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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
- Live to Give – Nov 18 With which attitude towards possessions was I raised?
- 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
Wednesday-November 18 | Daily Devotionals 19
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
On a commuter flight from Portland, Maine to Boston in 1987, the pilot heard an unusual noise near the rear of the plane. Henry Dempsey turned the controls over to the co-pilot and went back to check it out. As he reached the tail section the plane hit an air pocket, and Dempsey was tossed against the rear door. The original noise came from the rear door because it had been improperly latched prior at take off, and the impact of Dempsey’s weight caused the door to open, instantly sucking him out of the tiny jet.
The co-pilot saw the red light that indicated an open door. He radioed the nearest airport requesting permission for an emergency landing. He reported that the pilot had fallen out of the plane and wanted a helicopter to search the area. After the plane had landed, the ground crew found Dempsey holding on to the outdoor ladder of the aircraft. Somehow he caught the ladder and held on for 10 minutes as the plane flew 200 mph at an altitude of 4,000 feet and then when landing he managed to keep his head from hitting the runway, which was only 13 inches away. According to news reports, it took airport personnel several minutes to pry Dempsey’s fingers free from the ladder.
I’ve known some people who have held onto their money with that kind of white-knuckle intensity, haven’t you?
Jesus told a parable about a lone traveler who was mugged, robbed, and left for dead on the road to Jericho. Two religious leaders passed him by, but a Samaritan from a despised ethnic group stopped, nursed his wounds, put him on a donkey, carried him to a nearby inn, and offered to pay for all of his medical expenses.
That story reveals the three basic attitudes people have about money:
- The robbers’ attitudes—”what’s yours is mine and I’m going to take it.“
- The religious leaders’ attitudes—”what’s mine is mine and I’m going to keep it.“
- The Samaritan’s attitude—”what’s mine is yours and I’m willing to share it.“
Jesus said, “Have the attitude toward people and possessions that the Samaritan had. Go and treat people accordingly.”
Which of the three attitudes more closely resembles my attitude toward money and possessions—the robbers’, the religious leaders’ or the Samaritan’s? Which attitude was I raised with?
Lord, I don’t want to be a robber. I don’t want to rob from You or anyone else; keep me from being a self-absorbed religious observer. Point me away from an internally focused religious identity and let me see Your bigger picture. Help me to live more like my Samaritan friend, who freely received and freely gave, because it’s all Yours anyway. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.