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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

India and China have large programmes for revegetating millions of hectares to reduce rural poverty and protect critical watersheds. In Morocco 34 pastoral co-operatives with more than 8,000 members have rehabilitated and now manage 450,000 hectares of grazing reserves. On degraded soils, initial cultivation and re-seeding may be necessary to enable natural vegetation to re-establish itself. There are two keys to success:

* Engage local communities in planning, developing and maintaining watershed areas and
* Include areas of high local importance, such as local woodfuel sources and areas such as gullies that can be used for productive cropping.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+