There’s no “I” in Helpmate
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Back in college, I remember friends who spent long hours debating whether or not, in a wedding ceremony, the individual candles that were used to light the unity candle should be blown out after lighting said unity candle. They wanted to make sure the symbolism was just right. It was a few years before all the uproar caused by the “S” word – submission.

When the whole “Wives submit to you husbands” thing was big, [...]

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, [...]

09: Marriage: A Gift From Eden – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Marriage is a blessing when the Divine principles are understood and followed. Marriage guards the purity and happiness of humanity, provides for our social needs, and elevates the moral nature.

[Teaching plan for Marriage: A Gift From Eden February 25, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:21,22.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What was the significance of God making Eve out of a rib [...]

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 [...]

Why Jesus Lives
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Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. Hebrews 7:25 NLT

Charles Spurgeon was born to preach. Mother Teresa was born to care for the poor. Abraham Lincoln was born to break the bonds of slavery. Everyone was born for a reason. The above verse tells us Jesus had a purpose for being born, and a purpose [...]

08: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer – Thought Starters
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“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

[Thought questions for Jesus, Provider and Sustainer February 20, 2013]

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1. Constantly sustaining. Which is the greater miracle—creating the earth and the cosmos and all its substance or keeping it going? What about the crucifixion of Christ? In what ways was that an even greater miracle? Is it more work to accept the creative power [...]

Plate-Spinning
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Do you remember that old circus trick? The performer would have about five sticks standing up straight and he’d put a plate on the end of each of the sticks and start it spinning so that the centrifugal force would hold the plate up and on the end of the stick. As long as the plate kept spinning at a reasonable speed, the plate stayed up, but if it slowed down too much, it [...]