Sep 10 2010

Out Live Your Life - Don't Forget the Bread (Chapter 4)

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Chapter 4

Don’t Forget the Bread

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

To listen to Max discuss this chapter, click here

 

Questions for Discussion

1.   Describe a time when you forgot something important.

 

2.   What do the following verses encourage you to value most: Matthew 28:19; John 3:16; John 6:35; John 14:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 10:9; and Ephesians 2:8?

 

3.   On a sheet of paper, make two lists side by side. In the first column, build a list of the most important things to God and the church. In the second column, make a list of the concerns that distract Christians from those most important things. At the bottom write down some practical ways to shift your focus from the second list to the first. Consider how focusing on the first list might also achieve the best concerns from the second list.

 

4.   When has someone given you a second chance as the police officer gave Max? Think of a person who is looking for a second chance from you these days. How could you extend grace to that individual the next time you have the opportunity?

 

5.   Grace gives not just “help for this life but hope for the next.” Which do you find to be more important for people: tangible, physical needs or eternal, spiritual needs? In what situations do you need to meet a physical need first in order to meet a deeper spiritual need? In what situations is the opposite true?

Ideas for Action

          When the people asked Peter, “Whatever could this mean?” it was an opportunity for him to speak about the most important things. If an acquaintance or friend said, “I’ve noticed something different about you—what is it?” it would be a great opportunity for you to do the same. Make a note of how you would answer that question.

 

          Pray for five friends, relatives, or acquaintances who you think may be far from God. (If you simply do not know whether God is most important in a person’s life, then he or she could make this list.) For each

of the five names, think of the next time you are likely to see that person. Make a personal commitment to pray daily for your “Five for God” list.

 

          Start a simple but intentional conversation with people about what is most important to you. Here are some ways to initiate the conversation:

·         “Would it be okay for me to tell you what’s happened to me spiritually?”

·         “I want to make sure you know something about me—something I hope is true for you as well.”

·         “Have I ever told you about the most important thing in my life?”

 

“Reprinted by permission.  Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado, 2010, copyright date, Thomas Nelson Inc. Nashville, Tennessee.  All rights reserved.” 

Sep 09 2010

Out Live Your Life - Let God Unshell You (Chapter 3)

 *Chapters posted will be made available on the Lisa & Eric page for one week.  To purchase Out Live Your Life, click here. All author royalties from the book will go towards building water wells in Uganda*

 

Chapter 3

Let God Unshell You

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

To hear Max Lucado talk about this chapter, click here.

 

 

“Reprinted by permission.  Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado, 2010, copyright date, Thomas Nelson Inc. Nashville, Tennessee.  All rights reserved.”

 

Questions for Discussion

1.  What habits, attitudes, possessions, and technologies create a clamshell of sorts to seal you off from the needs around you? How can you work around or remove these barriers?

 

2.  Have you experienced what the chapter calls a “compassion attack”? Did you respond by ignoring the need or becoming distracted? Have you responded by trying to meet the need?

 

3.  Describe a time when you saw God work in a sudden and unexpected way. To what extent are you open to the unexpected leadings of God? How could you prepare yourself for those times?

 

4.  Respond to the following questions posed in the chapter:

a.  “With whom do you feel most fluent?” To what kinds of people or needs can you most easily relate?

b.  “For whom do you feel most compassion?” What kinds of needs touch your heart most deeply?

Ideas for Action

       Respond creatively to the needs around you. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Some people carry around fuel vouchers from the local gas station or free meal coupons from a nearby restaurant to give to people in need. Others have a special fund they are always prepared to use. Some individuals regularly give to a church benevolent fund and refer people to that church for aid. Plan ahead to respond with compassion (instead of waiting to see whether you feel like it in the moment).

 

       Consider focusing on one country with greater needs than your own in your prayers, giving, and relationships. Discover the true needs. Research what is working well. Find out what is not working. Pray intentionally. Eat their food. Celebrate their holidays. It might be possible to use your vacation time to go on a mission trip to that country.

 

       Research ministries or orphanages dedicated to that country’s needs. Invest resources and build relationships. Make that country a second home in your heart. Over time you will be amazed by what God will do in and through you.

Sep 08 2010

Out Live Your Life - Calling Joe Pot Roast (Chapter 2)

 

Chapter 2

Calling Joe Pot Roast

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado.  Chapters posted will be made available on the Lisa & Eric page for one week.  To purchase Out Live Your Life, click here. All author royalties from the book will go towards building water wells in Uganda*

To listen to Max's audio recap of this chapter, click here.

 

Questions for Discussion

1.   Think about someone who did something ordinary for you but it made an extraordinary difference. What small thing could you do that would have a big impact?

2.   In what ways were the early disciples ordinary people? How would you have felt if you had been part of the 120 people who heard the words of Jesus just before he ascended (Acts 1:1–11)?

3.   What lessons did you learn from the story of Nicholas Winton, who saved so many from the Holocaust? In what ways was he ordinary? What did you think of the fact that he didn’t share the story with anyone until his wife discovered the scrapbook?

 

4.   Review the idea of strengths and weaknesses presented in 2 Corinthians 12:9–10. Remember a time when you felt weak yet God gave you the strength to do something for him. Explain.

 

5.   If Jesus told you to recruit eleven of your ordinary friends and relatives to change the world, whose names would you put on the list? How could your group make a difference right now?

Ideas for Action

 Engage in routine acts of kindness. Apply measurements of time to your service for others. Are you doing something daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly to show compassion and meet needs?

 Take part in random acts of kindness. Don’t forget to work outside your routine as well. When God gives you an unplanned opportunity, react with compassion, and experience the joy of these divine appointments.

 Get involved in radical acts of kindness. Plan a more-intense, sacrificial, and strategic response to the needs of the world. Think big, get prepared, and enlist others to join you (start with the list of eleven people you created earlier).

“Reprinted by permission.  Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado, 2010, copyright date, Thomas Nelson Inc. Nashville, Tennessee.  All rights reserved.”

Sep 07 2010

Out LIve Your Life - Our Once-In-History Opportunity (Chapter 1)

 

Chapter 1

Our Once-in-History Opportunity

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado ...

 

To listen to Max's audio recap of this chapter, go here.

 

Author of "Out Live Your Life" Max Lucado is providing the first chapter of the book for free from his website - to read it click here.  Other chapters of the book will be posted here on the Lisa & Eric page, for free, for one week at a time. To purchase Out Live Your Life, click here. All author royalties from the book will go towards building water wells in Uganda.

 

Questions for Discussion

1.   Think about someone who did something ordinary for you but it made an extraordinary difference. What small thing could you do that would have a big impact?

 

2.   In what ways were the early disciples ordinary people? How would you have felt if you had been part of the 120 people who heard the words of Jesus just before he ascended (Acts 1:1–11)?

 

3.   What lessons did you learn from the story of Nicholas Winton, who saved so many from the Holocaust? In what ways was he ordinary? What did you think of the fact that he didn’t share the story with anyone until his wife discovered the scrapbook?

 

4.   Review the idea of strengths and weaknesses presented in 2 Corinthians 12:9–10. Remember a time when you felt weak yet God gave you the strength to do something for him. Explain.

 

5.   If Jesus told you to recruit eleven of your ordinary friends and relatives to change the world, whose names would you put on the list? How could your group make a difference right now?

Ideas for Action

 Engage in routine acts of kindness. Apply measurements of time to your service for others. Are you doing something daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly to show compassion and meet needs?

 

 Take part in random acts of kindness. Don’t forget to work outside your routine as well. When God gives you an unplanned opportunity, react with compassion, and experience the joy of these divine appointments.

 

 Get involved in radical acts of kindness. Plan a more-intense, sacrificial, and strategic response to the needs of the world. Think big, get prepared, and enlist others to join you (start with the list of eleven people you created earlier).