11: God as artist – Thought Starters
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“My wife is the most beauiful woman in the world,” Stan announced to Barry while lunch being prepared by his wife Donna, who was in the kitchen with Barry’s wife Joanne.1 “You think so!” said Barry. “Did you see that dress she was wearing today?” “Yes, I did. It was pretty. I like the way the colors were so nicely … [Click to read more …]

10: The Promise of Prayer – Thought Starters
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“God is my best Friend,” Judy said quietly to her friend Stacy as the adult Sabbath school was tranforming into the worship hour.1 “Mine, too,” Stacy replied. “The best Friend I’ve ever had. I talk to Him a lot.” A set of shoulders in front of them paused and turned in their direction. It was … [Click to read more …]

09: The Bible and History – Thought Starters
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Al Brown lived with his wife on the corner less than a block from my house. I spent a lot of time visiting them in their little house on the edge of twenty acres of pastureland.1 You could just get past the door at the Browns’ house before you were in the doorway to the kitchen. … [Click to read more …]

08: Creation Care – Thought Starters
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“Can you believe this? They’ve put a week’s lesson on the environment into our church’s lesson study guides.”1 “They have?” Brenda reached the coffee table and found her copy of the guidebook her husband Matt was talking about. She rustled through the pages until she found the one labeled February 18-24. “It doesn’t say anything about the environment, Matt. … [Click to read more …]

07: Lord of the Sabbath – Thought Starters
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Phil and Sherry stared at each other across the after-dinner clutter on the dining room table. “What are we going to do?” Sherry said, her fingers twisting and turning. “Jeremy doesn’t love the Sabbath.”1 “He used to,” Phil said. “Remember when he was thrilled when we told him it was Sabbath and time to get ready … [Click to read more …]

06: God the Lawgiver – Thought Starters
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“Uncle Jim is coming,”  Mom announced one morning. “Whoopee!” “When?” “He should be here any minute. I think that’s him at the front door. Could you let him in, Marcia?” Uncle Jim was tall and lanky. He looked like he could drop a basketball in the net without even stretching. Marcia and her brother Tim … [Click to read more …]

05: Holy God – Thought Starters
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“Hey, Ben. Here’s one for you. How is being an Alaskan salmon like being a Christian?” Mark looked at his friend for two seconds.1 “They both get wet.” “C’Mon, Ben, that was too easy. Where does the Alaskan salmon begin its life?” “Hatched from a fish egg laid in a mountain stream.” “So, Ben. Would you … [Click to read more …]

04: God of Grace and Judgment – Thought Starters
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The world totters on the brink of moral collapse.1 The Judge of All is about to pass judgment on those who have refused to acknowledge Him as their Leader Eternal. “Is there anyone else,” He calls out, “anyone else who wants to be free from the burden of sin?” A few people struggle towards Him. The rest slink away. … [Click to read more …]

02: How it all Began – Thoughts and Questions by jg
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The creation story is one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture. Imagine Moses, wrapped up in the awe of an Almighty God sweeping the history of time. With humility and awe Moses describes the beginning of earth and all that is within it.1 Day 1 God establishes light. Three days later, on Day 4, God … [Click to read more …]

01: Explaining the Inexplainable – Thought Starters
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Joe Manning, the Bible teacher, decided he would ask his tenth grade class to come up with a visible object lesson to explain the concept of the Trinity. He gave them three days to submit their contributions. Then he collected the fifteen papers and carefully studied them at home, hoping to give some recognition to the … [Click to read more …]