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Genesis 1:27-2:25; Genesis 3; Jeremiah 10:12-13; Psalm 19:1-7; Matthew 6:25-34; Psalm 104

Memory Text: Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they put forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.

What images come when you think of a perfect world that during creation week God pronounced as “very good?”

  • What glimpses of that “very good” world do you still see?
  • In human beings, what remnants of their Godlike ancestry remain?

Many ancient and traditional religions connect their understanding of the supernatural to the natural world.

  • What strengths do you see in that connection?
  • What hazards are there in seeking God in nature?
  • Does time alone in nature offer such insights that we should more strongly encourage that approach?

Country living.

  • Since God “put us in a garden not a parking lot,” should we advocate country living more strongly?
  • What implications and connections does this imply toward ecological concerns and “living green?”
  • How can those who live in the city gain some benefit from the natural world?

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