We are in the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany cycle again. This is the start of the Church’s Year. Like many things in the Bible and the Church, we are a little different from the world and seem to fight it—especially this time of year when the world says hurry, hurry and buy, buy but the Gospel says—slow down, know Christ is coming again, put your treasure in Him and praise God! As music is indeed such a big part of our Christian walk together, I decided to share one of our previous Friday Morning Bible Study sessions. It is from a series on Christmas carols. The questions at the end are for you so that you can reflect on what we sing. Merry Christmas!

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
-2 Corinthians 9:11

What does Thanksgiving mean? No doubt when asked that in November we think of the Holiday we celebrate on Nov 23rd this year. Or we might think of it as a feeling of being grateful or maybe even an actual expression of thanks. And of course we think especially of doing that to God. But what does the Bible say about thanksgiving?

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6

The disciplines of stewardship and self-offering are a grateful response to God’s love for the world and selfgiving in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to lives of simplicity, generosity, hospitality, compassion, and care for creation. Tithing is a primary practice of Christian stewardship and self-offering. We are accountable to God for how we use our material goods, spiritual gifts, and time in God’s service. W-5.0103

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