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The Problem of Evil

Based RZIM Academy lecture 7 of Core Module by Os Guinnes

Evil is the greatest mystery in human life. People are asking honest questions to understand pain, suffering, and evil and as believers we need to provide an honest answer from the bible.

Matthew 26:38-39,42,44 NIV

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” [39] Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” [42] He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” [44] So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

–  The Lord Jesus Christ suffered emotionally and asked  the Father to take the physical torture that will happen soon. He asked thrice but it is the Father’s will that prevailed. Because of God’s love to us, the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for us to have eternal life. 


  1. Evil – active intent to do harm
  2. Suffering/Pain – passive/experiential

THREE Sources of Evil

  1. Our bodies – fragility, dysfunction, disease
  2. Nature – tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, famine
  3. Human beings – war, political repression, ethnic violence

Common questions regarding Evil and Suffering:

  1. Why (not) me?
  2. Where is God?
    • The only excuse for God is that He does not exist. – Stendhal
    • If there is God, he is the devil. – Charles Baudelaire
    • If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse. – Woody Allen
    • Jesus displayed this existential cry on the cross.
      • Psalm 22:1-2 (NIV)
        1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
        Why are you so far from saving me,
        so far from my cries of anguish?
        2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
        by night, but I find no rest.[b]
  3. How can I stand it?
    • There is but one truly philosophical problem and that is suicide. – ALbert Gamus
  4. Why does God allow suffering?


  1. We are not that smart (skeptical theism)
    • Assumption: If God has good reasons for allowing suffering, we should know what they are.
    • TRUTH: God may have many reasons for allowing suffering that we do not and would not understand.
      • Romans 11:33 (NIV)
        Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God!
        How unsearchable his judgments,
        and his paths beyond tracing out!
      • Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
        neither are your ways my ways,”
        declares the Lord.
        9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways
        and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    • The lack of ability to understand in the receiving agent does not necessitate a lack in the goodness of the communication.

2. God wanted to love me and you

  • Shouldn’t God have created us in a better world?
    • You would only be you in this world
    • Wishing suffering away means you wouldn’t have existed
      • Changing anything changes everything, and everyone.
    • The best of all possible worlds would not include you.
  • God desired to create a specific community of individuals. And allowing the suffering in this world allowed him to get precisely the community he desired. A community including you and me.
    • Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
      before you were born I set you apart;
      I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
    • Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV) For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—
  • Scriptural theme of having specific individuals in mind before creation.
  • God delights in you simply because you are his child, created in his image.
  • A question: Could God could have wronged us, by creating us in this world, and offering us eternal life with Him, rather than creating a different world in which we never would have lived?

Human procreation risks great suffering and assured death. Why is it morally ok, loving, courageous?

  • The child who comes to exist would not have existed otherwise
  • Life itself is a great good

However reasonable it is to think that human procreation can be an act of love, despite its great cost, it is just as reasonable to think that God’s creation of the world we live in could be an act of love.

3. God is wiling to suffer alongside us

  • Christian worship a God who loved too much to stay removed from the suffering and pain of His creation.

Matthew 26:38 (NIV)
Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

  • There is no amount of suffering that our God do not understand.
  • God knew the cost of creation, and he bore the burden himself.


  • Suffering is a problem for everyone on earth, regardless of what they believe.
  • In Christ, we have assurance that one day there will be no more suffering.
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Give God your Best

Lesson 12 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz



  • Abraham was a man of great faith.
  • In Genesis 17:1-6, God promised Abraham would have many descendants.
  • The problem was that Abraham was 99 years old at that time.


  • God gave his best to us.
  • What about us?
  • What and how should we give to God?


Genesis 22:1-18  (NIV)

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

OBSERVE – Retell the story.


A. Abraham’s case

  1. Why did God test Abraham by involving Isaac? (vv1-2 Isaac was the dearest, the best)
    • Could Isaac be taking too much of Abraham’s love? (DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES)
  2. What was Abraham’s response? (vv3-8 “Yes!” No hesistationn, no grudges.)
  3. At what time did Abraham move to obey? (Early the following morning.)
    • What does this teach us? (DISCUSS)
  4. What made Abraham’s obedience difficult?
    • ( Love for son.
    • Common sense. He was too old to have another son!
    • Difficult journey for an old man. He even had to bring the fire and wood.
      • A willing heart finds all reason to obey.
    • Three days to change his mind!
      • An unwilling heart finds all the excuses.
    • The issue of murder. Genesis 9:5-6
      • What would Sarah say?
        • Who is Sarah?
        • How do we have the same difficulties? (DISCUSS)
  5. What did Abraham discover?
    • (vv 9-12) (DISCUSS)
  6. What were the results of Abraham’s obedience?
    • God became Jehoava-Jireh (God the provider)
      • v14 God provided the offering. (DISCUSS)
    • God made a greater covenant and took an oath to fulfill it! (vv 15-18)
    • God blessed Abraham with multitudes of offspring, especially that one offspring/seed by whom all nations on earth would be blessed – the Lord Jesus Christ.)


  1. The best of our love.
    • Matthew 22:37  (NIV)
      Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]
  2. The best of our gifts.
    • Leviticus 27:30-32 (NIV)
      “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord.
    • Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
      Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
  3. The best of our labors.
    • Matthew 19:27-29New International Version (NIV)
      27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

      28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

    • How can we serve God?
  4. The best of our loyalty.
    • Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
      Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
    • Do we treat God as God?
    • How do we become disloyal in terms of giving?



  • Who or what is your Isaac?
  • God is asknig that your Isaac be offered to him.
    • OFFER: Time, Talent, Treasure
    • Give-up: Bad habits,ungodly relationship,a person, a dream, a value,a vice, laziness, pride, doubts, selfishness that drive you away from God.
  • What is your reply to God’s command?
    • Don’t wonder if you don’t get the best from God if you do not give the bestt of your love, gifts, labor, loyalty.



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Stand Up for Jesus!

Lesson 10 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz



  • Moments come for believers to draw battle lines and make a clear, irrevocable stand for God.
  • These are opportunities to glorify God and witness for our faith.


Daniel 3:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace
3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[a] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

7 Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.


  1. Describe the project Nebuchadnezzar embarked  on.
    • (He made an image of gold.
      • In his previous dream, Nebuchadnezzar dreamt of an image, but only the head was gold.
      • Why did Nebuchadnezzar make the whole statue golden? [To defy the prophecy that Babylon and his reign had an end.]
    • It was dedicated.
      • It was decreed that everyone would bow down and worship when the music played.)
  2. What was the punishment for not bowing?
    • (Burning in the fiery furnace)
    • Note: Furnace for baking bricks were numerous as Babylon was busy on many construction projects.
  3. How did everyone react to the decree?
    • (They obeyed)
    • Why? (DISCUSS)


Daniel 3:8-12 New International Version (NIV)

8 At this time some astrologers[a] came forward and denounced the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”


6. How did the situation create a big problem for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?(Some astrologers informed Nebuchadnezzar that they did not bow to the statue.)

7. Why did the three men refuse to bow to the image?
(Doing so would be idolatrous!)

8. Why would the astrologers be eager to tell on them?

  • (To win the king’s favor.
  • They were jealous and envious of the three men.)
    • How did they approach Nebuchadnezzar?
      • (“O king live forever!” They were patronizing.
      • They reminded him of his decree and encouraged him to impose it.
      • They touched his ego).


Daniel 3:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”


7. How did Nebudchadnezzae react?

  • (a. He was furious at first.
  • Then he was concilliatory.

He finally imposed on the three men.)

What was his boast? (v15 “What god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”)


Daniel 3:16-18 New International Version (NIV)

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”


8. How did the three men respond to the command/threat?
(They defied the command.)

  • They were able to do this?
    • (They believed that God would save them from the fire and Nebuchadnezzar’s hand.)
  • Comment on v18 “But even if he does not, we want you to know, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set-up.”
  • (They have faith even unto death!)


Daniel 3:19-23 New International Version (NIV)

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.


9. How did Nebuchadnezzar react to their defiance?

  • (He was furious.
  • He ordered them burned. The oven was made seven times hotter!)

10. What happened to the soldiers who bound and took them to the furnace? (They died because of the intense heat!).


Daniel 3:24-27 New International Version (NIV)

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

11. What amazing thing happened?

  • (Nebuchadnezzar saw four, not three, men un the furnace walking about.)
  • One looked superhuman/divine.
  • Nobody was burned/hurt!)

12. What did Nebuchadnezzar do?

  • (He called the three men.)
    • How did he refer to them? (servants of the Most High God)
  • Why the change of heart? (DISCUSS)

13. What was the men’s condition?

  • (Unburned
  • Not even smelled of fire)


Daniel 3:28-30 New International Version (NIV)

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.


14. What were Nebuchadnezzar’s pronouncement about God?

  • (Praise Him.
  • “He send his angel and rescued his servants.”
  • No other god could save this way.)

15. What were his pronoucement about the men?


  • trusted God.
  • defied the king’s direct command
  • were willing to die for their God.)’

16. What decrees did he make?

  • (Anyone who speaks against God would be cut to pieces and dispossed.)
  • He promoted the three.


1. What were Nebudchadnezzar’s mistakes?

  • (To make a golden image of Babylon and require everyone to worship it.
  • They listen to the astrologers.
  • To be overtaken by pride, not reason.
  • To defy the God of Israel.)

2. What did he do right?

  • (He immediately sensed an extraordinary event. ie The three did not burn. There was someone else in the furnace.
  • He acknowldged his mistake.)

3. What did the three men do right?

  • (Stand up for God. Not only for “better” but also for “worse.” (EXPLAIN)
  • To stick with God even with the possibility of death!. Not to force God to act according to human expectations.)
  • Note: What could have emboldened them to act like this? (Remembering who they were; that they were God’s people. Not eating the King’s food, not drinking the king’s wine and not bowing to idols.)

4. What did we learn about God?

  • (He saves.
  • When he lets his people go to the furnace, he goes with them!)

5. What does standing up for God accomplish?

  • (God is glorified.
  • God is given the free hand to move.
  • Believers experience God’s protection and deliverance.
  • Unbelievers are given lessons about God and the chance to also know the truth.)
  • Note: It is right and commendable to stand up for Jesus whether or not it ends in favorable circumstances.




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“Get away from that tree!”

Lesson 9 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz



  • Temptations are all around. CIte common examples.
  • Needed by believers: Grace/skill/capacity to recognize and resist tempatation.


Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Genesis 3:1-19  (NIV)

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”


A. THE COMMAND: Genesis 2:15-17

What was the command in Genesis 2:15-17? (Do not eat the forbidden fruit)

What was the punishment? (Death)

B. THE TEMPTATION: Genesis 3:1-6

  1. How did the temptation start? (with a question)
    • Why a question?
      • How does Satan start tempting most of us? (With a question or doubt, etc)
      • What is our protection from such questions/doubts? (Knowledge of God)
  2. What was Eve’s response?
    • Why did Eve add: v3 “and you must not touch it, or you will die?” (She wanted God to sound too strict – one excuse for her not to obey)
    • How do we rationalize/justify our own disobedience?
  3. How did the devil accelerate his temptation?
    • (v4 He directly challenged God’s word: “You will not die!”
    • v5 He gave additional persuassion.)
    • What accounted for the devil’s boldness? (Eve’s obvious desire for the fruit and weak stand for God.)
    • Note: When we do not take a strong stand, the enemy becomes bold!
  4. What were the appealing qualities of the fruit?
    • (v6 Good for food, delight to the eys,makes one wise.)
    • Note: Levels of needs:
      • basic – food, clothing , shelter
      • secondary – beauty/gadgets
      • luxury – prominence/honer
    • How does this happen today? What difference tempatations appeal to different levels of needs?
    • What is your “needs level” now?


  1. How was the sin carried out? (3:6 She took, ate, and give to her husband.)
    • Did the serpent force her? (no!)
    • What’s basic truth about Satan’s power do we see here? (Satan can’t decide/act for us. )
  2. Why did Eve give some to her husband?
    • (sincere sharing
    • company
    • “damay”/shared responsibility
    • Why do sinners take others along?
    • Note: If only Christians were as committed to taking others along to the Lord as sinners are to taking others along to Satan….
  3. Why did Adam eat the fruit?
    • (Eve was irresistable.
    • “She’s renposible anyway.”
    • Adam liked it, too)
      • Why do we eat, too?
      • Who are our “Eves”?
      • What should we do to them?


  1. What were the results of sin?
    • Shame: They fathered fig leaves to hide to their nakedness.
    • Fear: V10
    • God’s presence became bad news
  2. Who’s responsible?
    • Who did Adam blame? (God and the woman also v12)
    • Who did the woman blame? (the serpent, v12)
    • The serpent: “The buck stops here.” The serpent could not blame anyone anymore!)
  3. Another result of sin? (Punishment)
    • to the serpent vv14-15 (Curse and judgement: on your belly… dust you shall eat… enmity… your head will be bruised….)
    • to the woman v16 (Pain in child bearing, pain in delivery, desire for husband)
    • to the man vv17-19 (Cursed is the ground, thorns, sweat for your food, physical death, spiritual death)


What was Eve’s first mistake? (Getting near the tree.)

What does the tree symbolize? (Temptation)

  • What is/are your tree/trees, garden, orchard, plantations, forests, jungles?
  • How can we avoid temptation? (APPLICATION)





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Ch 10: The Crash from Without

Murphy’s Law – “Nothing is as easy as it looks; everything takes longer than you expect; and if anything can go wrong, it will and at the worst possible moment.

Maxwell’s Law – “Nothing is as hard as it looks; everything is more rewarding than you expect; and if anything can go right it will and at the best possible moment.”


Jesus, perfect in love and motives, was criticized and misunderstood continually. People:

  1. called Him a glutton (Matthew 11:19)
  2. called Him a drunkard (Luke 7:34)
  3. criticized Him for associating with sinners (Matthew 9:11)
  4. accused Him of being a Samaritan and of having a demon (John 8:48)
  • When possible, avoid people who  belittle you. Small people try to tear you down, but big people make you feel worthwhile.



2 Corinthians 4:8-9New International Version (NIV)
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

What are problems?

PREDICTORS – They help mold our future

REMINDERS – We are not self-sufficient. We need God and others to help.

OPPORTUNITIES – They pull us out of our rut and cause us to think creatively.

BLESSINGS – They open up doors that we usually do not go through.

LESSONS – Each new challenge will be our teacher.

EVERYWHERE – No place or person is excluded from them.

MESSAGES – They warm us about potential disaster.

SOLVABLE – No problem is without a solution.



Change is essential for growth. A famous inventor once said “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”

  • Barracuda was put in a coastal aquarium and a mackerel separated by glass. The barracuda would attack the mackerel but it will bump to the glass several times until it finally quit. When the partition was removed, the barracuda would only only swim until the imaginary partition but no further.
  • Deuteronomy 32:11New International Version (NIV)
    like an eagle that stirs up its nest
    and hovers over its young,
    that spreads its wings to catch them
    and carries them aloft.



Matthew 15:19New International Version (NIV)
For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Are we governed by positive thoughts or by negative thoughts?

Philippians 4:8-9New International Version (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Negative thinking limits God and our potential.

Numbers 13:26-33New International Version (NIV)
Report on the Exploration
26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

If we kept listening of discouraging news that are not true (Satan is a master of devising lies to discourage believers), the results would be us settling for the 2nd best.

Numbers 14:1-4New International Version (NIV)
The People Rebel
14 That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Columbus had trouble financing his ships and convincing a crew to ship around the wolrd. Why? He was fighting a a cultural trance. Everyone knew that the earth was flat and there’s no way you can go around it. But now we know that the earth is not flat but a sphere. But still many ideas are considered “flat world” because most people would believe that an existing assumption is the truth such as:

  1. Leaders are born, not made.
  2. Nice guys finish last.
  3. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
  4. You can’t teach an old dog a new trick.

A “flat-world” mindset allows us to sleep on top of it.

A “round-world” mindset keeps us moving around it.

  • How do you make youor “flat-world” round?