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Lead Pastor John Hampton’s teaching series for the month of November is about handling money, and is called, “Live To Give.” Giving is central to the nature of God, the mission of Jesus, and in shaping the heart of Jesus’ followers. This series is not about having the right insurance, as much as the right assurance; not about securities, but about security; not about trusts, but about trust; not about growing your principal, but about understanding and applying God’s principles.
Pastor John has also written this accompanying 30-Day Live To Give Daily Devotional Guide to supplement the weekend messages.
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- Live to Give Devotionals
- Live to Give – Oct 31
- Live to Give – Nov 1
- Live to Give – Nov 2
- Live to Give – Nov 3
- Live to Give – Nov 4
- Live to Give – Nov 5
- Live to Give – Nov 6
- Live to Give – Nov 7
- Live to Give – Nov 8
- Live to Give – Nov 9
- Live to Give – Nov 10 Do I know the difference between a want and a need?
- Live to Give – Nov 11
- Live to Give – Nov 12
- Live to Give – Nov 13
- Live to Give – Nov 14
- Live to Give – Nov 15
- Live to Give – Nov 16
- Live to Give – Nov 17
- Live to Give – Nov 18
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20
- Live to Give – Nov 21
- Live to Give – Nov 22
- Live to Give – Nov 23
- Live to Give – Nov 24
- Live to Give – Nov 25
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27
- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Tuesday-November 10 | Daily Devotional 11
“If you want to feel rich, just count all the things that you have that money can’t buy.” Anonymous
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
Whoever loves money never has enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
This too is meaningless.
As goods increase,
so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
except to feast their eyes on them?
The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
permits them no sleep.
I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:
wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
or wealth lost through some misfortune,
so that when they have children
there is nothing left for them to inherit.
Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
and as everyone comes, so they depart.
They take nothing from their toil
that they can carry in their hands.
The former owner of a successful business said that when he gave wage increases to employees, he observed that the people were happy with a wage increase for 6 months, at the very longest. After a significantly shorter period of time, the employees, once again, would be discontent and want more. They would start the “if only’s.” You know what I mean: If only I had a nicer car… If only I had a bigger house… If only I had a whiter smile… .
Eccles. 5:10 (NLT): Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness!
In 2003 the University of Michigan took a survey and asked people what they believed would improve their quality of life. Can you guess the answer most given? “MORE MONEY.”
A recent University of Southern California study has found that greater wealth does not translate into greater happiness for most of the 1,500 people surveyed annually over three decades. USC economist Richard Easterlin said, “Many people are under the illusion that the more money we make the happier we’ll be.” But, according to study after study for three decades, that just isn’t true.
Philip Yancey writes about a man who was in search of simplicity. He went on a retreat to a monastery, where life was very simple and very uncomplicated. There were very few creature comforts. That was the life that the monks had chosen. They wanted to be liberated from the desire for more. A monk showed him to his room and said to him, “If there’s anything that you need, let us know, and we’ll show you how to get along without it.”
Following Jesus doesn’t require us to live like monks. But following Jesus does help us face this reality: Most of what we think we need we really don’t.
Do I know the difference between a want and a need? When was the last time I went without something I truly needed?
Lord, I confess I often confuse my wants with my needs. In fact, at times I don’t know if I really know the difference. Give me clarity here, God. I know I need You. I also want a growing relationship with You. Thank you, for wanting me to know You even though You didn’t need me. May my sense of contentment be found in Christ and nowhere else. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.