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|| 20 February 2020 || Student Union

Decided to spend all morning making a detailed study guide from my first exam in astronomy based on what was on the test. I figured if I do this for every exam, I’ll have a rock solid study guide for every chapter by the time finals come around!

(Ps. For the love of god take astronomy, I’m so in love with space it’s not even funny :’) 💕)

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“God Created Man”

God Created Man


Genesis 1:26-2:3,7

Key Verse 1:26


Question 1

Read verses 26 and 27. When did God create man? What specific plan did God have for man?


The 6th day. There is a break in the pattern for the first time in Genesis. Up until now, each day has ended with, “He saw it was good, and then evening and morning”. However, here, He just creates man. He creates the plan, sees the plan, creates them, and then assigns them to a position or task. What we see is that humans have a special purpose.


“Make man in our image.” An image bears a resemblance to the original. When you see this person, you are reminded of someone else. Not necessarily in looks, or physical appearance, but maybe in character or spirit. When animals see us they are reminded of God. It is our duty to reveal God’s image to others.


—> What is God’s character like? Loving, patient, compassionate, righteous, sometimes stern. When you struggle for God’s purpose, you are great. Greatness is like this.


We were meant to be like God. Characteristics like honest and caring. But also sovereign. Free to choose, like God.


Monkeys and gorillas are smart, but they won’t come down and join civilization. Birds too are limited to their program, a certain domain.


Whereas humans can go on sea, underground, up trees. Animals live the same way as long as their environment allows, or they then become endangered if not saved by an animal rights group.


—> How do we reveal God’s image? To reveal God is to model good decision making, good travel manners, and to rule wisely. To rule wisely is to rule with compassion, with patience, and a shepherd’s heart.


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Question 2

Read verse 28. How did God bless the man?


Be fruitful. Increase in number. God’s Blessings is a command. His command is His blessing. He tells you what to do so that you know how to live and what directions to go; his command is like an engine moving you forward, or the voice of a General that calls you to attention. His mission or calling is a blessing.


God’s blessing is not pointless if you are seeking and following His commands. Pointless, perhaps, if you are just showing up at church and nothing else to seek and follow God’s commands.


The humans in God’s image are special. They are in His image, and sovereign. His desire is for there to be billions of people like this, as opposed to billions of sinful people.


This is a world that God wanted to make: A glowing earth where billions of people are serving God; but as it is, the world is dark, sinful, not shining as God intended.


Missionaries, even or maybe especially those in persecuted fields, are like shining balls of light. Fill the earth and subdue it. Whatever challenges come up, overcome them. Otherwise the world remains dark.


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Question 3

Read 2:7. How did God create the man?


Formed the body from the dust of the ground, but not yet alive. A sculpture. Only after God breathed into its nostrils did he begin to live. There is software and hardware; body and spirit; container and soul. The container is from ground, our flesh, but our soul is from God. The light is from God.


Right now the body and soul are in conflict. Flesh wants one thing, while spirit longs fellowship with God.


Romans 8:12-13, reads: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.”


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Question 4

Read 1:29-31. What does this passage show us about God’s provision? (cf. Matthew 6:33) Why was God very pleased with his creation on the 6th day?


The provision follows the command. The mission was given first. Then everything man needed to serve that mission was given to him. Originally humans were not suppose to worry about food. In paradise, you don’t worry about food. But now we have to worry about things likes paying bills and what to eat.


Regarding God’s provision, Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”


Priority 1 is to seek and spread His kingdom. The 2nd part is an inward and outward righteousness. Strive to be righteous like God.


It’s on the 6th day that, for the first time, He said it was “very good”. The day in which He created humans, He created His masterpiece.


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Question 5

Read 2:1-3. How is the 7th day different from the other days? (cf. Exo 20:8-11) What can we learn here about the purpose of the 7th day?


This day is different, He rested. He took a day to celebrate. Not because he needed a break. He proclaimed a universal holiday, a holy day. Holy means different, set apart. The seventh day is in Jewish tradition, Sabbath or Shabbat. It is a day to rest instead of continue the normal daily working.


—> What does it means to rest? It is rest for the whole spirit. This day is for Him! It is proclaimed before the Ten Commandments, the Commandments which were often fulfillled or broken by Jesus. This is higher than the Commandments. 1 way is to participate in the joy of creation.


Exodus 20:8-11, reads: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”


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He gave them a reason why to keep it: to remember creation.


See Deuteronomy 5:12-15, which says: “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.”


In Deuteronomy 5, the 10 Commandments are repeated, but this 1 part about remembering creation on the 7th day is repeated also. The purpose of the 7th day is to remember salvation. Worship whole heartedly then your soul finds rest. God wants us to be really serious about this command.


The whole point is to remember God.

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“God, The Creator”

God, The Creator


Genesis 1:1-25

Key Verse 1:1


Question 1

Memorize verse 1. What does “in the beginning” refer to? Why is the word “created” significant? What do you learn from verse 1?


The starting point of time and space. Verse 1 says “In the beginning”, not “at the beginning” which would indicate a specific time point; the 2 are grammatically different.


“In the beginning” refers to eternity. In eternity God chose a time to begin creation. His creation is what Genesis and the whole Bible is about. There is a beginning and an end as well as an end purpose to that which God created. We study the Bible to learn about it which God created.


This is in contrast to looking at history as an endless flow of randomness, or believing that life is a walking mutation. Some people say, just live. They say life goes on and there is no end.


The World tends to think life just goes on and there is no necessity to acknowledge God’s existence; we just accept that God created us and now we are here. <— not so, there is a meaning and purpose to life which God creates.


Heavens are things above us, outer space; earth is the physical and visible world. However, the Bible does not focus on the heavens, and it is not about the earth. He created humans whom he loves so very much. That is why the Bible is about earth.


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There are 2 different meaning for the word “created”.


Asah is to make something from other resources. Verse 16 describes some of those resources: there are metals like iron, gases such hydrogen and helium which produce light, also oxygen. Wild animals like bears and wolves were made from the earth materials. Even Man is created from dust.


Bara is more true to meaning of create. Bara is to make something from nothing. We humans don’t really do bara. That’s something that God primarily does. In verses 1 and 21 we see that sea creatures including crabs and birds are created from nothing, bara. Out of nowhere they appeared. They are flowy and floaty.


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God is the origin and the cause of everything in the universe. Before you were born, God was considering what your life would be like. Your value is inherit; it comes from God just like my value comes from God. We are creatures of God. Nothing can change that truth.


Truth has to do with what and who you are, what you must do and where you are going, all of which can be found in the word of God.


Verse 1 tells me that God created it all. God has always been there, and what he wants is to meet us. <— that is God’s special revelation about himself. Therefore, the 1st thing we should know is, why did God create us? If anyone chooses to ignore the Word of God’s purpose for our life, then they are sinning. It’s a waste to know God’s purpose and not live for it.


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Question 2

Read verse 2. When god created the earth, how did it look? (cf. Jer 4:23) What was the Spirit of God doing?


Formless, empty and dark. Not round, but blobby. He created it, but it was not finished. There was water and then some dirt, all mixed. Devoid of life and defining features. No substance or content. No such thing as light. Everything was chaotic until God started arranging things into their own positions. Sea and land. God arranged it all until it all became harmonious.


When things are arranged appropriately, there is a framework and life is very beautiful. You know what to do and what not to do. It’s structure and form for your life.


Without the Word of God, people’s lives are chaotic and ugly and messed up. They do things they should definitely not do. Their lives become empty. So meaningless and sad, no purpose to their life. It ends up very dark and without hope.


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The Spirit was hovering over the waters, thinking. The Spirit God is 1 person of the Trinity. He was working continually even in the chaotic situation. Similarly, He is planning how He can make our lives so beautiful.


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Question 3

Read verses 3 through 31 and draw a diagram showing what was created each day. In the 6 days of creation, is there any external or internal order?


Day 1: Light and things that emit light

Day 2: Sky and waters.

Day 3: Vegetation on the land for animals that would come to live on the land.

Day 4: Stars in the sky, a sun to govern the day and moon to govern the night.

Day 5: Birds, sea creatures and every moving thing in the sea.

Day 6: Livestock, land creatures and wild animals. Also, man and woman.


We see there is order in creation. The progression is from the environment to things which can be supported in that environment. This shows that nothing was being created at random, but according to a blue print. Environment for monkey, then monkey. Foundation and framework, then life. Maybe we don’t always see his purpose, but there is no reason to have sense of meaninglessness. God has such a divine purpose for sending us into the world.

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Question 4

Trace the verses where the phrases “God said” or “And it was so” appear. What can we learn here about God? (cf. Heb.4:12; 11:3; Gen.17:1)


“God said” appears in verses 7, 9, 11, 15, 24, 30.


“And it was so” appears in verses 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 22, 24, 26, 29.


God could have scanned existence into reality, or blew a wind that whisked everything together. Instead, unfancy, he says it and it happens. So we can trust and put our confidence in it. It carries salvation power.


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Question 5

Find the verses in which the phrase “according to their kinds” is repeated. What are the things that were created according to their kinds? What can we learn about God?


“According to their kinds” appears in verses 11, 12, 22, 24.


Vegetation, sea and air creatures, then livestock and wild animals.


There something like 17,000 kinds of butterflies, and 12,000 kinds of ants. Can you imagine designing so many unique creatures for yourself? He is so creative. Ants, for example, all have 6 legs, 3 body parts, and yet He never runs out of ideas for new models. He can create more things and more varieties of those things than we can.


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Question 6

Find the verses in which the phrase “And God saw it was good” is repeated. What does this expression teach us about the purpose of God’s creation? (cf. Ps.19:1; 139:14)


“And God saw it was good” appears in verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 25, 31.


If a thing did not please Him, He would delete it and redo it. The original purpose was to please God, and if it didn’t, he would rework it. We are here to please God.


This helps answer the question, what is our divine obligation? Our special purpose is to please God. Alternatively, a person can choose to please other people, but that is a rejection of God’s point of view. We are to be good to God. He is an expert in us. The goodness of creation reveals the goodness and greatness of God. The goodness culminates in the book of Psalms, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.


Things will deteriorate in sin, but when things function according to their plan, it pleases God. If we seek to please God, then we begin to be good and show that to others.

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I thought I was doing it all right until my Philosophy class came along.

The three techniques I use to study are all wrong. How frustrating because of all the time I spend taking notes and highlighting…. but also enlightening because I’m eager to try this new technique!

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12.02.2020 | 17:00

Here’s to the last round! Survived yesterdays exam, next one is on friday! There’s a hell lot to study for, so i’m gonna spend the next two days cramming madly. I’ll be so relieved when this will finally be over! My body is reacting to all the sugar and coffee already - and not in good ways. So i need to reduce that consuming again after this, so that i can stay healthy. Hope you’re all doing good, don’t make the same mistakes than i do! Stay healthy and motivated xx

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Hello, everyone, my name is Angel, and I am currently a second-year business student. I decided to create this blog in hopes to help all you guys out survive college and get an academic good standing.

This blog will mainly compose of Studying, beauty tips, and wellness, cause a great mind needs a healthy body and a healthy body is a beautiful body. I hope to help you guys out, with your college career and life, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask me ^^.

This is Angel signing off

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Wednesday 3:51am

I lay awake because my migraine has been torturing me since I woke up about 21 hours ago, But hopefully with some rest it will leave me like a specter banished by an exorcism, I found out that very little people end up going into diploma for the course I’m in, and it made me realize, I can do that and I can finally have a diploma to my name and move to the next stage of my life, it’s exciting.

Goodnight angels.

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Saturday 12:16am

Another week has passed, which means it’s my first week back complete. I sent in 2 assessments that were due, I woke up at a pretty decent time and now I’m going to be heading to bed. I am going to be sending in my application form for the next Certification for next year and handing it in on Monday when I go to class. It’s been very windy all of a sudden and upon checking the weather I realized why, it’s going to be hot tomorrow so that’s not fun. I miss winter.

Goodnight angels.

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tips on making study guides? I'm taking a test to get into this school and I wanna make a study guide but in struggling on how to :(

I like creating mine on a word document as it saves you time compared to writing them and it looks alot neater. 

Open up a word document and make an outline of the topics per chapter(s) as needed. 

For example, this is mine. I have it outlined by important topics in the chapter that I need to know. Each topic or concept is highlighted, has a title and the information I need to know about it. This includes data and graphs as well.

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I do this for every section in the chapter. Anything that’s important, boom, goes on the guide. You can also share it with friends and split the work if you’re using a site like google docs.

Hope this helps :) Best of luck.

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MATH

  • Gather class notes from the section(s) being tested/quizzed
  • Grab a blank sheet of paper (graph or lined) and write down problems (include which sections it is from) without the answers
  • Work the problems first then check your answers in different colored pen
  • Work problems until you can get them right on the first try 

SCIENCES

  • Gather class notes from the section(s) being tested/quizzed
  • Write down important topics on a notecard 
  • On a blank sheet of paper, write the heading (ex: Science Exam: Chapter 3)
  • Start by writing chapter then list major topics
  • Go through notes and write out definitions along with examples and drawing
  • Put everything in your own words
  • Include a “miscellaneous” section in the study guide where you put everything that doesn’t fit into other sections and/or reminders
  • If math is involved, include a section for this as well following the math steps listed above 

HISTORY 

  • Gather class notes from the section(s) being tested/quizzed
  • Make a timeline of things covered in the sections (ex: Civil War through Reconstruction. Include small summaries)
  • On a separate sheet of paper include big summaries of the dates, what happened, who was involved, and cause/effect
  • Study your timeline and big summaries at first, as you get closer to test day, start limiting yourself to timeline only
  • Eventually you should be able to look at the timeline and recall information from the big summaries page

Active Recall 

  • Write flashcards on discrete facts (things you don’t know) and “What’s the deal with…” ex. “What’s the deal with criminal justice?” 
  • Answer these questions as if you are explaining it to someone else 
  • Do not write extremely long answers; keep them simple and to the point
  • Put these flashcards in an Excel sheet and white out the answers and recall them as you go
  • Try to avoid looking at the answers frequently
  • Highlight the ones you continue to miss and put them in a Quizlet to learn them better 
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make a list of what you want to do

this is important so that you can make sure to put effort into everything you want to do! you can start off with big things - eg do summer homework - but then dive into the nitty gritty and say how you’re going to get these done (or maybe just how you’ll start) eg 30 minutes of homework every other day. make a plan!

find things to do

maybe you don’t really have any ideas for how to spend your summer, but the whole ‘watch netflix for six weeks until in a depressed catatonic state where nothing is real anymore’ thing doesn’t appeal this year? what about learning a new language, or picking up an old one? read 5 books related to what you’re studying next year! learn how to cook, or challenge yourself to get fit, or look at how to improve your skincare/makeup routine!

build a routine

for me, getting up early is a way to avoid the depressed catatonic state i mentioned earlier. if you don’t get up until 12pm, half the day is already gone. i used to get up around 6am for school. atm, i usually get up around 7am, with 8am being the latest i allow myself. obviously, you might want to get up earlier or later for whatever reasons. as soon as you get up, do all the things you need to do before you can be productive! you can watch netflix or smth for an hour afterwards, but you need to be ready to be productive straight away. this routine might include breakfast (don’t skip it!! lack of time is no longer an excuse!!), skincare, getting dressed, + whatever else. i usually plan out my day while eating breakfast, just because its what i do first every morning, and i definitely recommend it! even if you break the plan, don’t worry. this is self-productivity, not the stresses of school.

have fun!

let yourself relax! its good to be productive, but this is a time of more freedom than the rest of the year. see your friends! reread your favourite book series! go on a walk! chill on the beach! (if you live near one - i can see that a 4 hour car trip or something like that wouldn’t be relaxing) have fun!!! 

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