07: Through a Glass, Darkly – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Through a Glass, Darkly Feburary 13, 2013]

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1. Nature belongs to God. Have you ever turned your TV on to a nature program only to be sickened by the scenes of a lion conquering a deer and ripping it to death? Or of insects calmly devoring their mating partner after their own eggs are fertilized? Or a herd of elephants trampling an African village and destroying everything within it? Or a line [...]

Extremism is Extremely Evil
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The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Genesis 3:1 NLT

Twenty-nine years later, there are still some things I remember from my Composition class at Southern Adventist University. One thing I was taught is to avoid using the word “never” because it is [...]

Wednesday: The “Wisdom” of the World
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As humans, we have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and information, especially in

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the last two hundred years. Knowledge and information, however, are not necessarily the same thing as “wisdom.” We have also gained a much greater understanding of the natural world than our forefathers ever had. A “greater understanding,” however, isn’t the same thing as wisdom either.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21, 3:18-21. How do we see the powerful truths of these words manifested in our [...]

07: Through a Glass Darkly – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God revealed Himself through special revelation and also through nature. But evil exists in nature because God has allowed it due to man’s fall.

[Teaching plan for Through a Glass, Darkly February 11, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:17-19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean that God cursed the ground?
C. Personal Application: How can we see God in nature and not [...]

Tuesday: The Ruler of This World
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“And the Lord said unto Satan, ‘Whence comest thou?’ Then Satan answered the

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Lord, and said, ‘From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it’ “ (Job 1:7).

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”(1 Pet. 5:8).

As we have seen, the world belongs to God, both by Creation and by Redemption. But we mustn’t forget, either, the [...]

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 [...]