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Old Testament 13 – Bondage, Passover, and Exodus

This lesson is all about birth and growth. Israel is being claimed as God's firstborn and given birth as His chosen people. But as in any new family relationship, they needed to learn to...
rely on the Lord

Old Testament 12 – Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction

This lesson is a continuation of the theme from the last lesson. In lesson 11 we looked at how Joseph demonstrated faithfulness, forgiveness, obedience, and patience to overcome great trials in his life at...
growth in adversity

Old Testament 11 – How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?

This lesson provides us with the opportunity to discuss one of God's lesser acknowledged attributes, the ability to find good and growth in adversity.  Joseph's situation We don't know much about Jacob's 11th son, Joseph, except...
Abrahamic covenant

Old Testament 10 – Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant

This lesson is one of those subjects which, though basic to our theology, is fraught with emotional landmines. Even though the title is about eternal marriage, I would argue that our birthright is about...
sacrifice

Old Testament 09 – God Will Provide Himself a Lamb

At first, my fear was that this lesson would be yet another rehash of the old story of Abraham's sacrifice. But once I had read all the material, and especially once I had seen...
intent

How to Develop a Church Lesson Through Intent

We have entered an awkward time in the Church where the method of what is taught in nursery and Gospel Doctrine classes is different from the method used to teach the young men/young women...
sin

Old Testament 08 – Living Righteously in a Wicked World

It is difficult to remain both righteous and ignorant of sin at the same time. The nature of sin is that it is born in an atmosphere of cunning, deception, pride, and willfulness. To...
Abrahamic Covenant

Old Testament 07 – The Abrahamic Covenant

To really appreciate what we have to learn from the life of Abraham, and the lessons his life can teach us, we should look at what is available to us in the plan of...
law of sacrifice

What It Means to Live the Law of Sacrifice

Until recently, I was under the impression that the Law of Sacrifice was something Adam was given, and that all forms of that law disappeared with the advent of the Law of the Gospel,...
pride and humility

Old Testament 06 – The Saving of His House

The word for this lesson is hubris, which means "excessive pride or self confidence; arrogance" (www.dictionary.com). The topic this week is about Noah's ark and the tower of Babel. Specifically we will be looking...

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