Bible Study Guides – Knowledge Acquired From God’s Word

April 22, 2012 – April 28, 2012

Key Text

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” Proverbs 3:13.

Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 8, 311–324.


“Received, believed, obeyed, it [the whole Bible] is the great instrumentality in the transformation of character. And it is the only sure means of intellectual culture.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 319.


  • What fundamental knowledge is essential to salvation? John 17:3.

Note: “The knowledge of God as revealed in His word is the knowledge to be given to our children. From the earliest dawn of reason they should be made familiar with the name and the life of Jesus.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 320.

  • What is to be the children’s first lesson, and how, by example, can parents impress it in their heart? Psalm 89:26; I John 4:11.

Note: “The very first lesson given them [to our children] should be that God is their Father. Their very first training should teach them to render loving obedience. Reverently and tenderly let the word of God be read and repeated to them, in portions suited to their comprehension and adapted to awaken their interest. Above all, let them learn of His love revealed in Christ, and its great lesson:

“ ‘If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.’ I John 4:11.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 320.

“Some parents do not understand their children and are not really acquainted with them. There is often a great distance between parents and children. …

“They [the father and the mother] should make themselves companions to their children.” The Adventist Home, 190.


  • With what descriptions could the disciples say they knew Christ?
  • John (I John 1:1)
  • Peter (II Peter 1:16–18)
  • The Twelve and more than 500 believers (I Corinthians 15:5–7)
  • Paul (I Corinthians 15:8; Acts 9:4, 5)
  • How can we personally know Christ—and teach our young on such a basis? Psalm 34:8; Ephesians 3:14–19.

Note: “Let the youth make the word of God the food of mind and soul. Let the cross of Christ be made the science of all education, the center of all teaching and all study. Let it be brought into the daily experience in practical life. So will the Saviour become to the youth a daily companion and friend. …

“Through faith they will come to know God by an experimental knowledge. They have proved for themselves the reality of His word, the truth of His promises. They have tasted, and they know that the Lord is good.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 320, 321.

  • How can we develop our knowledge of God? John 5:39; 14:6, 7.
  • What should all be able to declare? Galatians 6:14; II Timothy 1:12.

Note: “Everyone may be able, through his own experience, to ‘set his seal to this, that God is true.’ John 3:33, ARV. He can bear witness to that which he himself has seen and heard and felt of the power of Christ. He can testify:

“ ‘I needed help, and I found it in Jesus. Every want was supplied, the hunger of my soul was satisfied; the Bible is to me the revelation of Christ. I believe in Jesus because He is to me a divine Saviour. I believe the Bible because I have found it to be the voice of God to my soul.’ ” Testimonies, vol. 8, 321.


  • Why is it so important to instill a Christlike character even in our young children? Proverbs 3:13; 20:11.

Note: “The young are apt to conclude that not much responsibility, care-taking, or burden bearing is expected of them. But the obligation to reach the Bible standard rests upon every one. The light which shines in privileges and opportunities, in the ministry of the word, in counsels, warnings, and reproof, will perfect character or condemn the careless. The light is to be cherished by the young as well as by those who are older. Who will now take a position for God in contrast to the ease-loving and self-indulgent ones?” The Signs of the Times, September 11, 1884.

  • What reality is to be impressed upon the young? Ecclesiastes 11:9.

Note: “Children and youth have trained their minds so that they delight in exciting displays; and they have a positive dislike for the sober, useful duties of life. They live lives more after the order of the brute creation. They have no thoughts of God, or of eternal realities; but flit like butterflies in their season. They do not act like sensible beings, whose lives are capable of measuring with the life of God, and who are accountable to Him for every hour of their time. What assurance has any child or youth that even one day of life may be his? Children and youth die, and they know not how soon their probation will close, and their destiny be fixed for eternal life or everlasting death. Let children and youth take Christ for their example.” The Youth’s Instructor, July 20, 1893.

“In doing the work that was marked out for Him, He [the young Jesus] had no time for indulgence in exciting, useless amusements. He took no part in that which would poison the moral and lower the physical tone, but was trained in useful labor and even for the endurance of hardship.” The Adventist Home, 507.

“Let fathers and mothers take time to teach their children; let them show that they value their help, desire their confidence, and enjoy their companionship; and the children will not be slow to respond. Not only will the parents’ burden be lightened, and the children receive a practical training of inestimable worth, but there will be a strengthening of the home ties and a deepening of the very foundations of character.” Ibid., 287, 288.


  • What part of Moses’ education inspired a special desire in his heart, and how did God reward his plea? Exodus 3:1; 33:18, 19.

Note: “The most valuable preparation for his [Moses’] lifework was that which he received while employed as a shepherd. Moses was naturally of an impetuous spirit. In Egypt a successful military leader and a favorite with the king and the nation, he had been accustomed to receiving praise and flattery. He had attracted the people to himself. He hoped to accomplish by his own powers the work of delivering Israel. Far different were the lessons he had to learn as God’s representative. As he led his flocks through the wilds of the mountains and into the green pastures of the valleys, he learned faith and meekness, patience, humility, and self-forgetfulness. He learned to care for the weak, to nurse the sick, to seek after the straying, to bear with the unruly, to tend the lambs, and to nurture the old and the feeble.

“In this work Moses was drawn nearer to the Chief Shepherd. He became closely united to the Holy One of Israel. No longer did he plan to do a great work. He sought to do faithfully as unto God the work committed to his charge. He recognized the presence of God in his surroundings. All nature spoke to him of the Unseen One. He knew God as a personal God, and, in meditating upon His character he grasped more and more fully the sense of His presence. He found refuge in the everlasting arms.” The Ministry of Healing, 474, 475.

  • What portion of Paul’s education was vital preparation for his lifework? Galatians 1:15–19.

Note: “In the solitude of the desert, Paul had ample opportunity for quiet study and meditation. He calmly reviewed his past experience and made sure work of repentance. He sought God with all his heart, resting not until he knew for a certainty that his repentance was accepted and his sin pardoned. He longed for the assurance that Jesus would be with him in his coming ministry. He emptied his soul of the prejudices and traditions that had hitherto shaped his life, and received instruction from the Source of truth. Jesus communed with him and established him in the faith, bestowing upon him a rich measure of wisdom and grace.” The Acts of the Apostles, 125, 126.


  • In what does God’s glory consist? Exodus 34:6, 7.

Note: “The Saviour is watching the development of character. He is weighing moral worth. With what pleasure He looks upon the students, both old and young, who are daily hearing the instruction from His written word! …

“The moment we glance inquiringly toward Christ, seeking His grace, He advances to us.” The Review and Herald, October 25, 1898.

“Our lives may seem a tangle; but as we commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, He will bring out the pattern of life and character that will be to His own glory. And that character which expresses the glory—character—of Christ will be received into the Paradise of God.” The Desire of Ages, 331.

  • By shunning peer pressure and worldly connections, with what healthful sufficiency can we equip our young? Psalms 46:10; 73:25.

Note: “Parents should educate their children to have moral independence, not to follow impulse and inclination, but to exercise their reasoning powers, and to act from principle. Let mothers inquire, not for the latest fashion, but for the path of duty and usefulness, and direct the steps of their children therein. Simple habits, pure morals, and a noble independence in the right course, will be of more value to the youth than the gifts of genius, the endowments of learning, or the external polish which the world can give them.” Temperance, 184.


1 What knowledge is fundamental to salvation?

2 How can we “taste and see that the Lord is good”?

3 What is forgotten in today’s world of distracting entertainment?

4 Why can times of solitude in nature draw us to God?

5 How does the glory of God differ from the glitter of the world?

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Bible Study Guides – Discerning the Counterfeits

April 15, 2012 – April 21, 2012

Key Text

“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?” Isaiah 55:2.

Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 5, 542–549; Ibid., vol. 8, 305–311.


“Through educational processes he [Satan, the master mind in the confederacy of evil] is doing all in his power to obscure heaven’s light.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 305.


  • What warning is found in God’s word concerning human philosophy? Colossians 2:8.

Note: “Philosophical speculation and scientific research in which God is not acknowledged are making skeptics of thousands of the youth. In the schools of today the conclusions that learned men have reached as the result of their scientific investigations are carefully taught and fully explained; while the impression is distinctly given that if these learned men are correct, the Bible cannot be. Skepticism is attractive to the human mind. The youth see in it an independence that captivates the imagination, and they are deceived.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 305.

  • How did certain philosophers react upon seeing Paul? Acts 17:18. What only can be expected of those who know not God? Jeremiah 8:9.

Note: “It is because the human heart is inclined to evil that there is so great danger in sowing the seeds of skepticism in young minds. Whatever weakens faith in God, robs the soul of power to resist temptation. It removes the only real safeguard against sin.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 305.


  • Why are unbelieving teachers so dangerous, regardless of their intellectual capabilities? Romans 1:22; I Corinthians 1:20.

Note: “There is nothing that he [Satan] desires more than to destroy confidence in God and in His word. Satan stands at the head of the great army of doubters, and he works to the utmost of his power to beguile souls into his ranks. It is becoming fashionable to doubt. There is a large class by whom the word of God is looked upon with distrust for the same reason as was its Author—because it reproves and condemns sin. Those who are unwilling to obey its requirements endeavor to overthrow its authority. They read the Bible, or listen to its teachings as presented from the sacred desk, merely to find fault with the Scriptures or with the sermon. Not a few become infidels in order to justify or excuse themselves in neglect of duty. Others adopt skeptical principles from pride and indolence. Too ease-loving to distinguish themselves by accomplishing anything worthy of honor, which requires effort and self-denial, they aim to secure a reputation for superior wisdom by criticizing the Bible. There is much which the finite mind, unenlightened by divine wisdom, is powerless to comprehend; and thus they find occasion to criticize.” The Great Controversy, 526.

  • How are the ideas of the young affected by infidel influences, whether from authors, teachers, or friends? I Corinthians 15:33; Luke 6:39.

Note: “Can we … expect the youth to maintain Christian principles and to develop Christian character while their education is largely influenced by the teachings of pagans, atheists, and infidels?” Testimonies, vol. 8, 306.

“If parents desire their children to be pure, they must surround them with pure associations such as God can approve.” Child Guidance, 114.

  • Instead of reading the works of unbelieving authors, what should young people do? Isaiah 34:16; Matthew 11:28–30.


  • What happens to those who study history or theology written by unbelieving authors? Ecclesiastes 12:12; Isaiah 50:11.

Note: “Many who are seeking a preparation for the Lord’s work think it essential to accumulate large volumes of historical and theological writings. They suppose that the study of these works will be a great advantage to them in learning how to reach the people. This is an error.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 307.

  • What warning is given against myths, fairy tales, romance novels, and other fiction, even if they are renowned as “classics”? Isaiah 55:2.

Note: “In the education of children and youth, fairy tales, myths, and fictitious stories are now given a large place. Books of this character are used in the schools, and they are to be found in many homes. How can Christian parents permit their children to use books so filled with falsehood? When the children ask the meaning of stories so contrary to the teaching of their parents, the answer is that the stories are not true; but this does not do away with the evil results of their use.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 308, 309.

  • What effect does reading such publications have upon the minds of children and young people? Proverbs 14:12.

Note: “The ideas presented in these [make-believe] books mislead the children. They impart false views of life and beget and foster a desire for the unreal.

“The widespread use of such books at this time is one of the cunning devices of Satan. … He means that our children and youth shall be swept away by the soul-destroying deceptions with which he is flooding the world. Therefore he seeks to divert their minds from the word of God, and thus prevent them from gaining a knowledge of those truths that would be their safeguard.

“Never should books containing a perversion of truth be placed before children or youth.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 309.


  • In many schools, what oppressive influence often carries more weight with the students than either their teachers or their books? Isaiah 3:4.

Note: “The influence of association is never stronger than in school life.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 297.

“Very many of those who leave their homes innocent and pure, become corrupted by their associations at school.” Ibid., 40.

“Little do parents consider that injurious impressions are far more readily received by the young than are divine impressions; therefore their associations should be the most favorable for the growth of grace and for the truth revealed in the word of God to be established in the heart. If children are with those whose conversation is upon unimportant, earthly things, their minds will come to the same level. If they hear the principles of religion slurred and our faith belittled, if sly objections to the truth are dropped in their hearing, these things will fasten in their minds and mold their characters. … When a wrong impression is left upon the mind in youth, a mark is made, not on sand, but on enduring rock.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 544, 545.

“Those who attend school could have an influence for the Saviour; but who name the name of Christ? and who are seen pleading with tender earnestness with their companions to forsake the ways of sin and choose the path of holiness?

“This is the course which the believing young should take, but they do not; it is more congenial to their feelings to unite with the sinner in sport and pleasure.” Messages to Young People, 205.

  • What evil characteristic of human nature corrupts and pollutes much learning that might have been useful? II Corinthians 10:12.

Note: “More harm than good results from the practice of offering prizes and rewards.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 270.

“You have loved to debate the truth and loved discussions; but these contests have been unfavorable to your forming a harmonious Christian character, for in this is a favorable opportunity for the exhibition of the very traits of character that you must overcome if you ever enter heaven.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 424.


  • What change in our educational ideas does God call us to make if we truly want to follow His ways? Jeremiah 2:13; 6:16; Psalm 119:9, 10.

Note: “In His [Christ’s] teaching we may drink of the pure streams that flow from the throne of God.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 309.

  • What challenge should be our foremost aim? Proverbs 4:23.

Note: “Heart education is of more importance than the education gained from books.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 311.

“We can not afford to separate spiritual from intellectual training. Well may parents dread intellectual greatness for their children, unless it is balanced by a knowledge of God and His ways. It is of great importance that the youth take with them from school an intelligent love for God and His truth. This lies at the foundation of all true knowledge. We are in a world subject to disease and death. He who during his lifetime serves God faithfully has the assurance that he will come forth from the grave to a glorious immortality. Of such a one it may indeed be said, ‘It is well with his soul.’ In every school in our land the Lord God of Israel should be exalted, revered, and honored. In the place of unsanctified rivalry for earthly honor, the highest ambition of students should be to go forth strengthened, established missionaries for God, educators who can teach what they have learned.

“Goodness alone is true greatness.” The Youth’s Instructor, August 31, 1899.


1 What danger lurks in bowing to the authority of modern science?

2 Why is so much that is taught in today’s typical education a snare?

3 Against what temptation should all guard when studying theology?

4 What types of reading and influences pervert the mind of a child?

5 What should be our real purpose in education?

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Bible Study Guides – Centered in the Family

April 8, 2012 – April 14, 2012

Key Text

“Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10.

Study Help: Education, 20–22, 33–35, 187.


“The education centering in the family was that which prevailed in the days of the patriarchs.” Education, 33.


  • What schools did Christ attend, and how did this reflect the educational method given in Eden before the fall? John 7:14, 15.

Note: “The system of education established in Eden centered in the family.” Education, 33.

“The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother’s knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor.

“The question asked during the Saviour’s ministry, ‘How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?’ does not indicate that Jesus was unable to read, but merely that He had not received a rabbinical education. John 7:15.” The Desire of Ages, 70.

  • From what other source did Jesus obtain wisdom? Matthew 6:28, 29.

Note: “He who had made all things studied the lessons which His [Jesus’] own hand had written in earth and sea and sky. Apart from the unholy ways of the world, He gathered stores of scientific knowledge from nature.” The Desire of Ages, 70.


  • What characterized the sons of Eli, and why? I Samuel 2:12.

Note: “They [Eli’s sons] had no proper appreciation of the character of God or of the sacredness of His law. His service was to them a common thing. From childhood they had been accustomed to the sanctuary and its service; but instead of becoming more reverent, they had lost all sense of its holiness and significance.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 575, 576.

  • How did Eli’s weakness bring God’s frown—and serious disaster—upon Israel? I Samuel 2:29; 4:2, 10, 11, 18, 19, 22.

Note: “Loving peace and ease, he [Eli] did not exercise his authority to correct the evil habits and passions of his children. Rather than contend with them or punish them, he would submit to their will and give them their own way. … The priest and judge of Israel had not been left in darkness as to the duty of restraining and governing the children that God had given to his care. But Eli shrank from this duty, because it involved crossing the will of his sons, and would make it necessary to punish and deny them.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 575.

  • Why are we in danger of bringing a curse upon ourselves by desecrating God’s sanctuary in allowing our children to wander off and band together at the worship hour? Joel 2:16; Habakkuk 2:20.

Note: “Disorder and irreverence have become prevalent [in God’s holy sanctuary], and God has been dishonored. When the leaders in the church, ministers and people, father and mothers, have not had elevated views of this matter, what could be expected of the inexperienced children? They are too often found in groups, away from the parents, who should have charge of them. Notwithstanding they are in the presence of God, and His eye is looking upon them, they are light and trifling, they whisper and laugh, are careless, irreverent, and inattentive.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 496, 497.


  • What warning is given to every mistakenly fond, indulgent parent? Proverbs 22:15.

Note: “The fond father [Eli] overlooked the faults and sins of his sons in their childhood, flattering himself that after a time they would outgrow their evil tendencies. Many are now making a similar mistake. They think they know a better way of training their children than that which God has given in His word. They foster wrong tendencies in them, urging as an excuse, ‘They are too young to be punished. Wait till they become older, and can be reasoned with.’ Thus wrong habits are left to strengthen until they become second nature.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 578, 579.

“Children are left to come up instead of being trained up. The poor little children are thought not to know or understand a correction at ten or twelve months old, and they begin to show stubbornness very young. Parents suffer them to indulge in evil tempers and passions without subduing or correcting them, and by so doing they cherish and nourish these evil passions until they grow with their growth and strengthen with their strength.” The Review and Herald, September 19, 1854. (Emphasis author’s.)

“You excuse yourself by saying that your children are now beyond your control, too old for you to command. In this you mistake. None of your children are too old to respect your authority and obey your commands while they have the shelter of your roof.” Testimonies, vol. 2, 623, 624.

  • Before having a baby, what should first be considered about the complexity of raising a child to God’s standard of righteousness?

Note: “The question to be settled by you is, ‘Am I raising a family of children to strengthen the influence and swell the ranks of the powers of darkness, or am I bringing up children for Christ?’ …

“Fathers and mothers, when you know that you are deficient in a knowledge of how to train your children for the Master, why do you not learn your lessons? Why do you continue to bring children into the world to swell the numbers in Satan’s ranks? Is God pleased with this showing?” The Adventist Home, 163, 164.


  • What could God confidently say about Abraham? Genesis 18:19.

Note: “He [Abraham] would not only fear the Lord himself, but would cultivate religion in his home. He would instruct his family in righteousness. The law of God would be the rule in his household.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 141.

  • What key principle did Abraham embody in educating his children? II Corinthians 6:17, 18.

Note: “Abraham sought by every means in his power to guard the inmates of his encampment against mingling with the heathen and witnessing their idolatrous practices, for he knew that familiarity with evil would insensibly corrupt the principles. The greatest care was exercised to shut out every form of false religion and to impress the mind with the majesty and glory of the living God as the true object of worship.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 141.

  • As far as opposition to idolatry is concerned, what parallel can be seen between Abraham and Paul? I Corinthians 10:14.
  • Describe the fruit of Abraham’s way of educating, as shown in Isaac when he heard that he was to be offered as a sacrifice. Genesis 22:1, 2, 6–10.

Note: “It was with terror and amazement that Isaac learned his fate, but he offered no resistance. He could have escaped his doom, had he chosen to do so; the grief-stricken old man, exhausted with the struggle of those three terrible days, could not have opposed the will of the vigorous youth. But Isaac had been trained from childhood to ready, trusting obedience, and as the purpose of God was opened before him, he yielded a willing submission. He was a sharer in Abraham’s faith, and he felt that he was honored in being called to give his life as an offering to God. He tenderly seeks to lighten the father’s grief, and encourages his nerveless hands to bind the cords that confine him to the altar.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 152.


  • What characterized Abraham’s daily life, and how should our life reflect it? Genesis 13:3, 4; 26:5; Psalm 119:1.

Note: “If ever there was a time when every house should be a house of prayer, it is now. Fathers and mothers should often lift up their hearts to God in humble supplication for themselves and their children. Let the father, as priest of the household, lay upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice, while the wife and children unite in prayer and praise. In such a household Jesus will love to tarry.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 144.

  • Explain the depth of God’s longing for us today. Deuteronomy 4:10.

Note: “There are few parents who realize how important it is to give to their children the influence of a godly example. Yet this is far more potent than precept. No other means is so effective in training them in right lines. The children and youth must have a true copy in right-doing if they succeed in overcoming sin and perfecting a Christian character. This copy they should find in the lives of their parents.” In Heavenly Places, 212.

“Children must see in the lives of their parents that consistency which is in accordance with their faith.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 621.

“Your hired helpers should understand that they are not at liberty to infringe upon any of your rules in regard to the management of your children. If they fail to comply with this requirement, and secretly indulge your children in that which you have forbidden, discharge them at once. Let nothing interfere with your family government.” The Signs of the Times, December 19, 1878.


1 Where and how did both Adam and Jesus obtain their education?

2 What did Eli falsely assume about the evil ways of his toddlers?

3 What is often underestimated in bringing babies into the world?

4 How can we teach our children to become more like Isaac?

5 How can we become more like Abraham in guiding our homes?

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Bible Study Guides – True Education

April 1, 2012 – April 7, 2012

Educating for Eternity

Key Text

“The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:23.

Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 3, 131–138; 143–148.


“True education … is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” Education, 13.


  • What is the nicest task given to humans? Proverbs 22:6.

Note: “It is the nicest work ever assumed by men and women to deal with youthful minds. …

“The training which Solomon enjoins [in Proverbs 22:6] is to direct, educate, and develop.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 131.

  • What is essential in teaching? Deuteronomy 4:9; Proverbs 16:32.

Note: “Parents and schoolteachers are certainly disqualified to properly educate children if they have not first learned the lesson of self-control, patience, forbearance, gentleness, and love. …

“In order for parents and teachers to do this work, they must themselves understand ‘the way’ the child should go. This embraces more than merely having a knowledge of books. It takes in everything that is good, virtuous, righteous, and holy. It comprehends the practice of temperance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love to God and to one another.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 131, 132.


  • What does true education encompass? I Thessalonians 5:23.

Note: “True education is the preparation of the physical, mental, and moral powers for the performance of every duty; it is the training of body, mind, and soul for divine service. This is the education that will endure unto eternal life.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 330.

“The physical, mental, moral, and religious education of children must have attention.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 132.

  • What aim should be sought? Isaiah 61:3, last part; II Timothy 3:17.

Note: “The great object to be secured should be the proper development of character, that the individual may be fitted rightly to discharge the duties of the present life and to enter at last upon the future, immortal life.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 418.

  • Why are educational efforts often misguided? I Corinthians 8:1, last part.

Note: “Children are in great need of proper education in order that they may be of use in the world. But any effort that exalts intellectual culture above moral training is misdirected. Instructing, cultivating, polishing, and refining youth and children should be the main burden with both parents and teachers. Close reasoners and logical thinkers are few for the reason that false influences have checked the development of the intellect. The supposition of parents and teachers that continual study would strengthen the intellect has proved erroneous, for in many cases it has had the opposite effect.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 142, 143.

“Self-denial and self-control have not been molded into their [children’s] characters. They have been petted and indulged until they are spoiled for practical life. The love of pleasure controls minds, and children are flattered and indulged to their ruin. Children should be so trained and educated that they will expect temptations and calculate to meet difficulties and dangers. They should be taught to have control over themselves and to nobly overcome difficulties.” Ibid., 143, 144.


  • Where is the ideal environment to begin true education, and what results should we seek? Genesis 2:15; Colossians 4:12, last part.

Note: “The only schoolroom for children from eight to ten years of age should be in the open air amid the opening flowers and nature’s beautiful scenery. And their only textbook should be the treasures of nature.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 137.

“Let the study of books be combined with useful manual labor, and by faithful endeavor, watchfulness, and prayer secure the wisdom that is from above. This will give you an all-round education.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 334.

  • How serious a responsibility is it to train children properly? How will children benefit by listening to their Christian parents? Proverbs 4:10, 20–26.

Note: “Fathers and mothers, think earnestly of the importance of your work. It rests with you to decide whether good or evil thoughts shall occupy the minds of your children.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 18, 118.

“God hates the passion, evil tempers, etc., manifested by unruly children. He cannot save them in the time of trouble. They will be eternally lost. Parents, negligent, unfaithful parents, their blood will be upon you, and can you expect to be saved in the day of God’s fierce anger with the blood of your children upon you—children who might have been saved had you acted as faithful parents should?” Ibid., vol. 9, 322.

  • Describe the best atmosphere for learning. I Corinthians 16:14.

Note: “Children will respond by willing obedience to a rule of love. Commend your children whenever you can. Provide the little ones with innocent amusements. As soon as they are old enough, give them something to do, according to their strength. Encourage them with the thought that they are helping you. Then, in doing these little duties, they will find greater pleasure than in mere amusement. Do not let them pass through childhood in a dull routine. Never wound their hearts by a lack of consideration. Walk constantly in the way of the Lord, following the example set by Christ.” The Review and Herald, January 29, 1901.


  • Who are to be the first and favorite teachers? Deuteronomy 6:6–9.

Note: “God had commanded the Hebrews to teach their children His requirements and to make them acquainted with all His dealings with their fathers. This was one of the special duties of every parent—one that was not to be delegated to another. In the place of stranger lips the loving hearts of the father and mother were to give instruction to their children.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 592.

“Parents should be the only teachers of their children until they have reached eight or ten years of age.” Testimonies, vol. 3, 137.

“Christ is ready to teach the father and the mother to be true educators.” Child Guidance, 282.

  • How can a warm, loving relationship with our children be enjoyed for a lifetime? Galatians 6:2; II Timothy 1:5; 3:15.

Note: “Parents should encourage their children to confide in them and unburden to them their heart griefs, their little daily annoyances and trials.

“Kindly instruct them and bind them to your hearts. It is a critical time for children. Influences will be thrown around them to wean them from you which you must counteract. Teach them to make you their confidant. Let them whisper in your ear their trials and joys.

“Children would be saved from many evils if they would be more familiar with their parents. Parents should encourage in their children a disposition to be open and frank with them, to come to them with their difficulties and, when they are perplexed as to what course is right, to lay the matter just as they view it before the parents and ask their advice. Who are so well calculated to see and point out their dangers as godly parents? Who can understand the peculiar temperaments of their own children as well as they? The mother who has watched every turn of the mind from infancy, and is thus acquainted with the natural disposition, is best prepared to counsel her children. Who can tell as well what traits of character to check and restrain as the mother, aided by the father?” The Adventist Home, 191. (Emphasis author’s.)


  • What argument do many parents make to justify a lack of attention to their children? What should they bear in mind? Ecclesiastes 3:1.

Note: “Young children love companionship and can seldom enjoy themselves alone. They yearn for sympathy and tenderness. That which they enjoy they think will please mother also, and it is natural for them to go to her with their little joys and sorrows. The mother should not wound their sensitive hearts by treating with indifference matters that, though trifling to her, are of great importance to them. Her sympathy and approval are precious. An approving glance, a word of encouragement or commendation, will be like sunshine in their hearts, often making the whole day happy.” The Adventist Home, 190.

“ ‘No time,’ says the father; ‘I have no time to give to the training of my children, no time for social and domestic enjoyments.’ Then you should not have taken upon yourself the responsibility of a family.” Ibid., 191.

  • What painful words will God be forced to utter to negligent parents who fail to take active interest in their children? Matthew 7:23.

Note: “They [parents who have misspent their time will] hear pronounced upon their children the terrible denunciation, ‘Depart!’ This separates their children forever from the joys and glories of heaven, and from the presence of Christ. And they themselves also receive the denunciation: Depart, ‘thou wicked and slothful servant’ [Matthew 25:26].” Testimonies, vol. 3, 145.


1 What is the first basic qualification of a good parent or teacher?

2 What is much more important than mere intellectual culture?

3 What factors make the best environment for learning?

4 Why is the relationship between parent and child so important?

5 How serious is one’s failure to “bond” with his or her children?

Copyright © 2008 Reformation Herald Publishing Association, 5240 Hollins Road, Roanoke, Virginia. Reprinted by permission.

Recipe – Brownies

¼ cup canola oil (or soy butter)

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup raw sugar or date sugar

1 egg (or substitute)

3 Tbsp. milk (soy or nut)

½ tsp. sea salt

1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla

1 tsp. ground coriander, optional

½ cup carob powder

1 ½ tsp. Rumford baking powder (or 1 Tbsp. EnerG®)

2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream first three ingredients until smooth. Add next six ingredients. Beat well. Sift baking powder and flour; stir flour and nuts into mixture. Spread batter in 9″ x 9″ pan coated with non-stick spray. Bake 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Adapted from: A Good Cook … by Rosalie Hurd, B.S. and Frank J. Hurd, D.C., M.D., College Press, Collegedale, Tennessee, 2008, 624.

Food – Veganized Desserts

Like any other diet, a vegan diet can be complete and balanced or incomplete and unbalanced. Unfortunately, vegan eating is not a guarantee of good health. We still need to pay attention to our choices, watch our portion sizes, limit junk and processed foods, and ensure adequate intake of a few nutrients not easily available from vegan foods. How might desserts fit in a complete and balanced vegan diet?

It wasn’t so long ago that vegan desserts were viewed at best as an amusing oxymoron and at worst as some sort of gastronomic punishment. Perhaps you have not felt well after eating sweet, sugary desserts and even suffered from stomachaches or became moody and exhausted. It makes so much sense that food and your health would be related. Without dairy, eggs, and processed sugar in your diet, you can feel really good. By giving all the desserts you have loved a plant-based makeover, you can veganize desserts!

Perhaps you remember the dark days, when vegan sweets were dry and brown and tasteless. A few years ago, I would have recoiled at the thought of a vegan dessert—no butter, milk, or eggs? But sometime in the last few years, that began to change. The reasons include everything from a growing awareness of organic, healthy eating to the rising number of people diagnosed with food allergies every year (the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network estimates that some 12 million Americans have food allergies) to advances in vegan baking techniques and aesthetics.

Now everyone with a real sweet tooth, including those who are lactose or gluten intolerant, reducing cholesterol, or simply prefer healthy, natural ingredients without sacrificing taste, truly can have their cake and eat it, too. One thing remains constant—if you want to sell someone on vegan dessert, it has to be delicious.

Not only do vegan desserts taste good and, yes, sometimes even better than their dairy-filled counterparts, but you probably won’t even know that what you’re eating is vegan unless someone tells you. You simply need to create the vegan desserts by translating conventional, non-vegan recipes and shun popular dairy-free substitutes like egg replacers in favor of ingredients like bananas and sweet potatoes (both of which replicate the thick moisture of eggs).

Baking Without Eggs

Applesauce: Add 1/4 cup in place of one egg. Holds things together and adds moisture. But to help things rise, might need to add more baking powder (about 1/2 teaspoon).

Banana: Use 1/2 banana, mashed, for one egg in sweet baked goods. Also add about 1/2 teaspoon extra baking soda.

Tofu: Use about 1/4 cup mashed silken tofu for one egg. Also add 1/4–1/2 teaspoon extra baking powder.

Prune Puree: Puree your own, purchase pureed prunes, or even use baby food prunes. Use 1/4 cup prunes plus 1/2 teaspoon extra baking powder for one egg.

Baking Powder: Add an extra 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 2 Tablespoons extra liquid to replace one egg.

Flaxseed: Grind 3 Tablespoons flaxseed to a very fine powder. Add 1/2 cup water and blend until mixture becomes thick. Use to replace two or three eggs.

Powdered Egg Replacer: A boxed powder mix available in natural foods stores. Just blend with water to replace eggs in a recipe.

Health – The Mysteries of Life

The Vital Spark

The vitamin is the vital spark, which vitalizes all the food elements and sets them at work. Without this they are slow to move and act.

It is like building a fire in your fireplace. You may lay all of the materials ever so carefully but there will be no fire until you apply the spark—the match. No amount of wishing will take the place of that vital spark.

Mysterious forces

In nature there are mysterious forces at work that cause action, another name for growth, which is one manifestation of life. The plants are composed of elements in the soil, but the soil has no power or ability to assemble itself into forms of potatoes, cabbages, strawberries, peaches, corn, apples, beans, or nuts. Other powers and forces not found in the soil must be associated with its elements to cause them to work and arrange them into the various forms of vegetation, which will aid in sustaining the life which is within humans and animals. Among these mysterious forces is the vitamin.

To explain: Plant a bean, which is last year’s dirt (it grew from dirt last year), and beside it plant a pebble, another lump of dirt. Water and watch. Soon the insides of the bean begin to move, then the interior will move so much that it bursts the shell, cracks the soil, sends up leaves, blossoms, and soon you have more beans. But nothing will ever happen inside that pebble! It will never grow! If it would, evolution might be true. The bean contained something which the pebble did not—it contained every earthly element, plus vitamins.

Likewise, not one of these elements will ever stir in your body to cause growth or activity any more than in a bottle or in the dirt of your garden unless that mysterious vitamin and other forces be associated with them to make them move and go to work.

The vitamin is necessary to the growth of all plants. It also makes boys and girls grow. Without it all food is as dead as the dirt in your garden, and to eat food without vitamins is almost comparable to eating dirt. You may make sure of an ample supply of calcium in the rations, but if vitamins are not present, no bones or teeth will ever be made. And thus it is with all of the other elements.


The vitamins are present in all seeds—the grains, legumes, and nuts. They are in the fruits, leaves, and roots. They are in all vegetation. They are one of the essential factors of growth.

As in all plants, so it is in animals. The life and growth of all animals depend upon the vitamins found in seeds, fruits, leaves, and roots. The vitamins function in some way as an activating principle, which sets going the processes that develop energy, power and activity. All animals are dependent upon this life principle to sustain their lives. A monkey fed a good ration but with vitamins removed, died in ninety days.

As in plants and animals, so it is in man. His life and growth depend upon the vitamins found in all vegetation. They are as necessary to the daily food as any other element. …

We Always Had Them in Natural Foods

No vitamin has been discovered or ever will be found that has not been in natural foods since the dawn of time; no scientist can discover anything which God did not set in operation thousands of years ago. When He made man and commanded his rations to grow out of the earth, He provided for all of man’s necessities. My confidence in my Creator is complete, and I am free to say that scientists will never find a nutritional need of the human body that is not met by natural foods—whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts.

What Vitamins Do

It appears that vitamins assist in the maintenance of every life process and the normal conditions of every cell in the body. This, then, includes every organ, gland, tissue, nerve, bone, and tooth; the eyes, skin, hair, blood, digestive juices and all other fluids—everything that can be named in the body.

Certain vitamins promote growth; some contribute to the health of the skin and mucous membrane and glands throughout the body; others maintain nerve vitality; some sustain the health of the capillaries; still others assist them in building bones or aid digestion or reproduction or coagulation, and so on at length. This is marvelous indeed. …

Vitamin A

“Vitamin A is essential for life, health, and growth. It is indispensable for the maintenance of normal epithelium.” “The parts of the body which are built of epithelial tissues are the skin and its appendages, the hair and the nails, the sweat glands and the oil glands, the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, sinuses, throat, trachea, bronchial tubes, and air sacs of the lungs. The enamel of the teeth, the salivary glands, the mucosa of the esophagus, the stomach and all its glands, the liver, the pancreas, the tubules of the kidney, the kidney pelvis, the ureters and bladder, all the ductless glands of the body, the nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, are also governed in their development, structure, and function by vitamin A. For these reasons a deficiency of vitamin A produces a host of diseases—over ninety main types with many more subtypes, and many infections which are enabled to gain entrance to the body because of the breakdown of the entrance barrier presented by the skin and the mucous membranes.” G.K. Abbott, M.D., in Life and Health, May 1940, 17.

Cells Degenerate

When vitamin A is deficient, the cells flatten, become hard and horny with a tendency to slough off. They then lose all power of normal function. As an example, tear gland cells cannot produce tears and the eyes will be dry. Again, the mucous membrane in all the places mentioned above will be unable to secrete its accustomed fluid.

Bacteria Find an Open Road

Furthermore, healthy mucous membrane does not allow bacteria to pass through into the blood, but as this deficiency of vitamin A continues, these cells slowly lose their power to stop bacteria and then may follow infections of many kinds like those of the respiratory tract, broncho-pneumonia, inflammation of the intestine, infection of the kidneys, gall-bladder, reproductive glands, and so on throughout the body.

We have heard much about glands for a number of years, but we are now learning more about how to maintain their vitality for more years. But to do so, we cannot wait until their vitality is gone. Vitamins are pre-eminently necessary.

Thus we could go up and down within the body and at every turn find marvelous activities upon which life depends, and which cannot continue without the various vitamins. These elements are not here by accident. They have all been planned and provided by a Master Mind. If we would know the plan and use the elements that the Creator has provided for us, it would help us to have the health He intended us to have.

But here is the mischief; the vitamins have been removed from ever so many of our staple foods upon which we live from youth up, and this is one of the reasons why men and women are going to pieces so often after age forty.

Excerpts from Abundant Health, Julius Gilbert White, Northwestern Publishing Association, Buckley, Washington, 1951, 63–72.

Children’s Story – Ellen Meets James

Ellen Harmon was just a teenager when God called her to serve Him. After much anguish and prayer, she accepted that call, dedicating her entire life and will to God. As His chosen servant, she didn’t want to do anything outside of His will. Though she was weak and often ill, due to a tragic accident, when she was nine, whenever God told her to do something, she obeyed. Often she had no idea how she could obey, but with complete trust in God she did His bidding and He always gave her the strength to fulfill His command.

Ellen had no thought of marriage during these early years. Convinced that Jesus was coming soon, she devoted all her time and energy to preparing herself and spreading the good news to others. She felt that there was no time for marriage. So, unwed, Ellen prayed, obeyed, and traveled for God.

Well, God had a wonderful surprise in store for Ellen. One day she was invited by a neighbor and his sister to travel with them to Orrington, Maine, a town one hundred fifty miles away. This neighbor, William Jordan, had borrowed a horse and sleigh and needed to return them to their owner, a minister named James White. Elder White was having trouble with some people caught up with fanaticism, and William hoped that if Ellen accompanied them she might help them overcome their fanaticism.

How Ellen struggled. Was it really her duty to go? As she earnestly prayed for God’s guidance, she was convinced that He wanted her to go. Soon the three were gliding over the snow on their way to Orrington, James White, and the fanatics. What a time was in store for them! After a journey requiring nearly two days they arrived tired, ready for a good night’s rest. Ellen barely noticed the young minister to whom she was introduced.

The next morning after worship, Elder White and his visitors decided to visit a family living near town. Upon arriving, they were surprised to find several other sleighs in the yard. They inquired, “Are you having a meeting today?”

“No,” came the reply, “several people have simply shown up at the same time.” Ellen remembered God’s promise that He would prepare the way for her to share His messages.

Those present were invited to hear Sister Ellen speak. As she stood to speak, a shout of “Glory Alleluia” was heard. People began clapping their hands, shouting, and jumping up and down. Ellen was dismayed. Earnestly she asked if anywhere in the Bible Jesus and His disciples behaved in this way, and she reminded them that He was their example. Then James shared from the Bible that God is a God of order and not confusion and that He speaks in “a still small voice” [1 Kings 19:12]. He told them that it was Satan leading them to behave like they were so the neighbors would be turned away from God’s truth.

From that home they visited other families and companies. They sometimes met with strange ideas, and always Ellen and James would share truth from the word of God. At one time they arrived after the meeting was started. Someone inside saw them coming and quickly went to the door and locked it. But, “In the name of the Lord,” Ellen opened that locked door and entered. What a scene met their astonished eyes. On the floor lay a woman crying pitifully. She was warning the others not to listen to or believe Ellen Harmon or her visions. Trusting in God, Ellen knelt by her side and commanded the evil spirit to leave the woman. Quietly the woman stood up and sat down. With no further disturbance Ellen spoke to the gathered company of Jesus who calls His followers to be good, pure and sensible.

Day after day they traveled, visiting homes, sharing God’s message and rebuking the fanatical beliefs being taught. In many places peace was being disturbed and God’s message damaged by noisy, rowdy, pretended Christians. Neighbors in one place had even complained to the police. At another town, two guards were posted to prevent any preacher from holding meetings. As the messengers of God approached this place, they prayed earnestly for the Lord to shield them as they passed the guards. Quietly they glided right past. It was as if God had blinded the guards to the sleigh carrying His servants.

As time passed the fanatical ones were rebuked and quieted. The meetings became quiet and happy. At their last meeting in Orrington, God gave Ellen a vision telling her to leave quickly, that her work there was done. Though the meetings were quiet, spies had been tracking them, and they were in danger.

Early the next morning, Ellen, Jordan and his sister left. They later learned that officers had gone to James’ home searching for him. James and a friend were arrested, whipped and thrown into jail. They were accused of being part of the noisy disturbances.

James, in thinking of their travels and troubles, worried about Ellen, young, weak and alone. But not a thought entered his head that one day he would be a lawful protector and companion to her. But indeed that is exactly what happened. James asked Ellen to be his life companion. He felt that together they would be a stronger witness for the Lord. “Besides,” he exclaimed, “I love you. I’ve been praying about this.”

Ellen, though she respected and admired this earnest Christian, wanted only the Lord’s will. “James, I also will pray that the Lord may make His will known to us.” Quietly and patiently they asked the Lord’s guidance in this most important decision. To their joy, they recognized the Holy Spirit guiding them to join their lives in God’s service. When they were certain that it was God’s will, and not until then, they were married.

There was no fancy wedding. There is no record of invitations, bridesmaids, or even a wedding gown. No, there was important work to be done. Every penny was needed for telling the world of Jesus’ soon return. In harmony with God and with one another, theirs was indeed a blessed and happy union, as will be all unions where God’s will reigns.

Keys to the Storehouse – The Angels’ Report

Angels of God have been commissioned to this earth as “ministering spirits” (see Hebrews 1:14) to present “to us the righteousness of Christ, justification by faith, the exceeding great and precious promises of God’s word, free access to the Father by Christ, the comfort of the Spirit, the well-grounded assurance of eternal life in the kingdom of God. …

“In heaven it is said by the ministering angels: The ministry which we have been commissioned to perform we have done.

  • “We pressed back the army of evil angels.
  • “We sent brightness and light into the souls of men, quickening their memory of the love of God expressed in Jesus.
  • “We attracted their eyes to the cross of Christ.
  • “Their hearts were deeply moved by a sense of the sin that crucified the Son of God.
  • “They were convicted.
  • “They saw the steps to be taken in conversion;
  • “They felt the power of the gospel;
  • “Their hearts were made tender as they saw the sweetness of the love of God.
  • “They beheld the beauty of the character of Christ.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 317, 318.

What a most wonderful ministry the angels carry out and with great joy are able to report! As I read, excitement filled my heart and I praised God. Then read the following:


  • “With the many it was all in vain. [It was unsuccessful, without effect.]
  • “They would not surrender their own habits and character.
  • “They would not put off the garments of earth in order to be clothed with the robe of heaven.
  • “Their hearts were given to covetousness.
  • “They loved the associations of the world more than they loved their God.” Ibid., 318.

Oh, what sad statements by the angels who anxiously minister for each of their charges. I pray that it is with great joy that the angels return with a good report and that none of us finds the garments of earth more desirable than the robe of heaven. How tragic it will be and what a terrible loss it will be when we each face eternity if the invitation has been rejected.

“Sad will be the retrospect in that day when men stand face to face with eternity. The whole life will present itself just as it has been. The world’s pleasures, riches, and honors will not then seem so important. Men will then see that the righteousness they despised is alone of value. They will see that they have fashioned their characters under the deceptive allurements of Satan. The garments they have chosen are the badge of their allegiance to the first great apostate. Then they will see the results of their choice. They will have a knowledge of what it means to transgress the commandments of God. …

“The days of our probation are fast closing. The end is near. To us the warning is given, ‘Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.’ Luke 21:34. Beware lest it find you unready. Take heed lest you be found at the King’s feast without a wedding garment.” Ibid., 318, 319.

Father, walk with me this day that my heart will not be drawn away from heavenly places. I choose to surrender my habits and character to you and to put off the garments of earth in exchange for Your heavenly garments. Remove the love of the world from my heart and replace it with the love of Jesus.