Sabbath: A Gift From Eden
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 2:1-3; Heb. 4:3, 4; Deut. 5:12-15; Ezek. 20:12; Mark 2:27,28; 2 Pet. 3:3-7.

Memory Text: “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8).

At the end of the sixth day, the Creation had been completed

(Gen. 2:1, 2). The world had been formed into a habitable place, and it had been filled with living creatures. Adam and Eve had been created in God’s own image and had been given a beautiful, well-provisioned Garden in which to live. They had formed [...]

Further Study: Stewardship and the Environment
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“Christ’s followers have been redeemed for service. Our Lord teaches that the true object of life is ministry. Christ Himself was a worker, and to all His followers He gives the law of service—service to God and to their fellow men. Here Christ has presented to the world a higher conception of life than they had ever known. By living to minister for others, man is brought into connection with Christ. The law of service becomes the connecting link which [...]

Inside Story: A Heart Full of Thanks
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Ujjal is a young man, but a hole in his heart had left him chronically tired and

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subject to fainting spells. He couldn’t work or even ride his bicycle.

One day Ujjal’s friend Panalal told him that he was learning about Jesus, the powerful and loving God whom Christians worship. Panalal invited Ujjal to a meeting in his home. Ujjal went, hoping that the God of the Christians would heal him. He listened intently as Gopal, [...]

Thursday: Stewardship Principles
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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the

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heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). How does this text help to set the foundation for a biblically based concept of stewardship?

We often tend to think of stewardship in terms of money. As we’ve seen this week, however, stewardship involves much more than just that. Yet, whether dealing with money or with environmental concerns or our [...]

Wednesday: Stewards of Our Health
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As we have seen throughout this quarter, God’s original Creation was “good,” even “very good.”

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Everything and everyone came forth from the hand of the Creator in a state of perfection. There was no sickness, no disease, no death. Contrary to the evolutionary model—in which disease, sickness, and death are part of the very means of creation—these things came only after the Fall, after the entrance of sin. Thus, it is only against the background of the Creation [...]

Tuesday: The Sabbath and the Environment
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As we have seen, the concept of stewardship, in the context of the way in which we take care of the planet, is tied directly to the Creation.

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Our views on Creation will influence our views on the way in which we should relate to the Creation.

For some, the Creation is to be exploited, used, even pillaged to whatever degree necessary in order to fulfill our own desires and wants. Others, in contrast, all but [...]

Monday: Caring for Other Creatures
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“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Ps.50:10).

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What in this text touches on the topic of our stewardship of the earth?

Read Revelation 4:11. How does this text contrast radically with the common atheistic notions of a creation without a creator, a creation that comes into being purely by chance alone?

Creation of the animals was not an accident or an afterthought. God intentionally created them. It was His will that [...]

Sunday: Dominion Given at Creation
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According to Genesis 1:26, Adam’s dominion extended to all other created
entities—in the sea, on land, and in the air.

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Dominion includes the idea of ruling or having power over these creatures. Nothing is said about dominion over the forces of nature themselves but only over the creatures. And, according to the text, this rule was universal: Adam was to be, essentially, the ruler of the earth.

Read again Psalm 8. What is David’s response to the honor God [...]

Sabbath: Stewardship and the Environment
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Read for This week’s Study: Psalm 8, Gen. 2:15, Rev. 4:11, Exod. 20:8-11, 1 Cor. 3:16.

Memory Text: “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’ “(Genesis 1:28, NKJV).

The world in which we live is a gift of love from the Creator

God, from ‘Him who made heaven and the earth, the sea [...]

Further Study: Marriage: A Gift From Eden
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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 few species are mostly monogamous, but genetic studies have revealed that many species that appear to be monogamous are not actually so. In many species, [...]