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    continued from Sunday......

    6. Proselytization

    Jesus was pretty clear when he sent the disciples out in Mark 16:15. He said,“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” But we sometimes (cough cough: a lot of the time) forget to do just that!

    It can be a scary thing to talk to others about your faith. Many people are afraid of rejection or even just afraid of being in an uncomfortable situation.

    What happens if your daily chit chat with the desk worker at the gym turns to Jesus and then it’s awkward from that point forward? No one wants that!

    But the real purpose of our lives on earth is to tell as many people about Jesus as possible. Granted, it’s best to have a relationship with these people first, but it’s time to step out in bravery and talk to someone new about Jesus.

    7. Peace

    The washing machine has caused a newly formed lake in your laundry room, the phone rings and it’s your son’s school letting you know he’s in detention for the third time this week, and your husband walks in early from work, only to let you know he’s been laid off.

    Life can just be so hard, and the crummy part is God doesn’t promise it will be easy. In fact, the Bible frequently tells us we’re going to have struggles and hardships. But the one thing God does promise is that his peace will always be available to us.

    8. Generosity

    Your Bible study decides to break bread together on a Friday night so the 12 of you head out to a local restaurant. You take up the biggest table in the joint, order four appetizers and 12 entrees during the three hours you spend chatting over Romans 8. At the end of the night, you cash out and end up leaving a $10 tip on a $200 check.

    Besides just being rude, you have missed an amazing chance to exemplify God’s generosity to a hardworking waiter. He overheard you talking about God and his interest was peaked, but your stinginess turned him away from visiting your church on Sunday.

    The situation could have been completely different if you left a generous tip!

    9. Rest

    Anyone else feel like life is just go, go, go, or face the consequence of being left behind? In today’s fast paced world, you may suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

    What if you skip the night on the town with your friends, and it becomes the night everyone talks about for years? Or maybe you’re worried that your kids won’t get any scholarships if they aren’t in every club or on every traveling sports team. Or maybe you are working three jobs just to make ends meet.

    But God was so intentional with his creation, and that includes when he created a day of rest. God knows we’re not indestructible. We need rest, and being a good God, He created a time to be in restful communion with him once a week, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on that!

    10. Grace

    As the week goes on and on, we start to become overwhelmed and quickly put too much pressure on ourselves. We want to be perfect. Perfect spouses, perfect parents, perfect friends, and perfect Christians.

    But we will fall short of the glory of God.

    But here’s the good news: God’s grace is way more abundant than our mistakes. (Hard to imagine, right?) And if the God of the Universe has grace for us, we should have it for ourselves, too! Remember, Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved.”

    Once we live a life covered in grace, we will find ourselves having more grace for others. And I think we all could use a little more grace in our lives!

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