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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
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20
- Live to Give – Nov 21
- Live to Give – Nov 22 What would I miss out on if I choose not to give now?
- 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
Sunday-November 22 | Daily Devotion 23
“Empty pockets never held anyone back. It’s only empty hearts that do it.” Norman Vincent Peale
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
“A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'”
Jesus told the parable of some people who were invited to a great banquet by a king; one by one they made excuses not to go to the banquet—”I just bought some property”—”I have a new team of oxen to break in”—”I just got married.”
The Gospel invites us to a life of generous and grateful giving but we are constantly making excuses.
-Children say, “I’m too young. I only have dimes and quarters.”
-Teenagers say, “I’m broke. I don’t have a real job. I need spending money. I’ll give when I’m older.”
-People in their 20’s say, “I’m tapped out. I just got a decent job, bought a car, and moved into my own apartment. I’m paying off college loans. The church can wait until I get on my feet.”
-People in their 30’s say, “I’m too sophisticated. I’m making investments for my future. I give to the city museum, my alma mater, and the local homeless shelter rather than a church.”
-People in their 40’s say, “I’m maxed out. My kids are in college. My parents may need a nursing home soon. My job is unstable.”
-People in their 50’s and 60’s say, “I’m worried. Retirement is just around the corner. I want to help with my grandchildren’s education. Maybe I’ll give a little to the church, but I’m not making any promises.”
-People in their 70’s and 80’s say, “I’m limited. My retirement income is not as much as I hoped. Besides there’s so much to do, like trips I always wanted to take. Let the younger people support the church.”
It’s very easy to go through life talking ourselves out of giving. When we do that, we completely miss out on some of the most significant life-changing truths that God wants to teach us. People who learn to consistently give recognize God’s ownership, acknowledge their stewardship, experience supernatural supply, share in ministry participation, receive unexpected blessings, encourage believers, express love, and lay up treasure in heaven.
What opportunities to give am I trying to talk my way out of right now? What would I miss out on if I choose not to give now?
Father, I praise You and thank You that when the time had fully come, You gave Your Son, Jesus, to pay for the sins of the world. You didn’t hold back. You didn’t keep waiting for a more perfect moment. You freely poured out Your love on humanity and You showed us that we can give without loving, but we can’t love without giving. Thank You, Father, and praise You, Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.