The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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This is Part Three of a three-part series.  You can catch up with Part One and Part Two here.

Verse: Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. – 1 Peter 4:10b (NIrV)

Big Idea: God wants me to use my gifts to serve others.

What if you received a present for your birthday but had no idea how to use it? What if you didn’t even know what it was or what it was for? How would you react? Would you ask questions or just pretend like you knew what you were doing? If you didn’t ask any questions, you might end up taking this doohickey or whatchamacallit and using it in all kinds of wrong ways.  

Let’s pretend for a second you had never seen a skateboard in your life, but your aunt got you one for your birthday. What if you opened it up and thought it was a car for your cat? Pretty silly, right? That would cause all kinds of confusion. Not only would your cat probably be a little upset over you pushing it around on a skateboard, you would be missing out on the fun of riding it yourself.  

I know that’s a ridiculous situation, but it’s a lot like what happens when we use the gifts God gives us in wrong ways. God has given every single person talents and skills, some things we’re naturally good at and other things we learn to do as we grow.  He also gives us something called spiritual gifts. Those are the special abilities God gives us when we become friends with Jesus. Continue reading “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”

Turkey Busters 4: Serving Others

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This is Part Four of a seven-part series.  Here is Part One and Part Two and Part Three if you need to catch up. Sign up to receive Turkey Busters sent straight to your inbox.

Verse to Remember: The most important person among you will be your servant. – Matthew 23:11 (NIrV)

Big Idea: Be like Jesus and do the job no one else wants to do.

What is the worst household chore you can imagine? Taking out the trash? Scrubbing the toilet? Cleaning out the litter box?

If you had lived in Jesus’ day, it might have been washing feet. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? You don’t know the half of it.

In Bible times people didn’t have cars so they walked almost everywhere they went. They didn’t have sneakers either. They wore sandals which meant their feet got dirty fast.

To make matters worse, their roads could be pretty gross. Most of them were made of dirt, and guess what happened to that dirt when it rained. It turned to mud.
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