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ThanksLIVING:
 
 Once a year we celebrate how grateful we are. What if Thanksgiving became our lifestyle? What if we lived every day grateful. Have you every witnessed a truly thankful person down on life? ThanksLIVING, making gratitude our lifestyle, could revolutionize our relationships, our work habits, our entire outlook on life…all for the better. Go from Thanksgiving to daily ThankLIVING. You’ll be glad you did!
 
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“ThanksLIVING: This Can’t be Right”

ThanksLIVING: Making gratitude my lifestyle
Week 2: This Can’t Be Right…
 
Key Points:
– ThanksLIVING sees the gift but focuses on the giver.
– ThanksLIVING likes to receive but loves to give.
– Gratitude is proportional to Generosity.
– Generosity in the bible is giving above & beyond the tithe.
 
Tithing thankfully is a gift I give myself.
Tithing thankfully frees me from the tyranny of scarcity.
Tithing thankfully helps me see how much I receive.

I can’t force gratitude, but I can practice tithing.

Bottom Line: I’ll only be truly grateful if I’m tithing thankfully.
 
Further Conversation
1. Share about a favorite Christmas gift you gave to someone else?
2. Read Acts 4:32-37. What do you think it was like being a part of this early church? Why is generosity so inspiring?
3. What is your reaction to generosity being defined in the bible as giving that is above & beyond a tithe?
4. Read Psalm 50:10-12 What does God need? Why then, do you think God commands tithing thankfully?
5. What are some natural fears we might have about giving 10% off the top (first)? What do you think is the source of these fears?
6. I can’t force gratitude, but I can practice tithing. What does this statement mean to you? Have you seen tithing create gratitude?
7. How would you describe your degree of generosity? Do you tithe “off the top” or give from what’s left over? How do you think this effects your gratefulness? How might it reflect your faith?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – 2 Corinthians 8:1-9
How would you describe your attitude towards financial giving? Many people don’t trust a church that talks money. A famous televangelist recently tried to convince people he needed enough money to buy a private jet. I guess we’ve earned people’s distrust. Yet Paul talks money in a different tone. Through giving, great opportunities for sharing God’s love become available. The biggest blessing comes for the giver. The people of Macedonia were poor, but gave abundantly. What is your attitude towards giving? Do you give your first or the left-overs?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me trust you more and know your joy better through my eagerness to give!
 
Tuesday – 1 Timothy 5:1-16
Can our love for people hurt them? Paul’s instruction to Timothy challenges the notion of a free handout…even for the elderly among us. Instead, the elderly are called to mentor and teach, serve and help. All people are instructed to work together to accomplish the goal of Christ. Helping people requires guiding them to not only serve themselves, but become servants to others. How are you helping? Who are you loving?
Pray: Holy God, guide me to those I can help, love, and lead. Help me love rightly.
 
Wednesday – Acts 5:1-11
Okay, this is down right scary. Can you imagine if this took place in our churches today? How many funerals would we be hosting? The issue of this story isn’t money, but honesty. We all want to look good and be pleasing. These two persons wanted others to be impressed with their love of God. But in lying, they show their lack of love for God. How is your honesty? Do you put on a “church smile?” Are you honest with yourself?
Pray: Holy Spirit, help me love you and others by being honest with you, myself, and them.
 
Thursday – Romans 12:1-13
Be different! We value individuality today. We customize our cars, homes, phones, etc all to emphasize our unique taste. As the Burger King slogan used to say, “Have it your way!” Paul urges the Romans to be different than the culture around them. He still emphasizes their unique gifts. Yet, our uniqueness should come from our reflection of Christ, how we love, and how we serve. How is your difference showing the love of Jesus?
Pray: LORD Jesus, may all my life worship you as my uniqueness in you shares you with our world.
 
Friday – Luke 19:11-28
What has God entrusted to you? Every moment of time, every cent of our net worth, every relationship we share is a valuable gift entrusted to us by God. We don’t own anything. Instead, we are given the responsibility to manage these gifts so that they honor the owner. Looking at this passage, what are your “talents”? How are you investing them to benefit Jesus? How can you take a next step in trust, faith, and responsibility today?
Pray: Almighty God, everything I have is from you and for you. Help me manage your possessions well.
 
Saturday – Matthew 5:13-16
Light and salt are hard to deny. Light always shines in the darkness. Salt always produces saltiness. The only way to avoid the taste of salt is to not use it. The only way to avoid light is to cover it. We are called to be light and salt. Is your light shining brightly, and are people noticing? Is you salt affecting the taste of life for others? Its scary to stand out and have people take notice of you. Yet, if we are following Jesus, it is Jesus they will sense. May you shine brightly!
Pray: Loving God, for loves sake you made me and saved me. For loves sake, I will partner with you!

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“ThanksLIVING: Awe-struck”

ThanksLIVING: Making gratitude my lifestyle
Week 1: Awe-stuck
 
Have you every witnessed a truly thankful person down on life? What if we lived every day grateful? ThanksLIVING, the art of making gratitude our lifestyle, could revolutionize our relationships, our work habits, our entire outlook on life…all for the better. Go from Thanksgiving to daily ThankLIVING. You’ll be glad you did!
 
Key Points:
-We can quickly forget the who if our attention is only on the what.
-Vital we develop our eyes to see the gift but focus on the giver.
 
Awe-Stuck – (1) Show (2) Share (3) Seek
(1) Show – We eventually will lose what we don’t use.
(2) Share – Count your blessings less, count on the one who blesses more.
(3) Seek – Focus on the “WOW!” over the “how?”
 
Bottom Line: ThanksLIVING sees the gift but focuses on the giver
 
Further Conversation
1. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving memories?
2. What do you think is different between being thankful and living a lifestyle of gratitude? Why is maintaining gratitude difficult?
3. Read Acts 2:42-47. How did ‘awe’ impact the early church?
4. Gratitude can be defined as thankfulness multiplied by awe. How would you define “awe”? Why is it vital to gratitude?
5. When have you been truly amazed (in ‘awe’) of a gift? How did you act about the gift? How did you act toward others? How did you act and interact with the giver?
6. What is something for which you are very thankful? How could you move to gratitude through Show, Share & Seek?
7. See the gift but focus on the giver. Where have you ignored to missed focusing the giver? How can you shift your focus this week? How can Christ Church help you take this next step?

Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Luke 19:1-10
As kids, we hated being picked last. This doesn’t change with age. We want to be wanted. The religious leaders wanted Jesus to value them. Jesus didn’t ignore them. The Gospels show several times Jesus meeting with religious leaders. But Jesus had a heart and desire for the lost, those who felt like the least. Jesus wanted to help them know that God desires them. Those who felt far from God, who because of their actions might believe God would reject them, instead Jesus chose to seek. Zacchaeus was such a person. Rejected by the community because of his sin, he hoped to only catch a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus chooses him. What does it mean to you that Jesus “came to seek and save” the lost? How are you following Jesus’ example by choosing to be friends with the lost?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I was lost and you choose me. Help me see the lost in my midst, that I may go to be with them, sharing your grace.
 
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Pain always has a purpose. If I touch something hot, it hurts. But I learn to be more careful. Suffering and shame can also serve a purpose. Though God doesn’t create our crisis, many times God will use those difficulties to speak love, grace, and truth. Many people trace their greatest spiritual awakenings to their most difficult experiences. Have you experienced struggle, fear, or a crisis? Are you in the middle of one now? How might God be speaking to you, calling you with grace and truth, that in difficulty you find new life?
Pray: Almighty God, when we listen you can take our brokenness and make it beautiful. Help me to hear you, see you, and find hope.
 
Wednesday – John 8:12
When I walk into a dark room, I turn on a light. Its practically reflex. Most of us only like to sleep in the dark. Jesus’ claim to be the light is incredible Good News for all people. We walk around in such darkness today. Wars, disease, hate, and death bombard us on the nightly news. This world is a scary place of darkness. Yet Jesus comes to shine His light. Following Jesus lets us really see. Yes, seeing is sometimes painful. Jesus is perfect, and a know I am not. Looking straight into the light lets me feel and know the darkness I’m so accustomed to. Yet, imagine a life lived in the full light and warmth of the Son. Do you crave light, do you yearn for hope? Come to Jesus. Repent and follow Him and you will know light!
Pray: Light of the World, you stepped down into my darkness that I might see. Open my eyes, restore me to life, fill me with your light.
 
Thursday – Proverbs 20:29-30
“Youth is wasted on the young!” When I was a kid my grandpa used to say this a lot. Now that I’m older, I’m beginning to understand. What I’d give to know then what I know now. Wisdom is knowledge matched to experience. It can’t be taught, it must be lived. But really, what is experience? Aren’t our greatest learning experiences often our biggest struggles seen from the other side. In the midst of struggle, we have tunnel vision. All we know is the moment. But on the other side, we have wisdom. These two proverbs remind us that our pain, our struggle, is our opportunity to gain wisdom. Don’t lament, but look and learn. What is God trying to teach you today?
Pray: Heavenly Father, I often want cured of pain and removed from struggle. Instead, help me begin to learn and grow from it.
 
Friday – Psalm 34:17-18
Many of us hate to ask for help. We want to try to see if we can do it. We don’t want to appear needy. We don’t want to seem incapable. No, we want to show our power and worth. This is the core problem of pride. Pride keeps us from what we truly need. We need God’s help. We can not do life on our own. Calling out to God requires real humility. It means admitting our brokenness. It means acknowledging our real need. The Good News is God loves answering the call of the broken-hearted and the humble. God seeks to save the lost! Are you trying to prove your worth to God or are you calling our to God in humility today?
Pray: Holy Spirit, I need your help. I can not do this on my own. Help me humble myself that I might learn from you and be saved.
 
Saturday – Luke 15:1-10
Why should you go to church? Its a fair question that many ask today. We can find great preaching on the radio, TV, or internet. We can sing along to any song any where with modern technology. We can read our bibles. We can find community in small groups. If church is about what I can get from it, we don’t need the church like we used to. But what if we took Jesus’s words in these two stories seriously. What if a church worship service wasn’t about what I got, but instead about who I brought. Imagine the celebration in your soul and in heaven if you brought an unchurched, lost, friend to church, and they chose to repent and be saved by Jesus. What if they got found because you brought them. Now thats something!
Pray: Loving God, you love to seek and save the lost. So often I make it about me. Help me know the joy of seeing someone found!

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“Relational Vampires: Hypocritical People”

Week 4: How do I love a hypocrite?
 
How do I love a hypocrite?
-Why are they acting that way?
-Maybe they don’t really know God
-Maybe they don’t know better.
-Maybe they know better but still disobey God. (Hypocrite)
 
What to pray when lovingly confronting a fellow Jesus-follower:
-“God, help me to confront with the goal of restoration”
-“God, help me to confront carefully.”
-“God, help me to see when I’m a hypocrite.”
 
Bottom Line: Hypocrisy ends where repentance begins. Invite others to join you there.
 
Further Conversation
1. How do you define hypocrisy in your own words? What’s the opposite of a hypocrite?
2. Why is it important to not ask or expect non-Christians to live by Christian standards. What would it look like to practice this?
3. Read Galatians 6:1 What is a good example of confronting with the goal to restore?
4. Read Matthew 18:15-17 How does Jesus’ way help protect us from hypocrisy? How does it aim at restoration for everyone?
5. Read Psalm 51:10-13 Have you ever been a part of a healthy confrontation that led to restoration? What made it work?
6. Read James 5:19-20 How can or will you change the way you confront others. Are there any relationships you need to begin to restore? How can Christ Church help you take this next step?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – James 5:19-20
I remember the panic as I lost track of my mom in the supermarket. I was maybe 7 or 8. I ran up and down the aisles trying to find my family, certain that I would be lost forever. I am so grateful to the young lady who saw me, comforted me, and guided me to the Customer Service desk where my mother was waiting. Jesus followers sometimes get lost along the way. We make wrong decisions, we get caught up in sin that pull us away from the path Christ marks out. Who will have the courage to call us back? The challenge is that we don’t like being told we are going the wrong way. We don’t want our sin recognized for what it is. But we need it. Hypocrisy is claiming Christ but not fully following Christ. Who do you know that needs lovingly guided back? Where might you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, help me be honest with myself when I am not following you. And give me the courage to love others back to you.
 
Tuesday – Jude 1:4
Love everyone. Simple enough, right? But how do we love? People today claim that love means accepting and approving of someone choices and beliefs. That has never been true. I can love someone without approving of their beliefs or practices. In fact, we as a Jesus followers are called to protect the truth and teachings within the church. Jude calls out false beliefs. There is loving ways to confront. Love is always Grace + Truth. Grace welcomes. Truth corrects. May we do both well. Love cares enough to confront.
Pray: Almighty God, help me love others as you do. May I be full of grace and sacrifice while standing firm in your truth.
 
Wednesday – 1 John 2:1-6
What will you dress as for halloween? My son dressed as superman a few years back. He had the bright blue suit and the flowing red cape. He ran around with his fist extended pretending to fly. For a moment, in his mind, he was superman. But we know dressing the part doesn’t make you a superhero. In the same way, saying I’m a Christian doesn’t make me one. I can sit in a garage and say “vroom vroom” but it does not make me a car. A Christian is one who has surrendered to the lordship and authority of Jesus Christ. As Paul writes, “I no longer live, it is Christ who lives in me.” Who is your Lord? John challenges us to find forgiveness in Christ and to obey him alone. That is the sign that identifies a Christian.
Pray: Jesus, Son of God, you are my Lord and my Savior. My sin is forgiven by you and my life now belongs to you! I am yours.
 
Thursday – Matthew 18:15-17
I’ve not heard this passage preached often in my life. In our culture of tolerance, it sounds mean to confront someone. Its sounds downright unChristian to treat someone differently because of sin. Yet Jesus gives us this instruction. What is Jesus’ goal? First, its a reminder that sin has consequences. Sin separates us from God. Even when forgiven, staying in sin will keep us from growing in faith. Sin also harms the church. Love requires confrontation. But look at how Jesus instructs us to treat the unrepentant. We treat them like pagan or tax collector. We redefine our relationship with them and begin loving them back into the church. This is not hate but compassion. It is love! How have you seen confrontation done in the church? How does Jesus’ way protect us from hypocrisy?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me aim for holiness and flee from sin. Help me love others enough to guide them to do the same.
 
Friday – Psalm 51:9-13
Sometimes I am especially grateful for a warm shower. Truth is, some days after some activities, I just stink! In moments like that, I don’t want to be out in public. I know I’m dirty and I would fear rejection. Sin has a similar stench within our souls. Deep down, we know there is a problem and we slowly pull away from those who might be sensitive enough to smell it on us. The problem is that if we stay in our sin long enough, we lose our sensitivity to it and no longer realize how damaging it is to our relationship with God and others. I love a shower because it cleanses me. Repentance does the same for my soul. This psalm captures the cry of someone desperate to be cleaned and restored. How is your soul? Are you in need of God’s shower of grace? Let this Psalm become your prayer.
Pray: LORD Jesus, create in me a clean heart. Forgive and restore me. Renew a right spirit within me. I need you.
 
Saturday – Galatians 6:1
I’m a father, responsible for three young children. I’m a husband and I have a responsibility to my wife. I’m a pastor with a responsibility to the church. I’m a neighbor with a responsibility to my neighbors. The list could go on and on. If we are in Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to others. We must love them, guide them, and seek their best. This means loving others enough to lead them away from sin and danger. This is what it means to be responsible. How needs you to step up in their life today?
Pray: Loving God, thank you for those who exercised loving responsibility over me. Help me step up and love others the same.

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