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Romans 5:19-21

For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer Journal Entry

Lord, You knew from the beginning we would mess up, that I would mess up, and sin against You. And You already had a plan in mind. Thank You for a love so great I cannot fathom it!
The sacrifice Jesus made for my sins is unimaginable, but yet it is imaginable. It is real. It is done. It is finished. The sin debt of humanity, started back in Eden and increased by my sins, has been paid in full by the blood of Jesus. It brings me to tears.
But, Lord, may my tears water ground that is fertile for Your kingdom. Let them mean something for those who need to know You, but don’t yet trust You. May they move me to tell the world who You are and why they need Your love, sacrifice, and redemption. Let it be so, Lord!

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts


As a parent, I am quite used to the blame game. “She did it. No, she did it!” Or the variations complete with excuses like, she made me mad, it was an accident, or I don’t know why, I just did it.

On Monday, Lori walked us through all the excuses and blame-shifting used in the Garden of Eden, all without once admitting to their sin! This is not what I ever wanted as a parent and neither did God. What He wanted, and still wants, is for us to own our sin and confess it, like David did in Psalm 51. Why? Because this is the pathway to forgiveness and a restored relationship with God.

 Thankfully, Jesus has given us an opportunity, by His sacrifice, for a perfect relationship with God in heaven. Write out a prayer of confession modeled after Psalm 51.

Read Eden’s Sacrifice and then write out a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for the redemption Jesus purchased.


Sometimes when we study the Bible, it’s just as important to consider what it doesn’t say. Being curious about what isn’t written can sharpen our understanding of what God does say in His Word!

This is true about Adam and Eve, the Garden scene, and the two trees set before them by God. Both the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life were beautiful and luscious, but Adam and Eve were drawn to more knowledge instead of more life. Because of Satan’s temptation, they believed God was holding out on them; they believed He was stingy. 

While they could have sought life, they lusted after more of everything else when they already had rich abundance with the Lord. In similar fashion, the Lord told His people, Israel, “See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I am commanding you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways…”. (Deuteronomy 30:15-16)

We choose life by choosing a relationship with God, Adam and Eve already were literally walking with God in the Garden, but they were lured away, chose sin, then sin marred everything else from then on. 

Pray for the Lord to give you eyes to see where He is inviting you to walk with Him. Hint: it’s all the time! When we do, peace is abundant and delight is full!


I’m good at solving mysteries, but once in a while, I run across a book that is written so expertly, even my best guesses are dead wrong. Our final study in Journey Into Eden shows us how the Bible is one of those books where you would never guess the ending. 

Where the first story in Genesis, the Garden of Eden, ends with a curse, the last book, Revelation, ends by highlighting the cure for sin and victory over death and Satan. The blood of Jesus is the cure that saves us all.  So, what happens in Revelation? Jesus returns and we are restored to full fellowship with God. Glory!
Journal ways you can live today with this glorious end in mind. The Demo Day Journey Study might help us.
Choose some verses highlighted throughout Friday’s Journey and write them on note cards to use as reminders of the goodness of God and our final victory in Jesus!
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