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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
- Live to Give – Nov 23
- Live to Give – Nov 24
- Live to Give – Nov 25 Are there any other ways you can give thanks?
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27
- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Wednesday-November 25 | Daily Devotional 26
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” W.T. Purkiser
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
When real estate developer Peter Cummings first assumed his position as chairman of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1998, he began writing personal thank-you notes to any donor who contributed $500 or more to the orchestra. He couldn’t bear the thought of a symphony patron receiving a form letter with their name accidentally misspelled, or one of his friends being generically thanked above his stamped signature.
Among the many notes that went out under Cummings’ hand was one addressed to Mary Webber Parker, daughter of one of Detroit’s leading families from an earlier generation and heiress to the Hudson’s department store fortune. She had moved away from Detroit nearly a lifetime ago, settled in California, was widowed, and residing in an upscale nursing home outside of Hartford, Connecticut. And for some reason, she had decided to send a one-time check of $50,000 to her hometown symphony.
Peter’s note to Mary was as usual: prompt, gracious, and unexpected. It must have thrilled the heart of this elderly widow (who had been back to Detroit only twice in twenty years) to hear of the orchestra’s revitalization, made possible in part by her generous contribution.
Two weeks later, she wrote pledging another $50,000. Within days, Peter had written her again, expressing his delighted gratitude and offering to visit with her sometime. He would be nearby when he took his daughter to register for college in Hartford the coming fall. He assured her he would make no appeal for further funds; just a kind, personal visit to say thank you.
Months passed. Then, in a letter dated June 13, Mary Webber Parker accepted Peter’s request to come visit her in the fall. And if he wouldn’t mind, she would like to give, not $50,000, but $500,000 to the Detroit symphony. Not once—but once a year for five years; a staggering total of two and a half million dollars! Not out of duty. Not out of coercion. Not because she didn’t have plenty of other suitors who would have bent over backwards to lure her as a benefactor. She did it because someone was thankful.
Giving and gratitude always go together; one cannot be separated from the other.
Tomorrow as you celebrate Thanksgiving, how will you give thanks and to whom? With words? With an elaborate meal? With a prayer? Are there any other ways you can give thanks?
Lord, I come simply to say thank you today. It seems so inadequate, but I don’t know what else to say. And maybe that’s the point. There is only so much we can say to express thanks. There comes a time when we need to give as evidence of our gratitude. Whatever that looks like today, let my thanks be more about true giving than just saying. Through Jesus I pray, Amen.