The Three-Million Mile View

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

We often hear people talk about the “five-thousand” or “thirty-thousand-foot view” for looking at the big picture of a business project. However, when we talk about how God sees things, even thirty-thousand feet is an extremely short distance – just a little higher than Mount Everest (29,029 feet).

The picture above (Image Credit: NASA/OSIRIS-REx team and the University of Arizona) is a composite of three photos taken from a distance of three-million miles from earth. The earth is the small blue dot in the upper left and the moon is the small white dot in the upper right.

The photo, taken inside our solar system, gives us some insight into the tiny size of the earth. However, given the extremely small size of our solar system in the vast universe we still have a long way to go to understand Isaiah’s statement that God’s ways are higher than our ways – comparing how the heavens are higher than the earth.

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The Great Reveal: Our Epic Journey Through Time, Space and Eternity – Part 14

In the last part of our study we saw how God reacted to Satan, Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden. God tested Adam and Eve and they failed – especially Adam –

For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.”

Adam was formed first. God gave him the commandment not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam knew better, but when tested “fell into transgression.”

Maybe he didn’t want to live without having Eve with him (knowing she would die), but whatever his reason he made a bad choice. It led to grave circumstances.

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Teaching Notes: On The Person And Pain

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study in Genesis.

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Teaching Notes: On The Person And Meaning

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study in Genesis.

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Thinking About Excellence in Ministry

Excellence in ministry begins by serving others in the same way Christ served us.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5

Eternal Salvation is God’s Service to His children. He saved us ‘because’ of His Great Love and ‘by’ His Grace.

Unfortunately, many Christians believe that when they read the word ‘minister’ and ‘ministry’ in the New Testament it’s speaking to someone who is paid to serve God. However, Jesus made it clear that His command to minister is to all believers (e.g. Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8). Paul wrote that Jesus gave the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors and teachers ‘for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the editing of the body of Christ … but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.’ (Ephesians 4:11, 15-16). 

For the purpose of this article about ‘excellence in ministry,’ we will consider that Jesus has called all Christians to be ‘ministers.’

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The Great Reveal: Our Epic Journey Through Time, Space and Eternity – Part 12

God created the heavens and the earth and proclaimed them as “good.” However, He had planted a tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden known as “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” How did evil show up on an earth He created and called good?

In our last study we saw that an angel named Satan brought evil into existence through his pride – “lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:6) We also saw Satan enter the Garden of Eden and approach the first humans with a statement that contradicted what God had told them.

Why did God allow this to happen?

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Teaching Notes: On The Secret To Success In The Christian Life

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study about success in life.

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