April 24, 2015

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142: Of Sight and Shepherds (New Testament Lesson 16)

“I Was Blind, Now I See” Class Member Reading: John 9-10 Additional Reading: None Scripture Chain: Psalm 23:1–6; Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:11–12; John 10:11; Mosiah 26:21; Alma 5:60   Jesus heals the man born blind, but speaks of an even more applicable form of blindness–the unwillingness to understand. And his teachings about shepherds encourage us […]

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April 18, 2015

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141: Light, Truth, and Freedom (New Testament Lesson 15)

“I Am the Light of the World”   Class Member Reading: John 7-8 Additional Reading: None Scripture Chain: John 8:12; Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 2:5; Alma 38:9; 3 Nephi 15:9; D&C 88:6–13   The idea of Jesus or God as “Light of the world” is evocative, but what does it mean? This episode uses the assigned reading […]

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April 10, 2015

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140: Who Is My Neighbor? (New Testament Lesson 14)

“Who Is My Neighbour?”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 18; Luke 10 Additional Reading: Mark 9:33–50; Mosiah 3:17–21; 4:16–19, 26. Other Reading: None   The Parable of the Good Samaritan stands at the heart of this lesson–Jesus seems to be saying “take care of those in need”, but the meaning proves deeper and even more challenging. […]

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March 27, 2015

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139: Transfiguration, Keys of the Kingdom, Revelation (New Testament Lesson 13)

“I Will Give unto Thee the Keys of the Kingdom”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 15:21-17:9 Additional Reading: Mark 7:24–9:10; Luke 9:18–36; 12:54–57; Bible Dictionary, “Revelation,” 762; “Transfiguration, Mount of,” 786. Scripture Chain: Proverbs 29:18; Amos 3:7; 1 Corinthians 2:9–12; Galatians 1:11–12; 2 Peter 1:20–21; Alma 5:46; Moroni 10:5   In this reading Jesus is transfigured and […]

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March 21, 2015

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138: “I Am the Bread of Life” (New Testament Lesson 12)

“I Am the Bread of Life”   Class Member Reading: John 5-6; Mark 6:30-44; Matthew 14:22-23 Additional Reading: Matthew 14:1–21; Mark 6:1–29, 45–52; Luke 9:10–17 Scripture Chain: John 5:39; John 20:31; Acts 18:28; 2 Nephi 25:26   Jesus is the “Bread of Life”. What does that mean? How is Jesus a staple, like bread? And what […]

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March 13, 2015

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137: Parables (New Testament Lesson 11)

“He Spake Many Things unto Them in Parables”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 13 Additional Reading: Mark 4:1–34; Luke 8:4–18; Luke 13:18–21; Doctrine and Covenants 86:1–7; Bible Dictionary, “Gospels, Harmony of,” 689; “Parables,” 740–41; and “Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God,” 721. Scripture Chain: Matthew 13:9–16; Mosiah 2:9; Alma 10:2–6; Alma 12:9–11   What does […]

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March 6, 2015

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136: Take My Yoke Upon You, and Learn of Me (New Testament Lesson 10)

“Take My Yoke upon You, and Learn of Me”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 11:28-30; 12:1-13; Luke 7:36-50; 13:10-17 Additional Reading: Isaiah 58:13–14; Matthew 11:16–19; 12:14–50; 26:6–13; Mark 2:23–3:12; 14:3–9; Luke 6:1–11; Doctrine and Covenants 59:9–19. Scripture Chain: Matthew 11:28–30; Mosiah 24:8–15; Alma 12:33–35; D&C 54:10; D&C 59:23   It is human nature to seek […]

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February 22, 2015

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135: The Sermon on the Mount, Part II (New Testament Lesson 9)

 “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” Class Member Reading: Matthew 6-7 Scripture Chain: Matthew 16:24–25; Matthew 7:21; John 8:31; John 13:35; 2 Nephi 31:10–13; Moroni 7:48; Additional Reading: None   Matthew 5 gave Jesus’ interpretation of the Jewish Law, and chapters 6-7 explore proper worship and treatment of others, including the famous “Golden Rule”. […]

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February 18, 2015

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134: The Sermon on the Mount, Part I (New Testament Lesson 8)

The Sermon on the Mount: “A More Excellent Way”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 5 Scripture Chain: Matthew 5:48    ; Ether 12:27    ; Moroni 10:32–33; D&C 76:68–70 Other Reading: Luke 6; 3 Nephi 12-15   The Sermon on the Mount has been seen as Jesus’ guide to living–but then why does his advice seem so […]

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February 11, 2015

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133: Miracles (New Testament Lesson 7)

 “[He] Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses”   Class Member Reading: Mark 1-2; 4:35-41; 5; Luke 7:11-17 Scripture Chain: 2 Nephi 27:23; Mark 1:34; 3 Nephi 17:5–10; Ether 12:12; Mormon 9:15–21 Other Reading: None   Why do miracles happen sometimes to some people, but not all the time to everyone? What counts as a miracle, anyway? Jana and Jonathan join […]

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