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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
- 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 Do I refuse to let my things manage me?
- 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 17 | Daily Devotionals 18
“Christian stewardship begins with God at the center. When stewardship revolves around any other center, it is misconceived.” Dan R. Dick
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
1 Chronicles 29:10-14
David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
Richard Moore wrote, “If the church is concerned about helping its people combat all the forces which threaten their relationship with God, then it must of necessity be concerned with the way money is earned and spent. The temptation to be self-centered is real and powerful for all of us—and perhaps at no point is this temptation more dramatic than at the point of our stewardship of money. The degree to which the battle against selfishness is being won in our lives can be seen clearly in the way we use money. If the basic question about ourselves and God is whether God controls or I control my life—then the use of our resources certainly highlights that struggle.”
Stewardship is more than the wise management of our things; it is a persistent refusal to let our things manage us.
Another statement from Richard Moore: “The stewardship emphasis of a church is at least for two reasons. One of them is obviously to make it possible for the congregation to effectively serve its Lord—and that costs money. But another of equal or greater importance is to call its people to an understanding of the meaning of the shared life. The willingness to give of oneself cheerfully for the benefit of others is a clear sign the disease of self-centeredness is being cured. And cured it must be if we are to be followers of Christ. A person needs to learn the fine art of giving—for his own health, as well as for the benefit of others. Giving is healthy.”
If someone were to determine my spiritual health by what I give, what would be my diagnosis? Would I be pronounced as healthy or “dis-eased” with regard to my stewardship?
Lord, You once healed some lepers and then told them to go show themselves to the priests to be inspected and officially pronounced “clean.” I don’t know who or how I can show that I’m cured from the disease of materialism, but I want to be. There’s just no life there. Let me show by my open heart, my open arms, and my open hands that I surrender everything I have to You, and for Your Kingdom purposes. Through Jesus I pray, Amen.