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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
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27
- Live to Give – Nov 28 Am I doing my part to "lift" at Journey?
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Saturday-November 28 | Daily Devotional 29
“God has given us two hands—one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” Billy Graham
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
2 Corinthians 8:10-15
And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
On October 29, 1921, tiny Centre College in Danville, Kentucky beat Harvard in football 6-0. You need to understand, at that time Harvard was a national power in football. They had been undefeated for five years. To this day, many consider Centre’s defeat of Harvard as the greatest upset in the history of college football. When Centre’s coach was interviewed by reporters and asked how it happened, he excitedly said, “We had 11 players in on every play.” When every member of a team sacrifices their egos and gives maximum effort it’s amazing what can happen.
The same is true in the church. When every member of the church bands together, incredible good can be accomplished. It takes the vast majority getting on the same page.
Herman Ostry bought a piece of land with a barn near a creek in Bruno, Nebraska. A flood put 29 inches of water into the barn, and he wanted to move it to higher ground. One of his sons estimated the barn weighed 19,000 lbs (9 ½ tons) and figured it would take 344 people with each person lifting 55 lbs to move barn. They made a grid of steel tubing with handles attached to the barn so each could lift.
The town of Bruno, Nebraska planned this move as a part of their centennial celebration July 29-31, 1988. Local television cameras and 4,000 people from eleven states watched. The project took 20 minutes as 344 people moved the barn 50 yards. This shows the power of teamwork. What one could not do alone, many working together did.
Just like the folks in Bruno, Nebraska, God can do amazing things when we all “lift” together. If 344 people can give an old barn a lift, then imagine what the Lord can do through hundreds of people here at Journey who are aligned with our vision of developing a growing community of people on a life-changing journey with Jesus.
If every person who is on this life-changing journey with Jesus and calls Journey their church home would grab a handle and financially “lift,” we would see ministries getting resourced and needs being met and people growing in their faith and God being glorified like never before.
Am I doing my part to “lift” at Journey? Am I all in at Journey or am I holding back? What’s keeping me from grabbing hold of the mission of Journey and lifting?
Lord, I confess I don’t always put my heart into Your work. I find myself holding back or giving reluctantly. I don’t want to be a gritted-teeth giver. I want to be a joyful, grateful-I-can-give giver. I see others who do that. I want to do that too. Help me, Lord, to do what I can to lift the name of Jesus high through my Journey family so that others can find hope and healing through You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.