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The Generous Widow

I love being a parent.  Psalms 128,  I make my home a haven for my kids.  Romans 12:18, Galatians 5:22-23

41 Jesus sat down across from the place where people put their temple offerings. He watched the crowd putting their money into the offering boxes. Many rich people threw large amounts into them. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins. They were worth only a few pennies. 43 Jesus asked his disciples to come to him. He said, “What I’m about to tell you is true. That poor widow has put more into the offering box than all the others. 44 They all gave a lot because they are rich. But she gave even though she is poor. She put in everything she had. That was all she had to live on.”  Mark 12:41-44

  • Who is the richest person you know?
  • Is that person generous or stingy with their wealth?
  • If you were rich how do you think you would be? Generous or stingy?
  • Who is the poorest person you know?  (consider people around the world)
  • Have you seen a poor rich person?  How do you know they were poor and rich? (use Jesus example to his disciples)

Think about one thing you think you could not live without.  Allow everyone to share what that is for them.  Decide as a family a length of time.  Ask everyone to consider giving up that item/idea for the same amount of time as you are giving up your item/idea.  After that time period is over, talk about what it was like.  Could you all find other ways to sacrifice so that God gets the credit?  Remember the attitude behind what you are giving up is most important and allows God to get the credit.  Talk about how this allowed you to focus more on God.
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