FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE STORY OF GOD’S PEOPLE

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BEING A CHEERFUL GIVER

"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." – 1 Peter 4:10

It's a privilege to use our gifts to build God's kingdom. But not only should we give of our finances, we are also called to give of ourselves. The way we spend our lives—our time—matters. When we tithe, volunteer, pray, and worship, we joyfully prepare for Jesus' return while contributing to the ongoing life of His church.

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NEVER GIVE UP



Sometimes, it may seem easy to give in when different situations in life weaken you both spiritually and physically. But almighty God is always on your side. Watch Dr. Stanley's sermon "The Courage to Keep Going" as he describes the difficult life of apostle Paul to help build your persistence as you walk with Jesus Christ.

WALKING AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT

God alone is the source of light, and He is able to shine bright through us. And because Christ transfers us from darkness to light through His indwelling Holy Spirit, we are able to walk with Him and be transformed into His likeness day by day.

Read "Light Your World" by Dr. Stanley and learn how, as a child of Light, you can help open the eyes of the spiritually blind.

TAKING THE LEAP

Think about what it means to listen to God with courage. Can you remember times when you felt He was asking you to take a step that made you uncomfortable? How did you feel about it? Write a few sentences about your experience, focusing on what He asked you to do, the way you felt, and how He guided you through it.

USING YOUR GIFTS

This month, we focused on what it means to sustain the mission of the church and build the kingdom by offering our God-given gifts back to Him. Use this prayer to help you become more involved in God's mission:

"Heavenly Father, You have blessed me in so many ways. Give me the awareness that everything I have is Yours. It is through Your generous sacrifice that I have the opportunity to use these blessings to help build Your kingdom. Holy Spirit, teach me to become more aware of the gifts I have received and discern how best to use them. Lord, I pray my efforts would be a reflection of Your wisdom, grace, and peace. Amen."