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FRIDAY — A Secret Worth Sharing…
Big Point: Being content is about believing God’s promises to care for us—no matter our circumstances.
Question: How content are you these days? Rate yourself on a scale of 1 (not content) to 5 (very content): 1 2 3 4 5
What factors do is your answer based on? How do you feel about your rating?
What do you think might be the source of your discontentment?
Author and former Yahoo.com executive Tim Sanders believes that there are two types of people: those who live in fear of scarcity, and those who embrace abundance. Scarcity is the belief that there isn’t enough to go around, and therefore, there’s a fear that one won’t have enough. Sometimes we develop scarcity as a result of our upbringing or through circumstances, including perceived threats like potential job loss. We know that we’re experiencing scarcity when we become reactive—quick to jump at others in efforts to protect what we have left. However, we find we’re angry when others experience success because we’re jealous that they are accumulating more than we are—and we fear we may not catch up.
Those who embrace abundance believe there is enough, even enough to share with others. An abundance mindset celebrates the success of others and a willingness to let go of our desires in order to help someone else achieve his or hers.
Philippians 4:12-13 (New Living Translation)
12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
In Philippians 4:12-13, the Apostle Paul sums up the experiences of his life with the stunning revelation that he’s satisfied with his life, no matter where the road’s taken him — prison, a shipwreck, house arrest, as well as before high officials and sophisticated audiences.
Read Philippians 4:12-13. Which verse impacts you the most, and why?
Based on what you’ve learned this week, what has God taught you about how you’ve lived your life so far?
What have you felt the need to re-evaluate or change?
Weekend Reminders: Upcoming Fall 2011 Classes and Seminars!
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~ Truth Project starts in September! A 13-week series designed to help you establish a solid biblical worldview. A top-notch series that will challenge you!
Homepointe Family Activity
Big Point for Families: Materialism—Life without God is meaningless!
Read: Ecclesiastes 2:1-24; and 12:13.
Activity: (Materials: Gift-wrap several empty boxes in bright, attractive paper—try to use boxes that look like things that are recognizable and that kids enjoy.)
1. Hold up the items one by one and ask your child(ren) to guess what’s in each package (no touching). When they guess, respond with an excited, “Maybe!?!”
2. Have a question and answer quiz game and award them with the gifts.
3. After all gifts have been distributed, allow them to open their gifts. (Of course they will all be disappointed that the boxes are empty—be prepared).
4. Give each family member a few minutes to calmly share their disappointment and how it’s affecting them. Optional: Have a small, wrapped gift waiting for them at the end of the lesson—a reward for good-sportsmanship. Focus on things with some eternal value (a small devotional, or a handwritten letter from you, Mom and/or Dad, expressing how that child has blessed your family or made you proud).
Lesson: We spend a lot of time, money, and effort on things we think are going to bring us joy…only to finally get them and still feel empty and disappointed, as with these empty boxes. Yet Jesus promises us a gift of eternal life. We don’t have enough money to pay for it, but he paid for it with his life on a Cross so we could have eternal life—full of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. We can try to find meaning in life through all kinds of things; but, in the end, we can only find any real meaning by loving and obeying God. The disciples were disappointed when they discovered the empty tomb. But disappointment turned to joy when they discovered the Risen Savior. And everyone gets the same reward!
Pray: Blaise Pascal, a famous inventor & philosopher, said that inside every man there is a god-shaped vacuum that only God can fill. We can try to fill that void in our lives with many things, but only God will bring us contentment and happiness. Ask God to point out anything that’s taking up “His space” in your lives; then, that He help your family focus on filling emptiness with more of Him—not more “stuff”.
Living It Out: Scripture Memory July 2011
5 Live wisely among those who are not believers,
and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive
so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 (New Living Translation)
Living It Out
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Daily Bible Reading Commentary: Proverbs 31
vv1-31 This concluding chapter contains two poems: 1) The Wise King (vv2-9) and 2) The Excellent Wife (vv10-31). Both are the teachings of a godly mother to King Lemuel, whom ancient Jewish tradition identified as King Solomon.
vv2-9 The godly king is addressed (v2) and told that his reign should be characterized by: 1) holiness (v3); 2) sobriety (vv4-7); and 3) compassion (vv8-9). This section is filled with succinct and solemn warnings against vices to which kings are particularly susceptible—immorality, overindulgence, unrighteous rule, and indifference to those in need.
v2 “my son…” Repeated 3x’s to indicate the serious passion of a mother’s heart.
vv8-9 “speak up for those who cannot…” Plead for those who cannot plead their own case, namely those who are otherwise ruined by their condition of weakness.
vv10-31 This poem offers a beautiful description of the excellent wife as defined by a wife and mother. Spiritual and practical wisdom, plus moral virtues, mark the character of this woman in contrast to the immoral women of verse 3.
v25 “strength and honor…” These words describe the character of the woman who fears the Lord. Her inward clothing displays divine wisdom, giving her confidence to face the future with its unexpected challenges.
v31 While she receives material reward, the praise and success she labored to bring to her family and community will be her praise.