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Podcast #481: “Generous God (Gloria)” by Naomi Raine

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

It’s Christmas! This is a season for giving, and I’m sure you have given gifts to those you love and maybe even some you don’t even know. You have given the gift of your time, you have purchased gifts, and maybe even shared your talent. But were you GENEROUS? Naomie Raine sings of the generosity of God in her Christmas song, “Generous God (Gloria).”

This week, I used it as inspiration to explore the generosity of God displayed in the birth story of Jesus. May we learn how to be more generous by looking deeply at our generous God.

In this episode, I discuss the following:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Explore a theme
    • Start with God
    • Follow the cross-reference
    • Define words
    • Read in context
    • Read the text aloud
    • Make a list
    • Consider the opposite
    • Study in various translations
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  • Opening lyrics quoting John 3:16
  • Darkness meeting the light John 1:4-5
  • Exploring the theme of God’s generosity
  • Defining “generous”
  • Examples in Scripture “proving” that God is generous
    • John 3:16
    • 1 John 3:1
    • Matthew 20 (Matthew 20:15)
    • Ephesians 3:20-21
  • Exploring the birth story of Jesus and looking for God’s generosity
  • God’s generosity in His willingness to make and keep covenants with His chosen people – Genesis 17:1-7
  • God’s generosity in His willingness to take on flesh to be “God with us” – Hebrews 2:17
  • Considering our response to God’s generosity
    • Praise
    • Seeking to be more generous

Unified praise is the appropriate response to God’s generosity.

Enjoy the official music video of the song below.

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This Week’s Challenge

Read Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. Consider reading the text aloud and in various translations. Read with a pen in your hand, making a list of how God displays His generosity in these passages of Scripture. Pray and ask God to reveal how you can better reflect His generous nature in your life.

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