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March 28, 2017, 9:33 AM

Reach Out to Our Planet

Reach Out to Our Planet

We have adopted the theme at First Christian Church of “2017: The Year of Reaching Out”. Each month we are focusing on a different specific area for reaching out. In January we found ways to reach out to our youth. In February, Valentine’s month, we looked at ways to reach out to our neighbors (love your neighbor as yourself). For March, the month of Spring—at least in Texas—we will be considering how to reach out to our planet.

Nothing exists by itself and for itself. Everything has its place in God’s creation. We humans are also part of God’s creation, and we have a

place of responsibility in it. To appreciate the world we have inherited is to understand our Father and ourselves better.

Here are some biblical expressions of God in the natural world:

Genesis 1:1—In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 19:1—The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Isaiah 40:26—Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.

Amos 4:13—For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind and declares to man what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, The LORD God of hosts is His name.

Nehemiah 9:6—You alone are the LORD You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.

Revelation 4:11—Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because

of Your will they existed, and were created.

And here, in the creation story is a reminder of our responsibility to our world:

Genesis 2:4-7, 15 —In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no

herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a

stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground—then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being....The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Let us, then, reach out to our planet —to our God-given environment—and keep it as a gardener tends to a garden.

 


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