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Guardians of the Earth
by Frank Schaefer

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Read Genesis 1:26 (The Message):

God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature, so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."

In our own lives, we reconnect with nature when we take a trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Caribbean or perhaps ski down a magnificent slope. The pristine wonder of nature still inspires us. Yet we need not go far. A trip to the zoo with a small child or a walk through a botanic garden can link us to the heaven and earth that Genesis says God created.

We are guardians of the earth. "Shomrei Adamah" in Hebrew. It isn't a new job. It was first given to Adam in the Garden of Eden by God. Just as God created the first human beings, God placed them in the Garden "to till and to tend it."

It's a divine job...

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April 05, 2020 Paying it Forward
PowerPoint: Paying-it-Forward
Video: Film Trailer
Songs (See PPT for lyrics):
Give Me Your Eyes (Brandon Heath)
Brother (Need To Breathe)

While this parable definitely teaches us something about forgiveness, it also teaches about another principle that has been called: “Paying it forward!” This principle was popularized by author Catherine Ryan Hyde in her novel Pay It Forward (1999). In the year 2000, she founded the Pay it Forward Foundation, a non-profit that has been actively sought to put into practice this principle (the stories on their website are amazing). Her book inspired the Holywood film by the same name.

At this point I would like to present a short trailer of the film which explains Hyde’s understanding of the “pay it forward” principle.  [Play Video]

According to a Wikipedia article (1) Jesus’ parable from Matthew 18 is at the root of the pay-it-forward concept: The King had shown the man mercy. It was an act of paying a good deed forward. The man shown mercy was now expected to show same mercy to other people, which he failed to do. According to this interpretation paying it forward is a requirement for those who have received God's forgiveness.

The Pay it Forward Principle is clear: You don't pay love back; you pay it forward. So, what can we do to pay it forward to people?...

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12, 2020 Karma  - Sowing Good Seeds
Scripture Readings: Proverbs 11:27, Job 4:8, Galatians 6:7, James 3:18
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Video: A Story about Karma


This is what our conservative friends at have to say about karma:

Many people ask is karma biblical and the answer is no. Karma is a Hinduism and Buddhism belief that says your actions determine the good and the bad that happens to you in this life and the afterlife. Karma is associated with reincarnation, which basically says what you do today will determine your next life."

With Karma you get what you deserve. In Christianity Jesus got what you deserve." "Grace is the opposite of Karma."....

...However, the biblical metaphors for reaping what you have sown are virtually a description of Karma! The verses they list following this description are the ones we just heard read. It's amazing to me to see how these conservative evangelicals are so narrowly focused on their particular theology that they don't even make sense anymore....


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