Monday: A Fallen World
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One thing is certain: the world in which we now live is vastly different from the

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one that came forth from the Lord at the end of the Creation week. Certainly, powerful evidence of beauty and design exist almost everywhere; however, we are sin-damaged beings living in and trying to understand a sin-damaged world. Even before the Flood, the world had been negatively impacted by sin. “In the days of Noah a double curse was [...]

Sunday: The Earth Is the Lord’s
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A scientist once challenged the need for God; he argued that he could create

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humanity just as well as any God could. God said, “Okay, go ahead and do it.” The scientist began to gather some dirt, but God said, “Wait a minute. Make your own dirt!”

Though this story is only a fable, the point is clear: God is the only One who can create from nothing. God made all the material of the universe, [...]

Sabbath: Through a Glass, Darkly
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Read for This week’s Study: Job 12:10;1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Gen. 3:17; John 12:31; 1 Cor. 1:18-21.

Memory Text: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’” (1 Corinthians 3:19, NIV).

Theologian William Paley wrote a book in 1802 entitled

Natural Theology, in which he argued that one can use observations of nature in order to develop an understanding of God’s character. He wrote extensively on the ways in which the features of animals exhibited the [...]

Satan’s Biggest, Fattest Lie Ever!
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In the late 1860s in the United States, shortly after the Civil War, which abolished slavery, a former slave owner is loading sacks of vegetables onto his wagon near the town square. Across the street he sees his former slave and yells out to him, “Get over here and load these bags onto my wagon now, boy!”

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The former slave, with flashbacks of being beaten and abused for disobeying orders in the past, runs over [...]

Captive
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In his book, The Three Edwards, Thomas Costain tells the story of three kings of England from 1272 to 1377 all of whom were conveniently and confusingly named Edward. According to a well-used illustration from Costain’s book, in the mid to late 1300′s, there was a Duke Raynald III. He was extremely overweight. He was so fat that people didn’t call him by his name any more. They called him by the nickname, Crassus, which means fat in Latin. So [...]

Further Study: Creation and the Fall
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“God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. . . .”-Ellen G. White, Counsels for the Church, p. 228.

“Satan represents God’s law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares that it is impossible for us to obey its precepts. The fall of our first parents, with all the woe that has [...]

Inside Story: Kayaks on a Mission
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They’re off! Thirty-one kayakers wearing life jackets, hats, and eager smiles

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embarked on a five-day mission adventure down the Rospuda River in Poland.

Their colorful kayaks were crammed with sleeping bags, tents, clothes, and food, and their most important cargo—magazines and books to share with people they met along their route. Their goal was to bring the people hope found only in Jesus.

When the kayakers came to a village, they docked their boats and set out [...]

06: Creation and the Fall – Thoughts Starters
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[Thought questions for Creation and the Fall February 6, 2013]

1. Enmity from God. Why did God put enmity between the woman and the snake in the Garden of Eden? (Gen 3:15). How is that sense of hostility carried out even to this day? Why does the Bible refer to the devil as a snake or serpent throughout Scripture? Is there anything wrong with admiring and appreciating snake-like creatures today? Have you ever imagined what it must have been like to live on earth untouched by sin?

2. Smart [...]

Thursday: Grace and Judgment in Eden: Part Two
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In Genesis 1 and 2, God utters declarative statements (or imperatives) such as:

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“Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven. . . . Let the earth bring forth living creatures. . . . It’s not good for man to be alone.” All these declarations deal with Creation, and with establishing humanity in that Creation. As we saw yesterday, the next declarative statement recorded in the Bible occurs in Genesis 3:14-15, in which the [...]

Wednesday: Grace and Judgment in Eden: Part One
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In Genesis 3, after the Fall, the Lord’s opening words are all questions: “Where are you? . . .

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Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? . . . What is this you have done?” (Gen. 3:9,11,13 NIV).

In contrast, God’s first declarative statement in Chapter 3—His first statement of fact—follows these questions. When speaking to the serpent, what does God say, and what is the [...]

06: Creation and the Fall – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Understanding the issues underlying all temptations better equips us for successful spiritual life. There issues are highlighted in the fall of Adam and Eve.

[Teaching plan for Creation and the Fall February 4, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:1.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Was the serpent a subtle creature or was it the wiles of the devil speaking through the serpent? What [...]

Tuesday: Deceived by the Evidence
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Read Genesis 3:4-6. What are the principles that led to Adam and Eve’s

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downfall? What can we learn from their experience that can help us to deal with whatever temptations we face, as well?

Satan was successful in drawing Eve into conversation and in raising doubts about what God said and why. Now he tells Eve that God is not telling the truth and provides an explanation for God’s motive behind His forbidding them to eat of [...]