“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 [...]
“Before the entrance of sin, Adam enjoyed open communion with his Maker.”-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 7.
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After the Fall, however, that close relationship was radically altered in many ways.
Read Genesis 3:24, Exodus 33:20, and Deuteronomy 5:24-26. What did sin do to the close relationship that existed between humanity and God?
Sin had broken the relationship between God and humanity. God sent the couple away from His presence for their own protection. Humans could no longer see God’s face [...]
In the world that we know, predation is a common way of life among the animals.
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The term “food chain” is a familiar reminder of the importance of predation in our ecology, and we have difficulty imagining a world without it. But in the beginning, all land creatures ate green plants (Gen. 1:30). No animals fed on other animals. Genesis 1:30 does not mention the food of the sea creatures, but the same principles would likely apply, so that [...]
Key Thought : The new heaven and new earth are the culmination of a grand, redemptive process launched in Eden.
[Lesson plan for Creation, Again March 25,2013]
1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 21:1-5.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How will the new heaven and earth differ from the first heaven and earth? What things does God need to change?
C. Personal Application: What joys do you especially look forward [...]
Compare Genesis 1:28 with John 12:31.
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What was the status of Adam and Eve in the newly created world? Who seized power and became the ruler of this world?
Adam was given the responsibility to be ruler of the world. When he sinned, Adam’s dominion was compromised. Satan now exercised his power in the creation, causing the corruption and violence that we see everywhere.
After the Cross, however, Jesus won back the earth from Satan’s dominion (see Matt. 28:18, Rev. 12:10, John 12:31). And even [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Several years ago, when we were all much younger, I was taking my older son, KC to his first cello lesson with a new teacher.
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I think he was in the third grade, and my younger son, Justin, was in second grade. If this hadn’t been the first lesson with this teacher, I would have just dropped him at the curb and waited outside, but because it was his first lesson, I walked him up [...]
Test your knowledge. Put your hand over the screen and guess the three most common mental disorders in the US.
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They are, in order, with lifetime prevalence rates: Anxiety disorders (about 18%), mood disorders (about 10%), and ADHD (about 5%).
It might come as a surprise that anxiety rates higher than depression. Actually, anxiety diagnoses multiply like rabbits in the Diagnostic Manual put out by the American Psychiatric Association. Here are the primary ones: acute stress [...]
“‘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 [...]
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, [...]