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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 25
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

God made everything!
That is why we call Him "Creator."
It means that He "created" all things.
We read about His creation in Genesis chapter one.
Read verse one, and verses 20-25.
Now read verse 26. It tells about God making man.
"Man" means  people.

God made everything out of NOTHING!
Every time we make things, we have to make them out of something else.
But God "created" when there was nothing to make things out of!

Let's think about that:

Can WE ever make things out of nothing?

Have you read the Bible verses  above?
Name three things that God  made out of just nothing.

You might be thinking, "I can make a picture out of nothing."
But you had to have a piece of paper,
and you had to have a pencil or crayons or felt pens.

Some people say there is no God.
But the first chapter of Genesis shows us that there is a God.

Some people say that God didn't make everything, they say we just came from apes.
But Genesis 1 shows us that God did make everything, He created.

Some people say there are lots of gods.
But Genesis 1  shows us that there is only One God.

Some people say that nature is God.
But Genesis 1 shows us that God made nature.
He was there before nature was. Man is NOT God either.

Some people say that there was no beginning to our world.
But Genesis 1  shows us there was a beginning.

Some people say that nothing matters.
But  the whole Bible shows us God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us!
We matter, and our lives matter, because God has make us for Himself.

EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS

"In the beginning  God created the heaven and the earth." (Gen.1:1).

How simple that statement is!
God does not argue or debate with man, He just tells him straight out -
I am the Creator of all!
The word "heaven" is plural in Hebrew, which this verse was written in, in  the first place. There are three heavens, and God made them all!
He made the earth in just six days, and rested on the seventh day.

There are many reasons why we know that these were days of twenty four hours.
One is that the Hebrew word "day" indicates this.
The Hebrew word for day is "yom."
Meaning an ordinary, 24 hour day.
Perhaps you would like to hear about those three heavens? well, maybe I will write about them next time.
It is a really interesting subject.

"And God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over  fowl of the  air, and over cattle,
and over all the earth, and over  every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
And so God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him: male and female  created he them.
And God blessed them, and God  said,
Be fruitful, and multiply,
and  replenish the earth, and subdue it."  (Genesis 1;26 - 28).

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