Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil…Isaiah 5:20
I occasionally hear people, both single and married, tell demeaning jokes about marriage. For example, a Three Stooges fan told me about an episode where Moe asked someone, “Are you married or happy?” That’s a sad joke. While many of us are happily single, we can still appreciate happy marriages, and hurt with those in unhealthy marriages, instead of making jokes.
Marriages should not be known for unhappiness. Marriage reminds us of [...]
Key Thought : Creation reveals that God made humankind to nurture and care for this world, not exploit and pillage it.
[Teaching plan for Stewardship and the Environment March 4, 2013]
1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 1:28.
A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. God told mankind to multiply and fill the earth. Does He expect mankind to exercise any kind of population control?
C. Personal Application: Do you think [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Part of our mission offerings are set aside to fund specific small outreach
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projects around the world. These are separate from the larger Thirteenth Sabbath Offering funds. Two recipients report on how they used these special project funds to reach out to their communities.
Egypt has fewer than 750 Adventists among a population of more than 80 million people. The vast majority of Egyptians are Muslims. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, observant Muslims fast [...]
[Thought questions for Marriage: A gift from Eden February 27, 2013]
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1. Marriage in Eden. Can you imagine a more ideal setting for a young couple to establish their home than the Garden of Eden? Where did the floral arrangements come from? Who presided over the wedding ceremony? Who pronounced Adam and Eve husband and wife? Do you think there might have been music? Can you think of more than one way that this ceremony [...]
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 [...]
It must have been fall when she first heard him sing, because she remembers how his tenor soared among the fiery maple leaves one hundred feet above ground as she sat by her window. It made her breath come in gasps, as if she was doing the singing. She saw him from a distance many times, but they conversed only shyly in small bites, like sparrows pecking at morsels of maybe. Then came the moment he told her he had [...]
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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, [...]