03: A Holy and Just God – Thought Starters
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“…mighty are those who obey His command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?” Joel 2:11 NIV

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[Thought questions for A Holy and Just God April 17, 2013]

1. Tragedy can make us sensitive to God. When two horrible explosions blew up at the finish line for the Boston Marathon this week, did your thoughts turn towards God? What did you say to Him? Ask [...]

02: Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma – Thought Starters
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“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6, NIV)

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[Thought questions for Love and Judgment: God's Dilemma April 10, 2013]

1. The senseless doves. Does it seem fair for God to compare his wayward Old Testament children to ignorant doves? Is God exaggerating when He uses language like this? Is God’s New Testament church in any way like the people of God in Hosea’s day? [...]

01: Spiritual Adultery (Hosea) – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Spiritual Adultery (Hosea) April 3, 1013]

1. A real life parable. According to Hosea 1:1-3, whose idea was it for Hosea to marry Gomer? How did God explain to Hosea why he should marry an adulterous woman? Why did God choose such an unusual way to demonstrate His love for His people? Does it seem to you that God was (a) frustrated; (b) angry; (c) uncaring when He set up this arrangement? Compare [...]

13: Creation, Again – Thought Starters
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“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13 NIV

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[Thought questions for Creation, Again March 27, 2013]

1. Creation continues forever. Have you ever longed for the new heaven and earth that Peter talks about in 2 Peter 3? How can God, mighty Creator though He is, keep on creating forever? Won’t He eventually reach the point where there [...]

12: Creation and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).

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[Thought questions for Creation and the Gospel March 20, 2013]

1. All in Christ. If only God hadn’t made Adam and Eve free to sin. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we were not even tempted to do wrong? Have you ever met someone with that idea? What’s wrong with the concept that getting rid of sin at [...]

11: Sabbath: A Gift from Eden – Thought Starters
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“For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8

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[Thought questions for Sabbath: A Gift From Eden March 13, 2013]

1. The creation of the Sabbath. What was the final work of Creation Week? Why did God take the time to set aside one 24-hour day after everything that He had made was on the earth? Was God weary? Are we weary, when Sabbath comes around? What makes you think, if you [...]

10: Stewardship and the Environment – Thought Starters
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“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish or the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28 NKJV

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[Thought questions for Stewardship and the Environment March 6, 2013]

1. The environment. Is caring for the environment a Seventh-day Adventist objective? If not, why not? If yes, how good [...]

09: Marriage: A Gift from Eden – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Marriage: A gift from Eden February 27, 2013]

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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 wife? Do you think there might have been music? Can you think of more than one way that this ceremony [...]

08: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer – Thought Starters
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“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

[Thought questions for Jesus, Provider and Sustainer February 20, 2013]

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1. Constantly sustaining. Which is the greater miracle—creating the earth and the cosmos and all its substance or keeping it going? What about the crucifixion of Christ? In what ways was that an even greater miracle? Is it more work to accept the creative power [...]

07: Through a Glass, Darkly – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Through a Glass, Darkly Feburary 13, 2013]

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1. Nature belongs to God. Have you ever turned your TV on to a nature program only to be sickened by the scenes of a lion conquering a deer and ripping it to death? Or of insects calmly devoring their mating partner after their own eggs are fertilized? Or a herd of elephants trampling an African village and destroying everything within it? Or a line [...]