Sunday, June 1, 2008

Day 1 : God is the Owner of everything

Welcome to Day 1 on June 1st 2008. Please read each session slowly and thoughtfully as you let God speak to your heart about your life and what He is telling about your life.

You Are Invited…

Dear Friend:
When we at Emmanuel Nazarene Church consider God’s great generosity towards us, we can’t help but be grateful for you! In the 14 years since the church was founded, we’ve repeatedly been blessed by the personal contributions, sacrificial giving and unselfishness of members and friends. We are going to be celebrating our 100th birthday as a denomination this fall and we truly believe the key to many more years is for each believer to learn how to live a more generous life each and every day in multiple applications to the glory of God. Generosity is not a novel concept of Nazarenes. Both our God and our people have a history of demonstrating it regularly.
Because we’ve witnessed so many past expressions of generosity, we’re acutely aware of the blessings that are associated with responsible stewardship and faithful giving. That’s why we are inviting you on a 40 day spiritual journey that can unlock the secrets of God’s Word and lead you to an even more joyful and generous life.
We invite you to prayerfully go through these daily Scripture readings as individuals, couples, or as a family. As part of the study, there’s a special weekly project that provides you with a financial, lifestyle and generosity “snapshot” of where you are during this time in your life. During the next few weeks there will be a special 30 minute Sunday School class at 10 a.m. by the pastor where we will also be considering some of the group questions in order to stimulate thought and discussion about these seldom discussed subjects. We truly believe that if you faithfully give yourself to this journey, that there are untold blessings ahead as you seek to honor and obey the Lord.
Thank you for your participation in this life-changing journey. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours for God’s glory,
Pastor Peter
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Day 1
God is the Owner of everything.
(including all that you currently have or ever will have)
Think about, discuss or pray about the verse that relates most to your life

Psalm 50:10-12 (God says) “Every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills…and the creatures of the field are
mine…the world is mine, and all that is in it.”

Haggai 2:8 “ The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” declares the
LORD Almighty.

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 “Everything in heaven and earth is yours
(O Lord)…Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all

Leviticus 25:23 (God says) “The land is mine and you are but aliens
and my tenants.”

1 Chronicles 29:14-16 (David’s prayer after people gave generously
to a building project) “But who am I, and who are my people, that we
should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from
you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are
aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days
on earth are like a shadow, without hope. O LORD our God, as for all
this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for
your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.”

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world,
and all who live in it.

If we belong to Christ, it’s logical
that everything we have truly belongs to Him.
When we give to God, we are just taking our hands
off what already belongs to Him.

it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly
obey. Make me walk
along the right paths, for I know
how delightful they really are.
Psalm 119:33-35

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