253.

Questions:
1. What is an inheritance? 2. What did the unhappy brother ask Jesus?

Sunday Memory Verse:

The Rich, Foolish Farmer

How About You:
Do you quarrel with your brother or sister? How do you make up after a fight? Forgive your brothers or sisters when they hurt you.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34.

Bury the Hatchet
Larry and Don had been quarreling all afternoon. At last,
their father said to them, “I think it’s time for you to bury the hatchet.” “Bury the hatchet? Where is the hatchet?” wondered the boys. Father explained, “The expression ‘bury the hatchet’ comes to us from the Indians. It means, we are not going to bother any more about old quarrels. The Indians really buried their hatchets, tomahawks, knives, and war clubs when they were ready to make peace.” Don spoke first. “Well, even if I don’t have a hatchet, I guess I’ve been using very sharp words with you, Larry.” “Oh well, I was just as bad,” said Larry. Don, the older brother had a great idea. “Let’s pretend we are Indians and let’s bury our meanword hatchets.” “Let’s do it,” said Larry. Father was glad that after the “hatchet burying,” there was quiet and peace again. Do you fight with your brother or sister sometimes? Although we love our brother or sister, we may sometimes quarrel with them. Even in the time of Jesus, brothers and sisters would get into fights. One day an unhappy brother came to see Jesus. He asked Him, “Teacher, can you tell my brother not to be selfish, and to divide the inheritance with me?” What would Jesus tell him? ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“ ‘And one of the company said unto Him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.’ Through Moses, God had given directions concerning the transmission of property. The eldest son received a double portion of the father’s estate (Deut. 21:17), while the younger brothers were to share alike. This man thinks that his brother has defrauded him of his inheritance. His own efforts have failed to secure what he regards as his due, but if Christ will interpose the end will surely be gained.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 253.

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Monday Jesus Reads the Heart
Do you know why this brother came to see Jesus? His father
had died and had left him and his brother the house and some money. We call this an inheritance. In Jewish families, the oldest boy received two times more of his father’s inheritance than his younger brothers. The brother who came to Jesus felt that it was not fair that his older brother should get more of his father’s money and land. He had seen how the people always listened to Jesus. “Maybe,” he thought to himself, “Jesus can talk to my older brother and he will listen also.” Jesus could read the mind of this selfish young man. Although Jesus had talked to him about salvation, he had cared more about getting rich than going to heaven. Jesus told him, “It is not My job to be your judge. Be careful that you are not greedy. There are other things that are more important than being rich and having lots of land, houses, and money.” Jesus could have fixed the quarrel between the two brothers, but He knew that both of them loved money too much. So He told this unhappy brother, “It is not My job to fix your quarrel. I came to teach people how to be saved and to get ready for heaven.” To help this selfish brother see how bad it is to love money, Jesus told him the story of the rich farmer. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 12:14, 15; Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 254.

Questions:
1. What did Jesus tell the young man? Who came to ask His help? 2. Why didn’t Jesus want to fix the quarrel between the two brothers?

How about you:
When you get in a fight with your brother or sister, do you make things right yourself or do you cry to Mom or Dad for help? Learn to make peace with your brother or sister.

Parents’ Corner:
“Jesus could have told this man just what was right. He knew the right in the case; but the brothers were in a quarrel because both were covetous. Christ virtually said, It is not My work to settle controversies of this kind. He came for another purpose, to preach the gospel, and thus to arouse men to a sense of eternal realities.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 254.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 12:16-19; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 255, 256.

Tuesday The Story of the Rich Farmer
“A long time ago,” Jesus said, “there lived a rich farmer
who had much land. He had fruit, vegetables, and grains growing on his farm. There were big barns where he stored the food that he picked. But one year, his farm produced so much food that there was no room in his barns to store it all. ‘Where shall I put all this food?’ he wondered. The rich farmer became proud, and he said to himself, ‘I must have more room for all this food. If I store all this wheat, I will be richer than ever before. I will tear down my old barns and build new, larger ones. In them I will put all my crops and my farm tools. Then I won’t have to work for many years. I will be able to rest and have plenty to eat and drink. Best of all, I will do as I please and have a good time for many years to come.’ “As the rich farmer was making these selfish plans, someone was watching him. God in heaven could see the large fields of wheat, the fruit and the vineyards. Each day God had lovingly sent the sunshine to shine on his farm. He had sent rain from heaven to water his vineyards, orchards, and gardens. Who do you think gave the farmer the strength to work in his garden every day? God did. If God did not give him the sunshine, rain and strength to work, he would have no farm. Not once did the farmer thank God for all these wonderful gifts. How sad God was that the farmer forgot all about Him and acted as if everything was his own!” ❖

Questions:
1. Why did the farmer want to tear down his old barns and make bigger ones? 2. What did he forget as he was thinking about his riches?

How About You:
Are you happy with the toys you have, or are you always asking Mom and Dad to buy you more? What are some gifts Jesus gives you every day? Do you remember to thank Him? Be content with what you have.

Parents’ Corner:
“This man’s aims were no higher than those of the beasts that perish. He lived as if there were no God, no heaven, no future life; as if everything he possessed were his own, and he owed nothing to God or man. The psalmist described this rich man when he wrote, ‘The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.’ Ps. 14:1.” — Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 257, 258.

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Wednesday The Homeless Mothers and Children
Did you ever go to the city and see homeless mothers with
children walking around the streets? They carry all their belongings in a few bags or push them in a grocery cart. Sometimes they stand in front of a supermarket and hold a sign that says “Need Food.” We are sad to see poor, hungry children, so we like to buy them some food or give them some money. This rich farmer had also seen poor and homeless children. He knew that some of them had no fathers and that their mothers couldn’t make much money, but he did not care to help them. These poor people had asked him for help, but he would not listen to their cry. Since he had so much, he could have easily given them food for their hungry stomachs and clothes to wear. How good he would have felt to see their happy faces, praising God for his kindness. But the farmer had closed his ears to their cries, and said to himself, “Now you have much food and money saved up for many years, take it easy—eat, drink, and have a good time.” As God looked at the selfish farmer, He saw that He would always be selfish. He would never be a help to anyone in the world, so He said to him, “You are a foolish man. Tonight you are going to die. Then who will have your riches?” After Jesus told this story, He turned to the people and said, “This will happen to everyone who wants to be rich in this world and not rich toward God.” ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 12:20, 21; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 257, 258.

Questions:
1. What should the rich farmer have done with the extra food he had? 2. Since he didn’t want to share his riches with the poor, what happened to him?

How about you:
Are you rich toward Jesus? Do you give some of your good toys, books and food to poor children? Or do you give them the junky, broken toys that you don’t want? Help those who are less fortunate than yourself.

Parents’ Corner:
“But ‘the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.’ 1 Cor. 3:19. While the rich man is looking forward to years of enjoyment, the Lord is making far different plans. The message comes to this unfaithful steward, ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.’ Here is a demand that money cannot supply. The wealth he has treasured can purchase no reprieve. In one moment that which he has toiled through his whole life to secure becomes worthless to him. ‘Then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?’ His broad fields and well-filled granaries pass from under his control. ‘He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.’ Ps. 39:6.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 258.

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Lesson Helps:
1 John 5:11, 12; Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 259.

Thursday You Can Be Rich
Did you ever wish that your father and mother were rich
and had a lot of money? Maybe you have wished to live in a big house with ponies and lots of toys. Some boys and girls think that if they could go to the store and buy anything they like, they would be so happy. But let me tell you a secret, boys and girls. A big house with nice furniture and lots of toys would not make you happy. The love of Jesus in our hearts is the only thing that can make us truly happy. With Jesus in our hearts, we will love to share what we have with others. Then, if Jesus gives us money, we will use it to help the poor and the sick, and also to send missionaries to China, Africa, and around the world. How sad it is that some Christian moms and dads love money more than Jesus. They work hard because they want to be rich. Sometimes they have no time to go to prayer meeting and church. How do you think Jesus feels about that? Yes, He is very sad. He does not want anyone to love money so much that they will forget about Him. To teach us not to love money, Jesus gave us the story of the rich, foolish farmer. Here are some neat ways that you and your family can be rich: Be rich in little acts of kindness, little words of love, little smiles that bring sunshine to others, and then you will be the happiest boy or girl in your neighborhood. ❖

Questions:
1. Why did Jesus tell us the story of the rich farmer? 2. If Jesus gives us riches, what should we use it for?

How About You:
What are some things you can do to be rich? What will make you the happiest boy or girl in the world? Be rich in kind, helpful deeds, and words of love.

Parents’ Corner:
“To live for self is to perish. Covetousness, the desire of benefit for self’s sake, cuts the soul off from life. It is the spirit of Satan to get, to draw to self. It is the spirit of Christ to give, to sacrifice self for the good of others. ‘And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.’ 1 John 5:11, 12.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 259.

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Friday Made to Last
“Sharon is so lucky,” Nick thought, as he plopped down on the
front steps of his house. He sighed as he stretched his legs out in front of him. Sharon’s family was wealthy, and Sharon had all sorts of neat things: a swimming pool, lots of neat toys, and even her own computer! She bragged a lot, though, and swished her long, black hair around all the time. And just now, Sharon had shown him the special set of building blocks that he had been wanting. “Look what I’ve got,” she said smugly. “Some friend!” Nick thought. She knew he’d been trying to get that set for a long time. The clanging of dishes told Nick that his mom was setting the table for supper. He went inside. “Hi, Mom,” he murmured, and she looked up. “It’s not fair,” complained Nick. “Sharon gets everything she wants. She even gets everything I want. It’s so upsetting. She has so many special things. That’s OK, but she doesn’t have to wave it in front of my face!” “Sharon does seem to have a lot of special treasures,” agreed Mom, “but will any of them last very long?” Nick shrugged. “Does she have any treasures in heaven that can’t be taken away or stolen?” continued Mom. Nick knew that all the things that Sharon possessed would get lost, stolen, broken, or worn out—including the building blocks. “You know, I’m not sure Sharon even knows about heavenly treasures,” he said. “She could,” suggested Mom. Nick smiled. He could hear Sharon calling him. “Yeah,” he agreed, “like right now.” Many people store up treasures on this earth. Bugs and mice chew holes in clothes, books, and plenty of other things. Fires destroy many homes every year, and the people in those homes sometimes lose everything they have. There are also burglars who rob them when they aren’t aware, and rust and decay do their part also. Jesus taught that we should lay up treasure in heaven where nothing can harm it. You might ask, “How can I lay up treasure in heaven?” By giving your heart to Jesus, and learning not to be selfish. Everything you do for someone else, it is as if you have done it for Jesus. ❖
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“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” Matthew 6:20.

Sunset today is at ___________

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Sabbath

Letter “A”
Bible Quiz
Lesson Aim:
To acknowledge that everything we have comes from God.

Dear Children: We are coming to the end of our journey through the Bible. Remember how excited you were when you got your first Sabbath Bible Lesson? We began studying our Bible from the beginning with the story of Adam and Eve. We have almost finished studying the stories from the Bible. This quarter we are coming to the end of Jesus’ life on this earth. After you finish this lesson book, you will only have three more new books, and then we will be all done. But, we don’t want you to forget all the great Bible heroes such as Joseph, Moses, Ruth, Hannah, Samuel, David, Elijah, Daniel and others, so each Sabbath we will give you a Bible quiz. The Bible quizzes will be by the letters of the alphabet. Today, all our questions will be about people whose names start with the letter A. Try to remember what person we are talking about before you look up the answer in the Bible. Ask for mom’s help if you really need it. Happy remembering! 1. Who was the brother of Moses? Exodus 4:14.___________ 2. Who was killed by Cain? Genesis 4:8. _________________ 3. Who was Isaac’s father? Genesis 21:3.________________ 4. Who was created out of the dust of the ground? Genesis 2:7, 19.__________________________________ 5. Who was saved in the furnace? Daniel 3:26. ___________

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the rich farmer’s story and apply the following principles practically to the child’s life: 1. Be content with what you have. 2. Share what you have with others who are less fortunate. 3. Be rich in good deeds and kind words toward others.

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The Story of a Kind Traveler
Sunday Memory Verse:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 10:25-29; The Desire of Ages, pp. 497, 498.

Questions:
1. What two things do we have to do to be saved? 2. What does it mean to love God with all our heart and strength?

How About You:
Do you love others as much as yourself? Love God and your neighbor.

What Should I Do to Be Saved?
If Jesus would come to visit your house, what would you like
to ask Him? Would you ask Him to give you a special toy? Would you ask Him to help you be more obedient and kind, or would you ask Him to take you to heaven with Him? When Jesus lived on this earth, anyone could just walk up to Him and ask Him whatever he or she liked. One day, while Jesus was teaching the people, a lawyer came to ask Him a very important question. “Jesus,” he said, “what do I have to do to be saved?” This man honestly wanted to know what he must do to go to heaven. Jesus asked him, “What do you read in the commandments?” The man answered, “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, and your neighbor as thyself.” “You gave the right answer,” Jesus said. “Go and do this and you will live.” Perhaps the lawyer thought, “I really don’t like poor Farmer Luke who lives down the street from me. And Mr. Timothy is such a nosy neighbor. He’s always coming over.” As the lawyer listened to Jesus, he felt that he did not love his neighbor like himself. So he asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Instead of answering his question, Jesus told him a story of a kind man who helped his neighbor. Do you know the name of this story? ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“The lawyer was not satisfied with the position and works of the Pharisees. He had been studying the Scriptures with a desire to learn their real meaning. He had a vital interest in the matter, and had asked in sincerity, ‘What shall I do?’ ” —The Desire of Ages, p. 497.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 10:30-32; The Desire of Ages, pp. 499, 500.

Monday Robbers Attack a Man
Jesus liked to tell stories, but the stories He told were not
fairy tales. They were true stories that happened to real people. Listen to the story He told the lawyer: “A man was walking one day from Jerusalem to Jericho. The road was lonely and far away from any houses. There were great big rocks and caves along both sides of the road where robbers were hiding and waiting for someone to pass by. Suddenly as the man walked by the rocks, some thieves jumped out and caught him. Robbing the poor traveler of all his money, they took off his clothes and beat him. Leaving him almost dead, they ran away. “Soon after, a priest was walking home from the temple on that same road. This priest pretended to love God, but when he saw this poor, hurt man he turned his head and walked to the other side of the road. After a while, a Levite who also worked in the temple came by. Being curious, he stopped to look at the poor man. The Levite knew he should help him, but he did not feel like it. In his mind he thought, ‘I wish I had not walked home this way. Then I would not have seen this wretched man.’ ” God had allowed the priest and the Levite to walk along the same road where the suffering man lay, so He could see if they really loved their neighbor. The angels watched these supposedly faithful Christians as they ignored the poor, bleeding man. How sad they were that they did not help him. ❖

Questions:
1. What did the priest do when he saw the poor, wounded man? 2. What did the Levite do? What was he thinking?

How About You:
What do you do when you see your little brother or sister get hurt? Treat others the way you want them to treat you.

Parents’ Corner:
“In journeying from Jerusalem to Jericho, the traveler had to pass through a portion of the wilderness of Judea. The road led down a wild, rocky ravine, which was infested by robbers, and was often the scene of violence. It was here that the traveler was attacked, stripped of all that was valuable, wounded and bruised, and left half dead by the wayside. As he lay thus, the priest came that way; but he merely glanced toward the wounded man. Then the Levite appeared. Curious to know what had happened, he stopped and looked at the sufferer. He was convicted of what he ought to do; but it was not an agreeable duty. He wished that he had not come that way, so that he need not have seen the wounded man. He persuaded himself that the case was no concern of his.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 499.

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Tuesday The Good Samaritan
As the wounded man lay in the dirt, too sick and weak to
move, he must have thought, “Won’t anyone help me?” Suddenly, he heard some footsteps. Another traveler was coming along the road. He was a stranger from another country called Samaria, a heathen man who did not know about Jesus. When he saw the poor, bleeding man, he knelt down beside him, took some oil from his bag, and put it on his wounds. Next he wrapped his wounds with a cloth. Gently, he picked him up and put him on his donkey. Slowly he walked beside him, holding him so he would not fall. After a while, they came to a place like a motel. The Samaritan carried the sick man into a nice, clean room and took care of him all night. The next morning, he had to leave, so he told the motel keeper, “Here is some money. Take care of this sick man for me. Let him stay here until he is well and able to travel. If you spend more money than this, I will pay you when I come again.” After Jesus had told the story, he looked at the lawyer and asked, “Which of these three men were good neighbors to the man who was robbed by thieves?” The lawyer answered, “The one who helped him.” Now Jesus said to him, “You go and help others in the same way.” ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 10:30-35; The Desire of Ages, p. 503.

Questions:
1. Who was the last man that came down the road from Jerusalem? 2. How did he treat the hurt man?

How About You:
When someone needs your help, do you turn away as the priest did, or do you say like the Levite, “I wish I had never passed by here”? Or do you help them like the good Samaritan? Be a good Samaritan in your home, church, and neighborhood.

Parents’ Corner:
“Thus the question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ is forever answered. Christ has shown that our neighbor does not mean merely one of the church or faith to which we belong. It has no reference to race, color, or class distinction. Our neighbor is every person who needs our help. Our neighbor is every soul who is wounded and bruised by the adversary. Our neighbor is everyone who is the property of God.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 503.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 10:36, 37; The Desire of Ages, p. 504.

Wednesday Who Is Your Neighbor?
Now that you heard the story of the Good Samaritan,
can you figure out who is your neighbor? Any person who needs your help is your neighbor. It does not matter if he is white, black, brown, or yellow. It does not matter if he goes to church or not. It does not matter if he or she is young or old. All that matters is that they need help. When we are kind to others, Jesus counts it as if we were being kind to Him. One boy, after reading the story of the Good Samaritan, wanted to be helpful just like him. He could not find anyone who was in big trouble like the man in the story, but he did find his little brother crying because he could not find his cap. So he found it for him and made him happy. Another day, he took some flowers to a sick boy. One morning as he was going to school he saw a baby bird on the ground. The wind had been blowing so hard that it had shaken the little bird out of its nest. It was not old enough to fly, so he picked it up, climbed the tree and put it back in its cozy nest. What are some things you can do to be a good Samaritan in your home and neighborhood? ❖

Questions:
1. Why did Jesus tell the story of the Good Samaritan? 2. Who is our neighbor?

How About You:
What are some kind deeds you can do for your family, friends and neighbors? Look for ways to help others.

Parents’ Corner:
“Unless there is practical self-sacrifice for the good of others, in the family circle, in the neighborhood, in the church, and wherever we may be, then whatever our profession, we are not Christians.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 504.

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Thursday Another Good Samaritan
Has Mother or Father ever told you a story that had two
different meanings? The story of the Good Samaritan has another meaning besides the one we just told you. Do you know who is the poor, bruised man in the story? It is you and I. Satan, the bad robber, has attacked us. He has stolen everything we have, beaten us, and left us to die. Jesus, the Good Samaritan, saw us suffering and felt sorry for us. So, He left His throne in heaven and came down to our rescue. He healed our wounds, took off His white robe and covered us. At last He died on the cross to save us. Today Jesus tells us, “Just as I came down to rescue you, so I want you to rescue others from sin. I want you to love each other as much as I have loved you. If any of you say, I love God while you hate your brother, you are a liar. For if you can’t love your brother whom you see, how can you love God whom you can’t see?” ❖

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Lesson Helps:
John 15:17; 13:34; 1 John 4:20, 12; The Desire of Ages, pp. 503, 504.

Questions:
1. Who is the good Samaritan, the robber, and the man in the story? 2. How does Jesus want us to treat our brother, sister, friend, or any other person for whom He died?

How About You:
Do you say, “I love Jesus, but I can’t love my brother when he is mean to me”? What is wrong with such thoughts? When you love your brother, you are also loving God.

Parents’ Corner:
“For the spirit we manifest toward our brethren declares what is our spirit toward God. The love of God in the heart is the only spring of love toward our neighbor.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 505.

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“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32.

Friday The Bully
Billy was the worst boy in the village; his father had spoiled him.
“Don’t check the boy,” he would say to his wife, “you will crush the manhood right out of Billy.” And so he grew up to be the terror of the neighborhood. He would do his tricks on the old, weak, and crippled people. He often made fun of one poor woman, who was bent by old age from taking care of her sick son. Every day she heard his mean words, because she had to draw water from the well next to the boys’ school. She never gave him any rebuke until one day she said with tears in her eyes, “Go home, child, and read the story of Elisha and the two bears.” “I don’t care about Elisha,” Billy said. That day, another boy named Charles heard the mean words. “Shame on you, Billy,” said Charles. “Shame! Shame!” And to show his sympathy, Charles ran to help the poor woman. “Let me get the water for you, ma’am,” and he gently took the bucket from her hand. “I will now bring you water every day, so you need not come for it.” “God bless you! Oh, bless you!” she exclaimed as she wiped away the tears. Billy was reported to the school principal, and he received detention for one week. He couldn’t go on breaks, but as soon as the teacher became very busy with his work, Billy sneaked out. “Now let him punish me if he can,” he yelled in rebellion as he ran backwards, throwing up his arms. All of a sudden his shouting stopped; there was a plunge, and a horrible scream. The well beside the school was being repaired, and someone had not covered it properly. So Billy fell in. There was not much water in the well, or he would have drowned. Charles quickly went for some rope, and ran back to the well to finish his rescue. In no time he came back up with the deformed and apparently dead Billy. The pale face of the wicked boy filled the boys with horror, and in perfect silence they carried him to the house of the poor, old lady which was nearby. She had also seen him fall. Now the boy who had made fun of her, was lying on her own bed. She prayed for him while tenderly ministering to him. Soon the doctor arrived, and did what he could. When poor Billy woke up at last, he was told that his back was broken. When he was well enough, he begged for the poor, old lady’s forgiveness, which she gladly gave. But forever after, he always had a hunched back. Boys and girls, remember to treat others, especially older people, with the same respect and courtesy you would like. Jesus is also happy when we are kind to those who hurt us. ❖

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Bible Quiz
1. Who was Joseph’s younger brother? Genesis 35:18. __________________________________________________ 2. Who was the blind man healed by Jesus? Mark 10:46-52. __________________________________________________ 3. Who was the mother of Solomon? 1 Kings 1:11. __________________________________________________ 4. What was the name of the pool where Jesus performed many miracles? John 5:2. __________________________________________________ 5. What strange thing did Moses see in the desert where God talked to him? Exodus 3:2. __________________________________________________

Lesson Aim:
To encourage children to show his/her love for Jesus by being kind and helpful to those in need.

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Tell the story of the Good Samaritan and emphasize the following practical principles: 1. Treat others the way you want to be treated. 2. Be a good Samaritan in your home, church and neighborhood. 3. Look for ways to help others.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:17-19; The Desire of Ages, pp. 548, 549.

Two Brothers Who Wanted to Be First
Sunday Memory Verse:
“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Matthew 20:27.

Questions:
1. What did Jesus tell the disciples as they were walking to Jerusalem? 2. Why didn’t the disciples want to believe that Jesus would soon be crucified?

How About You:
What are some selfish thoughts that you sometimes think? Think of others before yourself.

Just Thinking About Themselves
Do you like saying good-bye to people you love? Of course
you don’t, and neither did Jesus. The time was coming when He would have to leave His disciples and be crucified. Soon, many sad things were going to happen to Him and His dear friends. Jesus wanted to prepare His disciples for what was coming so they would not be afraid. He told them how wicked priests would take Him and condemn Him to die. Then they would mock Him and beat Him, and at last crucify Him on a cross. But He said, “That will not be the end, for after lying in the grave three days, I will rise again.” The disciples could not understand why anyone would want to kill their loving Jesus. They kept thinking, “That can’t be true. Jesus will soon set up His kingdom in Jerusalem and then He will be king. After that, all of us will have very important jobs next to Jesus. Everyone will respect us.” How sad Jesus was to see His disciples thinking such selfish thoughts! ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“The time of the Passover was drawing near, and again Jesus turned toward Jerusalem. In His heart was the peace of perfect oneness with the Father’s will, and with eager steps He pressed on toward the place of sacrifice. But a sense of mystery, of doubt and fear, fell upon the disciples. The Saviour ‘went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid.’ ” — The Desire of Ages, p. 547.

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Monday Two Selfish Brothers
James and John were among the first disciples who came
and followed Jesus. Gladly they left their mother and father, their home and friends to be His disciples. Everywhere Jesus went they came along. They walked, talked, ate, and even slept in the same house with Jesus. Often when they were afraid, Jesus would help them be brave. When they were upset, Jesus would make them happy; when they were hurting, He would take away their pain. James and John loved Jesus very much, but John, the youngest brother, loved Jesus the most. Wherever Jesus was standing, John would stand next to Him. If Jesus was sitting, John would lean upon His chest. The mother of James and John also loved Jesus. She gladly gave Him of her own money. But as any mother who loves her boys, she wanted them to have the best things in life. One day, she told her boys, “Why don’t you ask Jesus if you can sit next to Him in His kingdom?” The brothers liked the idea, so they went together with their mother to talk to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked them. The mother said, “When you are king, can you give orders that my two boys sit on your right hand and on your left?” What would Jesus tell this mother and two brothers? ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:20, 21; The Desire of Ages, pp. 548, 549.

Questions:
1. Who were James and John? 2. Was it right for their mother to ask the best place for her boys?

How About You:
Do you always want the best food, the biggest cookie, the best toy, or the best seat in Sabbath school? Be humble.

Parents’ Corner:
“Their mother was a follower of Christ, and had ministered to Him freely of her substance. With a mother’s love and ambition for her sons, she coveted for them the most honored place in the new kingdom. For this she encouraged them to make request.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 548.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:22, 23; The Desire of Ages, pp. 548, 549.

Tuesday Jesus Is Patient With James and John
What would you do if your little brother, sister or friend
asked you to give them your favorite toy? Would you say, “No way, you can’t have that.” Or would you kindly tell them why you couldn’t let them have it? Jesus was patient with James and John and their mother. He knew that these two brothers loved Him, but it made Him sad that they were so selfish. Jesus left His beautiful home in heaven to come down to our world to save sinners. He did not pick the nicest place to live. He went where He could do the most good, among the poor and sick. All day long He healed the people and taught them how to be saved. Jesus was so poor that when night came He had no place to sleep unless friends invited Him to their house. Jesus did not tell James and John, “You are selfish. What makes you think that you are better than the other disciples?” But kindly He said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I am going to drink? Can you be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized?” What Jesus meant was, “Can you suffer and be crucified like me?” The two brothers said, “Yes, we can.” Now Jesus said to them, “I will let you suffer with Me, but I cannot let you sit next to Me on My throne. My Father will decide who will share My throne.” ❖
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Questions:
1. How did Jesus answer the question of James and John? 2. Why wasn’t He upset at them?

How About You:
Are you kind and patient with selfish people like Jesus was? Be a peacemaker.

Parents’ Corner:
“Jesus bears tenderly with [James and John], not rebuking their selfishness in seeking preference above their brethren. He reads their hearts, He knows the depth of their attachment to Him. Their love is not a mere human affection; though defiled by the earthliness of its human channel, it is an outflowing from the fountain of His own redeeming love. He will not rebuke, but deepen and purify. He said, ‘Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They recall His mysterious words, pointing to trial and suffering, yet answer confidently, ‘We are able.’ They would count it highest honor to prove their loyalty by sharing all that is to befall their Lord.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 548.

Wednesday The Jealous Ten
Have you ever been jealous of someone who had something
better than you? Jealousy is an ugly feeling we must overcome with the help of Jesus. Do you remember who was the first jealous being ever to exist? It was Lucifer. We do not want to be like him. As boys and girls who love Jesus, we want to be unselfish, loving, and kind. When the other ten disciples heard how James and John wanted to sit next to Jesus on His throne, they were very angry. Do you know why? Because they also wanted to sit next to Him. The ten were so jealous of James and John that they were about to have a big argument with them. But Jesus spoke kindly to them, and said, “The heathens, who don’t know God like to boss each other around, but you, my friends, should not do that. If any one of you wants to be the most important, let him be your servant. And whoever wants to be first, let him be your slave. I am the Son of God, and I did not come to be served, but I came to serve others. This is why I want to give my life to save you.” Did you hear that, boys and girls? Jesus was a servant when He lived on this earth. A servant is someone who spends most of his time helping other people. How wonderful that we can serve like Jesus. So when you wake up in the morning, ask Jesus in your prayer, “How do you want me to serve my mother, father, brother, and sister today?” You can be sure that He will tell you exactly what to do. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:24-28; The Desire of Ages, pp. 550, 551.

Questions:
1. Why were the ten disciples angry at James and John? 2. What did Jesus say we should do if others want to be first?

How About You:
Can you think of some ways to be a servant in your home, church, or neighborhood? Be a servant.

Parents’ Corner:
“Children are to be educated to deny themselves. At one time, when I was speaking in Nashville, the Lord gave me light on this matter. It flashed upon me with great force that in every home there should be a self-denial box, and that into this box the children should be taught to put their pennies they would otherwise spend for candy and other unnecessary things. “You will find that as the children place their pennies in these boxes, they will gain a great blessing. . . . Every member of the family, from the oldest to the youngest, should practice self-denial.” —Child Guidance, p. 132.

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Lesson Helps:
Child Guidance, pp. 131-133.

Thursday The Boy With Bad Manners
One afternoon, mother took Charlie with her to visit a
friend, Mrs. Jason. As soon as they came inside the house, Charlie went to the living room. Running to the best rocking chair, he began to rock as hard as he could. Mother said, “Charlie, get up and let Mrs. Jason have her chair.” Do you think Charlie obeyed his mother? No, indeed he did not. “I don’t want to give up this chair,” he said. “I want to rock myself.” When Mother tried to take him out, he began to scream. Mrs. Jason invited them to stay for dinner. As soon as they sat at the table, Charlie saw a dish of peaches and bananas on the table, and he began to say loudly, “Mother, I want that big peach. Give me that biggest peach, Mother!” “No,” said his mother. “You should not ask for it. After a while you will get one, but it will not be the biggest.” Charlie began to cry aloud, “But I want it now, and I want the biggest one.” Do you think that is the polite way for a boy or girl to act? Boys and girls who love Jesus will never ask for the biggest apple, or the biggest cookie. Neither will they take the best chair in the room and sit in it all the time. Any boy or girl who acts that way is selfish. Children should always give Father and Mother or an older person the best chair. Those who in heaven will sit the nearest to King Jesus will first have to learn to be unselfish while here on this earth. ❖

Questions:
1. What are some bad manners that Charlie had? 2. How did he show his selfishness?

How About You:
What are some selfish things you have been doing? What are some unselfish things you can do in their place? Be polite.

Parents’ Corner:
“Many children have inherited selfishness from their parents, but parents should seek to uproot every fiber of this evil tendency from their natures. Christ gave many reproofs to those who were covetous and selfish. Parents should seek, on the first exhibition of selfish traits of character, whether in their presence, or when in association with other children, to restrain and uproot these traits from the character of their children.” —Child Guidance, p. 132.

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Friday Selfish Anna
Mother was busy trying to finish ironing and the baby was fussing. So she called Anna to come and take care of the baby a little while. Anna was very interested in a book just then, and said: “Yes Mother, I’ll be there in a little bit.” A little later, Mother called again. Anna again answered, “Yes Mother, as soon as I finish this page.” But Mother had to call a third time before Anna put the book away. And then she did not do it happily. Yet, only that morning she had been calling her baby brother sweet names, and telling him how much she loved him. Now, what made Anna so slow to take care of him when he wasn’t feeling well? Every day Anna would tell her Mother that she loved her, and that she wanted to help her when she was big enough. Why was Anna so slow to obey when Mother needed her help? I will tell you the reason. Anna was selfish. She would rather read her book than to help her tired mother or baby brother. When she at last came to care for her brother, she picked him up with a jerk that made him cry. Mother had to stop her work to quiet him. Anna was a bad example. She made others sad by being selfish. And if we are selfish, we will be bad examples and make others sad. ❖

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“For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Philippians 2:20, 21.

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To teach that being the last is the greatest honor for a Christian.

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Letter “C”
Bible Quiz
1. Who was the first murderer? Genesis 10:6, 8. _____________________________________________ 2. What was the occupation of Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph? Matthew 13:55. _____________________________________________ 3. Around the statue of what animal were the Israelites dancing when Moses came down from the mountain? Exodus 32:4. _____________________________________________ 4. In what was Elijah taken to heaven? 2 Kings 2:11. _____________________________________________ 5. Who spied out the land of promise with Joshua? Numbers 32:11, 12. _____________________________________________

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the story of James and John and emphasize the following principles: 1. Think of others before yourself. 2. Be humble. 3. Be ready to serve others.

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The Supper Nobody Wanted
Sunday Memory Verse:
“Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23.

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Luke 14:1-14; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 219-221.

Questions:
1. Who invited Jesus for Sabbath lunch? Who else was there? 2. What did Jesus tell the man who invited Him for lunch?

How About You:
Whom do you invite for Sabbath lunch, your friends who can pay you back or anyone who has no place to eat? Invite to your house those who can’t pay you back.

Guests Coming for Dinner
Have you ever been invited to someone’s house for Sabbath
lunch? We like to go and eat at our friends’ homes, don’t we? Jesus also liked to eat lunch with the poor and rich who invited him over. One Sabbath day, a Pharisee asked Jesus to come for lunch with some of his other rich friends. As they were eating, Jesus told His host, “When you make a dinner at your house, don’t invite just your family and friends or rich neighbors, for they will invite you back to their house. But when you make a dinner, invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the old people. Then God will bless you, for these people cannot pay you back. But don’t worry, you will be paid back when I come again.” The Pharisee and his friends did not like what Jesus told them. Do you know why? They did not feel like inviting the poor and crippled people. So since they didn’t want to listen to Jesus’ words, He told them a story about “The Supper Nobody Wanted.” ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“In choosing the guests for his feast, the Pharisee had consulted his own selfish interest. Christ said to him, ‘When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors, lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee.’ . . . Christ was here repeating the instruction He had given to Israel through Moses. At their sacred feasts the Lord had directed that ‘the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat, and be satisfied.’ Deut. 14:29. . . . Being thus taught the joy of true hospitality, the people were throughout the year to care for the bereaved and the poor. . . . God had given the bread of life to them, that they might break it to the world.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 220.

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Luke 14:16-19; Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 222.

Monday The Supper Is Ready
Have you ever helped Mom make lots of food on Friday for a
special Sabbath lunch? Maybe you set the table with a special tablecloth, Sabbath plates, and silverware. When Mother put the food on the table, everything looked so beautiful. You were all anxiously waiting for the guests to arrive. But what if the guests never came? You would have been disappointed, wouldn’t you? The story Jesus told at the dinner table was about a man who made a great big supper for his guests. He had spent a lot of money and time to make a big party for them. The servants set the most beautiful table with pretty tablecloths, fine china, silverware, and glasses. We can guess that they had soup, potatoes, beans, vegetables, and the best desserts. When the time came for the dinner to begin, no one came. Just think of that, not even one guest! So the man of the house sent his servant to call the guests at their houses. Knocking at the first door, the servant said, “Come, for all things are now ready.” “Sorry, I just bought a piece of land and I must go and see it. Please, excuse me to your master,” said the man. The servant went to the next house and said, “Come to the great supper, for all things are now ready.” The second guest also had an excuse, “I have just bought five oxen and I need to try them out. Please, have me excused.” Excuses, excuses, and what poor excuses! Do you make excuses when you don’t feel like doing something? ❖

Questions:
1. Why did the guests not come to the supper? 2. How hard did the man work to make the big supper for his friends?

How About You:
Do you make excuses when you are caught disobeying Mom or Dad? Don’t make excuses.

Parents’ Corner:
“All the excuses betray a preoccupied mind. To these intended guests other interests had become allabsorbing. The invitation they had pledged themselves to accept was put aside, and the generous friend was insulted by their indifference.” —Christ’s Objects Lessons, p. 222.

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Tuesday No One Wants to Come
How do you think the servant felt after two of the guests
said, “No, we cannot come to your master’s supper?” He must have been pretty upset, don’t you think so? As he knocked on the third door, he must have thought, “I know this one will come for sure.” But the third guest said, “Sorry, I just got married and cannot come.” The servant went back to his master and reported, “None of your guests want to come to the supper.” How do you think this master felt that no one cared for his invitation to the dinner? He was very upset, for he had worked hard to prepare the supper for his guests. O yes, he was very sad indeed, just like you and I would be if no guests came to the Sabbath lunch we prepared. As the master looked at the big, empty dining room and the good food sitting on the long table, he said to his servant, “Go out quickly into the streets and invite anyone who wants to come to my house for dinner. Bring the poor people, the homeless, the beggars, the blind and those who cannot walk.” The servant did as he was told, and soon the house was full of the homeless, beggars, poor children, blind people and even handicapped people. How happy they all were to be invited to such a fancy dinner party. ❖

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Luke 14:20-22; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 223226.

Questions:
1. What did the master of the house do when no one came to his house for dinner? 2. Do you think he did the right thing?

How About You:
What would you do if no one came to your house for dinner after you and Mom had worked so hard to prepare it? Invite everyone to be saved.

Parents’ Corner
“The command given in the parable, to ‘compel them to come in,’ has often been misinterpreted. It has been regarded as teaching that we should force men to receive the gospel. But it denotes rather the urgency of the invitation, and the effectiveness of the inducements presented. The gospel never employs force in bringing men to Christ. Its message is ‘Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.’ Isa. 55:1. ‘The Spirit and the bride say, Come. . . . And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.’ Rev. 22:17. The power of God’s love and grace constrains us to come.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 235.

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Lesson Helps:
John 6:51; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 226-230.

Wednesday Bring More Guests
What a sight that must have been to see people in their
dirty street clothes, some barefooted, others with holes in their pants, coming to the rich man’s house for dinner. The rich man was glad to have them come, for now his food would not be wasted. Again, the servant came to his master and said, “Master, I did what you told me to do, but we still have some empty seats at the dinner table.” Then the master told him, “Go out again in the streets, by the freeways, and on the street corners and ask the people to come. My house must be full of guests, but you can be sure that none of those first guests I invited will eat any of my supper.” Gladly the servant obeyed his master and this time he told the street people, “Please come to a special dinner that my master has made for you.” Soon the house was full of the poorest street people. Not a single seat was empty. And how happy these people were to be invited for a special meal. In this story, Jesus is the good Master who has made a wonderful feast for His people. You have also been invited to that special dinner. Do you know which food Jesus serves at His dinner table? He serves us the “Living Bread” which is salvation. He invites us all to come and be saved. How sad it is that some people don’t want to be saved. They would rather be doing their own fun and pleasure. We hope you are one of those guests who has said Yes to Jesus when He invited you to His supper of salvation. ❖

Questions:
1. Why did the servant have to go out and get more guests? 2. Who is the Master of the house that made the feast, and who are the guests?

How About You:
Have you heard the voice of Jesus calling you to come to His feast in heaven? Will you come today? Come to the supper that Jesus has prepared for you.

Parents’ Corner:
“In the command to go into the highways and hedges, Christ sets forth the work of all whom He calls to minister in His name. The whole world is the field for Christ’s ministers. The whole human family is comprised in their congregation. The Lord desires that His word of grace shall be brought home to every soul.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 229.

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Thursday Don’t Make Excuses
Remember the three people who made excuses in the story ?
The first man wouldn’t come to the supper because he had bought a piece of land. The second one wanted to try out his new oxen, while the last one had just gotten a new wife. Jesus would have been glad to have the man’s wife also come to His feast. He wants us to bring our moms and dads, our brothers and sisters to hear about Him and be saved. All three guests in the story did not care to come to the dinner. They just cared about their own things and having a fun time. What do you think Jesus wants us to learn from this story of the great supper? You probably guessed it. He does not want us to make any excuses about why we can’t do this or that. I have heard boys say, “I can’t kneel down by my bed at night and pray because I am too tired.” Maybe you know some girls who say, “I can’t learn my memory verses this week, for I have to play.” Other boys and girls have said, “Let’s have a quick worship today for I am very hungry.” All these are poor excuses that people make because they don’t feel like doing what God says. If we keep on making excuses, God will not leave us a place at His table of salvation. Then Jesus will give our place to others who will appreciate it. So don’t make any excuses but say, “Lord Jesus, I am coming right now.” ❖

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Hosea 4:17; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 231237.

Questions:
1. Do you think that people who make excuses will go to heaven? 2. Why not?

How About You:
What excuses do you make to Jesus, and to Mom, Dad, your brother or sister? Bring your family and friends to Jesus.

Parents’ Corner:
“Christ will impart to His messengers the same yearning love that He Himself has in seeking for the lost. We are not merely to say, ‘Come.’ There are those who hear the call, but their ears are too dull to take in its meaning. Their eyes are too blind to see anything good in store for them. Many realize their great degradation. They say, I am not fit to be helped; leave me alone. But the workers must not desist. In tender, pitying love, lay hold of the discouraged and helpless ones. Give them your courage, your hope, your strength. By kindness compel them to come. ‘Of some have compassion, making a difference; and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire.’ Jude 22, 23.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 235, 236.

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“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.” John 6:51.

Friday God’s Little Bread Man

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These were the words of the Bible verse that Danny’s Sabbath school teacher gave him one day. As soon as she read them to him and his friends, he said, “I like this verse. My daddy’s a bread man and he keeps people from getting hungry.” Danny could hardly wait to talk to his father after Sabbath school, to show him his new verse. “That’s what you do, don’t you, Daddy?” asked Danny after his father had looked at the verse. “We’ll talk about it when we get home, Danny,” his father said. “It’s time for service to start now.” Danny was especially interested in getting home that day, and he and his father talked about the new verse at the dinner table. Daddy explained that the Bread of Life in the verse was Jesus, and that all who kept Him in their heart and loved Him and obeyed His will would always be satisfied. “Daddy, can’t I go along with you sometimes on the bread wagon and give some of these ‘Bread of Life’ verses to your customers?” he asked after dinner was over. “Why, son, I think that would be fine,” Daddy told him. “You’ll be six years old on Wednesday. I’ll take you along then.” Danny’s big sister made typewritten copies of the bread verse on five neat, white cards. What a happy birthday that was for Danny! His father pinned the bread verse on each loaf he carried and let him hand the bread at five different places. “You don’t need to wait for money,” Dad had told the boy. He didn’t tell him that he gave this bread free at these places because he knew the people there had little money. Danny found this out later, and he was proud that his daddy was good to the poor. So Danny went along on more trips, and every now and then he took a bread verse along with the bread he delivered. One day when they came to a big house where a rich lady lived, Danny said, “I want to take a ‘bread verse’ in there, Daddy.” “All right, Danny, you may do so,” his father told him. So, along with the basket of bread and cakes he took one of the bread verses. And this time the rich lady herself came to the door and thanked Danny, telling him she thought it was fine for him to help his father. This pleased Danny very much. But imagine both Daddy’s and Danny’s surprise to see this lady at church on the next Sabbath. Daddy knew that she hadn’t been there for a good many years. He and Danny were glad to learn later that it was Danny’s “bread verse” that won her back to the church. Although rich in money and what money can buy, she had been hungry for bread for her soul, and Danny’s verse turned out to be that kind of bread. Much other good came from Danny’s giving Bible verses of different kinds to people on the bread route. “Daddy, I’m glad to be a ‘Bread of Life’ bread man,” Danny told him often.

“I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger.”

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Bible Quiz
1. Who was cast into a den of lions? Daniel 6:16. _______________________________________________ 2. Who was the second king of Israel? 2 Samuel 2:4. _______________________________________________ 3. What did Daniel interpret for King Nebuchadnezzar? Daniel 5:12. _______________________________________________ 4. What were the followers of Christ called? Matthew 10:1. _______________________________________________ 5. What informed Noah that the water had gone down after the flood? Genesis 8:8-12. _______________________________________________
Find the objects in the picture

Lesson Aim:
To help children accept Christ’s offer of eternal life and to teach them to give invitation to others.

Lesson Objectives For Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the lesson of the supper and teach the following practical principles: 1. Be hospitable especially to those who can’t pay you back. 2. Invite your relatives, friends, and neighbors to follow Jesus. 3. Come to the supper Jesus has prepared for you. Don’t make excuses.

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Luke 15:1; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 185, 186.

Finding the Lost
Sunday Memory Verse:
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10.

Questions:
1. What kind of people came to listen to Jesus? 2. Why were the priests and Pharisees making fun of Jesus?

How About You:
Do you feel that you are better than other boys and girls who don’t go to church or obey the commandments? Be humble and say with Paul, “I am the chief of sinners.”

Jesus the Friend of Sinners
Have you ever been lost? Maybe you were lost in a store
when Mom went shopping or in the woods when you went camping. How did you feel? Scared? Jesus understands all about lost people and lost things. Many of the people who came to listen to Him preaching were lost in sin. Some of these men and women, were thieves, liars, cheaters, and even murderers. Do you know why they came to hear Jesus? Because He told them how much God loved them and wanted to forgive them their sins. As they listened to Jesus they wanted to live better lives. They were so happy when Jesus showed them how. While Jesus was showing love and kindness to lost sinners, the priests and Pharisees were upset. They made fun of Him saying, “Look at this man, He is a friend of sinners. He even eats with them.” Jesus did not argue with these proud, selfish men. He just told them two stories, which showed that God loves sinners as much as He loves the obedient ones. No matter how good we think we are, we should never feel that we are better than boys and girls who don’t know Jesus. This is how the proud Pharisees felt. We need to be humble like the apostle Paul and say with him, “I am the biggest sinner.” ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“As the ‘publicans and sinners’ gathered about Christ, the rabbis expressed their displeasure. ‘This man receiveth sinners,’ they said, ‘and eateth with them.’ ” — Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 185.

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Monday The Lost Sheep
As Jesus was telling the story of the Lost Sheep, you could
see on the hills hundreds of grazing sheep. Jesus asked the people, “If you had one hundred sheep, and one got lost, wouldn’t you leave the ninety and nine and go and find the lost one?” Everyone agreed that they would go looking for that lost sheep. The shepherds who were listening to Jesus knew how much they loved their sheep. If one of them got lost, they would not say, “I have ninety and nine. I am too busy to look for that one sheep now. Besides, it’s his own fault that he got lost.” A loving shepherd becomes very upset when even one of his sheep gets lost. Again and again he counts his flock thinking, “Maybe I made a mistake.” When he is sure that one of his little sheep is lost, he leaves the ninety and nine and goes out to search for it. The night may be dark and stormy, but he hurries along, never stopping to rest. Far into the night, he hears a faint cry, “Baa, baa, baa.” Following the sound, he climbs the steep hills. At last he finds his lost sheep next to a dangerous cliff. It is stuck in a thorn bush, bleeding and ready to die. What do you think the shepherd does when he finds his sheep? Does he get mad at it? Does he hit it with his staff? What would you have done if your dog was lost and you found him at last? ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 186-188.

Questions:
1. What story did Jesus tell the people? 2. What does a loving shepherd do when one sheep gets lost?

How About You:
Have you ever lost a dog, cat or bird? What did you do? Help Jesus find lost people.

Parents’ Corner:
The shepherd does not say, “ ‘Let him come back, and I will open the door of the sheepfold, and let him in’. ‘No; no sooner does the sheep go astray than the shepherd is filled with grief and anxiety. He counts and recounts the flock. When he is sure that one sheep is lost, he slumbers not. He leaves the ninety and nine within the fold, and goes in search of the straying sheep. The darker and more tempestuous the night and the more perilous the way, the greater is the shepherd’s anxiety and the more earnest his search. He makes every effort to find that one lost sheep.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 188.

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Lesson Helps:
Isaiah 53:6; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 189-192.

Tuesday Our Lost World
What did the shepherd do with the sheep that caused him
so much trouble? He did not scold it. No, he did not whip it. He did not even try to lead it home. Lovingly, but gently he picked up the trembling sheep. Pressing it close to his heart, he kept it warm and so carried it home. Although the road was rough and the night was dark and stormy, the shepherd was happy, for he had found his lost sheep. Aren’t you glad that this story has such a beautiful ending? We would be very sad if the shepherd came home without his sheep, wouldn’t we? Do you know who is the shepherd? Who are the 99 sheep, and who is the one lost sheep? Jesus is the Good Shepherd who had many worlds in heaven. One of these worlds was our world. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, our world became lost like the sheep in the story. So, Jesus left His ninety and nine perfect worlds that have never sinned. He left His perfect home in heaven, and came to this sinful earth to take the punishment for all those times we have gone our own way. He came to save us from the pit of sin. The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one to his own way.” You and I have gone our own way by doing wrong things, by being selfish, impatient and unkind. We do wrong things because we were born with a “want to have” our own way. The Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd, wants to save us from being lost in sin. Will you let Him? Will you ask Him to take you back home to His sheepfold in heaven? ❖

Questions:
1. What does the shepherd do with the lost sheep after he finds it? 2. Who is our Shepherd and how does He treat us when He finds us lost in sin?

How About You:
Have you ever wandered from the fold of our loving Shepherd? If you are a lost little sheep, go back to Jesus.

Parents’ Corner:
“Desponding soul, take courage, even though you have done wickedly. Do not think that perhaps God will pardon your transgressions and permit you to come into His presence. God has made the first advance. While you were in rebellion against Him, He went forth to seek you. With the tender heart of the shepherd He left the ninety and nine and went out into the wilderness to find that which was lost. The soul, bruised and wounded and ready to perish, He encircles in His arms of love and joyfully bears it to the fold of safety.” — Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 188, 189.

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Thursday The Lost Coin
Have you ever lost something very precious? Maybe you lost a
very special toy or book or even your Sabbath Bible Lesson? You searched in the closet, under the bed, on the bookshelf, but could not find it. At last, you prayed about it and with the help of Jesus you found it right away. After Jesus told the parable of the Lost Sheep, He then told another story about the Lost Coin. Once there was a woman who had ten pieces of silver, but she lost one of them. In Jesus’ days a silver coin was worth a lot of money. You could buy lots of things with just one silver coin. The woman was very upset for losing the coin, because her father had given it to her long ago. Since her house was dark without any windows, she had a hard time finding it. So, she lit a candle and went searching all over the house. She looked in the cabinets, on the table, in her pockets and even under the rug, but no coin. At last, after sweeping the whole house she found the precious coin. Do you remember how happy and thankful you feel after finding something you lost? This woman was so happy that she called all her friends and neighbors and said, “Come and be happy with me, for I have found my lost coin.” Jesus finished this story by saying, “In the same way, the angels of God are happy when one sinner turns away from his sins.” When one boy, girl, Mom, Dad or grown-up stops doing his or her own way and follows Jesus, all the angels in heaven are singing. They take up their golden harps and play with the heavenly choir. The stories about the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin show us how much God loves us, and how much He tries to help us love Him too. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 15:8-10; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 192197.

Questions:
1. What did the woman lose? How hard did she look to find what she had lost? 2. What did she do after she found the lost coin?

How About You:
When you lose something, do you look for it till you find it? If you were lost in the woods would you want someone to look for you until you were found? Do you remember to thank Jesus when you find your lost things? Be happy with the angels when someone gives their heart to Jesus.

Parents’ Corner:
“The woman in the parable searches diligently for her lost coin. She lights the candle and sweeps the house. She removes everything that might obstruct her search. Though only one piece is lost, she will not cease her efforts until that piece is found. So in the family if one member is lost to God every means should be used for his recovery. On the part of all the others let there be diligent, careful selfexamination. Let the lifepractice be investigated. See if there is not some mistake, some error in management, by which that soul is confirmed in impenitence.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 194.

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“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6.

Friday Stacy Is Lost
Stacy started walking down the sidewalk. Mommy was
very busy, so Stacy decided she’d go to the park and play for a little while. “I’ll get back before Mother misses me. Mother thinks I am not old enough to go to the park alone. That is silly!” she thought. After turning a corner, Stacy heard a dog barking behind her. She was scared of dogs, and began to run blindly. At last she didn’t hear the dog anymore, so she stopped. “Oh no! This isn’t the park!” she exclaimed. “Where is the park? It has to be here somewhere,” she thought. Ten blocks and 20 minutes later, Stacy sat on the curb with tears in her eyes. “Mommy is too busy to care if I’m missing. No one will even notice I’m gone!” she cried. When she looked up she saw a familiar-looking car! Mother was coming to her rescue! In the same way, Jesus comes looking for us even when He is busy. We might think we know what is good for us, and accidently get lost from Jesus with no way back. But He will always come looking for His lost ones. ❖

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Bible Quiz
1. Who was fed by ravens? 1 Kings 17:2-7. ______________________________________________ 2. Who taught Samuel? 1 Samuel 3:1. ______________________________________________ 3. Who was the first woman? Genesis 2:21. ______________________________________________ 4. Who was the brother of Jacob? Genesis 25:27. ______________________________________________ 5. What was the name of the first garden? Genesis 2:15. ______________________________________________

Lesson Aim:
To teach that Jesus gives His love and forgiveness to those who are lost in sin.

Lesson Objectives For Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the stories of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin and emphasize the following practical principles: 1. Acknowledge that you are a lost little sheep. 2. Help Jesus find people lost in sin. 3. Be happy with Jesus and the angels when someone gives their heart to Jesus.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 15:11, 12; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 198, 199.

The Lost Boy
Sunday Memory Verse:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

Questions:
1. Why did the younger son want to run away from home? 2. What did the father tell him when he asked for his inheritance?

How About You:
Are you honoring and respecting your parents? What does it mean to honor and respect Mom and Dad? Honor and obey your parents.

An Unthankful Boy
Are you thankful for your mom and dad? Are you thankful
for the good food Mom makes, and for Dad who works hard to pay for your house and food? We are sure you are thankful for your parents. Our story today is about a boy who was not thankful to his dad for all the good things he gave to him. One day, he started thinking evil thoughts like these, “I am going to run away from home! I don’t like living here. Dad is always telling me what to do. I have to make my bed, do school work and farm work. My big brother is always bossing me around. I am tired of all this.” This boy had a kind, rich father, and he lived in a big, lovely house with his brother and many servants. He also must have had a mother, but we don’t know anything about her. The father loved his two sons dearly. One day, the younger brother made his father very sad by telling him, “Dad, I do not want to stay home any longer. Give me my share of money so I can go away.” This boy did not have a right to his father’s money while his dad was still alive; yet, the father gave him his share. O how the father wished his younger boy would stay at home and be happy! Although he was very sad to see his boy leave home, the father did not stop him. He gave him the inheritance and hoped that he would be good and do what is right. ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“The youth acknowledges no obligation to his father, and expresses no gratitude; yet he claims the privilege of a child in sharing his father’s goods. The inheritance that would fall to him at his father’s death he desires to receive now. He is bent on present enjoyment, and cares not for the future. “Having obtained his patrimony, he goes into ‘a far country,’ away from his father’s home. With money in plenty, and liberty to do as he likes, he flatters himself that the desire of his heart is reached. There is no one to say, Do not do this, for it will be an injury to yourself; or, Do this, because it is right. Evil companions help him to plunge ever deeper into sin, and he wastes his ‘substance with riotous living.’ ” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 199.

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Monday The Boy Leaves Home
What do you think the selfish boy did after he got his inheritance? He went far away from home to another country. Do you know why? He didn’t want his father to know where he was or what he was doing. Now that he had plenty of money, he found many new friends who were happy to help him spend it. This selfish boy made parties for his friends and bought them many presents. Together they were eating and drinking, and doing many wrong things. Since this boy was lazy, he did not work and save his money. One day, there was a big famine in the land and there was no food. Soon after, his money ran out, and he had nothing to eat. Do you know what happened to his friends? They left him, because now he was a poor man. What fake friends they were! True friends stay with us whether we are rich or poor, whether we are sick or healthy. If you could have seen this runaway boy now, you would have seen how bad he looked. His clothes were torn and his face looked thin and pale. He was feeling lonely and missing his father. The story of the Lost Boy is about each one of us when we run away from Jesus, and go our own way. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 15:13, 14; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 200, 201.

Questions:
1. What did the boy do after he left home? 2. Why did his friends leave him?

How About You:
Are you friendly only with the rich or pretty children? Or are you friends with everyone no matter if he or she is rich or poor, black or white, pretty or not so pretty? Be a friend at all times.

Parents’ Corner:
“What a picture here of the sinner’s state! Although surrounded with the blessings of His love, there is nothing that the sinner, bent on self-indulgence and sinful pleasure, desires so much as separation from God. Like the ungrateful son, he claims the good things of God as his by right. He takes them as a matter of course, and makes no return of gratitude, renders no service of love. As Cain went out from the presence of the Lord to seek his home; as the prodigal wandered into the ‘far country,’ so do sinners seek happiness in forgetfulness of God.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 200.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 15:15-19; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 201, 202.

Tuesday Pigs for Friends
Far away from home, with no friends, no food, no bed, and
no money was this lost boy now. O, how sad and lonely he was for home! One day, he decided, “I had better find some work or I am going to die of hunger.” So, he found a job taking care of pigs. While watching the pigs one day, he was sitting on the ground, wishing to fill himself with the husks the pigs were eating. He remembered his father’s home so far away. He thought of his kind father and the happy times he used to have with his brother. Thinking out loud, he said, “Why, even the servants in my father’s house are living better than I. They have good food to eat, clean clothes to wear and a place to sleep.” As he looked at his dirty, ragged clothes and heard his growling stomach he said, “And look at me. I am here starving to death.” Oh, how sorry he was for running away from home and for hurting his loving father. Yes, he was very sorry for doing all the wicked things with his friends, and for being such a foolish son. But at last he makes the right choice and says, “I will go to my father and say, ‘I have sinned against God and against you. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Can you please make me one of your servants?’ ” Boys and girls, do you think his father would take him back? Would you have taken him back after all the bad things he did? ❖

Questions:
1. What kind of job did the boy get? 2. What made him want to go back to his father?

How About You:
When you disobey Mom or Dad, do you go back and ask their forgiveness? Ask Jesus to forgive you when you are bad.

Parents’ Corner:
“The love of God still yearns over the one who has chosen to separate from Him, and He sets in operation influences to bring him back to the Father’s house. The prodigal son in his wretchedness ‘came to himself.’ The deceptive power that Satan had exercised over him was broken. He saw that his suffering was the result of his own folly, and he said, ‘How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father.’ Miserable as he was, the prodigal found hope in the conviction of his father’s love. It was that love which was drawing him toward home. So it is the assurance of God’s love that constrains the sinner to return to God.” — Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 202.

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Wednesday The Long Walk Home
Have you ever been so hungry that you couldn’t stand up and
walk? If so, you know how terrible you felt. The lost boy was so hungry that he could barely walk from weakness. Yet, he turns his back to the pigs, and starts the long walk home. He had been starving for many days, but he hurries home as fast as he can. As he looks at his coat he sees big holes everywhere. But he doesn’t care what the neighbors will say when they see him. Remember how proud and unthankful he was as he was leaving home? Now he is humble and very sorry for his sins. While he is walking, he does not know that someone is waiting for him far away. Every day, his father has been watching the road, thinking, “Maybe today my lost boy will come home.” On that special day, as the father looked far away, he saw a man walking toward him. The man has ragged clothes and a skinny face. Coming closer, the father recognized his son and said, “This is my lost boy.” So he ran with outstretched arms to meet him. What do you think the father did say to his boy? Did he say, “You bad boy, why did you run away from home? Where’s all the money I gave you? Couldn’t you buy some new clothes?” Oh no, this father was not angry at his boy. He never told him one unkind word. But when he saw him, he hugged him and kissed him. I can almost hear him say, “My son, I am so glad you are coming home. Since the day you left, I have been coming to look for you on this highway.” What a kind and loving father this was! We hope that you also have such a loving Dad who is kind to you when you are good or bad. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 15:20; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 202, 203.

Questions:
1. Who was waiting for the lost boy at the end of the road? 2. What did the father do as he saw his boy coming home?

How About You:
Do you love your brother when he is good or bad to you? Love others whether they are good or bad.

Parents’ Corner:
“Little did the gay, thoughtless youth, as he went out from his father’s gate, dream of the ache and longing left in that father’s heart. When he danced and feasted with his wild companions, little did he think of the shadow that had fallen on his home. And now as with weary and painful steps he pursues the homeward way, he knows not that one is watching for his return. But while he is yet ‘a great way off’ the father discerns his form. Love is of quick sight. Not even the degradation of the years of sin can conceal the son from the father’s eyes. He ‘had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck’ in a long, clinging, tender embrace.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 203.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 15:22-24; Micah 7:19; Psalm 103:1-3, 8-13; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 204206.

Thursday Welcome Home Party
What would you do if your little brother was wearing a shirt
with big holes and pants that had mud all over it? If you had an extra shirt, wouldn’t you take it off and cover him so others wouldn’t make fun of him? The loving father in this story did not want the neighbors to make fun of his son. So, he took off his own beautiful robe and wrapped it around his boy. Now, no one would see his rags. The lost son now cries with bitter tears, “O Father, I have disobeyed God and you, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.” The father forgives his son and arm-in-arm they walk back home together. When they get there, the father gives his son the best room in the house. He tells his servants, “Bring him the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Make a big party for him, and let us eat and drink and be happy, for my son was dead, and now he is alive again. He was lost and now he is found!” What a kind and loving father! What a patient and good father! Dear boys and girls, the loving Father in this story is our God. All of us have been rebellious and unthankful children like the boy in this story. We have run away from God and done evil. We have sinned against Him and chosen our own way. While we were bad, God was sad. Every day He waited for us to come back to Him. When at last we felt miserable about doing evil, we did come back to Him. He didn’t tell us, “You are a bad boy” or “You are a bad girl” but He forgave us our sins. The Bible tells us, He throws them into the middle of the sea. What a great heavenly Father we have. When you are disobedient go back to God and say, “I am sorry for being bad. Please, forgive me and make me your son or daughter.” He will forgive you and make you His child. ❖

Questions:
1. Why did the father put his own coat on his boy? 2. How did his family welcome the lost boy? 3. How does God welcome us when we are sorry for our sins?

How About You:
Do you ask God to forgive you when you run away from Him? Stop running away from God.

Parents’ Corner:
“What assurance here, of God’s willingness to receive the repenting sinner! Have you, reader, chosen your own way? Have you wandered far from God? Have you sought to feast upon the fruits of transgression, only to find them turn to ashes upon your lips? And now, your substance spent, your life-plans thwarted, and your hopes dead, do you sit alone and desolate? Now that voice which has long been speaking to your heart but to which you would not listen comes to you distinct and clear, ‘Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest; because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.’ Micah 2:10. Return to your Father’s house. He invites you, saying, ‘Return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.’ Isa. 44:22.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 205.

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Friday The Jealous Brother
If your brother was lost or had run away, how would you feel if
he came back home one day? You would be so happy, wouldn’t you? Maybe you would call your neighbors and say, “My brother is back. Come and see him.” Do you know how the older brother in our story felt when his little brother came back? He was working on his father’s farm that day, and as he came near home, he heard music and singing. “What is all this singing and noise about?” he asked a servant. The servant told him, “Your brother has come back home and your father has made a big ‘welcome home’ party for him.” The older brother was so angry that he would not even go inside the house. He was jealous that his father had made a party for his brother who had been such a bad boy. When the father came outside, the older son told him, “I have been with you all these years. Never did I disobey you, and yet, you never made a party for me. You never invited our neighbors and friends for me. But as soon as my little, bad brother came back, you made a big dinner for him. It’s not fair.” What did the father tell his jealous, older boy? Lovingly he said, “My son, you have always been with me, and everything I have is yours. But your younger brother was dead and now he is alive. He was lost and now he is found.” Whether the older brother felt sorry for being angry at his father and jealous of his brother, we do not know. But we do know that if he did not ask God to take away his anger and jealousy he will not be saved. So boys and girls, ask Jesus to help you be kind to your brothers and sisters and never be jealous of them. ❖

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Luke 15:25-32; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 207211.

Questions:
1. Why was the older brother angry when he came home? 2. What did his father tell him?

How About You:
Are you jealous of your brother or sister? Why is it wrong to be jealous? Overcome jealousy.

Parents’ Corner:
“Self-righteousness not only leads men to misrepresent God, but makes them coldhearted and critical toward their brethren. The elder son, in his selfishness and jealousy, stood ready to watch his brother, to criticize every action, and to accuse him for the least deficiency. He would detect every mistake, and make the most of every wrong act. Thus he would seek to justify his own unforgiving spirit. Many today are doing the same thing. While the soul is making its very first struggles against a flood of temptations, they stand by, stubborn, selfwilled, complaining, accusing. They may claim to be children of God, but they are acting out the spirit of Satan. By their attitude toward their brethren, these accusers place themselves where God cannot give them the light of His countenance.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 210.

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Lesson Aim:
To teach that Jesus forgives us when we repent and confess our sins.

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Letter “F”
Bible Quiz
1. How many days and nights did it rain during the flood? Genesis 7:12. ______________________________________________ 2. Into what were the friends of Daniel cast? Daniel 3:23. ______________________________________________ 3. What happened when it rained for the first time? Genesis 7:7. ______________________________________________ 4. What was the third gift for baby Jesus besides the gold and myrrh? Matthew 2:11. ______________________________________________ 5. What did Joseph warn would happen in Egypt? Genesis 41:28-31. ______________________________________________

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review story of the prodigal son and teach the following practical principles. 1. Ask Jesus to forgive you as soon as you’ve been bad. 2. Love others whether they are good or bad. 3. Overcome jealousy.

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The Blind Man Sees Again
Sunday Memory Verse:
“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:15.

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John 9:1-3; The Desire of Ages, p. 470.

Questions:
1. What was the blind man doing by the temple? 2. What questions did the disciples ask Jesus about the blind man?

How About You?
When something bad happens to your brother or sister, do you say, “It serves you right! You are being punished for being bad”? Don’t judge others.

A Blind Beggar
How would you feel if you woke up one morning and could not see? Everything was dark. What if you went to the doctor and he said that you would be blind forever? How sad you would be that you would never see your mom, dad, brother or sister again. What if you could never look at your dog, kitten, or at beautiful rainbows? You can stop right now, and thank Jesus for your two eyes that allow you to see God’s beautiful world. One Sabbath day as Jesus and His disciples were coming out of the temple, they saw a blind man sitting on the street begging for money. In those days the only way blind people could make money for food and clothes was to sit on the street corner and beg. “Help the blind! Please help the blind!” they would cry. This poor man, who was begging by the temple, had been blind since he was a little baby. He had never seen his mom and dad, the birds and the sunshine, or the trees and flowers. The disciples of Jesus thought that he was blind because he had done something very bad. Also they thought that maybe his father and mother had been bad people, so God punished them by giving them a blind boy. Coming close to Jesus, they asked, “Master, whose fault is it that this man was born blind? Was it because he sinned or his parents?” Jesus told them “Neither this man nor his parents have sinned. But God wants to show His power through him.” What Jesus meant by these words was that the man was born blind so that God could heal him through Jesus. ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“It was generally believed by the Jews that sin is punished in this life. Every affliction was regarded as the penalty of some wrongdoing, either of the sufferer himself or of his parents. It is true that all suffering results from the transgression of God’s law, but this truth had become perverted. Satan, the author of sin and all its results, had led men to look upon disease and death as proceeding from God—as punishment arbitrarily inflicted on account of sin. Hence one upon whom some great affliction or calamity had fallen had the additional burden of being regarded as a great sinner. ” — The Desire of Ages, p. 471.

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John 9:6-8; The Desire of Ages, pp. 470, 471.

Monday Jesus Loves the Handicapped
Have you ever seen a blind person walking on the street
with a “seeing-eye dog”? These animals are well trained to take their blind masters wherever they need to go. They know when to cross the street and when to wait. Handicapped people who cannot walk have wheelchairs that can take them around. We can be thankful that today these people can go to school and work. They can almost live a normal life. But in the old times, life was very hard for them. The Jews in the time of Jesus were unkind to the blind and the handicapped. They felt that a person who was sick, blind or crippled, was being punished by God for something bad they had done. Although we often get sick because we disobey God’s health rules, Satan has brought sin into our world. Because of sin some people become blind, sick, or deaf. While the Jewish priests and people looked down on the blind and crippled, Jesus loved them. He was their friend. Whenever He could, He opened the eyes of the blind, made the crippled to walk, and opened the ears of the deaf. Jesus felt sorry for the blind man who was begging by the temple. He wanted to heal his eyes. So He picked up some wet clay from the ground, mixed it with spittle and put it on the blind man’s eyes. Then He said, “Go and wash in the pool of water that is called Siloam.” Do you know what happened next? ❖

Questions:
1. How did the Jews treat the handicapped? 2. What did Jesus do for the blind man?

How About You:
What do you do when you see handicapped persons? Do you stare at them or give them a smile? How does Jesus want us to treat handicapped people? Be kind and helpful to those with handicaps.

Parents’ Corner:
“God had given a lesson designed to prevent this. The history of Job had shown that suffering is inflicted by Satan, and is overruled by God for purposes of mercy. But Israel did not understand the lesson. The same error for which God had reproved the friends of Job was repeated by the Jews in their rejection of Christ.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 471.

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Tuesday The Blind Man Can See
The pool where Jesus had sent the blind man to wash his
eyes was far from the temple. To get to this pool, he had to walk slowly through the streets of Jerusalem. Just think how hard it was for him to walk, blind as he was with those two blotches of mud on his eyes. Even though he did not know that Jesus was the Son of God, he did what Jesus had told him. When he came to the pool, he washed the clay from his eyes just as Jesus had told him to do. Right away he was healed, and for the first time in his life he could see. How happy and thankful he must have been to the wonderful Man who had given him sight! But where was that Stranger who made him to see? Who was He? Now that the man could see the blue sky, the green trees, the flowers, the birds and all the lovely things around him, he hurried home. When he got there, his neighbors and friends asked, “Is not this our blind neighbor who sat by the temple begging?” Some of them said, “Yes, this is the man.” But others said, “No, it is someone who looks very much like him.” The man looked so different now. With his eyes open, his whole face was changed and happy. That’s why his neighbors couldn’t recognize him. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
John 9:8-15; The Desire of Ages, p. 471.

Questions:
1. What happened to the blind man when he washed in the Pool of Siloam? 2. What did his neighbors say when they saw him?

How About You:
Do you have faith that Jesus can make you well when you are sick? Believe that Jesus can heal you when you are sick.

Parents’ Corner:
“The neighbors of the young man, and those who knew him before in his blindness, said, ‘Is not this he that sat and begged?’ They looked upon him with doubt; for when his eyes were opened, his countenance was changed and brightened, and he appeared like another man. From one to another the question passed. Some said, ‘This is he;’ others, ‘He is like him.’ But he who had received the great blessing settled the question by saying, ‘I am he.’ He then told them of Jesus, and by what means he had been healed, and they inquired, ‘Where is He? He said, I know not.’ ” —The Desire of Ages, pp. 471, 472.

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Lesson Helps:
John 9:18; The Desire of Ages, p. 473.

Wednesday The Jews Argue
What would you do if your friends and neighbors couldn’t
recognize you? You would tell them who you are, wouldn’t you? The healed man told his neighbors, “I am the one who was blind but now I see.” Then he told them of Jesus and how He had healed him. “Where is this wonderful Man who healed you?” the people asked?” “I do not know,” said the man. Then his neighbors took him to some men called Pharisees. These men made a show of obeying the law, but they were big sinners. The Pharisees asked him, “How were your eyes opened?” He told them, “A man put clay on my eyes; I washed in the pool and now I see.” The Pharisees knew that Jesus had made the blind man to see. Since they did not like Jesus, they said, “The Man who healed you is not from God because He made you well on the Sabbath.” Some Jews who hated Jesus were also standing nearby. They wouldn’t believe that this man was blind and that Jesus had healed him, so they said, “Call his parents and we will ask them.” So they sent for his father and mother and asked them, “Is this your son who was born blind? How come he can now see?” The man’s parents were afraid to tell the priests how Jesus had healed their son. For anyone who believed on Jesus would not be allowed to go to the temple to worship God any more. So the parents said, “We know this is our son and that he was blind and now he can see. He is old enough. Ask him how he was healed.” The priests and Pharisees were jealous of Jesus because people liked Him more than them. ❖

Questions:
1. What did the Pharisees and priests ask the healed man? 2. Why didn’t they believe that Jesus had healed him?

How About You:
Are you jealous when someone else gets all the attention? Be glad when others get more attention than you.

Parents’ Corner:
“The Pharisees saw that they were giving publicity to the work done by Jesus. They could not deny the miracle. The blind man was filled with joy and gratitude; he beheld the wondrous things of nature, and was filled with delight at the beauty of earth and sky. He freely related his experience, and again they tried to silence him, saying, ‘Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner.’ That is, Do not say again that this Man gave you sight; it is God who has done this.” — The Desire of Ages, p. 473.

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Thursday Be Kind to the Handicapped
Have people ever made fun of you because you believed in
Jesus? The priests and Pharisees were making fun of the healed man because he believed in Jesus. They asked him many questions and tried to confuse him. Finally, the man was tired of arguing with them. He said, “You are teachers of the people. How come you don’t know who is the Man who healed me? Why don’t you know where He came from? You know that God would not use Him to open my eyes if He were a sinner.” The priests were so angry that they threw the man out of the temple. So, now he could not go there on Sabbath to worship God. Jesus knew what these wicked men were doing to the healed man. He heard how they had put him out of the temple, so He went to look for him. When Jesus found him, he asked, “Do you believe on the Son of God?” The man answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?” “You have seen Him. I am the One, ” said Jesus. The man was so happy to find Jesus at last. Falling down at His feet he worshiped Him and said, “Lord, I believe.” There are many blind, crippled, deaf and handicapped men and women in our world. Some of them can’t see and hear. Others can’t walk or talk, but our God loves them just as much as He loves you and me. He wants us to treat them with special kindness and love. So the next time you see handicapped persons, don’t stare at them. Give them a smile. Be helpful and treat them like you would your best friend. When Jesus comes again, He will make the blind, the deaf, and crippled people, who love Him, well forever. They will throw away their crutches, their wheelchairs, and hearing aids, never to use them again. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
John 9:35-41; The Desire of Ages, p. 474.

Questions:
1. How were the priests bothering the healed man? 2. Who came to rescue him and what did He say?

How About You:
Do you help the handicapped whenever you have a chance? Help those that can’t help themselves.

Parent’s Corner:
“For the first time the blind man looked upon the face of his Restorer. Before the council he had seen his parents troubled and perplexed; he had looked upon the frowning faces of the rabbis; now his eyes rested upon the loving, peaceful countenance of Jesus. Already, at great cost to himself, he had acknowledged Him as a delegate of divine power; now a higher revelation was granted him.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 474.

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“For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” John 9:39.

Friday A Rich Boy
Ben wanted to be rich. One day he said, “I wish I was rich
and could have things like some of the other boys have.” “Really, Ben?” said his father, turning around quickly, “How much will you take for your legs?” “For my legs?” asked Ben in surprise. “Yes. What do you use them for?” “Why, I can run and jump and play and do almost everything.” “That’s so,” said Father. “You would not take ten thousand dollars for them, would you?” “No, sir.” “How about your voice? You sing quite well, and I know you talk a little bit. You would not part with that for ten thousand dollars, would you?” “No, sir.” “Your hearing and sense of taste are better than five thousand dollars apiece at the very least, don’t you think so?” “Yes, sir.” “Your eyes, now, how would you like to have fifty thousand dollars, and be blind the rest of your life?” “I would not like it at all.” “Think a moment, Ben, fifty thousand dollars is a lot of money. Are you very sure you would not sell them for that amount?” “Yes, sir.” “Let’s see, now,” said Father, “legs, ten thousand; arms, ten; voice, ten; hearing, five; taste, five; good health, ten; and eyes, fifty. That makes a hundred. You are worth one hundred thousand at the very lowest figure, my boy. Now run and play, jump, laugh, and hear your friends laugh, too. Look at the beautiful things around you with those fiftythousand-dollar eyes of yours. Then come home hungry for dinner. And think now and then how rich you really are.” It was a lesson Ben never forgot. And since that day every time he sees a cripple or a blind man, he thinks how many things he has to be thankful for. It has helped to make him happy. ❖

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Bible Quiz
1. Beside which sea did Jesus often teach? Mark 1:16. __________________________________________________ 2. Who was the giant that David killed? 1 Samuel 17:31-50. __________________________________________________ 3. What are the first four books of the New Testament called? Mark 1:1. __________________________________________________ 4. Who was the angel that spoke to Mary about the baby Jesus? Luke 1:26-28. __________________________________________________

Lesson Aim:
To help the child understand that handicapped people are God’s children also and to show them love and respect.

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the story of the blind man and emphasize the following principles: 1. Don’t judge others. 2. Be kind and helpful to those with handicaps. 3. Believe that Jesus can heal you or others when you or they are sick.

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 10:38, 39; The Desire of Ages, p. 524.

Sunday Memory Verse:

Lazarus Lives

Questions:
1. Whose house did Jesus like to visit the most on this earth? Why? 2. What did Martha like to do? How about Mary?

“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25.

How About You:
If you lived in the time of Jesus, do you think He would like coming to your house? Why? Be hospitable to your guests.

Jesus Visits His Friends
Did you ever go to town with Mom all day and get very
tired? Maybe it was a cold and rainy day and you were freezing cold. How glad you were to come home. Maybe you took off your shoes and laid down on the sofa to rest. Then Mother made a delicious soup and you were thankful to have a warm home, a loving Mom and Dad and good food to eat. When Jesus lived on this earth, He had no home where He could go and rest. He had to wait for other people to invite Him to their homes. Just think how tired He felt after a long day of preaching and walking! There was one home that Jesus liked to visit more than any other because the people who lived there loved Him very much. This was the home of Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. Jesus would often come to visit them, and they were always glad to see Him. In their home, Jesus would probably take off His sandals and lay comfortably on the sofa. The very first time Jesus came to Bethany, Martha invited Him and His disciples for dinner. As soon as they arrived, Martha went to the kitchen to prepare food for them. She loved to cook good food for her guests, but Mary liked to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His words. ❖
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Parents’ Corner:
“While you should treat your visitors kindly and make them feel at home, you should ever remember that you are a teacher to the little ones God has given you. They are watching you, and no course of yours should direct their feet in the wrong way. Be to your visitors just what you are to your family every day— pleasant, considerate, and courteous. In this way all can be educators, an example of good works. They testify that there is something more essential than to keep the mind on what they shall eat and drink and wherewithal they shall be clothed.” —The Adventist Home, p. 450.

Monday Martha Is Upset
Have you ever worked very hard with your mother or father
while your little brother or sister were playing? Maybe you became upset that Mom and Dad didn’t make your brother work, so you thought, “It’s not fair that I have to work while he plays.” This is exactly how Martha felt as she was preparing dinner for Jesus. She was working so hard while her sister was sitting with her hands folded, listening to Jesus tell stories. Martha came to Jesus and said, “Don’t you care that my sister is doing nothing while I have to do all the work?” Martha was so busy making food for her guests that she forgot to sit and talk with them. In a kind way, Jesus told her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried about many things, but there is one important thing. Mary has chosen that good part which no one can take away from her.” Do you know what these words meant? Jesus was telling Martha, “It is more important that you hear My words than that you work so hard in the kitchen. You can always cook, but you won’t always have Me as your guest.” Jesus wants us to work hard, but He also wants us to take time to sit at His feet just like Mary. You can sit at Jesus’ feet by listening to Mom or Dad reading the Bible, by praying and singing to Jesus. There is one more way. You can go to the mountains, to the rivers and oceans, to the forest and gardens and hear God talking to you through the things of nature. So remember to work hard like Martha, but also take time to sit at Jesus’ feet like Mary every day. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 10:40-42; The Desire of Ages, p. 525.

Questions:
1. Why was Martha upset at her sister? 2. What did Jesus tell Martha?

How About You:
Are you more like Martha or Mary? Tell how you can sit at the feet of Jesus every day. Sit at the feet of Jesus every day.

Parents’ Corner:
“The ‘one thing’ that Martha needed was a calm, devotional spirit, a deeper anxiety for knowledge concerning the future, immortal life, and the graces necessary for spiritual advancement. She needed less anxiety for the things which pass away, and more for those things which endure forever. Jesus would teach His children to seize every opportunity of gaining that knowledge which will make them wise unto salvation. The cause of Christ needs careful, energetic workers. There is a wide field for the Marthas, with their zeal in active religious work. But let them first sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus. Let diligence, promptness, and energy be sanctified by the grace of Christ; then the life will be an unconquerable power for good.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 525.

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Lesson Helps:
John 11:1-7; The Desire of Ages, p. 526.

Tuesday Lazarus Is Sick
One day Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary,
became very sick. His sisters were so worried. They were afraid their only brother would die. Immediately, they thought of Jesus and sent him a message, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” Jesus told the messenger, “His sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God.” Mary and Martha thought that Jesus would come to see their brother at once. Anxiously they waited for Him, perhaps looking down the road to see if He was coming. How surprised they were when the messenger came back without Jesus. Lovingly the two sisters spoke words of hope to their brother. Perhaps they said “Lazarus, Jesus will soon come to make you well. Just wait a little more.” Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters, but He did not go to their house at once. He waited two days after the messenger came to go to Bethany. Poor Lazarus could not wait for Jesus to come. He was so sick that he died. Mary and Martha could do nothing to save their brother. They were, oh so sad! “Why didn’t Jesus come right away and heal our brother? Maybe He forgot about us,” they thought. But Jesus did not forget about His friends. He never forgets! Jesus wanted to do something more wonderful for Lazarus than just make him well. Do you know what it was? ❖

Questions:
1. What message did Mary and Martha send to Jesus? 2. What happened to Lazarus when Jesus did not come right away?

How About You:
Do you get impatient when Mother does not come right away when you call her? Do you get upset when your brother or sister doesn’t come right away? Wait patiently.

Parents’ Corner:
“Anxiously [Lazarus’ sisters] waited for a word from Jesus. As long as the spark of life was yet alive in their brother, they prayed and watched for Jesus to come. But the messenger returned without Him. Yet he brought the message, ‘This sickness is not unto death,’ and they clung to the hope that Lazarus would live. Tenderly they tried to speak words of hope and encouragement to the almost unconscious sufferer. When Lazarus died, they were bitterly disappointed; but they felt the sustaining grace of Christ, and this kept them from reflecting any blame on the Saviour.”—The Desire of Ages, p. 526.

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Wednesday Jesus Talks to Martha
“Why is Jesus taking such a long time to go to the house of
sick Lazarus?” the disciples wondered. Finally after two days, Jesus told them, “Let us go to Bethany. Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go to awake him out of sleep.” The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant, so they said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will wake up.” Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.” When Jesus finally came to Bethany, He sent a messenger to tell Mary and Martha that He had come. There were many friends at their house who had come to comfort them. Softly the messenger told Martha, “Jesus has come, and He wishes to see you.” Martha went out quickly to see Jesus. Mary did not go with her for she did not hear what the messenger had said. She stayed in the house and cried over her dear brother. When Martha saw Jesus she told Him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now, I know, that whatever You ask of God, He will give it to You.” Jesus looked lovingly into her crying face. He knew how sad she was, then kindly He said to her, “Your brother will live again.” Martha did not understand what Jesus meant, for she said, “I know he will wake up in the resurrection.” Jesus then said to her, “I am the resurrection and life and who believes on Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Martha said, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are Christ, the Son of God.” ❖

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Lesson Helps:
John 11:17-27; The Desire of Ages, pp. 528-530.

Questions:
1. What did Jesus tell Martha about her brother? 2. Do you think Martha believed that Jesus could raise her brother to life?

How About You:
Do you believe that Jesus can raise a dead person to life? Do you believe that Jesus can do anything? Believe that Jesus can do anything for you, if it is His will.

Parents’ Corner:
“To the Saviour’s words, ‘Believest thou?’ Martha responded, ‘Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.’ She did not comprehend in all their significance the words spoken by Christ, but she confessed her faith in His divinity, and her confidence that He was able to perform whatever it pleased Him to do.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 530.

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Lesson Helps:
John 11:29-37; The Desire of Ages, pp. 530-534.

Thursday Jesus Cries
Martha couldn’t wait to tell Mary that Jesus had come, so
she quickly hurried into the house. “Mary,” she whispered, “Jesus has come and wants to see you.” As soon as Mary heard this, she got up and went to the place where Jesus was waiting for her. When the people saw Mary leaving, they followed her, thinking she was going to the grave of Lazarus. Kneeling at the feet of Jesus, Mary cried, “Lord, Lord, if You had been here my brother would not have died.” Jesus asked the two sisters, “Where did you lay your brother?” They answered, “Lord, come and see.” All the way to the grave Mary and Martha and their friends were crying. Together they walked to a big cave which had a big hole. Inside the cave was the grave of Lazarus. When Jesus saw everyone crying, He cried also. Jesus did not cry for Lazarus, for soon He would bring him back to life. But Jesus cried for the people who were standing there and who would soon put Him to death on the cross. Jesus also cried for you and me, for your mom and dad, and for the children and people all around the world. Our sins were so heavy for Him because He was carrying them all. How much He loved us and wished to save us! But some would not want to be saved. Dear boys and girls, don’t let Jesus’ tears be in vain. Hear His loving voice. Obey Him and love Him for He gave His life for you. ❖

Questions:
1. Why did Jesus cry? 2. Do you think Jesus cries today when you disobey your mom and dad?

How About You:
What are some bad things you do that make Jesus cry? What can you do so Jesus does not cry anymore for you? Don’t make any fresh wounds in the heart of Jesus.

Parents’ Corner:
“It was not only because of the scene before Him that Christ wept. The weight of the grief of ages was upon Him. He saw the terrible effects of the transgression of God’s law. He saw that in the history of the world, beginning with the death of Abel, the conflict between good and evil had been unceasing. Looking down the years to come, He saw the suffering and sorrow, tears and death, that were to be the lot of men. His heart was pierced with the pain of the human family of all ages and in all lands. The woes of the sinful race were heavy upon His soul, and the fountain of His tears was broken up as He longed to relieve all their distress.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 534.

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Friday Roll Away the Stone
Did you ever see a large, round stone as big as a door? The
stone that covered the tomb of Lazarus was big and round. Jesus walked up to the cave where Lazarus was laying and said, “Take away this stone.” A few strong men were ready to move the stone, but Martha stopped them. She did not like everyone to see her dead brother. Jesus told her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Right away the strong men took away the big stone from the cave. Everyone was quiet. No one was crying now. All were waiting to see what Jesus would do. Stepping up close to the grave, Jesus lifted His eyes to heaven and prayed, “Father, I thank You that You have heard me.” After He had finished praying, He called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” Suddenly, there was noise in the dark cave. Dead Lazarus heard the voice of Jesus and obeyed. Standing up from his grave, he walked to the door of the cave. He had a hard time walking for his body and face were wrapped in long strips of cloth. Jesus told some men, “Loose him and let him go.” They quickly unfastened the graveclothes. Lazarus stood before the crowd. No longer was he sick and weak, but strong and healthy. His eyes were full of happiness and love for his friend Jesus. Lazarus walked to Jesus and worshiped at His feet. I can just hear him saying, “Thank you, dear Jesus, for bringing me back to life! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” Mary and Martha hugged their dear brother and thanked Jesus for bringing him back to life. All the relatives were happy and praising God. But while Lazarus and his sisters were hugging each other, Jesus disappeared from the crowd. No one could find Him. What a humble Jesus! All He wants to do is to make people happy. I want to be like Him, don’t you? ❖

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Lesson Helps:
John 11:37-44; The Desire of Ages, pp. 535, 536.

Questions:
1. Why didn’t Mary want Jesus to open the door of her brother’s grave? 2. What happened when Jesus called Lazarus?

How About You:
Why does Jesus ask us to help Him in saving others? Be a partner with Jesus in saving people.

Parents’ Corner:
“When the Lord is about to do a work, Satan moves upon someone to object. ‘Take ye away the stone,’ Christ said. As far as possible, prepare the way for My work. But Martha’s positive and ambitious nature asserted itself. She was unwilling that the decomposing body should be brought to view. The human heart is slow to understand Christ’s words, and Martha’s faith had not grasped the true meaning of His promise. . . .‘Take ye away the stone.’ Christ could have commanded the stone to remove, and it would have obeyed His voice. He could have bidden the angels who were close by His side to do this. At His bidding, invisible hands would have removed the stone. But it was to be taken away by human hands. Thus Christ would show that humanity is to cooperate with divinity. What human power can do divine power is not summoned to do.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 535.

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Lesson Aim:
To teach that it is most important to sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary, and that Jesus is the Lifegiver.

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Who Am I?
Bible Quiz
1. My favorite friends lived in Bethany. I loved to visit them for they showed me love and kindness. Who am I? _____________________________________ 2. I sat at the feet of Jesus instead of helping my sister in the kitchen. Who am I? _____________________________________ 3. I was always cooking, cleaning and working to make our guests comfortable. I wanted my sister to help. Who am I? _____________________________________ 4. We didn’t understand why our Master did not go at once to Bethany. Who are we? ___________________________________ 5. I was very sick for three days, then I died. Jesus brought me back to life. Who am I? _____________________________________

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the story about Lazarus’ resurrection and emphasize the following principles: 1. Sit at the feet of Jesus every day by praying, studying the Bible, and singing songs of praise. 2. Believe that Jesus can do anything, even raise a dead person to life, if it is His will. 3. Wait patiently for others.

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Jesus, the Friend of Little People
Sunday Memory Verse:
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:16.

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Matthew 19:13, 14; The Desire of Ages, p. 511.

Questions:
1. Who were Jesus’ favorite friends? Why? 2. What did Jesus tell the disciples when they tried to send the children away?

How About You:
Do you love Jesus as much as He loves you? Jesus would like to talk to you, too.

Jesus Loved the Little People
Do you know who were Jesus’ favorite friends? Was it His
twelve disciples? Was it His mom, dad and brothers? Or was it Mary, Martha and Lazarus? Jesus loved all these people very much, but the people He liked the most were little people like you. Jesus loved children. He was glad when they came to talk to Him, and happy to hear them singing songs of praise. After spending a whole day teaching the people and listening to the priests and Pharisees arguing, Jesus was very tired. He was tired of looking at their mean faces. That’s when He was glad to see the smiling faces of children. Jewish moms and dads would often bring their children to some famous teacher or preacher and ask him, “Lay your hands on them and bless them.” Since Jesus was a famous teacher, many mothers came to Him to ask “Bless my children.” But the disciples didn’t like to see the mothers and children bothering Jesus. They thought, “Jesus is too busy to waste His time with the children. He has more important work to do, like healing and teaching the adults.” Looking unfriendly at the mothers they said, “Go home. Jesus doesn’t want to see your children.” Jesus heard the mean words of the disciples and told them, “Leave the children alone. Allow the little ones to come to Me and do not forbid them for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“Jesus was ever a lover of children. He accepted their childish sympathy and their open, unaffected love. The grateful praise from their pure lips was music in His ears, and refreshed His spirit when oppressed by contact with crafty and hypocritical men. Wherever the Saviour went, the benignity of His countenance, and His gentle, kindly manner won the love and confidence of children.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 511.

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Lesson Helps:
Mark 10:13, 14; The Desire of Ages, p. 512.

Monday Jesus Loved the Mothers
Do you know how much your mother loves you? When we
asked one little boy, he said, “My mother loves me more than millions.” We know that your mother also loves you “millions.” This is why she spends so much time praying for you, asking Jesus to help her teach you to obey. The mothers who came to Jesus were also praying for their boys and girls, and Jesus heard their prayers. So one day a mother left her home with the children to find Jesus. On the way she met some of her neighbors and maybe she said, “I am taking my children to Jesus so He can bless them.” Perhaps her neighbors said, “Wait for us, we want to go with you. We want Jesus to bless our little boys and girls also.” So several mothers walked together to the place where Jesus was preaching. Many little boys and girls, juniors, and even some youth came along with their mothers. Often, the mothers would say to Jesus with tears in their eyes, “Master, please bless my children.” Lovingly Jesus put His hands on the heads of the children and blessed them. Later He took the little ones in His lap and held them. How happy these mothers were. Now they went back to their homes with new strength to train their children for Jesus. ❖

Questions:
1. Why did the mothers come to Jesus? 2. What did Jesus do with the children?

How About You:
Would you have liked to have a visit with Jesus? What would you tell Him? Jesus loves the little people.

Parents’ Corner:
“Jesus knows the burden of every mother’s heart. He who had a mother that struggled with poverty and privation sympathizes with every mother in her labors. He who made a long journey in order to relieve the anxious heart of a Canaanite woman will do as much for the mothers of today. He who gave back to the widow of Nain her only son, and who in His agony upon the cross remembered His own mother, is touched today by the mother’s sorrow. In every grief and every need He will give comfort and help.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 512.

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Tuesday Little Members of God’s Church
Do you know what Jesus was thinking about as He was holding the children in His lap? He thought, “These children and youth love Me more than the grown-ups. They have given Me their hearts. One day they will be My disciples.” Jesus was never too busy to answer the questions of children. When He was teaching, He would speak His sermon in easy words so children could understand. Jesus knew that children loved stories, so He told many stories in His sermons. The children, juniors, and young people went home after Jesus blessed them, but they never forgot that special visit with Him. Often their moms would repeat the loving words of Jesus to them. When the boys and girls grew older and were doing something bad, they remembered the words of Jesus and how He blessed them. That helped them to turn from their bad ways and to do what is right. If Jesus were here today, you would want Him to take you in His arms and bless you, wouldn’t you? Although we cannot see Jesus face to face, we know He loves all the children everywhere. We can talk to Him in prayer and ask Him to help us be kind like Him. When we do wrong, we can ask Him to forgive us and help us to do what is right. Do you know whom Jesus has put in your church to bless the children? Of course there is Mom and Dad, but then there is your preacher, your Sabbath school teacher, and the grown-up Christians in your church. Jesus has asked them to love you and to teach you about Him. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
The Desire of Ages, pp. 513-517.

Questions:
1. What was Jesus thinking as He held the children in His lap? 2. Who did Jesus put in the church to bless the children?

Parents’ Corner:
“As you win [the children’s] confidence in you as followers of Christ, it will be easy to teach them of the great love wherewith He has loved us. As you try to make plain the truths of salvation, and point the children to Christ as a personal Saviour, angels will be by your side. The Lord will give to fathers and mothers grace to interest their little ones in the precious story of the Babe of Bethlehem, who is indeed the hope of the world. “When Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the children to come to Him, He was speaking to His followers in all ages—to officers of the church, to ministers, helpers, and all Christians. Jesus is drawing the children, and He bids us, Suffer them to come; as if He would say, They will come if you do not hinder them.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 517.

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Lesson Helps:
Ecclesiastes 12:1; The Ministry of Healing, p. 41.

Wednesday Give Jesus Your Heart
That same Jesus who blessed the children of long ago has
not changed today. O how He wishes to bless you and help you to do what is right! Nothing in the world would make Him happier than for you to give Him your heart. You see, Jesus wants you to give Him your heart right now while you are young. What would you do if someone gave you a bunch of wilted, dying flowers for your birthday? Wouldn’t you think, “That is so unkind. I can’t do anything with these dead flowers except throw them away.” When you are young, you are like a fresh blooming flower. Jesus wants you to give Him your heart while you are fresh and young. People who wait till they are old to give their hearts to Jesus can serve Him only a few years. But a young child can serve Him for many years. Can you think of a boy who gave his heart to Jesus as a little boy? Samuel was only three years old when he went to work for God in the temple. He worked many happy years for Jesus. Yet Solomon, the wisest king that ever lived, wasted most of his young years on himself. He served idols. Then at last, when he was old and wrinkled, he gave his heart to God again. He was sorry for wasting his life. This is why he wrote, “Remember Jesus when you are young, before you get old and don’t care to live any more.” ❖

Questions:
1. When does Jesus want you to give Him your heart? 2. What did Solomon say to children and youth?

How About You:
Did you give your heart to Jesus? If not, why not ask Mom and Dad to help you do it now? Give your heart to Jesus today.

Parents’ Corner:
“Let mothers come to Jesus with their perplexities. They will find grace sufficient to aid them in the management of their children. The gates are open for every mother who would lay her burdens at the Saviour’s feet. He who said, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not,’ still invites the mothers to lead up their little ones to be blessed by Him. Even the babe in its mother’s arms may dwell as under the shadow of the Almighty through the faith of the praying mother. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from his birth. If we will live in communion with God, we too may expect the divine Spirit to mold our little ones, even from their earliest moments.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 512.

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Thursday A Girl Named Ellen
1800’s almost 170 years ago. She had a twin sister named Elizabeth, and six other brothers and sisters. All of her brothers loved God. They learned to always tell the truth, to work at home and help the poor. Ellen was a happy, healthy, and a strong little girl. She spread sunshine wherever she went. While she was still a child, she loved to study. If she had a hard lesson to learn or hard work to do, she did not give up until it was done. Her parents were happy with her and hoped she would grow up to be a useful lady. Ellen and her twin sister Elizabeth were quite different. While Ellen could run very fast and climb fences quickly, her sister was slower so she would call after her, “Oh Ellen, wait for me!” Then Ellen would patiently wait, for she was a kind-hearted girl and was always pleasant to everyone. Near their home there were woods where the twins used to play. One day Ellen found a bunch of beechnuts that the squirrels had laid up in a hollow tree. How the twins would have liked to have those nuts! But they would not steal them from the hard-working squirrels and leave the poor creatures to be hungry in the long winter. Mother and Father taught the girls to always return good for evil. So now they thought of a plan to get the beechnuts from the squirrels. They would bring some corn from the barn and put it in the hollow tree and instead they would take the nuts. That seemed a fair deal! But they still felt guilty for taking the nuts from the squirrels. Finally they decided to bring twice as much corn as there were nuts. That surely would not be cheating. The father of the twin girls had a number of cows. One of them was very mean. She would kick and hook at anyone who tried to milk her; but she would stand as still as need be when Ellen milked her. The kind girl was on friendly terms with all the animals as well as with all the people she knew. One day Elizabeth tried to trick the cow. She put on Ellen’s sunbonnet and went to milk the cow hoping to make her think she was Ellen. But the cow was smarter than that. She would not let Elizabeth milk her, so the twin sister gave up once and for all. Another time one of the cows wandered onto some wet ground and its feet slowly sank deeply into the mud until she could not get out. Ellen found the cow in trouble, and what do you suppose she did? She might have taken a stick and tried to drive the cow off, but that was not her way of doing things. Instead, she gathered a bunch of green grass and took it to the cow. Then she petted the animal, talking gently to her. At last, she took a hold of the cow’s horns and started walking, calling cheerfuly, “Come on, come on.” At last the cow was convinced, and so she did her best to get out of the mud until she was on dry ground.
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Questions:
1. Who was Ellen and how big was her family? 2. What did you learn from Ellen and Elizabeth about the way they treated the squirrels? 3. How did Ellen convince the cow to get out of the mud? Why was this a better way than hitting the cow with a stick? Be kind to animals.

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“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Questions:
1. What happened to Ellen when she was nine years old? 2. Why couldn’t Ellen’s father recognize her? 3. What happened when Ellen tried to go back to school? 4. What did the girl who hurt Ellen have to do for her? What do you think she learned?

Friday Ellen Has an Accident

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How About You:
How do you act when someone hits you or hurts you in some way? Are you patient and cheerful when you are hurting or sick? Be patient and cheerful when you are sick.

One day, when Ellen was nine years old, she was going home from school with Elizabeth and a friend. A thirteen-year old girl, who was angry about something, followed them. Ellen’s mother taught her children never to argue. She told them, “If anyone tries to hurt you, remember to run home as fast as you can.” So the girls hurried on, but the angry girl ran after them. Ellen turned her head to see how far behind the girl was. Just then, she threw a stone that hit Ellen’s nose very hard. Ellen was bleeding badly and she dropped to the ground unconscious. When she came to herself again, she was lying in a store. The kind man at the store offered to take Ellen home in his carriage, but she told him, “I would rather walk home.” Do you know why Ellen did not want to go in the man’s buggy? She didn’t want to make his buggy dirty with her bloody nose. After walking only a few steps, Ellen became faint and dizzy. So her twin sister and a friend had to carry her home. For three weeks Ellen lay in bed. She didn’t know anything that was going on around her. Everyone but her mother thought she would die. Week after week her mother cared for her. Slowly Ellen grew stronger, but she wasn’t as healthy as she used to be. Mother had a big cradle made for Ellen and there she laid quietly for many weeks. Ellen became so skinny that one could see many of her bones. Her father was away from home when the accident happened. When he came home again, he kissed all the other children, then looked around for Ellen. “Where is my little Ellen?” he asked. “Here she is,” Mother said. Father looked at his daughter, but she was so different. He hardly knew who she was. Her nose was broken, and her face was pale and thin. It was hard to believe that this was his little Ellen, the one he left only a few months before—a healthy, happy child. Poor Ellen tried to look cheerful, but her little heart seemed as if it would break. Ellen was no longer the pretty girl she had once been. Many of her girl friends forgot about her. She wanted so much to go to school, but she wasn’t well enough to go. Ellen became very sad. After some time, she tried going to school again but it was hard for her to remember the things she learned. Do you know who helped her with her school work? The teacher asked the same girl who had hit Ellen with a rock to be her helper at school. O how sorry this girl was to have hurt Ellen so badly. She was gentle and patient with Ellen. As she saw how hard it was for Ellen to write and learn, she felt so sad. But kind-hearted Ellen was careful not to remind the girl of the way she had hurt her. Since Ellen was having such hard time in school, her teacher told her to quit school. This made Ellen very sad.
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Questions:
1. What did Ellen hear from William Miller? 2. Whose example helped Ellen to give her heart to Jesus? 3. Who was Ellen White’s husband? 4. How did Ellen help God when she became a lady? 5. What do we call the books she wrote?

William Miller. He told the people that Jesus was coming soon and that they must be ready to meet Him. Ellen wanted so much to be ready for Jesus that she could not sleep for many nights. Often she would pray through the night, asking Jesus to help her be ready when He comes. During one of the meetings, William Miller called the people to come forward and give their hearts to Jesus. Ellen walked to the front of the church with the others. But in her heart she felt that she was not good enough to be a child of God. Next summer Ellen went with her parents to a camp meeting. As she listened to the preacher, she thought, “This time I must have my sins forgiven so I can be God’s child. The preacher read the words of queen Esther, “I will go in unto the king, and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16. He told the people, “Come to Jesus just as you are. He will wash you from all your sins.” As Ellen was kneeling in prayer with the others, she cried to Jesus like queen Esther, “Help me, Jesus; save me or I will die. I will never stop praying until You hear me and forgive me my sins.” Suddenly, while she was kneeling she felt like her burden of sin left her. She said, “Jesus seems so real to me now. I can come to Him and tell Him what makes me sad and He will help me. I am so happy.” After the camp meeting, Ellen went home with her family. But do you know what happened on the way? The sun seemed to shine more brightly for her. The grass seemed more green and the sky a deeper blue. The trees even looked more beautiful, and the birds sang more sweetly. Everything seemed to be praising God. As she touched some flower petals, she thought, “If God loves and cares for the flowers, how much more He will care for me. I am a child of God. I will love Him and obey Him and never make Him sad.” Sometime later, Ellen was baptized and she tried to help other girls to know Jesus. Yes, she wanted everyone to be as happy as she was. So she started little prayer meetings with her friends. Elizabeth and her were knitting socks and selling them. They saved the money and gave it to missionaries so they could tell others about the coming of Jesus. When Ellen grew to be a lady, she married James White, and her name became Ellen White. God talked to her just as He did to Moses, Daniel, Paul, and other Bible prophets. Ellen wrote many books about what God told her. We call these the Spirit of Prophecy. Ask your mom and dad to show you the books Ellen White wrote. We are sure you have many of them in your library. All through her life Ellen made friends and cheered not only animals but also people. She did much to relieve suffering and help young people go to school and know Jesus. Dear boys and girls, it is our wish and prayer that you, too, may be kind, loving, unselfish and good like Ellen was. Jesus loves you very much. Give Him your heart when you are little just like Ellen did. Jesus has a plan for your life as He had for Ellen. If you are kind, humble, patient, brave, and obedient, you too can be a missionary for Jesus like Ellen. ❖
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How About You:
Do you believe that Jesus is coming in the clouds very soon? What are you doing to get ready for Him? Do you want to be Jesus’ helper like Ellen was? Get ready for Jesus’ coming by obeying Him and helping others get ready for His return.

Lesson Aim:
To teach that Jesus loves and cares about children.

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review story and emphasize the following practical points: 1. Jesus would like to talk with you as He talked to children long ago. 2. Jesus loves you and cares about everything that happens to you. 3. Give your heart to Jesus today.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 19:16-19; Mark 10:14-19; The Desire of Ages, p. 518.

The Rich Young Ruler
Sunday Memory Verse:
“If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17.

Questions:
1. What did the rich young man ask Jesus? 2. How can we love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength?

How About You:
Do you love your brother, sister, friend or neighbor as much as yourself? Love God with all that you have, and your neighbor as yourself.

Lots of Money, But No Happiness
If you had lots of money and could get anything you wanted, what would you buy? A rich man came running to Jesus one day. He had lots of money, a nice house, animals, lots of food and clothes. He could buy anything he wanted. But there was something he wished to have that all his money could not buy. As he saw Jesus talking to the children, holding them in His lap and showing them love, he wanted Jesus to bless him also. Oh, how he wished that Jesus would give him happiness! So he knelt at the feet of Jesus and asked, “Good Master, what good thing do I have to do to be saved?” Jesus looked lovingly at the rich man and said, “If you want to live with Me in heaven, keep the commandments.” Then Jesus named some of the ten commandments to him. The ten commandments are God’s holy law. We can divide them into two big commandments. One teaches us to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and the other to love our neighbor as ourselves. Yet, if someone asked you, “Tell me the commandments in one word,” what would you say? L - O - V - E! Yes, to obey the commandments means to love God and our neighbor. ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“[The young ruler] had a high estimate of his own righteousness. He did not really suppose that he was defective in anything, yet he was not altogether satisfied. He felt the want of something that he did not possess. Could not Jesus bless him as He blessed the little children, and satisfy his soul want?” —The Desire of Ages, p. 518.

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Monday Sell All That You Have!
When he was a very small boy, the rich, young man learned
from his father and mother all the commandments. He was a little upset that Jesus had asked him if he knew the commandments, for when he was your age, he had memorized all of them. “I have kept all these commandments since I was a child,” he told Jesus. “What else shall I do?” The young man thought Jesus would ask him to do something very hard. As Jesus looked lovingly into the man’s eyes, He saw his whole life and all that he had ever done. “You are missing just one thing. If you want to be perfect, sell all that you have, and give the money to the poor. Then follow Me, and you will have treasure in heaven.” You see, boys and girls, Jesus saw that this man’s heart was all clean except for one dirty spot. The name of that dirty spot was selfishness. This man loved himself and his money more than he loved God or his neighbor. Jesus wanted to show him how to get rid of this black spot. Oh, how Jesus loved him, and wished to make him one of His disciples! If only he would let Jesus take that dirty spot of selfishness, what a great missionary he could be. Do you think this rich man was willing to give away all his riches to follow Jesus? ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 19:21; The Desire of Ages, p. 519.

Questions:
1. When did the young man memorize the commandments? 2. What was the dark spot of sin in his heart? 3. What did Jesus tell him to do about it?

How About You:
Does memorizing the commandments make us obedient boys and girls? Obey the commandments—don’t just memorize them.

Parents’ Corner:
“ ‘One thing thou lackest,’ Jesus said. ‘If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.’ Christ read the ruler’s heart. Only one thing he lacked, but that was a vital principle. He needed the love of God in the soul. This lack, unless supplied, would prove fatal to him; his whole nature would become corrupted. By indulgence, selfishness would strengthen. That he might receive the love of God, his supreme love of self must be surrendered.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 519.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 19:22; The Desire of Ages, pp. 520-523.

Tuesday He Went Away Sad
If Jesus told you, Michelle, or, Aaron, if you want to go to
heaven, you have to give away your house, your clothes, your toys and everything you have, would you do it? Would the rich man do it? The Bible tells us, “When he heard the words of Jesus, he went away sad, for he was very rich.” Jesus gave this man a test. He wanted to know, “Does he love Me more than his money, houses and lands?” So, He asked him to choose between the riches of heaven, or the riches of this earth. The young man wanted to follow Jesus, but he loved his money and his own way more than he cared about Jesus. Yes, he wanted to be saved and go to heaven, but he thought it was too hard to give up all the things he loved. He felt that he could keep all the other commandments, except the one that says, “love your neighbor as yourself.” At last, this rich young man said, “No, Jesus, I cannot give You my all.” This is why he went away very sad. Whenever we say, No to Jesus or Mom and Dad, we are sad. But when we say Yes to Jesus and our parents, we are always happy. So, while the rich young ruler did not want to follow Jesus, another rich man did. Do you know what his name was? When you get to heaven you are going to meet another rich man who took the crown of the rich young ruler. We will learn about him in next week’s lesson! ❖

Questions:
1. What two choices did the rich young man have? 2. What bad choice did he make at last?

How About You:
What are some things Jesus asks you to give to Him? Have you said Yes? Choose to say Yes to Jesus, and to Mom and Dad.

Parents’ Corner:
“Only those who will become co-workers with Christ, only those who will say, Lord, all I have and all I am is Thine, will be acknowledged as sons and daughters of God. All should consider what it means to desire heaven, and yet to turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say ‘No’ to Christ. The ruler said, No, I cannot give You all. Do we say the same?” —The Desire of Ages, p. 523.

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Wednesday Who Will Be Saved?
How do you think Jesus feels when we say No to Him? He is
very sad and so are the heavenly angels. When we say No to Jesus, we are saying “Jesus I don’t care about You. I am not thankful that You died on the cross for me. I love my toys and myself more than I love You.” This is why when the rich young ruler left—He was very sad. Turning to His disciples, Jesus said, “It is hard for people who love riches to go to heaven!” The disciples were not happy to hear these words from Jesus. Do you know why? They were secretly wishing to become rich and to have lots of money themselves. You see, they believed that soon Jesus would be crowned king of Israel and they thought, “We will be princes in His kingdom. Then we will have lots of money. Why, we will get rid of our old fishing boats and buy big ships. And we will never have to walk again for we will have horses and chariots to ride.” Now they were worried, if they got rich they might not be saved, so they asked, “Lord, who will be saved if it’s so hard to go to heaven?” Jesus encouraged them by saying, “The things that are impossible with men are possible with God.” That meant, we can only be saved by God’s help, and not by ourselves. So, boys and girls, is there anything that you love more than Jesus? Toys? Food? Pets? Mom and Dad? Ask God to help you love Him more than anything or anybody else in the world. He will hear and answer your prayer. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 19:23-26; The Desire of Ages, p. 523.

Questions:
1. What are we saying when we say No to Jesus? 2. Why were the disciples surprised when Jesus said, “It is hard for people who love money to go to heaven”?

How About You:
What or whom do you like more than Jesus? We are saved by grace, and not by our good works.

Parents’ Corner:
“Peter was the first to rally from the secret conviction wrought by the Saviour’s words. He thought with satisfaction of what he and his brethren had given up for Christ. ‘Behold,’ he said, ‘we have forsaken all, and followed Thee.’ Remembering the conditional promise to the young ruler, ‘Thou shalt have treasure in heaven,’ he now asked what he and his companions were to receive as a reward for their sacrifices.” — Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 395.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 19:27-29; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 394396.

Thursday Peter Speaks Up
Are you a quiet boy or girl, or do you always like to be the
first to speak up in your family? Jesus had a man in His family of disciples who always liked to be the first to talk. His name was Peter. As Peter saw the rich young man turning away from Jesus, he thought to himself, “I’m better than he is.” Peter said to Jesus, “Look at us. We gave up everything to follow You, so what will be our reward?” Poor Peter. Here he was again thinking that he would get a better reward than others because he had given up fishing to follow Jesus. He still had to learn how to be humble. But right then, Jesus told him and the other disciples, “Truly, I say to you, when I sit on My throne in heaven, you will sit next to Me on twelve thrones and will judge the people. For anyone who has left houses, lands, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, or children for Me will get a hundred times more in heaven.” So boys and girls, when you give up an unkind word, a selfish act, a toy, or any other thing for Jesus, you will receive a hundred times greater reward in heaven. Do you know what some of the rewards will be? A beautiful white robe, a crown full of jewels, a golden harp, a lovely mansion with a big yard full of flowers. You won’t have to go to a pet store to buy a dog or bird, for Jesus will let you have any of the lambs, lions, bears, horses, or rabbits as your very own pets. Best of all, you will be able to walk, talk, and live near Jesus for all eternity. ❖

Questions:
1. What did Peter ask Jesus, and why was he feeling proud? 2. What reward will Jesus give to His twelve disciples?

How About You:
Do you feel you are better than other boys and girls who don’t know Jesus? Do you think you can earn your way to heaven by being good? Be glad to give up all for Jesus, but don’t worry about the reward.

Parents’ Corner:
“But Peter’s question, ‘What shall we have therefore?’ had revealed a spirit that uncorrected would unfit the disciples to be messengers for Christ; for it was the spirit of a hireling. While they had been attracted by the love of Jesus, the disciples were not wholly free from Pharisaism. They still worked with the thought of meriting a reward in proportion to their labor. They cherished a spirit of self-exaltation and self-complacency, and made comparisons among themselves. When one of them failed in any particular, the others indulged feelings of superiority.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 396.

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Friday How to Be Happy
The rich young ruler in our story never found the way of happiness because he did not share his money with others. Here is a story of three boys who learned the way of happiness. A man lived with his family on a small farm. They were all very poor, but the father was working very hard so that he could give his family food and clothes. Every day before starting his work in the fields, he would take off his boots and leave them by the fence. This kept them from wearing out too soon. One day, toward evening, three boys passed by and saw his boots sitting there. They knew that he would soon put them on and go home. One boy, whose name was Jonathan, said, “Let’s fill them up with mud. Then we can hide in the bushes to see what he will do.” But James said, “I think that is mean. I thought I saw you with quite a bit of money today. Why not put a little of that in?” Jonathan thought a minute. “OK, that would be better,” he said. So he put ten dollars in each boot. Then the boys hid behind some bushes, and watched for the farmer to come. Soon they heard the rustling of grass. Sure enough, he was coming! As he put on one boot, he thought he felt something in it. So he took it off, and turned it upside down. To his great surprise, a ten-dollar bill fell out. At once he raised his hands to thank God, and asked Him to bless the one who put it there. Then he put his other boot on. Again he was surprised to feel something. He took it off, and there was another ten-dollar bill! Kneeling down he again thanked God for remembering him when he needed help. As the boys walked home, Jonathan said he had learned something very important. The way to be happy is to make others happy. ❖

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Give up everything for Jesus.

Sabbath

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Help the child to understand: 1. That obeying the commandments is what really counts, not just memorizing them. 2. That we are saved by grace and not by our good works. 3. That we must gladly give up all for Jesus and not worry about the reward.

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The Little Rich Man
Sunday Memory Verse:
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10.
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The Desire of Ages, pp. 552, 553. 1. Who was Zacchaeus and what did he do? 2. Why was Zacchaeus happy that Jesus was coming to town?

Jesus Comes to Jericho
How would you feel if one morning you heard on the radio,
“Jesus is coming to our town today.” I am sure you would be very excited. Why, you would probably go with your mom to the main street, and wait for Jesus to come by. The people who lived in Jericho heard that Jesus was coming to their town. Oh, how excited they were! Soon everyone was talking, “Did you hear that Jesus is coming to our city? He is the One Who raised Lazarus from the dead and healed the lepers. He even makes blind people to see.” But the most excited man in all of Jericho was Zacchaeus. He was a little rich man who collected taxes. Nobody in Jericho liked him because he was a cheater. Let’s say that when Farmer John was supposed to pay $100 for taxes, Zacchaeus would ask him to pay $200. Do you know what Zacchaeus would do with the extra $100? He would put it in his own pocket! The people of Jericho hated Zacchaeus for stealing their money, but nobody could stop him. Zacchaeus was a cheater, but he did not like being that way. Some time ago, he had heard John the Baptist preaching, and he knew that one of the ten commandments said it was wrong to steal. Now that he had heard that Jesus was coming to town, he thought, “I must see Jesus, for I am a terrible sinner. Maybe He can help me to begin a new life.” ❖

How About You:
Have you ever taken something that wasn’t yours? Be honest in all that you do.

Parents’ Corner:
“Only a few miles from Jericho, John the Baptist had preached at the Jordan, and Zacchaeus had heard of the call to repentance. The instruction to the publicans, ‘Exact no more than that which is appointed you’ (Luke 3:13), though outwardly disregarded, had impressed his mind. He knew the Scriptures, and was convicted that his practice was wrong. Now, hearing the words reported to have come from the Great Teacher, he felt that he was a sinner in the sight of God.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 553.

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Luke 19:1-5; The Desire of Ages, pp. 553, 554.

Monday A Parade in Jericho
Before Zacchaeus had heard that Jesus was coming to
town, he had already started to do what was right. He went to Farmer John’s house and said something like, “I am sorry that I cheated you out of $100. I will give you $400 back to show you that I am really sorry. Will you forgive me?” As Zacchaeus went from house to house, trying to pay people back, some of them wouldn’t believe him. Some even slammed the door in his face. Poor Zacchaeus was sad to see that it is hard to make things right once you’ve done wrong. O how he wished to see Jesus! He had heard that Jesus loved everyone and forgave their sins. Have you ever been to a parade in which a very important person was going to appear? Remember how noisy and crowded it was? Since you were short compared to all the grownups, it was hard for you to see. Maybe you tried to squeeze your way into a spot but people wouldn’t give you a chance. If so, you’ll understand how Zacchaeus felt. On the day that Jesus came to Jericho, a big parade of people were standing in the streets. They were all looking for the best spot, but no one would give Zacchaeus a chance. Since he was a short man, he could not see above all their heads. What should he do? Next to the road where Jesus would pass by was a tall fig tree. “I will run ahead of the crowd,” thought Zacchaeus “and climb up in the branches of that tree. Then I will be able to see Jesus as He passes.” ❖

Questions:
1. What did Zacchaeus do before he met Jesus? 2. Why did Zacchaeus climb in a tree?

How About You:
What are some bad things you have done to hurt others’ feelings? Did you make things right like Zacchaeus did? When you do wrong to someone, make things right quickly.

Parents’ Corner:
“Above the clamor of priests and rabbis and the shouts of welcome from the multitude, that unuttered desire of the chief publican spoke to the heart of Jesus. Suddenly, just beneath the fig tree, a group halts, the company before and behind come to a standstill, and One looks upward whose glance seems to read the soul. Almost doubting his senses, the man in the tree hears the words, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.’ ” —The Desire of Ages, p. 553.

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Tuesday Jesus Knows His Name
The parade that passed through Jericho was noisy like any
other parade you have seen. People were talking; some were shouting, “Welcome Jesus,” while the priests and rulers were arguing with each other. As Jesus walked in the middle of the noisy crowd, He heard the soft cry of Zacchaeus’ heart. Suddenly, Jesus stopped under the fig tree. The crowd stopped also. Jesus raised His head and looked up into the tree. With loving words He said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for today I must stay at your house.” Zacchaeus was so surprised to hear Jesus speak his name. “How does Jesus know that I am in the tree? How does He know my name?” he wondered. Zacchaeus hurried down from the tree as fast as he could. Standing before Jesus and all the people of Jericho, he said how sorry he was for being a cheater. “Lord, I will give half of my money to the poor. And if I have cheated anybody, I will pay him back four times as much as I have taken.” Do you think that it was hard for Zacchaeus to give away his riches? Did he love money as much as the rich young man in last week’s lesson? Not really. When Zacchaeus chose to do what was right, then it was easy to give away his riches. Zacchaeus chose Jesus instead of his money, and now he was the happiest man in the world. ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Luke 19:6, 8; The Desire of Ages, p. 555.

Questions:
1. While the noisy crowd was following Jesus, how did He know that Zacchaeus was in the tree? 2. What did Jesus tell Zacchaeus? And how did Zacchaeus show that he was sorry for cheating?

How About You:
Are you brave enough to say, “I am sorry and will you forgive me?” Remember to apologize to Jesus and to the person you wronged.

Parents’ Corner:
“The multitude give way, and Zacchaeus, walking as in a dream, leads the way toward his own home. But the rabbis look on with scowling faces, and murmur in discontent and scorn, ‘that He was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.’ ” —The Desire of Ages, p. 554.

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Luke 19:9, 10; The Desire of Ages, p. 555.

Wednesday A Rich Man Is Saved
Did you wonder how Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ name? How did
He know to look up in the tree? Jesus is the Son of God. He knows everything. He knew that Zacchaeus was suffering because he was doing wrong and because others disliked him. Jesus also knows everything about you. He knows the good things you do, and the bad sins you have. Go to Jesus like Zacchaeus did. Tell Him what you did wrong. Ask Him to forgive you, and tell Him how you will make things right. Jesus was so glad to hear that Zacchaeus was truly sorry for his sins, and that he would pay back all the money he had wrongfully taken. On this happy day, Jesus told Zacchaeus in front of the big crowd of people, “This day is salvation come to this house, for Zacchaeus is also a son of Abraham.” Jesus wanted everyone in Jericho to know that He forgave Zacchaeus his sins, so they could forgive him also. Remember how in last week’s lesson the disciples were upset when the rich young ruler wouldn’t give up his riches and follow Jesus? They even asked Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” Now they saw how Zacchaeus, the little rich man, was saved. Since he had learned to love Jesus more than all his riches, he would take the place of the rich young ruler in heaven. Zacchaeus will wear the crown that the rich young ruler could have had. “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” ❖ Memorize this verse.

Questions:
1. What did Zacchaeus tell Jesus? 2. Whose crown will Zacchaeus wear in heaven?

How About You:
Do you have a hard time forgiving others when they ask your forgiveness? Forgive others.

Parents’ Corner:
“When the rich young ruler had turned away from Jesus, the disciples had marveled at their Master’s saying, ‘How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!’ They had exclaimed one to another, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Now they had a demonstration of the truth of Christ’s words, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’ Mark 10:24, 26; Luke 18:27. They say how, through the grace of God, a rich man could enter into the kingdom.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 555.

“And Jesus said unto him, This day is sal-

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Thursday Jesus Visits Zacchaeus
On that happy day, the house of Zacchaeus became the most
important one in all Jericho. Neighbors and friends crowded inside so they could hear what Jesus would say. Jesus went to the house of Zacchaeus, and blessed his wife and children, and told them how to be saved. That day Zacchaeus was the happiest man in the world. For many years he was not allowed to enter the temple to worship God, for everyone hated him. He had no friends. But today there was in his home a special meeting and Jesus was the preacher. While Zacchaeus, his family, and neighbors were happy about the visit of Jesus, the Pharisees were unhappy. They were whispering to each other, “Jesus is visiting the house of a sinner.” What foolish people they were! They should have been happy that now Zacchaeus was an honest man, and would no longer steal from them, but they complained instead. You and I are also sinners like Zacchaeus. We may not be cheating people of their money, but we may be talking behind somebody’s back. We might be fighting with our brother or sister, or being unhelpful to Mother. All these sins separate us from God. Jesus loves sinners. This is why He came to die on the cross and save us. But Jesus does not like the sins we do. He wants to show us how to stop sinning. Will you let Him? ❖ Which road is Jesus taking to Zacchaeus’ house?

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Lesson Helps:
Ezekiel 33:15, 16; The Desire of Ages, p. 556.

Questions:
1. What happened at the house of Zacchaeus? 2. While everyone was happy that day, who was unhappy, and why?

How About You:
Do you complain like the Pharisees? Do you think Jesus likes it when you complain? Accept Jesus, and let Him be a guest in your heart.

Parents’ Corner:
“It is when Christ is received as a personal Saviour that salvation comes to the soul. Zacchaeus had received Jesus, not merely as a passing guest in his home, but as One to abide in the soul temple. The scribes and Pharisees accused him as a sinner, they murmured against Christ for becoming his guest, but the Lord recognized him as a son of Abraham. For ‘they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.’ Galatians 3:7.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 556.

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Friday You Can’t Cheat God
Nick took his cousin Grace along to keep him company
while he watered and fed his neighbor’s dog. “I don’t think you’re doing your work very well,” said Grace. “Shouldn’t you clean the dishes out first? And I don’t think you are giving the poor doggy enough to eat.” “That’s all right,” said Nick. “In a few minutes no one will know if I cleaned the dishes first, or fed the dog. All the evidence will be taken care of by the dog himself!” “But, isn’t that cheating?” “Maybe it is,” said Nick. “It isn’t like most cheating, though.” “That’s not the way to look at it,” said Grace. “If it’s cheating, it’s cheating; you know that. You can’t excuse it because it isn’t the worst kind of cheating.” “But the man won’t ever know,” said Nick. “He may not,” said Grace solemnly, “but God will. You can’t cheat God.” Nick stopped for a second and began thinking. Then he said, “You are right. I’m glad you said that, Grace. I’m going to go back and do it right. There won’t be any cheating this time.” True to his word, the dog had clean, fresh water, and a big bowl of dog food. And Nick felt a whole lot better. We hope you will always remember that no one can cheat God. ❖

“Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” 2 Corinthians 8:21.

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Bible Quiz
1. What could David play quite well? 1 Samuel 16:23. ______________________________________________ 2. Who was the mother of Samuel? 1 Samuel 1:20. ______________________________________________ 3. Who was the mother of Ishmael? Genesis 16:16. ______________________________________________ 4. Who had John the Baptist beheaded? Matthew 14:1-10. ______________________________________________ 5. Who died on the gallows prepared for Mordecai? Esther 7:9, 10. ______________________________________________ Connect the dots.

Lesson Aim:
To teach that when we see Jesus’ great love for us, we will gladly give up the things we love for Him.

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the story and emphasize the following principles: 1. Be honest in all you do. 2. When you do wrong, ask Jesus and the person you wronged to forgive you. 3. Learn how to forgive others.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:1, 2; Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 396.

Workers in the Vineyard
Sunday Memory Verse:
“Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.” Matthew 20:4.

Questions:
1. Where did the grape farmer go to find workers? 2. How much money would he give them for a full day of work? 3. Who is the owner of the vineyard in this story?

How About You:
What is some work you do in your family? Do you do it cheerfully? Be a happy worker in your family.

Looking for Workers
Do you know what a vineyard is? A vineyard is a large
grape farm. Farmers grow grapes for eating, making juice, and also for raisins. Some farmers make wine which is a poison for our body. They do this because they don’t believe that our body is the temple of God. Our lesson this week is about a farmer who had a large vineyard with thousands of grape vines. Since his vineyard was too large, he could not do all the work by himself, but had to hire workers to help him. In the olden days, people who needed work would go to the market in the city and wait for someone to come and hire them. So, early in the morning, the farmer went to the market and he saw there men who had nothing to do. “Will you come and work in my vineyard today? I will give you each a penny for your work.” A penny in those days was worth more than our penny. “We will be glad to work for you,” they told the farmer, and went to his vineyard at once. Do you know who is the owner of the vineyard in our story? It is our heavenly Father. ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“The householder’s dealing with the workers in his vineyard represents God’s dealing with the human family. It is contrary to the customs that prevail among men. In worldly business, compensation is given according to the work accomplished. The laborer expects to be paid only that which he earns. But in the parable, Christ was illustrating the principles of His kingdom—a kingdom not of this world. He is not controlled by any human standard.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 396, 397.

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Monday The Owner Gets More Workers
Did you ever start sweeping the yard, and thought you
would finish it quickly? But soon you realized it would take you all day. So you had to get help from your brother or sister. This is what happened to the farmer in our story. His farm was so big, and he had so much work, that soon he had to go to the market place again to get more helpers. He found other men standing in the market, waiting for someone to give them work. The farmer told them, “Come and work in my vineyard. Whatever is fair, I will pay you.” The new workers went to the vineyard to work. They did not worry how much money they would make. “The farmer is an honest man,” they thought. “He will pay us what is fair.” Again the farmer saw that there was so much work that all his workers could not finish the job. So, at lunch and again in the afternoon he went to the market to get more helpers. Each time he found men who had nothing to do, but who were willing to work. He hired them and told them, “In the evening when you finish your work, I will pay you what is right.” These new workers trusted that the farmer would pay them what was right. They didn’t ask him, “How much money are we going to make?” ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:3-5; Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 397.

Questions:
1. How many more times did the farmer have to go to the market to hire workers? 2. Why didn’t they ask him, “How much money are we going to make”?

How About You:
When Mom and Dad ask you to sweep the porch or take out the trash, do you do it for a reward? Or do you work, because you want to help them? Work hard and cheerfully, not worrying about a reward.

Parents’ Corner:
“In the parable the first laborers agreed to work for a stipulated sum, and they received the amount specified, nothing more. Those later hired believed the master’s promise, ‘Whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.’ They showed their confidence in him by asking no question in regard to wages. They trusted to his justice and equity. They were rewarded, not according to the amount of their labor, but according to the generosity of his purpose.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 397.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:6-12; Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 397.

Tuesday Some Workers Are Unhappy
The sun was going down and still there was much work to
be done. “I need more men,” said the farmer. “I will go again to the market place. Maybe I will find enough men to help me pick all the grapes before the day is over.” So once again he went to the marketplace and found men who were happy to come and work. Shortly after the men started working it began to get dark, and they could not work any more. These last helpers worked only one hour. The farmer called one of his servants and said, “Call the workers and pay them. Give a penny to every man who worked for me today, even the ones who worked only one hour.” The men who came to work last were surprised to get a whole penny for their work. They were thankful that the farmer was so generous even though they didn’t deserve all that money. The workers who came early in the morning were angry. They had worked all day in the hot sun for only one penny. “It is not fair,” they told the farmer. “These men who came last worked only one hour and you paid them as much as you paid us.” By being jealous, these men showed that they did not work because they wanted to help the farmer, but because they wanted to make money. ❖

Questions:
1. Why were the workmen who came last happy? 2. Why were those who worked all day angry?

How About You:
Do you complain when you get more work than your brother or sister? Don’t be jealous of others’ rewards.

Parents’ Corner:
“Not the amount of labor performed or its visible results but the spirit in which the work is done makes it of value with God. Those who came into the vineyard at the eleventh hour were thankful for an opportunity to work. Their hearts were full of gratitude to the one who had accepted them; and when at the close of the day the householder paid them for a full day’s work, they were greatly surprised. They knew they had not earned such wages. And the kindness expressed in the countenance of their employer filled them with joy. . . . Thus it is with the sinner who, knowing his unworthiness, has entered the Master’s vineyard at the eleventh hour. His time of service seems so short, he feels that he is undeserving of reward; but he is filled with joy that God has accepted him at all. He works with a humble, trusting spirit, thankful for the privilege of being a coworker with Christ. This spirit God delights to honor.” —Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 397.

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Wednesday Jesus Reads Our Hearts
Do you like to brag when you do something well? The workmen
who came to work early in the morning were bragging. They thought they were better workers than those who came last, but the farmer knew what was in their hearts. He told them, “Friends, I am doing nothing wrong to you. You agreed to work for one penny, then take your money and go home. I want to pay those workers who came last the same as I paid you. Can I not do what I wish with my own things, or are you upset because I am generous?” When people hire others to work for them, they pay them for the hours they worked and no more. With God it is not so. He looks not so much at how many hours we work but how we feel about our work. Are we happy to work? Do we clean our room cheerfully? Are we thankful that we can take out the trash for Mother and sweep the sidewalk for Father? Are we glad to set the table for the family? Do we ask for a reward or do we trust that Mother and Father will reward us if needed? God is looking for boys and girls who will work happily and thankfully. Are you one of them? ❖

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:13-15; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 398-402.

Questions:
1. What did the owner tell the jealous workers? 2. Why did the owner of the vineyard act differently than other bosses would today?

How About You:
Do you like to show off how you can do things better than others? Do you like to brag about how well you do at school? Don’t brag about anything you have done.

Parents’ Corner:
“It is not the length of time we labor but our willingness and fidelity in the work that makes it acceptable to God. In all our service a full surrender of self is demanded. The smallest duty done in sincerity and selfforgetfulness is more pleasing to God than the greatest work when marred with self-seeking. He looks to see how much of the spirit of Christ we cherish, and how much of the likeness of Christ our work reveals. He regards more the love and faithfulness with which we work than the amount we do.” — Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 402.

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Lesson Helps:
Matthew 20:16; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 403, 404.

Thursday The Last Shall Be First
Do you always like to be the first in line? Are you always
the first to put food on your plate? Do you like being the first to hug Dad when he comes from work? If you like being first, watch out, for you are a selfish boy or girl. When Jesus finished telling the story about the farmer, He told the people, “The last will be first, and the first last.” Boys and girls who always want to be first will not make it to heaven. When we let others go first, we can be sure that Jesus is in our hearts. When we are thankful to help Mom and Dad, not for a reward but because that is our job, we are true Christians. Did you know that when we do our work cheerfully, and when we are kind to our brother or sister, we are more precious to Jesus than the greatest missionary? We are worth more than the greatest martyr who dies for Jesus. Jesus and the angels know how hard it is for you to let others go first. They see how hard it is for you to be unselfish. This is why you can be sure that they write every victory you have in the Book of Remembrance. So, don’t give up! Be humble. Be cheerful. Be thankful. Be helpful and unselfish. Let others go first and Jesus will open heaven’s golden gates for you very soon. In heaven your reward will be as great as that of the apostle Paul or Peter. ❖

Questions:
1. What did Jesus tell the people when He finished the story of the vineyard? 2. When are you more precious to Jesus than the greatest missionary?

How About You:
What are some things you like to be the first to do? Why is it wrong to want to be the first and have the best? Let others go first.

Parents’ Corner
“Oh, how different are the standards by which God and men measure character. . . . [God] sees the wholehearted devotion to His service. He has noted the hours of hard battle with self—battle that won the victory. All this God and angels know. A book of remembrance is written before Him for them that fear the Lord and that think upon His name.”—Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 403, 404.

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Friday Only a Quarter
Uncle Roy was a carpenter who had a shop in the country.
One day he went into the barn, where Mike and Bob were playing with two tame pigeons. “Boys,” he said, “My workshop should be swept every evening. Which one of you would like to do it? I will pay a quarter for each sweeping.” “Only a quarter!” said Mike. “Who would work for a quarter?” “I will,” said Bob. So every day when Uncle Roy was done working in the shop, Bob would take an old broom and sweep. One day Uncle Roy took Mike and Bob to town. After he bought some lumber he took the boys to a toy store. “What nice kites!” said Mike. “I wish that I could buy one.” “It’s only two dollars,” said the cashier. “I haven’t a quarter,” said Mike. “I have four dollars,” said Bob. “How did you get so much?” asked Mike. “By sweeping the shop,” answered Bob. ❖

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“Be content with your wages.” Luke 3:14.

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Letters “I” & “K”
Bible Quiz
1. Who was the son of Abraham and Sarah? Genesis 6:1. __________________________________________________ 2. What was Jacob’s name after wrestling with God? Genesis 32:24-28. __________________________________________________ 3. Which people were fed by manna in the wilderness? Exodus 16:3, 4. __________________________________________________ 4. What did Nebuchadnezzar erect and command his people to worship? Daniel 2:31. __________________________________________________ 5. What kind of bird mentioned in Leviticus 11:14 bears the same name as a toy that boys like to fly? __________________________________________________ Lesson Aim:
To teach children that we show our love for Jesus by working happily for Him and others without thought of pay.

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the story and emphasize the following principles. 1. Be a happy worker in your family. 2. Work hard without thinking about a reward. 3. Don’t be jealous at rewards others get.

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Mary Shows Her Love for Jesus
Sunday Memory Verse:
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

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John 11:55-57; The Desire of Ages, pp. 557, 558.

Questions:
1. Why did the people want to talk to Lazarus? 2. Who made a dinner for Jesus and why?

A Special Dinner for Jesus
Have you ever been curious about something? The people, who
were on their way to the Passover were curious to talk to Lazarus, for they had heard that he had been raised from the dead. Many also came to Bethany to see Jesus, who would be spending the Sabbath there. They had heard how Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. These curious people wanted to ask Lazarus what had happened to him while he was dead. The Bible tells us, “the dead know nothing, so when they asked him, “What happened to you when you were dead?” Lazarus had nothing to say. But he told them the wonderful story of Jesus, the Son of God. While Jesus was at Bethany, a man named Simon invited Him to his house. Jesus had healed Simon from leprosy. Now he wished to thank Jesus by making a party for Him and His disciples. Many important people came to Simon’s party. Lazarus, Mary and Martha were also there. But most of the people there did not love Jesus. During the dinner, Simon sat on one side of Jesus and Lazarus on the other. Martha was serving food to the guests, and Mary was sitting nearby listening to every word of Jesus. ❖

Parents’ Corner:
“Simon of Bethany was accounted a disciple of Jesus. He was one of the few Pharisees who had openly joined Christ’s followers. He acknowledged Jesus as a teacher, and hoped that He might be the Messiah, but he had not accepted Him as a Saviour. His character was not transformed; his principles were unchanged.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 557.

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Lesson Helps:
John 12:1-3; The Desire of Ages, p. 559.

Monday The Broken Perfume Bottle
Did anyone ever do something kind for you, and maybe
you wanted to give them a special present? Some time ago, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, had done a great wrong. The priests hated her and wanted to kill her, but Jesus forgave her sins and saved her life. Jesus had also brought her brother Lazarus back to life. For all these things Mary was so thankful, that she decided to buy a beautiful present for Jesus. So, she saved and saved her money until she had enough to buy a box of very expensive perfume. This perfume cost so much that Mary probably had to work and save one whole year for it. While Jesus was visiting her home, she heard Him say that soon He would die on the cross. Like the people in her country, Mary was going to put perfume on the dead body of Jesus before they buried Him. But now at Simon’s dinner, many people were whispering, “Jesus will be crowned king.” Mary was so happy to hear this good news that she thought, “Why should I wait to show my love for Jesus when He is dead? I’ll show Him my love today.” So, while Jesus and the other guests were eating, Mary slipped quietly around the table to His side. In her hands she carried the box of expensive perfume. She quietly broke the bottle and poured it on the head and feet of Jesus. Kneeling at His feet, she was crying and thanking Him for His great love. Mary washed Jesus’ feet with the perfume and her tears, but what would she use to wipe His feet? She wouldn’t use a towel, for that was not good enough for her Jesus. Putting down her long, beautiful hair, she began to wipe the feet of Jesus with her hair. That was the best towel she had for her dear, loving Jesus. ❖

Questions:
1. Why did Mary want to give a love gift for Jesus? 2. What did she give to Him?

How About You:
What is the best gift you could give Jesus? Give your best gifts to Jesus.

Parents’ Corner:
“At great personal sacrifice [Mary] had purchased an alabaster box of ‘ointment of spikenard, very costly,’ with which to anoint [Jesus’] body. But now many were declaring that He was about to be crowned king. Her grief was turned to joy, and she was eager to be first in honoring her Lord. Breaking her box of ointment, she poured its contents upon the head and feet of Jesus; then, as she knelt weeping, moistening them with her tears, she wiped His feet with her long, flowing hair.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 559.

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Tuesday A Gift That Filled the Room
Did you ever want to give a gift to someone, but didn’t want
anyone to see it? Mary also didn’t want anyone to see what she was doing for Jesus, but the perfume had such a strong smell, that soon everyone in the whole room noticed it. Soon all the guests were looking at Mary. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, was whispering and pointing at her. He said to the other disciples, “She should have given the money to the poor instead of buying this expensive perfume.” Judas was a mean and selfish man. He pretended to be a friend of Jesus, but he was not. When Mary heard that Judas and the other men at the party were making fun of her, she trembled. She thought to herself, “Oh, no. What will my sister Martha say? She will be upset at me also.” You know how embarrassed you feel when everyone is staring at you. That is how poor Mary felt. She wished she could hide from everyone. Just as she was ready to sneak out quietly from the room, she heard the kind words of Jesus, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her?” Speaking a little louder Jesus said, “She has done a good work for Me. You will always have the poor people with you, but you won’t always have Me.” ❖

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Lesson Helps:
John 12:3-5; The Desire of Ages, p. 559.

Questions:
1. How did Mary show her love for Jesus? 2. Who was upset about what Mary did?

How About You:
Do you like to give surprise gifts, or do surprise helpful deeds for Mom and Dad?

Parents’ Corner:
“[Mary] had sought to avoid observation, and her movements might have passed unnoticed, but the ointment filled the room with its fragrance, and published her act to all present. Judas looked upon this act with great displeasure. Instead of waiting to hear what Christ would say of the matter, he began to whisper his complaints to those near him, throwing reproach upon Christ for suffering such waste. Craftily he made suggestions that would be likely to cause disaffection.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 559.

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Lesson Helps:
John 12:4-8; The Desire of Ages, pp. 560, 563.

Wednesday Judas Is a Thief
How would you feel if you found out one day that one of
your brothers or sisters was a thief? Jesus had a thief in His family of disciples, and that made Him so sad. Judas was keeping a little bag with savings for Jesus and all the disciples. So when anyone gave them money, Judas would take care of it. If the disciples needed money for food, Judas would take some out of the bag. But Judas was not an honest man. Often when no one was watching, he would steal some money out of the bag and put it in his own pocket. The disciples did not know that he was a thief, but Jesus did. Judas was upset that Mary did not give the money to him. He would have put it in the bag, and later taken some for himself. While Mary made Jesus happy with her gift of love, the disciples made Him sad. For three years they were living together with Jesus in the same house. Every day they worked with Him, but never did they thank Him for all His kindness and love. None of them, not even John or Peter, had ever given Him a special gift. Yet now, some of them were complaining together with Judas! Later when Jesus would be hanging on the cross, they would be sorry for their unthankfulness. But then it would be too late. They wouldn’t be able to say, “Thank you, Jesus.” ❖

Questions:
1. Why was Judas a thief? 2. Why did the disciples make Jesus sad?

How About You:
Are you thankful to Mom and Dad for all they do for you? Let Mom, Dad, your brother, sister, or grandparents know how much you love and appreciate them today.

Parents’ Corner:
“Judas was treasurer for the disciples, and from their little store he had secretly drawn for his own use, thus narrowing down their resources to a meager pittance. He was eager to put into the bag all that he could obtain. The treasure in the bag was often drawn upon to relieve the poor; and when something that Judas did not think essential was bought, he would say, Why is this waste? why was not the cost of this put into the bag that I carry for the poor? Now the act of Mary was in such marked contrast to his selfishness that he was put to shame. . . . Judas had no heart for the poor. Had Mary’s ointment been sold, and the proceeds fallen into his possession, the poor would have received no benefit.” —The Desire of Ages, p. 559.

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Thursday Jesus Likes to Receive Gifts
Do you like receiving gifts? Most of us like to get presents,
especially from people we love. When Jesus lived on this earth, a few people gave Him presents. Whenever someone did Him a favor or gave Him a gift, He would always thank them. Sometimes a little boy or girl would pick a flower for Jesus. He would gladly take it and say, “Thank you.” Then He would write their name in the Book of Life. Jesus was so happy with Mary’s gift of love that He wanted all boys and girls and moms and dads to know about it. This is why He said, “Wherever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, let them tell the story of Mary and her perfume bottle.” What about you? Do you remember to thank Jesus for all the gifts He gives you? For Mom and Dad, brother or sister, a warm house, good food, warm clothes and a church where you can worship? Are you thankful to Mom and Dad for all they do for you? ❖ Lesson Helps: Questions:

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Mark 14:9; The Desire of Ages, pp. 564-565. 1. What did Jesus do when someone gave Him a gift? 2. What did He say about Mary and her perfume?

How About You:
Have you ever told the story of Mary and her perfume bottle to your friends and neighbors who don’t know Jesus? Remember Mary and her love gift for Jesus.

Parents’ Corner:
“The same want is evident in our world today. But few appreciate all that Christ is to them. If they did, the great love of Mary would be expressed, the anointing would be freely bestowed. The expensive ointment would not be called a waste. Nothing would be thought too costly to give for Christ, no self-denial or selfsacrifice too great to be endured for His sake.” — The Desire of Ages, p. 565.

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“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Friday Paying Off Mother and Father
A little boy of six years once said to his mother, “When you
get old, and want someone to read to you, I will pay you off.” Little Henry’s mother had been in the habit of reading to him, and on this Sabbath day she had read a long time out of the Bible and a Sabbath-school paper. The boy could read a little to himself, and he thought how one day he might return to Mother all that she had done for him. “I will pay you off, Mother,” he said, looking up into her face with childish satisfaction, as if a new thought from heaven had been sent down to light up the little world of his soul. His mother held him close to her heart with a delight that seemed to say, “I am more than paid off already.” Children, have you ever thought how much you owe to your mother and father? Their thoughts and acts of love are many, oh, so many! How often has your mother washed and dressed you, rocked you on her knee, carried you in her arms, watched over you in sleep, guided your baby steps and corrected you when you did wrong? She has made your clothes and prepared your food, tucked you snugly into bed night after night, and cared for you when you were sick. Sometimes when she was very tired and felt like lying down, she read to you instead. She sat patiently by your side and taught you the alphabet and to spell. She taught you to read and to pray. She has taught you beautiful hymns. She has prayed for you when no one but God knew about it. She has prayed with you. She has pointed you to Christ, and led the way herself by her godly example. Do you not see how much you owe to your mother? And what about your father? Has he not been good to you, too? Who buys your clothes, and gets fuel to keep you warm? Who gets the food for mama to cook? Yes, papa works hard also to provide for you the comforts of life. So you owe him, too. Then remember that it is God who gave you a kind papa and mama. So, you are really in debt to God for all things. How can you repay Him? There is only one thing you can do, and that is, give yourself to God, and obey Him in all you say and do. Will you do this, dear children, if you have not already done so? ❖
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Sunset today is at ___________

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Letter “J”
Bible Quiz
1. Who was the prophet that didn’t want to go to Nineveh? Jonah 1:1-3. __________________________________________________ 2. The walls of what city fell down? Joshua 6. __________________________________________________ 3. Who wrestled with an angel? Genesis 32:24. __________________________________________________ 4. Who was the mother of Moses? Exodus 6:20. __________________________________________________ 5. Who was the son of Jacob and Rachel? Genesis 30:22-24. __________________________________________________

Lesson Aim:
To teach children that we show our love for Jesus by giving Him the best of everything.

Lesson Objectives for Sabbath School Teachers:
Review the story and emphasize the following points. 1. Give your best gifts to Jesus. 2. Let your family members know how much you appreciate them every day. 3. Remember Mary and her love gift for Jesus.

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How to Greet a Guest
A guest was a very special person in a Bible-time home. It was considered good manners to treat him in a very special way. Below are some of the things a good host would remember to do for his guest.

Since roads were dusty and most people walked, a good host would see that his guest’s feet were washed. If the host had a servant, he would have the servant do it. If not, the host might do it himself.

Saying “hello” was sometimes very long and involved. The host would often kiss his guest. Greetings were exchanged, such as “Peace be to you,” or “May you be happy.” These would be repeated over and over again for a long time.

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Anointing a guest with oil was another sign of good manners. The host would pour some sweet scented water or oil on the head of the guest.

When the guest was ready to go, the host would try to persuade him to stay for awhile longer. Cleopas did this when Jesus tried to go farther than his home (Luke 24:28, 29).

When a guest finally left, the host often went with him for awhile. Abraham went with his guests (Genesis 18:16).

When Jesus ate with Simon the Pharisee, He scolded Simon for not being a good host. “You gave Me no water for My feet, you gave Me no kiss, and you did not anoint My head with oil,” Jesus said (Luke 7:45-47). But the sinful woman had done all these things.
—From Family Bible Library (used by permission).

Memory Verses To Remember
1. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34. 2. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27. 3. “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” Matthew 20:27. 4. “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23. 5. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10. 6. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. 7. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:15. 8. “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25. 9. “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:16. 10. “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17. 1 1. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10. 12. “Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.” Matthew 20:4. 13. “We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

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