Inside Story: The Powerful Sword
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A pastor in a difficult, mostly non-Christian country was studying with a

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young man who had shown an interest in knowing about Jesus. Things were going well until the boy’s father returned home from prison, where he had been serving a sentence for murder.

At first the young man’s father was impressed with the changes he saw in his son. But when he learned that his son had been studying with a Christian, he became furious. [...]

Thursday: The Creator Among Us
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Read John 2:7-11, 6:8-13, 9:1-34. What do these texts reveal about the

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creative power of God?

Each of these miracles gives us a glimpse of God’s power over the material world that He Himself created.

First, what kind of process would be required to change water directly into wine? None that we know of. Indeed, it took an act outside of the laws of nature, at least as we now know them, to do what Jesus did here.

In the miracle of [...]

Wednesday: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth
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Read John 1:1-3, 14; Colossians 1:15, 16; Hebrews 1:1, 2. How do the

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New Testament writers identify the Creator? What are the implications of the answer?

John refers to Jesus as the Word (&8220;Logos”) and equates Him with God. More specifically, Jesus is the One through whom all things were created. In John’s day, the term logos was commonly used to represent the creative principle. John’s readers would be familiar with the concept of logos as a creative principle or even as a creator. John applied [...]

Glory Days…
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Every creation of Jesus is better than the one before.

Bruce Springsteen sings a song called “Glory Days.” In the song he talks about running into old friends and talking about glory days gone by, when they were much younger. I can relate. When I was young I loved to play basketball. However, about a year ago, after teaching an evangelism class at the nearby church school, I walked into the gym and saw a basketball. I picked it up and [...]

An Accidental Life
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When my sons were little, we spent a lot of time watching shows or videos about animals. And, initially that sounds awesome because then they were learning things instead of watching mindless kids’ shows (they watched those too). Nature shows are so much fun to watch – the photography is beautiful. Except that every single one of them had to throw in its mandatory this-animal-evolved-from-that-animal line. At which point I would feel the need [...]

01: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation is God’s unique act that gives Him sovereignty and priority in our lives and sets Him apart from all others..

[Teaching plan for Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth December 31, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Psalm 19:1-3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How do we see God’s creative power in the heavens and earth?
C. Personal Application: What interests you most about the [...]

Tuesday: The Power of His Word
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Read Jeremiah 51:15, 16 and Psalm 33:6, 9. In addition to wisdom, what

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other attribute of God is mentioned in the Creation? How was this attribute expressed in Creation? More important, what are the implications of this truth for us?

Though we cannot know exactly how God created, we are told that it was through His powerful word. All the energy in all parts of the universe had its origin in the word of God. All the energy in all our [...]

A Divine Interrruption
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Happy New Year!

I don’t do resolutions. I’ve observed two things—that humans have an indefatigable drive to fix themselves, and that it is utterly futile and fruitless. The only good that comes from our self-fixing is that some of us finally learn it’s impossible.

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Observe every world religion other than the faith of Jesus. Each proposes a method whereby lost souls may ascend to God. Whether the Zen Buddhist with his endless meditations [...]

Monday: The Heavens Declare
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“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his

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handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Ps. 19:1-3, see also Rom. 1:19, 20). How have you experienced the truth of these texts? How has modern science helped us to even more appreciate the power and wisdom of God as Creator?

Not just any kind of universe would be capable of supporting [...]

Sunday: In the Beginning
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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

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There are many deep truths in that simple text, one of the most profound being that the universe itself had a beginning. While that idea might not seem so radical to us today, it goes against the long-held belief in an eternally existing creation. Not until the twentieth century, when the “Big Bang” model of origins took hold, did the notion that the universe [...]

Sabbath: Jesus, Creator of Heaven and Earth
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen. 1:1; Heb. 11:3; Ps. 19:1-3;John 1:1-3, 14;Col. 1:15,16;John 2:7-11.

Memory Text: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NKJV).

Only something greater than what it creates could have created it. Thus, only a Being greater than the universe could have created the universe. And that Being is the God who is revealed in the Bible, the God whom we worship and serve because, among other things, He is our Creator.

We also learn that this God-the One who created the [...]

Further Study: When All Things Become New
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“In the typical service the high priest, having made the atonement for Israel, came forth and blessed the congregation. So Christ, at the close of His work as mediator, will appear, ‘without sin unto salvation’ (Hebrews 9:28), to bless His waiting people with eternal life. As the priest, in removing the sins from the sanctuary, confessed them upon the head of the scapegoat, so Christ will place all these sins upon Satan, the originator and instigator of sin. The scapegoat, [...]