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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 Has your wallet been baptized?
- 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
- 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
Monday-November 2 | Daily Devotional 3
“People go through three conversions: their head, their heart and their pocketbook. Unfortunately, not all at the same time.” Martin Luther
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.”
In the third chapter of Luke’s gospel, we read of John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness. Great crowds are going out to hear him and to be baptized by him. Three different groups ask him what they should do to bear the fruit of repentance. John gives three direct answers:
*vs. 11-everyone should share clothes and food with the poor.
*vs. 13-tax collectors shouldn’t pocket extra money.
*vs. 14-soldiers should be content with their wages and not extort money.
Each answer John gives relates to money and possessions. But no one asks him about that! They ask what they should do to demonstrate the fruit of spiritual transformation. So why does John talk about money? John the Baptist realized you can’t talk about spiritual transformation and repentance without talking about how to handle money and possessions.
When Sam Houston, the famous Texas soldier and politician, came to Christ late in his life, he was preparing for his baptism in a muddy Texas creek. He took out his pocket watch. He took off his glasses. The preacher said, “You better take your wallet out, Governor Houston.” Houston replied, “No, preacher, I expect it needs to be baptized too!”
Has your wallet been baptized? Has your checkbook been immersed in Jesus in such a way that it reveals a spiritual transformation in your heart?
Lord, I ask you to convert my wallet as surely as you have converted my soul. Allow my use of money to be a reflection of your rule and leadership of my life. Through my use of finances, may I produce fruit that shows conclusively that my heart has been changed by the power of the gospel. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.