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SKITTLES, Part 4- Who's On First?

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Key Thought- The rest of your life can be the best of your life if you put God first in your life!
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness (live righteously), and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

I WILL GIVE GOD MY 1ST AND MY BEST SO HE CAN BLESS THE REST.
Read 1 Kings 17:1-16- Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath
Thought- God always gives a plan & if you work the plan you get the miracle (vs. 8-12)
Thought- God's plan won't always be logical, but it will be possible. If you do what is possible, God will do what is impossible. (vs. 13-16)

TIME- Exodus 20:8, Psalm 92:13, Luke 5:16
Example- Giant Sequoia trees toppled over a few years ago, partially because of people walking over their roots. The thought is that people walk through our lives and it has an effect on us. We need to honor the sabbath weekly & spend time with God daily to keep strong roots in our faith.

SKITTLES, Part 3- LEGACY LESSONS

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Skittles Represent What You Have To OFFER.

"The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)

Here are the 4 things that make up your life: 1. TIME 2. TALENT 3. TREASURE 4. TONGUE (Words)
Key Question- The average life span is 25,550 days. How will your legacy impact those that come after you?

LEGACY LESSONS FROM ABRAHAM & LOT (GENESIS 13)
Legacy (Webster’s dictionary): something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.

LESSON #1- VALUE TODAY BUT VISUALIZE TOMORROW
“And without vision the people perish. . .” Proverbs 29:18
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” - Helen Keller 1880-1968
 I want to encourage you get a vision for your future.  Depression, discouragement & fear are present when hope is a…

SKITTLES, Part 2- Investors

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Skittles Represent The Essence Of Your Life & How You Use Them Will CREATE Your Life.
"The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)

Key Thought- Generosity is an ATTITUDE
“Whoever has a bountiful (generous) eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9 (ESV)

Stingy people say, “When I FEEL good I’ll do it. When I have MORE I’ll give it.”
Generous people say, “I’ll do it, then I’ll FEEL good. I’ll give, then I’ll have MORE.”

“Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the…

Skittles Thoughts- Are You Giving God Your Leftovers?

According to Wikipedia, Leftovers are: the uneaten edible remains of a meal after the dinner is over, and everyone has finished eating.

It would seem wise during these economic times to do everything you can to cut corners. One of the things that we often do at our house is save any leftovers from our meals. This helps us keep food on the table for our 5 little human vacuum cleaners that can inhale huge amounts of anything edible. While leftovers are a matter of preference when it comes to our own personal taste, it's a matter of principle when it comes to God. The first recorded worship service in the Bible ended badly because of leftovers & is found in the story of Cain & Able.

Genesis 4:2-8 says, "... When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted A…

SKITTLES, Part 1- Hoarders

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Skittles Represent What You Have To OFFER.

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24 (Msg)

Here are the 4 things that make up your life: 1. TIME 2. TALENT 3. TREASURE 4. TONGUE (Words)

Key Question- The average life span is 25,550 days. What will you do with your days?

Lessons from a Hoarder (Luke 12:13-21)
13Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance." 14He replied, "Mister, what makes you think it's any of my business to be a judge or mediator for you?" 15Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot."
#1- Hoarders always need MORE.
16-19Then he told them thi…

Skittles Thoughts- Is Your World Expanding or Growing Smaller?

This weekend I'll be sharing a new series called, "Skittles: Experience The Generous Life." Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing thoughts on how you can experience the expansive & generous life that God has for you. God wants to increase you in every area of your life. He has promises of provision for you! The reason that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years was because they chose pettiness over God's provision. Nothing was good enough. The journey to their destiny didn't go as they had preferred. Their small minded & narrow thinking caused their worlds to shrink & their problems to expand.

My question for you is, "Is Your World Expanding or Growing Smaller?"

The answer to that question can be found in this one word. Pettiness. Many times we allow the expansive lives that God has for us to grow smaller because of a stingy & self-centered mindset. We often allow our preferences to rule our hearts. Acc…