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


[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 [...]

Dominos, Sabbath School and Controversy!


Dominos is a game played around the world, but I have found lately that it is not played the same way around the world. I was raised in Oklahoma, where my grandmother taught me how to play, by playing off the ends as well as the sides, so that you are going in four different directions. (As seen in the picture) You score when all four sides add up to a 5, like 5, 10, 15, 20 and so on. For [...]

Wednesday: Creation in the Prophets

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“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that

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formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else” (Isa. 45:18).

Isaiah 45:18 emphasizes God’s intention to prepare a place for humans to live; thus, the fitness of the earth for life is not an accident.

Consider some of the features of the earth that [...]

Science and Faith Walking Hand in Hand?


“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.”

- Galileo


What is science? What does it take to be a real scientist or to think in a scientific manner? Does science have anything to do with religion or faith? Or, is there a distinct dividing line [...]

04: Creation : A Biblical Theme – Teaching Plan


Key Thought : The Bible roots faith in the actual historical acts of God in earth’s history. To be in harmony with Scripture, we must accept the statements of Genesis 1-4..

[Teaching Plan for Creation, A Biblical Theme January 28, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 19:4-6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does Jesus’ answer and reference to Genesis show that God’s design for mankind was [...]

Tuesday: Creation in the Book of Job

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Read Job 38:1-21. Note the creation topics in the following verses.

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Job 38:4-7

Job 38: 8-11

Job 38: 12

Job 38:16

Job 38:19

It’s important to remember the context of the book of Job. Great tragedy struck, and Job was struggling to understand how this could happen to him, a faithful follower of God. In chapter 38 up through chapter 41, the Lord continues to talk about His creative power, all in response to Job’s pained questioning.

Read carefully Job’s response to the [...]

Monday: Creation in the Psalms

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Read Psalm 8. What links do you find with Genesis 1?

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Read Psalm 104. Note how this psalm praises God for His goodness as seen in both Creation and providence. Identify the links with Genesis 1 in the following verses from Psalm 104:2

Psalm 104:5-7

Psalm 104:7-9

Psalm 104:14

Psalm 104:19

Psalm 104:25

Note how the psalm’s topical sequence seems to be crafted to follow the topical sequence of Genesis 1. Poetic imagery is vividly presented throughout the verses, and its message clearly includes the power, wisdom, [...]

Sunday: Creation in Genesis 2

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“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they

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were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens” (Gen. 2:4).

Genesis 1-2:3 is the first account of God creating our world. It forms the foundation of all the other truths that we, as Christians, believe.

But the Creation account doesn’t end there. From Genesis 2:3 to the end of the chapter, we are given more details, specifically regarding the creation [...]

Sabbath: Creation, a Biblical Theme


Read for This week’s Study: Genesis 2, Matt. 19:4-6, Psalm 8,Job 38:1-21, 42:1-6, Isa. 45:18,Acts 17:22-31.

Memory Text: “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water’” (Revelation 14:6, 7, NIV).

Genesis 1:1-2:3 is the foundation [...]

Further Study: Creation Completed


As stated previously, the days of the Creation week are numbered and identified as being composed of a dark period, the evening, and a light period, the morning. There is no reasonable way in which to interpret these days other than as being like the days we experience today. Some have appealed to such texts as Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 when arguing that each Creation day actually represents 1,000 years. This conclusion is not suggested by the text and does nothing to [...]