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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...]

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...]

Why You Have Been Blessed by God

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Make no mistake about it: You have been blessed for a reason.When God pours out his goodness upon us, He has other objectives than your mere happiness. He blesses us so that we may bless others.We could call it the circle of love. God gives to us so we will give to others who will then give praise and glory back to God. In the end, it’s about Him.This cycle of God-induced generosity is clear in God’s covenant words to Abraham in Genesis 12:Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from you … [Read more...]

Why No One Is Ever Truly Giving

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We’re never truly giving.The truth is that whenever we give, we’re always getting something in return.  Generosity is not a zero-sum game, no matter how it may look to us at times.All too often, we think that if we give to someone else we’ll be left with less than what we had before. When we’re giving money, it’s easy to make that case based on what we see remaining in our wallets or bank accounts. When we give of our time, we can measure the opportunity costs for everything else we might … [Read more...]

The Secret to Living Generously

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There is a secret to living generously -- but it's not an easy one to embrace.The secret lies in understanding the difference between broke and broken.Being broke means that we don't have money, or at least not as much as we think we need. Broke can be a relative term, of course, as we often hear of celebrities who made millions and are now "broke" as they continue to live in opulence.Being broken is different. Yet it is essential to living generously. You might call it the … [Read more...]

What Single Act of Kindness Has Most Inspired You?

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It began with only one. It always begins with one.I sat beside a tranquil pond the other day. Planning. Plotting. Dreaming. An occasional fish flipped to the surface splashing after a buzzing bug.The usual summer stuff.And then it began.Somewhere around the edge of that still and stagnant pond, one frog croaked.Just one.It sounded awkward, uncertain. And lonely.But not for long.Over the next few minutes a few more more croaks joined in. Then more. Again. And a … [Read more...]

Can It Ever Be Wrong to Be Generous?

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Imagine yourself in church this coming Sunday.The offering container comes your way and you slip in a check with a lot of zeroes -- to the left of the decimal. You sit back with a contented sigh when suddenly the music stops abruptly. You turn your eyes to the stage to see -- Jesus! And he's pointing at you.At first you think He must be pointing you out as an example of being generous, but then your face turns a deep crimson as you realize He's pointing you out as an example of how not … [Read more...]


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