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On the Trail of Love

Unit 1, Lesson 1

Dig a Little Deeper

1. 1 Corinthians 13 is often called the “love chapter”. Read the chapter and list the attributes of genuine love that Paul describes.

2. Showing love

  • Look up these Bible texts and Spirit of Prophecy references and describe how these people demonstrated love to others.

    • Shunemite woman to Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-37).

    • Ruth to Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17, 2:1-11).

    • Dorcas to the needy (Acts 9:32-43, Acts of the Apostles, p. 131,132).

  • After reading these three examples from the Bible, give three instances from your own life when you have witnessed love being shown to you or others.

3. Mordecai adopted young Esther into his family then loved and raised her as his own daughter when her parents died. Mordecai taught Esther God’s love. Because God’s love was in her heart she was able to do something great for her people. Partner up with a classmate and complete the K-W-L chart “God’s Love in the Heart of a Queen.”

4. Disabilities

  • Read 2 Samuel 4:4, 9:5-13 and compare this story with your lesson story.

  • Do some research on Down syndrome on the Internet. A good place to look is at the National Down Syndrome web site at www.ndss.org. How have you seen people with Down Syndrome or other disabilities treated? What can you and your classmates do to foster greater acceptance and inclusion of those with disabilities?

God’s Love Given

Unit 1, Lesson 2

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Read 1 Samuel 1 and answer the following questions:

  • What was the name of Samuel’s father?

  • Why did the family go to Shiloh each year?

  • Why was Hannah upset?

  • What did Hannah promise God?

  • Why did Eli think that Hannah was drunk?

  • How did God show His love to Hannah?

  • How did Hannah demonstrate her love for God?

  1. God always was and always will be a God of love. Use a Bible concordance to find four situations when God demonstrated His love to His children. Write the text and describe the situation.

Example: In Daniel 3 we read about how God saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace to demonstrate His love for them.

  1. In response to God’s love, Hannah demonstrated her love by returning Samuel to Him. The story of the widow’s offering is also a story that demonstrates a response to God’s love. Read the story in Mark 12: 41-44, Luke 21:1-3, and The Desire of Ages pp. 614 -616.

  • How was the widow’s gift like Hannah’s?

  • What blessings do you think she might have received as a result of her gift?

  • How did her small gift become a blessing to others?

4. Many others besides Hannah and the widow gave to God. Look up the following texts: Matthew 2:9-13; John 6:9-13; Matthew 26: 6-13; Matthew 27: 57-60; Fill in the “A Gift to God” chart with information under the appropriate headings.

The Joy of Salvation

Unit 2, Lesson 3

Dig a Little Deeper

  1. A young girl brought the joy of healing and the joy of salvation to the home of one of the most important men in Aram. Read the story of the healing of Naaman in 2 Kings 5: 1-16 and in Prophets and Kings pp. 244-250. Fill out the plot map “A Maiden Brings Joy.”

  1. Both the young girl and Joseph made lemonade, when life handed them lemons. Read Prophets and Kings, pages 244-246, and Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 213, 214.

    • How were these two young people similar?

  • What was the source of their joy?

  • How can you learn to have joy even when you face difficult situations?

  1. Find four Bible texts you can share with friends or relatives so they can experience the gift of joy that comes from God. Write each text on a separate post card. Illustrate each text on the front of the post cards. Give or mail the post cards to four of your friends or relatives.

  1. In the lesson, Tonya and her classmates experienced joy as God began to answer their prayers for Marcus. Read John 16:23, 24. Write about the joy you have experienced as the result of an answered prayer.

Building Joy

Unit 2, Lesson 4

Dig a Little Deeper

1. The Sanctuary

  • Why did God ask the Israelites to build a sanctuary? See SDA Bible Commentary Volume 1, page 635.

  • Does God need a building in order to meet with His children? Read Psalm 139:7.

2. Compare and contrast the ceremonies, practices and beliefs of the Israelites’ church (sanctuary) with today’s church. Fill out the Venn Diagram with the characteristics you find.

3. The sanctuary was a gift of love and joy from the Israelites to God and a gift from God to the Israelites. Each of the articles of furniture represented God the Father, Jesus, or some aspect of their ministry. Listed on the sanctuary chart are the articles of furniture. Use the comments on the texts in the SDA Bible Commentary to tell what each represented and illustrate each item.
4. Joy and Thankfulness

  • The Israelites expressed their joy and thankfulness to God by building a sanctuary. What are ways that Christians today express their joy and thankfulness to God?

  • How can you personally express your joy and thankfulness to God?

Leaping for Joy

Unit 2, Lesson 5

Dig a Little Deeper

  1. Restored Joy
  • God can work through any situation to restore or to bring joy. Read 2 Kings 4:1-7. Complete the plot map then use the information to write a summary of the Bible text.

  • How did God restore the widow’s joy?

  1. There is no situation that is too small for us to bring to God. Read 2 Kings 6:1-6. Think of a situation, in your life or in the life of someone you know, that God changed from a problem to a blessing. Make an audio recording that tells the story of this change. Place the recording in your classroom listening center so other students can listen to and be encouraged by your blessing.

  1. At the time of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion Peter denied he knew Him. After Jesus’ ascension, Peter healed the blind man in Jesus’ name. What caused the change in Peter’s life? Read Messiah, pages 434, 435.

  1. Imagine That

  • Imagine what must have happened when the lame man returned home after being healed. Write a 2 paragraph description of the scene.

  • What do you see as other possible outcomes to this story? For example, what if his friends had not brought him to the temple that day? Retell the story with a different ending.

A Song of Joy

Unit 2, Lesson 6

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Onesiphorus, an Ephesian Christian, was a little-known follower of Christ. How did he bring joy to Paul? Read 2 Timothy 1:15-18, Acts of the Apostles, pages 490, 491, and Sketches from the Life of Paul, pages 308, 309.

2. Lasting Joy

  • Read Psalm 112:1, 4, 5, 9.

  • Read the following statement:

“I was shown that if the christian lives a humble, self-sacrificing life to God, peace and joy in the Lord will be the result. But the greatest happiness experienced, will be in doing others good, in making others happy. Such happiness will be lasting.” { Ellen White, 2SG 261.1}

  • What is the message of the verses and the quote?

  • Can you apply the message to an experience of your own? Explain.

        1. Read Jonah 3 and 4. Jonah had an opportunity to be joyful because of God’s kindness and mercy to repentant sinners and didn’t carry out the destruction that He had threatened. Instead Jonah became angry and complained to God. If Jonah had been joyful that God had spared the people of Ninevah, how might the story have ended? Write a new ending for the book of Jonah.

        1. A spirit of joy is reflected in a positive attitude. Do you think having a positive attitude is a good or a bad thing? Find texts in the Bible and conduct an Internet search on the impact of a positive attitude. Use your notes to write a persuasive paragraph to support how you feel.

The Choice is Yours

Unit 3, Lesson 7

Dig a Little Deeper

  1. Read Mark 4:35-41. Complete the chart as you read the story of how Jesus brings peace not only to a storm tossed sea but to some very frightened disciples.

  1. List rules in your school and describe how they help maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

  1. In pairs or in teams, read the following texts and group them according to a similar theme. Label your groups and summarize the key message found in each group of texts. You should make at least three groups

1 Chronicles 23:25

2 Chronicles 33:16

2 Corinthians 13:11

Ezekiel 46:12

Isaiah 26:3

Jeremiah 32:37

John 14:27

Joshua 22:23

Judges 20:26

1 Kings 5:4

1Kings 9:25

Micah 4:4

Proverbs 16:7

Psalm 128:6

Romans 12:18

1 Samuel 11:15

1 Timothy 1:2

Titus 1:4

  1. Read the texts which follow and formulate your own definition of peace.

Psalms 119:165

Isaiah 26:3
Zephaniah 3:13
John 14:27

Peace in the Prison and the Palace

Unit 3, Lesson 8

Dig a Little Deeper

  1. Skim through Genesis 39-50 and the Lesson 8 narrative. Find three situations when Joseph was at peace in the midst of turmoil.

  1. Has Jesus ever given you peace in the midst of turmoil? Think of troubles you have experienced in the past month. Were you at peace even though you were having a difficult time? Write Philippians 4:6, 7 or another text of your choice on an index card. Put the card in your book bag, on the night stand beside your bed, or some place where you can read it quickly when you need a reminder that Jesus will give you peace.

  1. Daniel, like Joseph, is another man in the Bible who was asked to interpret a dream. Read about his story in Daniel 2:1-45. Use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast the experience of Daniel and Joseph. .

  1. In the following passage, Ellen White recounts what Joseph was thinking as he traveled as a slave towards Eqypt.

“With a trembling heart he looked forward to the future. What a change in situation--from the tenderly cherished son to the despised and helpless slave! Alone and friendless, what would be his lot in the strange land to which he was going? For a time Joseph gave himself up to uncontrolled grief and terror. . .

“Then his thoughts turned to his father's God. In his childhood he had been taught to love and fear Him. Often in his father's tent he had listened to the story of the vision that Jacob saw as he fled from his home an exile and a fugitive. He had been told of the Lord's promises to Jacob, and how they had been fulfilled--how, in the hour of need, the angels of God had to instruct, comfort, and protect him. And he had learned of the love of God in providing for men a Redeemer. Now all these precious lessons came vividly before him. Joseph believed that the God of his fathers would be his God. He then and there gave himself fully to the Lord, and he prayed that the Keeper of Israel would be with him in the land of his exile.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 213
What are some questions you would like to ask Joseph?
How would you have handled the situation? Explain.

Amazing Peace

Unit 3, Lesson 9

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Read Acts 16: 22-40. Describe the events that took place after Paul and Silas were thrown in prison by completing the event chain.

2. Persecuted or Imprisoned

  • Can you think of other Bible characters or historic figures who were wrongfully imprisoned?

  • Read Matthew 5: 11, 12. How would you maintain a peaceful attitude if you were wrongfully persecuted or imprisoned?

3. Read Acts of the Apostles, pages 214- 216. Answer the following questions.

    • How was the reaction of Paul and Silas to being in prison different from the reaction of most prisoners?

  • What was the reaction of the guards and other prisoners to the way Paul and Silas acted?

  • How did God and the angels react to the suffering of Paul and Silas?

  • Why weren’t Paul and Silas spiteful to the jailer who had tortured them?

4. Paul and Silas sang songs while in prison. Create a song or poem about the rewards of having a peaceful spirit. Look at following texts for ideas: Psalm 23, Colossians 3:15, 1 Peter 3:4.

Chief Joseph, Peace Chief

Unit 3, Lesson 10

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Abraham and Lot needed to solve a conflict. Read Genesis 13 and identify the problem. Then, describe the steps that Abraham took in order to bring peace to a difficult situation.

2. Conflict

  • What are some of the factors that give rise to conflict between groups?

  • What does the Bible say about resolving conflict peacefully? Read Proverbs 15:1, 18 and Luke 6:27-31

    1. The Golden Rule is found both in Luke 6:31 and Matthew 7:12.

    • Why do you think it is called the Golden Rule?

    • What are some problems taking place in our country or the world because people are not following the Golden Rule?

    • What is the relationship between the Golden Rule and peace?

    • How could you apply the Golden Rule to actions at school?

4. Read the following quotations.

"Peace I leave with you," He said, "My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27. This peace is not the peace that comes through conformity to the world. Christ never purchased peace by compromise with evil. The peace that Christ left His disciples is internal rather than external and was ever to remain with His witnesses through strife and contention. Acts of the Apostles, page 84

“The greatest want of the world is the want of men-- men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” Education, page 57.

    • Summarize each of the above quotations.

    • Are there situations when you must stand up for what is right even though it may lead to conflict? Explain in a 2-3 paragraph response.

Only by Asking

Unit 4, Lesson 11

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Patient People

  • Read James 5:10, 11. Answer the following questions:

    • Who can you look to for examples of patience? Who is an example of a man who showed patience? Job

    • Why do we give honor to and respect Job

    • What two characteristics explain why the Lord’s plan ended in

    • good?

  • Choose another individual from the Bible – besides Job – who demonstrated patience. Select and illustrate a symbol to represent that person’s qualities. Explain in a paragraph why you chose that particular symbol to represent that person.

2. Read Luke 18:15–17. Rewrite/restate this short story in your own words.

  • How is patience demonstrated in this story?

  • How has Jesus been patient with you?

3. Read Luke 18:1-5 and Matthew 15:21-28. Fill in the T-chart, comparing the two stories.

4. Read Hebrews 6:12-15 and Genesis 12:1-7, 13:5-12, 15:1-7. Assess the situations in which Abraham demonstrated patience. What are the outcomes? Predict what may have resulted if Abraham had not been patient.

Waiting on God

Unit 4, Lesson 12

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Look at the book of Habakkuk. See Kid’s Life Application Bible, p. 973. Answer the following questions:

  • Who wrote this book?

  • Who was this book written to?

  • When was this book written? .

  • Who ruled the world at the time of the book’s writing?

  • Why was this book written?

2. Examine the first two chapters of Habakkuk and complete the “In Conversation With The Lord” chart, organizing the different aspects of the book of Habakkuk.

3. Read Habakkuk 2 and analyze the results of these choices by completing the “Results of Sin” chart.
4. Waiting on God

  • Read Habakkuk 3:17-19. Create a similar prayer that you might write today, based on the events in your life or that you see in the media.

  • How can you, like Habakkuk, learn to trust in God’s timing? Answers

Divine Patience

Unit 4, Lesson 13

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Read Col. 3:12-15. What are some of the attributes that God wants to develop in a person?

2. Read John 20:24-29. Examine the exchange between Thomas and Jesus. Imagine you are Thomas. Write about the situation from Thomas’ point of view.

  1. Read the the following passage then summarize in 4-5 sentences how God works through people.

“Jesus picked simple fishermen because they had little to unlearn. They had not been taught all the traditions and wrong customs of their time. These men had natural talents, but more importantly, they were humble and teachable. They were willing to follow Jesus and learn from Him. In everyday life around us, many people go about their work unaware that they have the ability – if it were called upon – to become honored and powerful leaders. All that is needed is the touch of a skilled hand. Jesus called men like this to work with Him. After their training, they became like Him. As a result, these simple men became preachers and teachers of such power that they went out and changed the world.

“The people they became and the work that they did are a testimony of what God will do for all who are teachable and willing to follow His law and His way. There is no limit to what people can do if they are willing to open their hearts to the Holy Spirit and dedicate their lives to God. If we accept the needed discipline, God will teach us hour by hour and day by day. God takes people as they are and educates them for His service, if they surrender themselves to Him. The Holy Spirit, now invited into their hearts, will sharpen their minds and skills. Weaknesses can become strengths through dependence on God.

“The more time we spend with Jesus in prayer and devotions, the more we will become like Him. We will have clearer insights and better judgment. Then we will do great things for God. Christians can always get the best education at the greatest school – they can sit at the feet of Jesus.” Messiah, by Jerry Thomas, pp. 152, 153

4. Read Matthew 14:25-33 and Matthew 26:50-54, 69-74. List some of Peter’s weaknesses. Then read Acts 3 and look back at the lesson narrative. List his strengths. Assess the changes that took place within Peter after he was converted. Did he learn patience? Explain. See also Desire of Ages, page 812.

I Want to Know

Unit 4, Lesson 14

Dig a Little Deeper

  1. Examine the life of George Washington Carver and classify the important events of his life into three categories: Early Childhood, Adolescent years, Adulthood. Include at least 3 events for each category. How did he display patience and perseverance throughout his life?

2. George Washington Carver was a rare man. He put service for others above riches and fame. The epitaph on his grave read, “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.” Study the following quotations written by Carver and choose one to write in your own words giving advice to another young person or yourself.

“It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.”
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”
3. Paul’s Persistence

  • Read the following passage:

“Through his long term of service, Paul had never faltered in his allegiance to his Saviour. Wherever he was--whether before scowling Pharisees, or Roman authorities; before the furious mob at Lystra, or the convicted sinners in the Macedonian dungeon; whether reasoning with the panic-stricken sailors on the shipwrecked vessel, or standing alone before Nero to plead for his life--he had never been ashamed of the cause he was advocating. The one great purpose of his Christian life had been to serve Him whose name had once filled him with contempt; and from this purpose no opposition or persecution had been able to turn him aside.” Conflict and Courage, page 356.

What is the underlying theme of this passage? What were some of Paul’s challenges? How are Paul and George Washington Carver similar?

  • Read 2 Timothy 4:2. What advice does Paul give about persistence?


  • Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8; write an epitaph for Paul. See page XX.

4. George Washington Carver worked very hard his entire life for higher education. He felt that was both necessary and valuable for him. Judge the value of a higher education in today’s society. Write a 1-2 paragraph essay, defending your position on whether or not a higher education is necessary.

The Race

Unit 5, Lesson 15

Dig a Little Deeper

1. Look up texts in the Bible about people who had physical handicaps and read about Jesus’ interactions with each of them. Summarize your findings. Texts may include: Mark 10:46-52, Luke 4:38-39, 8:43-48, 13:10-13, 14:1-6, 17:11-17.

2. Examine Romans 12:10-15, Luke 6:34-36, and Matthew 25:34-40. How do these apply to the kindness Carolyn showed the first-place runner who stumbled and fell?
3. Read Colossians 3:12 then analyze why God states for us to clothe ourselves with compassion and kindness.

4. Special Needs

  • The Pharisees believed that when someone was physically handicapped, it was the result of their sins or the sins of their parents. How did Jesus respond to that belief? Read John 9:1-11 and write the story in your own words.

  • How do people and even the government relate to special needs people today?

  • Develop a plan for your school’s sports activities or P.E. classes, based on John 9:1-11, to accommodate specials needs students.

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