3 3 “Liberal in giving or sharing…” “Free from meanness or smallness of mind or character…” “Large, abundant, ample…” “Fertile and prolific…”
4 4 “The Christian principle that needs to be at work is Spirit-generated selflessness— not thinking less of yourself or more of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
5 5 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. - Philippians 2.3-4
6 6 Generous with your MATE Generous with OTHERS Generous with GOD
10 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.
11 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people….. (goes to explain all that happened)
12 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
14 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. - Romans 12.9-10 (NRSV) Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. - Romans 12.9-10 (The Message)
15 Dr. Les Parrott: “…. The purpose of sex goes deeper than pleasure. It holds more meaning than ‘feeling good.’ Are you ready for this? Sex is not only designed to make you happy but to make you holy… Sex is as much spiritual as it is physical. Sex can bring you closer to the one who created it.”
17 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:13 (NIV) Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. - Colossians 3:13 (The Message)
18 Level 1: Things that you just ignore and move on. Level 2: Deeper offenses that definitely need to be discussed and worked through. Level 3: Serious issues which need additional or outside help.
19 Activity Regularity Approach to new things Adaptability Intensity Mood Persistence Distractibility Sensitivity
20 Flexible or Compliant: Positive mood, regularity in bodily functions, moderated intensity of reaction, adaptability to new situations Determined or Active: Irregularity in bodily functions, intensity in reactions, a tendency to withdraw, difficulty adapting to changes and often in a negative mood. Cautious or Shy: Low activity levels, tend to withdraw, slower to adapt, tend to be moody, and respond to situations with low intensity
21 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. - 2 Thessalonians 3.5 (NIV)
24 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
25 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.