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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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Click HERE to watch or listen to the sermons for this series.full course
- 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
- Live to Give – Nov 29 What do you see or think of when you give to the Lord through Journey?
Sunday-November 29 | Daily Devotional 30
“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc. is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them.” C.S. Lewis
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Do you know what was going to be on the land where Journey Church buildings are now, before Lakeview Christian bought it? A combination drug rehab/correctional facility.
I bet the nearby neighborhood associations are glad that didn’t happen! Aren’t you glad our property isn’t another used car lot? Or a mattress store? Or a check cashing business? Or an industrial park? Think of all the people you would have never known if the Journey building didn’t get built 13 years ago. Would you be here now if this building didn’t get built? I doubt that I would be.
We’ve baptized well over 2000 people in the last 13 years—over a thousand in the last five alone. How many people have had their lives changed, their eternities changed because of how God has used this place? How many children will be taught, how many families will be reached because of your promise to the Promise?
When you give, you are making it possible for the church to minister to your family more effectively in the future. But it goes beyond our own children. There are people in this community you’ve never met who may come to know the Lord because of what you give to the ministry of Journey.
I read about a 6-year-old boy with just one arm who visited a children’s ministry group for the first time. The teacher was concerned that none of her regular students make fun of the boy or make him feel awkward because of his disability. She was so proud of that first grade class which seemed to include him and make him feel welcome. But the teacher forgot and at the end of her class she said, “Now children, let’s do that exercise I taught you, ‘Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the door and see all the people.’ Then it hit her. This little boy had only one hand. Before she could find a way to cover her tracks and not embarrass the boy with one arm, a little girl sitting next to him reached out her hand and said, “Here, Davey, let’s build the church together.” They did.
We’re all disabled spiritually. We’re all inadequate. Nobody’s perfect. We can’t build the church on our own. But we can offer what we have and join hands to build the church together. And we can trust that the words of Jesus are true, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
What do you see or think of when you give to the Lord through Journey? People? Children? A specific ministry? Someone you’ve never met? The Lord Himself?
Lord, I am thankful for my life-changing journey with You. I want my life to reflect that in every way. I know there are people just like me who need the same things I need and those needs can only be met in You. Thank you for letting me be a part of a church that seeks to love You, love people and serve the world. Thank you for loving me and making me part of Your unconquerable people. I love this journey with You! Through the name of the Messiah, the Son of the living God, I pray, Amen.