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Session 9

Mind Over Matter

Read: Mark 12:41-44

On the old TV show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” host Robin Leach toured mansions and yachts, giving an inside look at the lives of the filthy rich. Compared to multi-millionaires, our earnings seem miniscule. But God is not impressed by our account balances. He is obsessed with the condition of our hearts.

Mark 12 tells the story of a broke widow who went to the temple to worship. Wealthy people walked by the treasury, dropping in huge sums of money. But when the poor widow put in her gift, all she had to give were two copper coins. The value was barely half a cent.

When Jesus saw the widow’s offering, He told His disciples that she gave more than all the others. The rich gave out of their abundance, but she put in everything she had. She gave it all, trusting God to meet her needs.

Think About:
1. Are you giving out of abundance or giving sacrificially?
2. What is your next step when it comes to giving?
3. Comparing our gifts to others’ gifts almost always ends in competition. Have you ever been caught in the comparison trap? What did you learn from that experience?

Pray:
Jesus, thank You for being more concerned with the state of my heart than the size of my gift. Help me to grow more generous like You.


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Following Jesus Is Radical

Following Jesus Is Radical

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2

Everything Belongs to Jesus

Everything Belongs to Jesus

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3

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

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4

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

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God Doesn’t Need Our Money

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

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Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

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Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

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Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

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Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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We All Need Help Sometimes

We All Need Help Sometimes

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Know Where Your Money Goes

Know Where Your Money Goes

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12

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

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You Can’t Love Both God and Money

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

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God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

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Debt Is a Choice

Debt Is a Choice

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Broke People Can’t Bless People

Broke People Can’t Bless People

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Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

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Fund Your Future

Fund Your Future

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Every Cent Counts

Every Cent Counts

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Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

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Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

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Less Is More

Less Is More

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Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

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Give Your Best

Give Your Best

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What Can Destroy You?

What Can Destroy You?

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God Never Fails

God Never Fails

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Work With Purpose

Work With Purpose

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Do Whatever It Takes

Do Whatever It Takes

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