The Spirit of Giving

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WATCH

On Christmas morning take a few minutes and watch the video below


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READ

After watching the video read the Scriptures

The Scripture

John 3:16 | For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 

Philippians 2: 3-18 | Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 15:12 | This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Matthew 5:16 | In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Other Scriptures

Hebrews 4:14-16
Philippians 2


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Talk

After reading, spend some time with your household and talk about the scripture and discussion questions. 

Discussion

  • Why do you think God would give his only Son so that you could have forgiveness for your sin?
  • What did Jesus give up through his birth as a man & death on the cross?
  • What does loving others like God or Jesus loved you look like?
  • How can you love and give to others in a way that brings God glory?
  • If we really love others like God does, is it enough to just give them presents, food, or help? How can we go a step further and give them the gift of knowing Jesus?

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Do

After talking about the Scripture and how it applies to your life, do some of the activities provided or come up with your own things to do. 

GIVE TODAY

  • Grab some candy canes, bake some cookies, or write some Christmas cards. Include John 3:16 and deliver your goodies and/or cards to your neighbors today as you wish them a Merry Christmas. 
  • Did you know a lot of people have to work on Christmas Day? Deliver some hot chocolate or baked goods to those working and be sure to incorporate the gospel in your giving! (Tip: Check out police & fire stations, hospitals, hotels, gas stations, and some grocery/drug stores).
  • Give your time to a nursing home or hospital and visit with some residents/long-term patients. Sing carols as a family, ask about favorite Christmas traditions, and be sure to include how your family celebrates Jesus at Christmas!

GIVE TOMORROW

  • Continue giving even after Christmas is over. Check with your church, food shelters, or brainstorm with your family about other opportunities. As you give of your time, talents, or treasures, include your testimony and how following Jesus has transformed your life! 

Give THE GIFT that lasts an eternity

 

GOD WITH US-IMMANUEL

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Use this as a devotional for the Day after Christmas with your household. 


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The Scripture

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

-Isaiah 7:14

The Story

After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they were separated from God; he no longer walked with them in the evenings. From then on, emptiness could be felt because of mankind’s longing for God’s presence. Because of this, Isaiah’s message must have been so exciting to God’s people! 

Isaiah spoke of the promised Savior’s arrival, calling Jesus “Immanuel,” or “God with Us.” In the past, God’s people could only approach God through the priests and sacrifices. But Immanuel (Jesus) would be approachable. His presence would be felt every day. 

God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to free us from sin through Jesus’ death on the cross. This allows us to have an unhindered relationship with God and to experience God’s presence in our lives each and every day!  Because we know God is with us, we can fully rely on Him, no matter what comes our way.

I CAN FULLY RELY ON GOD!

 


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Discussion

  • Even though we can’t see Him, how is God with us every day? 
  • When have you personally felt God was with you? 
  • What happens when we forget God is with us? 
  • What will you do to keep walking with Jesus each and every day? 

 


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Serve

  • Pull out your calendar. As a family, decide some times this year to go serve somewhere together. 
  • Go through your closets, playrooms, hobby areas and see if you have anything you don’t use, wear, etc. that is still in good shape. Take it with you as you serve or to Carriage Town, the River, or another ministry to give to someone in need.

Activity

BIBLE TIME

  • Brainstorm ideas you as a household will study this year. 
  • Choose a time each day, week or month to do devotions.

F.R.O.G. POUCH

  • Make a pouch for your frog by stapling a half plate to the bottom of a full plate. 
  • As you make your frogs, write F.R.O.G. on them. Explain that this stands for Fully Rely On God. Discuss together how in every situation, whether good or bad, God is with us, helping us carry the load.
  • Whenever things are tough and you need God to help you carry the load, write out your need and put it in the pouch. Pray over the notes each night before bed, asking God to help you rely on Him. 

 


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Devotional Resources

Continue to study the Word of God with your household throughout the year. 

 

 

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Christmas Day 2016: GOD WITH US-JOY

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The Scripture

All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. 

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

-Luke 2

The story

Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve were in the garden experiencing true joy. Everything was perfect- they even walked with God! Once they sinned, mankind’s relationship with God was broken and joy was lost. 

For Mary and Joseph, it would be understandable if joy was the furthest attitude from their hearts. Dreams for their future probably didn’t include an unplanned baby so early in their relationship, taking a 90 mile trip for the census while Mary was 9 months pregnant, or sleeping in a noisy, smelly barn because there wasn’t room anywhere else. 

But the angel in Luke tells us that on that day, Jesus’ birth brought great joy to all people. By accepting Jesus’ death for our sins, our relationship with God is restored and we can have true joy again. Like Mary and Joseph, even when things don’t seem to go right, we can choose to have joy because of Jesus, knowing that God can be glorified no matter our circumstances. 

True joy is only found in Jesus

 


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Discussion

  • Where does true joy come from? 
  • In the past, where have you looked for joy and what was the result? 
  • When is it hardest to choose to be joyful?
  • How can you remember to have joy each day, no matter what?

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Serve

  • Think about people you know that may be spending the holiday alone and invite them to join you for Christmas dinner, make a card for them or a homemade gift!
  • Make some hot chocolate and/or cookies and deliver to those who work on Christmas Day (emergency services - police, fire, hospital, etc.)
  • Go caroling at a nursing home. Spend some time with the residents and read them the Christmas story from the Bible. Pray that God gives you a chance to share your faith!
  • Write thank you cards for those who gave you gifts or did something kind for you this Christmas season. End with your favorite verse or a verse about your gratitude for them (i.e., 1 Cor. 1:4). 

Activity

JOY SALT DOUGH

  • Cut J-O-Y out of salt dough (Leave a hole for ribbon). Let it dry in a 200 degree oven and then paint. Hang it on your tree next year as a reminder to have joy! 
  • Recipe:
  • 1 Cup Salt; 2 Cups Flour; 3/4 Cup warm water
  • Mix & Knead. Roll out and Cut.

SHARE

  • Share stories or journal about how God has worked this past year.