Further Study: Marriage: A Gift From Eden

In many ways, a proper understanding of morality, especially sexual morality, is clearly tied to a proper understanding of our origins. For example: evolutionary philosophy does not provide an objective basis for any link between sexual activity and morality. Animals have many different types of “mating systems.” Some species are polygamous, many are promiscuous. A … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Small Projects Make Big Impact

Part of our mission offerings are set aside to fund specific small outreach projects around the world. These are separate from the larger Thirteenth Sabbath Offering funds. Two recipients report on how they used these special project funds to reach out to their communities. Egypt has fewer than 750 Adventists among a population of more … [Click to read more …]

09: Marriage: A Gift from Eden – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

[Thought questions for Marriage: A gift from Eden February 27, 2013] 1. Marriage in Eden. Can you imagine a more ideal setting for a young couple to establish their home than the Garden of Eden? Where did the floral arrangements come from? Who presided over the wedding ceremony? Who pronounced Adam and Eve husband and … [Click to read more …]

There’s no “I” in Helpmate

Back in college, I remember friends who spent long hours debating whether or not, in a wedding ceremony, the individual candles that were used to light the unity candle should be blown out after lighting said unity candle. They wanted to make sure the symbolism was just right. It was a few years before all … [Click to read more …]

09: Marriage: A Gift From Eden – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : Marriage is a blessing when the Divine principles are understood and followed. Marriage guards the purity and happiness of humanity, provides for our social needs, and elevates the moral nature. [Teaching plan for Marriage: A Gift From Eden February 25, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:21,22. A. Ask class members … [Click to read more …]