Searching For the Lost

Have you ever lost something precious? What did you do to try and recover it? Did you say to yourself, “Oh, forget about it. I’m sure it’ll turn up someday.” Probably not.  It’s much more likely that you searched tirelessly until you recovered the missing item. In Luke 15:3-10 (NIV), Jesus tells two parables: Then Jesus told them this…

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The Narrow Road

Picture this: you’re out on a Sabbath afternoon hike. As you’re walking along the main path, you see another path that trails up a steep incline. Your son begs you to take the alternate path, imploring that you could see all sorts of new exciting things along the way. In that moment, you have two choices: take…

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First Love: Dropouts’ Beginning Experiences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Do you remember when you fell in love for the first time? Perhaps you couldn’t stop talking to your friends and family about the special person in your life. Or, maybe you waited with eager anticipation for each time you got to see him or her. Now, do you remember when you first became a Seventh-day…

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The Leaky Bucket: Examining Church Dropouts

Have you ever carried a leaky bucket? One that, no matter how cautiously you carried it or how carefully you patched it up, just won’t stop dripping? Even if you haven’t been in such a situation, it’s obvious that you couldn’t let the bucket drip indefinitely. Think of the cost – how much water you…

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