Making GOODNESS Come Alive in Your Home

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

21 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

It is no coincidence that this passage of scripture is listed in the Bible right after the following...

46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
Out of the goodness of her heart, the widow gave all that she had. And sure enough, Jesus uses the opportunity to point out the "fakeness" of the pharisees. They sure knew how to put on a good show didn't they?

The LORD does not look at the things people look at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. {1 Samuel 16:7}

So tell me, how is your heart condition?

Family Activity of the Week...

Spend time together praying that God will change your hearts. That He will give you an overwhelming love for Him and a passion to serve His children. Remember that no one will ever be "good enough" and as a result, thank Jesus for taking your place on that cross.

Be sure to leave a comment to let us know how it went.

Did you do the kindness challenge from last week?

Don't forget to hang your {Goodness} fruit on your Fruit of the Spirit tree and display it in your home as a visual reminder for your family this week, as you focus on goodness in your home. Go here to download the printables that go with our Making the Fruit of the Spirit Come Alive in Your Home series if you missed our introductory post. And go here  for Cat's tutorial on how to make your fruit printables into glass pebble magnets, so that you can hang your tree on the refrigerator.

Happy Wednesday, friends! Invite your friends to join us next week as we talk about GENTLENESS!  :)

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About the Author: Erin Vick Franklin is the founder and director of Worthy of the Prize. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization. Erin is the wife of A, a Worship Pastor, and a work-at-home-momma to 2 crazy little boys, a and e.

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