Monday: From Dust to Life
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Read Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 3:19. From what was Adam made, and what was the result of his sin?

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God created Adam from the dust, and he became a living being. As long as he maintained his relationship with God, his life would continue. When Adam sinned, he became separated from the Source of life. As a result, he died and returned to dust.

Read Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2. What will happen to those who sleep in the dust?

The promise of [...]

Sunday: A New Beginning
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One thing that science and the Bible do have in common is the belief that this earth, as we know it now, is not going to last forever.

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For science (at least some versions of it), the same cold and mindless forces of chance that brought the earth and life on it into existence are the same cold and mindless forces of chance that are going to, eventually, destroy it. The Bible, too, teaches that [...]

Sabbath: Creation, Again
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Read for This week’s Study: Rev. 21:1-5, Gen 3:19, 1 Cor. 15:52-58, Gen. 6:11-13,Isa. 11:6-9,John 14:1-3.

Memory Text: “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13, NIV).

In 2 Peter 3:10-13, Peter describes the fate of heaven and earth. Both, along with all that they contain, will be destroyed.

But that’s not the end of the story, not by a long shot, because a new heaven and a new earth will be created in [...]

Further Study: Creation and the Gospel
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“‘The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.’ [Deuteronomy 29:29.] Just how God accomplished the work of creation he has never revealed to men; human science cannot search out the secrets of the Most High. His creative power is as incomprehensible as his existence.”-Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 113. “In that thick darkness God’s presence was hidden. He makes darkness His pavilion, and [...]

Inside Story: Finding Hope, Finding Jesus
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Amir Ghali, director of the Al-Waad Media Center in the Middle East,

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is delighted to share the following email that he received from someone who came to love Jesus by listening to the Hope Channel.

“Through its amazing programs, Hope Channel North Africa/Middle East [NAME] has played a major role in comforting me during my time of mourning. I especially mention the program entitled ‘Road to Salvation’. This particular program has introduced me to Jesus Christ, [...]

Thursday: A New Creation
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The great news of the gospel centers around the death of Jesus as our substitute.

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He took our sins upon Himself, bearing in Himself the penalty that would, otherwise, justly be ours. As we have seen, too, the whole idea of Christ as our substitute, dying for the sins of the world, is inextricably linked to the Creation story. Christ came to destroy death, which is an alien intruder in God’s creation. If evolutionary theory [...]

Wednesday: The Sin-bearing Substitute
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“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us

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(for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’)” (Gal. 3:13, NKJV). Dwell on the amazing implications of this text, keeping in mind the deity of Christ as you do. What does this tell us about what God was willing to do in order to save us? More so, what does this tell us about how [...]

Tuesday: While We Were Yet Sinners . . .
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All throughout the Bible we find that God’s response to human sinfulness is redemptive in nature and motivated by genuine, unselfish love.

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He would have been fully justified in giving Adam and Eve up to Satan’s destructive power; after all, they had made their choice. But God knew that Adam and Eve did not understand the full meaning of what they had done, and He determined to give them an opportunity to become better informed [...]

Monday: Sin and Death
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In Genesis 3:19, Adam was told that, at death, he would return to the dust from which he was made.

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The same thing happens to us. Notice—we do not return to being apes, because we were not made from apes. We were made from dust, and it’s to the dust, at death, that we return.

Read Genesis 2:7; Psalm 104:29-30; John 1:4; Acts 17:24-25. What is the ultimate significance of these texts for us? How should [...]

Sunday: Grace in the Garden
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As we all know so well, the first humans, perfect beings created in the “image of God,” fell into sin, which brought death.

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They had been warned, and they understood what they had been told. Eve even repeated to the serpent what God had said. Yet, they sinned anyway. At times we, like Eve, are led into sin by deceit; while, at other times, like Adam, we sin intentionally. Either way, we are sinners, guilty [...]