These text files are prepared by Laurelbrook staff member James Brenneman for his personal use and for those who wish to see the Bible texts in the adult Sabbath School lesson in possibly a new light.
Memory Text: Psalm 119:9-11 New International Version 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Sunday – Habit: Seek God First
Matthew 22:37-38 God’s Word Translation 37 Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and most important commandment.
Acts 17:28 Contemporary English Version and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. “We are his children,” just as some of your poets have said.
Ephesians 5:15-17 Christian Standard Bible 15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Colossians 3:23 International Standard Version Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.
Monday – Habit: Look for the Return of Jesus
Luke 12:35-48 Easy-to-Read Version 35 “Be ready! Be fully dressed and have your lights shining. 36 Be like servants who are waiting for their master to come home from a wedding party. The master comes and knocks, and the servants immediately open the door for him. 37 When their master sees that they are ready and waiting for him, it will be a great day for those servants. I can tell you without a doubt, the master will get himself ready to serve a meal and tell the servants to sit down. Then he will serve them. 38 Those servants might have to wait until midnight or later for their master. But they will be glad they did when he comes in and finds them still waiting. 39 “What would a homeowner do if he knew when a thief was coming? You know he would not let the thief break in. 40 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a time when you don’t expect him!” 41 Peter said, “Lord, did you tell this story for us or for all people?” 42 The Lord said, “Who is the wise and trusted servant? The master trusts one servant to give the other servants their food at the right time. Who is the servant that the master trusts to do that work? 43 When the master comes and finds him doing the work he gave him, it will be a day of blessing for that servant! 44 I can tell you without a doubt, the master will choose that servant to take care of everything he owns. 45 “But what will happen if that servant is evil and thinks his master will not come back soon? He will begin to beat the other servants, men and women. He will eat and drink until he has had too much. 46 Then the master will come when the servant is not ready, at a time when the servant is not expecting him. Then the master will punish that servant and send him away to be with the other people who don’t obey. 47 “That servant knew what his master wanted him to do. But he did not make himself ready or try to do what his master wanted. So that servant will be punished very much! 48 But what about the servant who does not know what his master wants? He also does things that deserve punishment. But he will get less punishment than the servant who knew what he should do. Whoever has been given much will be responsible for much. Much more will be expected from the one who has been given more.”
Tuesday – Habit: Use Time Wisely
Job 8:9 Contemporary English Version Our own time has been short,
like a fading shadow, and we know very little.
James 4:14 English Standard Version yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Psalm 90:10,12 Holman Christian Standard Bible 10 Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. 12 Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
Psalm 39:4-5 New International Reader’s Version 4 I said, “Lord, show me when my life will end. Show me how many days I have left. Tell me how short my life will be. 5 You have given me only a few days to live. My whole life doesn’t seem like anything to you. No one lasts any longer than a breath. This is true even for those who feel secure.
Ecclesiastes 3:6-8 Lexham English Bible 6 a time to seek and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak; 8 a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.
Wednesday – Habit: Keep a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul
Acts 3:21 New Life Version But for awhile He must stay in heaven until the time when all things are made right. God said these things would happen through His holy early preachers.
Revelation 21:1-5 New Century Version Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and there was no sea anymore. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was prepared like a bride dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Now God’s presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone.” 5 The One who was sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.”
Thursday – Habit: Self-Discipline
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 New English Translation 24 Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. 25 Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 26 So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. 27 Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.
Friday – Further Thought
Amos 3:3 Easy-to-Read Version Two people will not walk together unless they have agreed to do so.
Colossians 2:6 Common English Bible So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him.
Romans 6:4 New Living Translation For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Ephesians 5:2 New English Translation and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
Colossians 4:5 Modern English Version Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, wisely using the opportunity.
Psalm 86:11 God’s Word Translation Teach me your way, O Lord, so that I may live in your truth. Focus my heart on fearing you.
1 John 1:7 English Standard Version But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Proverbs 19:1 Good News Translation It is better to be poor but honest than to be a lying fool.
Exodus 16:4 New Century Version Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will cause food to fall like rain from the sky for all of you. Every day the people must go out and gather what they need for that day. I want to see if the people will do what I teach them.
Ephesians 2:10 Lexham English Bible For we are his creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we may walk in them.
Proverbs 4:26 Christian Standard Bible Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.
Titus 2:7 New International Reader’s Version Do what is good. Set an example for them in everything. When you teach, be honest and serious.
Psalm 119:172 Holman Christian Standard Bible My tongue sings about Your promise, for all Your commands are righteous.
Memory Text: 1 Peter 2:12 God’s Word Translation Live decent lives among unbelievers. Then, although they ridicule you as if you were doing wrong while they are watching you do good things, they will praise God on the day he comes to help you.
Sunday – Stewardship and Godliness
2 Timothy 3:1-9 New English Translation But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. 5 They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. 6 For some of these insinuate themselves into households and captivate weak women who are overwhelmed with sins and led along by various passions. 7 Such women are always seeking instruction, yet never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people—who have warped minds and are disqualified in the faith—also oppose the truth. 9 But they will not go much further, for their foolishness will be obvious to everyone, just like it was with Jannes and Jambres.
2 Timothy 3:2 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Those who are “self-lovers” are rarely grateful to others. Modern inventions have contributed to a humanistic self-sufficiency that often obscures man’s continual need for God’s benefits.
Ezekiel 14:14 New Century Version Even if three great men like Noah, Daniel, and Job were in that country, their goodness could save only themselves, says the Lord God.
Monday – Contentment
Philippines 4:11 New Living Translation Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
Philippines 4:11 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES Probably, by nature, he had a mind as prone to impatience as others, but he had been in circumstances fitted to produce a different state of feeling. He had had ample experience, and, in his life of trials, he had acquired invaluable lessons on the subject. He had had abundant time for reflection, and he had found that there was grace enough in the gospel to enable him to bear trials with resignation.
Romans 8:28 Modern English Version We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 13:5 New International Reader’s Version Don’t be controlled by love for money. Be happy with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you. I will never desert you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Philippines 4:4-13 Contemporary English Version 4 Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. 5 Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. 6 Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. 8 Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. 9 You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you. 10 The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn’t have any chance to show it. 11 I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with[a] whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13 Christ gives me the strength to face anything.
Tuesday – Trust
Proverbs 3:5 Easy-to-Read Version Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.
Isaiah 55:9 Christian Standard Bible “For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
1 Corinthians 4:5 Disciples Literal New Testament So then do not be judging anything before the time, until the Lord comes, Who will both illuminate the hidden things of the darkness and reveal the motives of the hearts. And at-that-time the praise will come to each one from God.
1 Corinthians 4:5 COMMENTARY BY ADAM CLARKE God, the righteous Judge, will determine every thing shortly: it is his province alone to search the heart, and bring to light the hidden things of darkness. If you be so pure and upright in your conduct, if what you have been doing in these divisions, &c., be right in his sight, then shall you have praise for the same; if otherwise, yourselves are most concerned.
1 Corinthians 13:12 English Standard Version For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Wednesday – Our Influence
Ephesians 5:8 Good News Translation You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light.
Matthew 5:16 Contemporary English Version Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Satan has ever sought to misrepresent the Father. Christ came to dispel the darkness and to reveal the Father. This same work Christ committed to His disciples. Light shines, not so much that men may see the light, as that they may see other things because of the light. Our lights are to shine, not so that men may be attracted to us, but that they may be attracted to Christ, who is the light of life, and to things worth while.
Titus 2:7 New Century Version In every way be an example of doing good deeds. When you teach, do it with honesty and seriousness.
1 Peter 2:11-12 New International Version 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Thursday – The Word We Want (and Don’t Want) to Hear
Matthew 25:21 New English Translation His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Matthew 7:23 Modern English Version But then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice evil.’
Friday – Further Thought
2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Reader’s Version I destroy every claim and every reason that keeps people from knowing God. I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ.
Matthew 7:21-23 New International Reader’s Version 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those who do what my Father in heaven wants will enter. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord! Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we drive out demons in your name? Didn’t we do many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will tell them clearly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who do evil!’
Matthew 7:21 COMMENTARY FAMILY BIBLE NOTES men are to be judged of, not by their words only, but by their principles and conduct. They must obey the revealed will of God, and to be accepted of him, must do it with the heart. The only sure test of true religion, is the doing of the known will of God.
Matthew 7:21-29 COMMENTARY BY MATTHEW HENRY Christ here shows that it will not be enough to own him for our Master, only in word and tongue. It is necessary to our happiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another.