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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
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- 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 What is that in your hands?
- 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 23 | Daily Devotion 24
“Even if I give the whole of my worth to Him, He will find a way to give back to me much more than I gave.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
I once read about a tough motorcycle gang member who was converted to Christ and his heart was radically changed. He was changed on the inside, but his appearance was still a little scary looking on the outside. The Sunday following his conversion, he found a good church to go to and, naturally, he stood out because he wore his leather gang jacket and he had a long pony-tail, multiple piercings all of over his face, and tattoos all up and down his arms. As he was worshipping God, the preacher was pleading with people to volunteer to work in the nursery. So, the preacher asked, “If there is anybody willing to work in the nursery, please stand.” Nobody stood. A second time, “Is there anybody willing to work in the nursery?” Nobody stood. The preacher said, “Please, we need somebody to work in the nursery.” The newly saved biker was touched and he stood up and said, “I’ll do it.” Immediately, twenty young mothers stood up and said, “No, we’ll do it.”
You will never know how God can use your gift unless you are willing to give it… and little becomes much when you place it in Jesus’ hands. There’s a book, The hands of Jesus, in which the author talked about His hands being carpenter’s hands, healing hands, caring hands, and, finally, crucified hands that save.
A basketball in my hands is worth $60. A basketball in the hands of LeBron James is worth about $33 million. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
A tennis racket in my hands is worthless. In Roger Federer’s hands is worth millions and fame. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
A slingshot in my hands is a kid’s toy and a danger to everybody around me. A slingshot in David’s hands is a mighty weapon to fell a giant. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
A stick in my hands may keep away an angry dog. A stick in Moses’ hands will part the Red sea. It depends on whose hands it’s in.
Two fish and five loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches. In Jesus’ hands five loaves and two fish will feed thousands. It depends on whose hands they’re in.
Nails in my hands might help to produce a birdhouse. But two nails in Jesus’ hands produced salvation for the entire world.
What is that in your hands? Why don’t you give it to God?
Lord, sometimes I feel that I have little to offer You—little money, little time, little abilities. But You are a God who multiplies whatever we give You. Today, I fully and joyfully release what’s in my hands to You. I ask You to bless, increase, and extend my “little” and make it “much” for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen.