June 19, 2015

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151: Atonement (New Testament Lesson 25)

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“Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46 Additional Reading: 2 Nephi 2:5–8; Alma 7:11–14;34:8–16; 42:1–31; Doctrine and Covenants 19:15–24;Bible Dictionary, “Atonement,” 617; “Gethsemane,”680. Scripture Chain: Luke 22:39–44; D&C 19:15–19; Mosiah 3:7, 9; 2 Nephi 9:5–8; Alma 7:11–14; Articles of Faith 1:3   Our lives follow patterns of estrangement and reconciliation as we drift away from our true […]

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June 18, 2015

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150: That We May Be One (New Testament Lesson 24)

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“This Is Life Eternal”   Class Member Reading: John 16-17 Additional Reading: John 14:16–31; 15:18–27;3 Nephi 19:19–36; Doctrine and Covenants 132:21–24; Bible Dictionary, “Comforter,” 648; “Holy Ghost,”704. Scripture Chain: John 17:20–26; Philippians 1:27; Mosiah 18:21; 4 Nephi 1:15–17; D&C 35:2; D&C 38:24–27   In these touching chapters, Jesus explains the connection between love and unity. This episode explores the balance of individual growth and unity with others, […]

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June 13, 2015

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149: Love One Another (New Testament Lesson 23)

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“Love One Another, As I Have Loved You”   Class Member Reading: Luke 22:1-38; John 13-14 Additional Reading: Matthew 26:1–5, 14–35; Mark 14:1–2, 10–31. Scripture Chain: Matthew 26:26–28; Luke 22:19–20; 3 Nephi 18:5–12; D&C 20:77, 79   The message to love one another permeates Jesus’ ministry, but never more intimately and fully than during the last days of his ministry. […]

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June 1, 2015

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148: Kingdom Come (New Testament Lesson 22)

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“Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for You”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 25 Additional Reading: None Scripture Chain: Matthew 25:1–13; D&C 38:29–30; D&C 45:36–39; D&C 88:123–26   Matthew 25 contains three powerful narratives that teach the need to be prepared, use our talents for the benefits of others, and care for and serve our fellow human beings. This […]

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May 31, 2015

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147: The Second Coming (New Testament Lesson 21)

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“What Is the Sign of Thy Coming?”   Class Member Reading: JS–Matthew (Matthew 24) Additional Reading: Mark 13; Luke 21:5–38; Doctrine and Covenants 45:15–55 Scripture Chain: Isaiah 2:2–3; Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:21–37; Daniel 2:44; D&C 45:16–35   The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is obviously of key importance for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of *Latter-day* Saints. With that […]

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May 28, 2015

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146: Hypocrisy (New Testament Lesson 20)

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“Woe unto You, … Hypocrites”   Class Member Reading: Matthew 21-23; John 12:1-8 Additional Reading: Matthew 26:6–13; Mark 11–12;14:3–9; Luke 11:37–51; 19:29–48; 20; John 12:12–18;Bible Dictionary, “Pharisees,” 750; “Sadducees,” 767;“Spikenard,” 776. Other Reading: Luke 18:9-14 Scripture Chain: Matthew 22:37; Joshua 24:15; 1 Nephi 3:7; Omni 1:26; D&C 4:1–2; D&C 20:37   Some of the harshest condemnation by Jesus is leveled against those he calls “hypocrites”. What does this term mean? What […]

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May 15, 2015

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145: Saved by Faith and Faithfulness (New Testament Lesson 19)

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“Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee”   Class Member Reading: Luke 18:1-8, 35-43; 19:1-10; John 11 Additional Reading: Mark 10:46–52; Luke 11:5–13; Bible Dictionary, “Faith,” 669–70. Scripture Chain: Matthew 8:5–10, 13; Mark 10:46–52; 2 Timothy 4:7; Ether 3:3–13   This episode explores the interplay of faith and faithfulness (the two aspects of the Greek word for faith, πίστις) and how hope, diligence and […]

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May 10, 2015

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144: Lost and Found (New Testament Lesson 18)

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“He Was Lost, and Is Found”   Class Member Reading: Luke 15; 17 Additional Reading: Matthew 18:11–14 Scripture Chain: Luke 15:4–10; Luke 15:11–24; Alma 26:11–16; D&C 18:10–16   How do we tell when we or others are lost? Depends on the destination. This episode explores the parable of the Prodigal Son and related themes of repentance and the […]

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May 2, 2015

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143: To Inherit Eternal Life (New Testament Lesson 17)

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“What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?”   Class Member Reading: Mark 10:17-30; 12:41-44; Luke 12:13-21; 14; 16 Additional Reading: Matthew 19:16–30; Luke 18:18–30; 21:1–4; Jacob 2:18–19. Scripture Chain: Matthew 6:19–21; Matthew 6:33; Mark 10:28–30; Jacob 2:18–19; D&C 6:6–7   We think of “Eternal Life” as the type of life that God experiences, but what […]

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April 24, 2015

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

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“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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