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Good and Faithful: What It Means to God

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When it comes to being good and faithful stewards of this gift of life, we Christians often get it backwards. We focus on Biblical principles first. Not that Biblical principles are unimportant. Wisdom is essential to living, but not as critical as loving the Source and Giver of all wisdom. It's All About the Relationship Often we’re so busy trying to keep His principles that we neglect the relationship. We become performance-driven rather than love-driven. We conform to a list of rules, but o … [Read more...]

Are You Being Refreshed by the Word of God?

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In the previous post, we saw how the word complete in Hebrews 13:20-21 is the Greek word katartizo, which carries the idea that God desires to reconcile us to Himself through a process of reframing, restoring, and repairing in the context of a covenant relationship.Thinking about what it means for God to make us complete led me to take a look at 2 Tim. 3:16-17 which famously employs what appeared to be the same word: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean that God Makes Us Complete?

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May the God of peace… make you complete (katartizo) in every good work to do His will through the blood of the everlasting covenant so you will be well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever. (Heb. 13:20-21)There’s a lot going on in these verses theologically. But the simple version is this.The God of Peace, who has embarked from all eternity on a mission of grace and mercy, reconciling us to Himself, makes us “complete” in order to align our mission with H … [Read more...]

Last Minute Gift Idea: Why Not Give the Gift of Generous Love?

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The decorations are set. The tree is trimmed. Only hours remain for last-minute gift shopping. And there are still a few names on your list!If you are one of the 32 million "power shoppers" who put off purchasing gifts until the closing days before Christmas, maybe you should keep your credit card in your wallet when it comes to that last minute gift and give something far more rare and precious than anything you might find at the 24-hour Supercenter nearest you.This Christmas season, … [Read more...]

How to Know What to Give at Christmas

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It's that time again. Christmas. So it's time to give gifts.Let's face it. It's fun to give gifts. I'm looking forward to Christmas morning to see my children open their gifts. I'm thrilled that my heavenly Father shares the opportunity to be a gift-giver with me. We should delight in imitating our heavenly father by giving good gifts to others. We were created to enjoy it.But how do we know what to give?Research from USAID/CIDI says that giving cash is better than donating items in … [Read more...]

Does Your Christmas Giving Come But Once a Year?

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Christmas is coming!We’re entering the time of the year when generosity is in vogue.  The holidays seem to put our focus on giving. We visit soup kitchens on Thanksgiving Day and shower our loved ones with lavish gifts on Christmas morn.  Year-end gifts boost the funds of charities. Everyone feels good about their good deeds for the year.But for Christians, shouldn’t this season be different? The Christmas Bandwagon Am I saying we shouldn’t jump on the bandwagon of giving?  Not exactly. … [Read more...]

To All Those Who Don’t Feel Like Giving Anymore

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Do you ever have trouble finding motivation for giving of time, talent, and treasure?  Do you ever run out of energy to love?  Have you ever given of yourself and thought, “That’s enough.  I can’t give any more.” Or is that just a problem with me?I’m sure this happens to everyone who seeks to live generously.  Why do we so often hit that wall where we just don’t feel like giving anymore?Perhaps it’s because we just don’t realize everything God has given to us.  Maybe we need a little pers … [Read more...]


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