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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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Overcoming Consumerism--The Less You Want, The Richer You Are:
 

 Scripture:
Hebrews 13:5-6, Matthew 6:19-21
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If I were to ask people about what Lent means, what answers would I get?
Sinfulness - Do a Fast or Give up something - Pray/Meditate - Wilderness - 7 deadly sins

Todayís message is about some of these themes. 1. Itís about sin, specifically the sin of gluttony or consumerism and 2. itís a bout giving up something for Lent, something we donít need to begin with, to help save the environment and for our own spiritual growth.

1. Sin - Most of us living in the first world, we are gluttons. We are committing the sin of consumerism every day. The Greeks fully grasped the high costs of passionate excess. The idea of avoiding excess was a prime ingredient in a life worth living...

Why is excessive living or "consumerism" so bad? Well, it means that relatively few people in this world are taking more than they need and waste the excess. Have you ever seen someone in line at the buffet in the cafeteria and put so much food on their plate that they couldnít eat it and then threw the excess in the trash? What a waste of perfectly good food in the face of world hunger. Did you know that consumerism is a major contributor to climate change? And yet we continue to buy and horde and waste. In the words of William Wallace: Our obsession with consumption means that we have become the future-eaters, swallowing up the future of generations yet unborn (2)....
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