Are you mastering your money or being mastered by it? Maybe it’s time to flip the script. Instead of striving to have enough money to satisfy a me-first appetite, Jesus encouraged his listeners to have an others-first approach.

If our money could talk what would it tell us? You might be shocked to find that what our money would say is pretty close to what Jesus did say - and what we should still consider today.

Winning

We all want to win. After all, winning is better than not winning. In a game a win is defined, but life is not a game. And winning in the most important areas of our lives isn’t always clear. So, how do we win?

For years people have tried to predict or understand behavior in an attempt to strengthen communication. One of the best keys to better communication is to understand the four temperaments.

Resolutions are pretty self-focused. After all, I’m the one who wants to lose weight, exercise, or read more this year. Sure, those things might make you better, but why settle for better when great is available? Jesus’ Disciples wanted to be great, but their path to greatest wasn’t what Jesus had in mind for his followers. He showed them a better way to greatness, and it’s the same for us today, too.

Most of us want this year to be better. But “better” requires a bit of honest and awkward evaluation. So what are you holding onto that’s holding you back?

Many of us want this year to be better than last year. We start off with good intentions by making a commitment to improve but inevitably end up not following through. There’s got to be a better way, right? A perfect year may be impossible. But a better year is possible.

Christmas is the “ready or not...believe it or not, here I come” holiday. And God is coming for you, because he’s for you. Belief is how we move in his direction. He has already moved in ours.

God’s grace to us is an invitation to be amazing. It’s our chance to extend to others what God has freely extended to us. But while most of us are full of something . . . it’s usually not grace. So what are you full of? And what would it take for you to give someone what they don’t expect? Or deserve?

The kingdom of God is characterized by unsettling generosity —the kind of generosity that gives the undeserving what they don’t deserve and regardless of how unright we’ve been, makes us right with God. So what do we do when we’re faced with this math that doesn’t add up? And how do we respond to this unfair, unsettling system that Jesus came to invite us into?

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