From the Editor: 3 Ways to Use Money to Meet Needs

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For those of you getting ready to study Session 4 of Productive: Finding Joy in What We Do, you won’t want to miss this blog post from Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life. Dr. Floyd reflects on the Scripture passage we will be studying in this session, and offers three ways to make sure […]

Productive, Session 4: All Additional Resources

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Here are the magazine articles that were selected to go along with this session: For users of Bible Studies For Life: Adults— Budget Crunch and Bible Studies For Life: Young Adults — Radical Reduction For users of Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adults and Bible Studies For Life: Adults (KJV)—Biblical Stewardship Ronnie Floyd’s blog post, 3 Ways to Use Money to […]

Productive, Session 4: Additional Questions

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In response to requests from several of you, we are considering providing a post for each session with alternate questions for the Introduction and Scripture passages. Please let us know if this is helpful to you. That will help us determine whether or not to make this a regular feature.  Introduction What are the advantages […]

Productive, Session 4: Live It Out Option for Parent’s Groups

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As you wrap up this session on giving to others in need, prepare a list of needs within your community. Those needs can be from local schools, the poor, the homeless, to those within the church that need some help in a current crisis. Display the needs around the room prior to the start of […]

Productive, Session 4: Intro Option for Men’s groups

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To enhance your discussion of the introductory question, ask men to watch a brief clip by financial expert Dave Ramsey. This clip on budgeting will help your group begin thinking about how they spend money. To save time, stop the video at the 1:48. In the video, Ramsey discusses the purpose of budgeting and why […]

Productive, Session 4: Current Events Connection

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  You can help your group understand the context of 2 Corinthians 8-9 by connecting it to current events. Lead group members to understand that Paul was following up on a need he mentioned in 1 Corinthians 16: a famine was causing great suffering among the believers in Jerusalem, and Paul was appealing to the Christians […]

Productive, Session 4: Radical Reduction

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Why Less Really Is More by Jen Hatmaker God is always messing with me. Three years ago, my little baby church plant housed more than 80 evacuees from Hurricane Ike; my husband and I took in 12 of them. We’d moved our three kids into our bedroom, washed sheets, blew up mattresses, rolled out sleeping bags, and readied the […]

Productive, Session 4: Introduction Option for Singles

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This session’s Introduction Question is, “What’s the toughest part about budgeting?” Make sure you narrow the question to, “What’s the toughest part about budgeting when you are single?” If it is appropriate for your group, clarify “as a single parent?” Allow for responses, then summarize the following article from Daveramsey.com: Money-Management Tips for Singles  Ask […]

Productive, Session 4: Budget Crunch

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By Hillary Beebe Though it was a necessary life change, it didn’t come without a cost. Our family has recently lived through a season of change. We’ve experienced changes in careers, changes in lifestyle, changes in education … and most importantly, changes in our hearts. About a year ago, I left my job to be […]

Productive, Session 4: Current Events Connection

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To help introduce the Point, “Be ready to give as the need arises,” summarize some of the statistics from this Forbes.com article, Charitable Giving Grew 4.9% In 2013 As Online Donations Picked Up The report notes that charitable giving overall increases 4.9% in 2013, the largest gain since the 2008 recession. However, online giving, at 13.5% growth […]