He Grew the Tree He Knew Would be Used to Make the Old Rugged Cross
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Around a hundred years ago, when I was a teenager, a country singer by the name of Barbara Mandrell, sang, “He grew the tree that He knew would be used to make the old rugged cross.” The song brought out, that even at creation Jesus was planning our redemption. This song could not be any truer.

In Genesis 2:17 God says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not [...]

Survival of the Fittest vs the Golden Rule
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Where does morality come from? How do humans decide how to behave? As a Christian we see that moral behavior is a product of my belief in a Creator God. But what if a person does not believe in God? What dictates his morality?

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In a sermon on “Evolution and the Christian Faith,”  Phillip E. Johnson notes:

“‘If there is no Creator who has a purpose for your life, then there is no such thing as [...]

Wednesday:The Character of Our Creator
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God created us in His image, which means among other things that He

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intended for us to resemble Him in character. That is, we are to be like Him, as much as humanly possible (notice, to be like God is not the same thing as to aspire to be God, a crucial difference). In order for us to be like God, in the sense that we reflect His character, we must have a proper understanding of what that character [...]

05: Creation and Morality – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation morality encourages belief in fixed standards of right and wrong and calls us to serve and protect that which we have power over.

[Teaching plan for Creation and Morality January 28, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:16,17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did God have a tree of knowledge of good and evil in different inhabited places in the universe? Why [...]

Tuesday: Made of One Blood
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In Genesis 2:23, Adam is given the task of naming his wife, whom he

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called Havah. This word is related to the Hebrew verb hayah, which means “to live” (Jews sometimes use the related expression lehayim, “to life!”). The Hebrew word for “Eve” (Havah) can be translated as “life-giver.” Eve’s name represents the fact that she is the ancestor of all humans. We are all one family in the most literal sense.

Read Acts 17:26. How does Paul link the brotherhood of all humanity to [...]

Monday: In the Image of God
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Read Genesis 1:26-28. What special attribute was given to humans that was not given to the animals?

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What exactly is “the image of God”? This question has generated a great deal of discussion, and opinions vary. But the verses provide some clues regarding the nature of the idea. First, note that to be made in the image of God implies that we resemble God in certain ways. One important aspect of the image of God is [...]

Sunday: Our Dependence on the Creator
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Genesis 2:7 depicts God as creating Adam individually, and represents

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him to be an intelligent moral being rather than as an animal. The text does not say, but one can imagine God using His hands to form the dust into the intended shape and size. One might think that the great Sovereign of the universe would not stoop to get His hands dirty in the making of man, but the Bible reveals the Creator as One [...]

Sabbath: Creation and Morality
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 2:16-17;Gen. 1:26-28; James 3:9;Acts 17:26;Prov. 14:31;Matt. 5:44-48;Rev. 20:11-13.

Memory Text: “And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’ “(Genesis 2:16-17, NIV).

People love to talk about “human rights.” From the Magna Carta (1215) to the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of [...]

Further Study: Creation, a Biblical Theme
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The Bible is a book about God and His relationship to us humans and our world. The events of Creation week are unique and supernatural. They are outside the realm of scientific inquiry for at least two reasons. First, they are singularities. Singularities are events that occur only once. Science has a difficult time dealing with singularities, because they cannot be repeated and tested under differing circumstances. Second, the Creation events were supernaturally caused. They were not the natural result [...]

Inside Story: The Missionary Café
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Sixteen-year-old Anya’s heart raced as she and her father stepped into

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the small café in the heart of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Could she ask a complete stranger to turn a business over to some teenagers—even for a few hours?

The adventure for God had begun months earlier when Anya and her teenage friends had visited a sister church in Siberia. The teens there were running a successful café outreach. Anya and her friends returned home with a [...]

04: Creation, a Biblical Theme – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Creationm, A Biblical Theme January 23, 2013]

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1. Genesis 2. Do you consider the first chapter of Genesis to be the only official account of creation? What about Genesis 2? Did Jesus consider both accounts to be valid? How do we know? In what ways would the story of the birth of the earth as we know it be less complete without the details of Genesis 2? Have you ever heard why [...]

Thursday: Creation in the New Testament
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Read Acts 17:22-31. What were the circumstances of this sermon? After

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Paul had introduced his topic, what was the first topic he brought to these learned men?

Vss. 24, 25.

What does Paul say is the relationship between the Creator God and humans?

Vss. 26-28.

The audience here no doubt included the two groups of philosophers known as Stoics and Epicureans. The Stoics affirmed the reality of design in nature, while the Epicureans denied it. Neither had a knowledge of the [...]