An Accidental Life
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When my sons were little, we spent a lot of time watching shows or videos about animals. And, initially that sounds awesome because then they were learning things instead of watching mindless kids’ shows (they watched those too). Nature shows are so much fun to watch – the photography is beautiful. Except that every single … [Click to read more …]

01: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : Creation is God’s unique act that gives Him sovereignty and priority in our lives and sets Him apart from all others.. [Teaching plan for Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth December 31, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Psalm 19:1-3. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Power of His Word
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Read Jeremiah 51:15, 16 and Psalm 33:6, 9. In addition to wisdom, what other attribute of God is mentioned in the Creation? How was this attribute expressed in Creation? More important, what are the implications of this truth for us? Though we cannot know exactly how God created, we are told that it was through His powerful word. All the … [Click to read more …]

A Divine Interrruption
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Happy New Year! I don’t do resolutions. I’ve observed two things—that humans have an indefatigable drive to fix themselves, and that it is utterly futile and fruitless. The only good that comes from our self-fixing is that some of us finally learn it’s impossible. Observe every world religion other than the faith of Jesus. Each … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Heavens Declare
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“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Ps. 19:1-3, see also Rom. 1:19, 20). How have you experienced the truth of these texts? How has modern science helped us to even … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: In the Beginning
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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). There are many deep truths in that simple text, one of the most profound being that the universe itself had a beginning. While that idea might not seem so radical to us today, it goes against the long-held belief in an eternally existing creation. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:1; Heb. 11:3; Ps. 19:1-3;John 1:1-3, 14;Col. 1:15,16;John 2:7-11. Memory Text: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NKJV). Only something greater than what it creates could have created it. Thus, only a Being greater than the universe could have created the universe. And that Being is the God who … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: When All Things Become New
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“In the typical service the high priest, having made the atonement for Israel, came forth and blessed the congregation. So Christ, at the close of His work as mediator, will appear, ‘without sin unto salvation’ (Hebrews 9:28), to bless His waiting people with eternal life. As the priest, in removing the sins from the sanctuary, … [Click to read more …]

13: When All Things Become New – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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[Thought questions for When All Things Become New December 17, 2012] 1. What is utopia? Does the word ‘utopia” remind you of an ideal world where you would like to live? Or is the thought you associate most with “utopia” an unrealistic dream of a never-ever land? What about the millennium? Will that be utopia? What is … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: God Provides a Way
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Moïse drove taxi in Cameroon to earn a living. He was single and lived with his mother. An Adventist friend often talked about the Bible. As Moïse began to understand the importance of the Sabbath, he quit driving his taxi on Saturdays. Moïse’s Aunt Paulette saw Moïse’s interest in God and invited him to church … [Click to read more …]