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Ruth 3 - Proactive Righteousness

When we think about what it means to be righteous – we tend to think it means we don’t do bad things. We don’t cuss, don’t chew, don’t go with girls that do – righteousness = good behavior. Now the problem with this is that we only have half of the equation when it comes to “behavior”. Righteous behavior involves more than not doing the wrong thing, it also involves doing the right thing. As we will see in Ruth 3 Naomi, Ruth and Boaz DO things and DO NOT do things for righteousness’ sake. And we are going to be challenged to look at righteousness a bit differently - to see that it is not merely avoiding sin, but actively seeking the well-being of others.

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Ruth 1:6-18 - Grace Awareness : Seeing the Light Through the Clouds of Dark Providence

Ruth and Naomi's experience of God's dark providence has left Naomi unable to see the light of God's blessings. Through Ruth's comitmenmt to her, Naomi eventually sees that the sun had been shining all along and that God had a greater purpose in allowing for the dark providence to enter her life.

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Colossians 1:15-23 - Jesus, the Reconciler of All Things

When we think of Christmas we often think of things like “peace, joy, love, good-will, charity”. But I realize not all of us associate Christmas with warm feelings. Some of us associate stress, anxiety, credit card bills with Christmas – any joy you could have is sucked into the black hole of Christmas craziness. And still, there are some who carry deep wounds because one year during Christmas, something happened – a parent got angry and did something that you have never been able to recover from. You and a sibling got into an argument and the rift continues to this day. Your spouse left you around Christmas time for someone else and now Christmas is nothing but a painful reminder of brokenness in your life and your relationships. No matter where you are today, you have come to the right place. What we’re going to talk about is something that puts all of this into perspective - how God sent his Son into the world to bring healing and reconciliation to all.

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Philippians 4:15-23 - Getting the Best Return on Your Investment

An Abundance mentality is a frame of mind in which a person believes there is "enough for everyone". It is contrasted with the scarcity mentality, which is founded on the idea that there is a lack in life, that opportunities are few and far between and given a finite amount of resources a person must protect what they have from others, This is, of course, useful for marketing because if you can convince people they are lacking something, then you can get them to buy that something. Clearly this is what our society is built upon. And Christians who have fallen prey to this mentality - to put it bluntly - are pathetic-lousy givers - not only in how much they give but in how they give. On the contrary, those Christians who have an abundance mentality have a contentment and a joy about giving that is alien to our society. It is this type of mentality that Paul had and also the type of mentality the Philippians had and it is they type of mentality we are to have as well. When we have an abundance mentality we rise above our circumstances - whether we have little or plenty. We are able to give sacrificially and faithfully and experience immense joy as we do it because we understand what we're really doing - we're investing wisely. We're giving as joint owners in the mission of Jesus.

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Philippians 3:1-2 : How to Lose Confidence in Yourself

The subject of confidence in the flesh comes up in Philippians 3. Here Paul urges the Philippians to lose confidence in themselves - that is in their own moral achievements, their education and their pedigree. Instead he urges them to find all of their confidence in Christ's righteousness alone and to esteem their knowledge of Christ as far surpassing anything else.

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