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 [...]

Dominos, Sabbath School and Controversy!
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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?
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“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

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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
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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 [...]