Friday: Further Thought – Restoring Dominion
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Read Ellen G. White, “Temperance and Dietetics,” pp. 202-206; “Discipline,” pp. 287-290, in Education; “Need for Self-Mastery,” Patriarchs and Prophets 73-74, in Counsels on Diet and Foods; “The Principles of Stewardship,” ibid. 111-113; “Sharing in the Joys of the Redeemed,” ibid. 348-350, in Counsels on Stewardship. It’s so hard from our perspective today, immersed as … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Our responsibility is to reflect God’s image in the way we interact with others and the way we care for His Creation. Restoring Dominion – July 9, 2016 1. Have a volunteer read Isaiah 43:6,7. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. … [Click to read more …]

Restoring Dominion – Hit the Mark
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The world laid out as a chess game, with two kings leading their armies.

We live in a world obsessed with a quest for dominion. Brutal crimes are perpetrated, schemes of deception are levied against the helpless and the strong take from the weak. Innocent lives are wiped out en masse with little recourse to justice in large part due to a quest for dominion. Church politics, once an … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Boundaries
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Conversation With the Serpent

Does humanity’s dominion over “all the earth” (Gen. 1:26) indicate that there are no boundaries to our dominion? Biblical history indicates that dominion (which can also be understood as “stewardship”) must have boundaries. For example, God told Adam that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was off-limits (see Gen. 2:15-17). The first sin … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Privilege of Dominion
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What is the “dominion” that humans were to have over the earth, as expressed in Genesis 1:26-28? The biblical word dominion comes from the Hebrew verb radah. This word indicates a right and responsibility to rule. It implies, in this context, a hierarchy of power and authority in which the human race is positioned above … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Created for Dominion
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Adam and Eve

Someone recently wrote the following about a friend, an avowed atheist who said that she sometimes “wakes in the middle of the night, stressing over a bunch of deep questions: ‘Is this world truly the result of an accidental cosmic big bang? How could there be no design, no grand purpose to our existence and … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Restoring Dominion
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 8:3-8, Gen. 2:15, Rom. 8:20-22, Exod. 20:1-17, Rom. 1:25, 2 Thess. 3:10. Memory Text: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the … [Click to read more …]