Thursday: Marriage as a Metaphor for the Church
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It is well-known among students of the Bible that both in the Old Testament and

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in the New Testament marriage is used as a symbol of the relationship between God and His covenant people. That’s why, for example, on numerous occasions the Bible uses the image of an unfaithful woman to symbolize the apostasy and backsliding that was prevalent in ancient Israel. For instance, back in Exodus, the Lord said to His people that they [...]

Wednesday: Protecting What’s Precious
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One of the greatest examples of God’s love for humanity can be found in human

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sexuality. It is truly a wonderful gift from God. Yet, as with all the gifts that we have been given, it doesn’t come unconditionally. That is, it’s not something we can just do with as we please. God has set some rules. Indeed, He is very clear: sexual activity is to be between a husband and wife, male and female, [...]

Tuesday: Ideal Marriage
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Author William Faulkner once called marriage a “failure” and wrote that “the only

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way to get any peace out of it is . . . to keep the first one [wife] and stay as far away from her as much as you can, with the hope of some day outliving her.” What a sad commentary on the state of many marriages.

Read Mark 10:7-9. What texts did Jesus quote in this passage? What characteristics of a good [...]

Monday: A Companion for Adam
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Genesis 2:20, in which Adam names the animals, helps to reveal the great gap

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between humans and other earthly creatures. There was no animal that was comparable to Adam. Not even among the apes was there any creature like Adam, because Adam was not like an ape. This is an important point for us to remember because so many in our society promote the idea that humans are nothing more than advanced apes. We are [...]

Sunday: Lo Tov
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Out of a primeval abyss God created our world through the supernatural power of

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His Word. All through the Creation account, everything was “good” until the work was completed, at which point everything the Lord had created was pronounced “very good” (Gen. 1:31).

In the midst of all this, however, one thing was lo tov, “not good.” Read Genesis 2:18. What was “not good,” and why? What are some of the implications of this text?

God had declared all aspects of the [...]

Sabbath: Marriage: A Gift From Eden
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 2:18-25, Mark 10:7-9, Eph. 5:22-25, Matt. 5:27-30,2 Cor. 3:18.

Memory Text: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him’ “ (Genesis 2:18).

Think of the blessings of a happy marriage and a loving home.

How fortunate are those who have such an experience!

Unfortunately, for too many people, marriage has been an experience of mostly pain and anger rather than of joy and peace. This is not how [...]

Further Study: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer
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Further Study: “Yet men of science think that they can comprehend the wisdom of God, that which He has done or can do. The idea largely prevails that He is restricted by His own laws. Men either deny or ignore His existence, or think to explain everything, even the operation of His Spirit upon the human heart; and they no longer reverence His name or fear His power. They do not believe in the supernatural, not understanding God’s laws or [...]

Inside Story: Ministry to the Military
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Kitoli is a Global Mission pioneer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His

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unique ministry is to members of the military in eastern Congo. He has worked in several military camps and has brought many soldiers to Christ, often hiring motorcyclists to take military personnel to evangelistic meetings in their area.

Recently Global Mission pioneers joined local pastors in eastern Congo to reach the people in Beni, a city of about a half million people [...]

Thursday: Provider for a Damaged Creation
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“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather

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into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matt. 6:26).

Even after Adam and Eve sinned and could no longer enter the Garden, God provided for their immediate physical needs(Gen. 3:21). Sin brought a new need, the need for clothing. Adam and Eve tried to provide clothing for themselves, but fig leaves were quite unsatisfactory. [...]

Wednesday: Governing a Damaged Creation
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Read Matthew 5:45 and Psalm 65:9-10. How does God act in the creation in order to maintain the creatures that He created? What does this tell us about God’s interest in the created world?

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We are familiar with sunshine and rain, and scientists have provided explanations for the processes involved in each. Yet, there is more to the story than science can tell. Behind the scenes, God is actively providing for the necessities of His creatures. We may [...]