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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 What am I sending on ahead of me into eternity?
- 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
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- Live to Give – Nov 15
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- 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
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- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Thursday-November 5 | Daily Devotional 6
“You can’t take it with you when you go. Never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch.” Lyric sung by country artist Kristian Bush
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
Psalm 49:16-17 & 1 Timothy 6:7
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
for he when the splendor of his house increases;will take nothing with him when he dies,
his splendor will not descend with him.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.
Randy Alcorn tells the story of visiting two different graves on a trip to Egypt several years ago. The first grave was located down an alley in a plot of overgrown grass, in a graveyard for American missionaries. The sun-scorched tombstone read: William Borden, 1887-1913.
William Borden, a Yale graduate and heir to great wealth, rejected a life of ease in order to bring the gospel to Muslims. Refusing even to buy himself a car, Borden gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars to missions. After only four months of zealous ministry in Egypt, he contracted spinal meningitis and died at the age of 25.
The epitaph on Borden’s grave describes his love and sacrifices for the Kingdom of God and for Muslim people. The inscription ends with this phrase which Randy Alcorn says he will never forget: Apart from faith in Christ, there is no explanation for such a life.
Alcorn and his wife went straight from William Borden’s grave to the Egyptian National Museum where he saw the mind-boggling exhibit of King Tut. Tutankhamen, the Egyptian boy king, was only seventeen when he died. He was buried with solid gold chariots and thousands of golden artifacts. His gold coffin was found within gold tombs–within gold tombs–within gold tombs. The burial site was filled with tons of gold.
The Egyptians believed in an afterlife–one where they could take earthly treasures. But all the treasures intended for King Tut’s eternal enjoyment stayed right where they were until Howard Carter discovered the burial chamber in 1922. They hadn’t been touched for more than three thousand years.
Alcorn writes: “I was struck by the contrast between these two graves. Borden’s was obscure, dusty, and hidden off the back alley of a street littered with garbage. Tutankhamen’s tomb glittered with unimaginable wealth. Yet where are these two young men now? One, who lived in opulence and called himself king, is in the misery of a Christless eternity. The other, who lived a modest life on earth in service of the one true King, is enjoying his everlasting reward in the presence of his Lord.”
Tut’s life was tragic because of an awful truth discovered too late–he couldn’t take his treasures with him. William Borden’s life was triumphant. Why? Because instead of leaving his treasures behind, he sent them on ahead.
Unbelievers cannot relive their lives and get a second chance to choose Christ. Christians cannot relive their lives and have a second chance to invest more into God’s Kingdom. Now is the time to worship. Now is the time to give your heart and to lay up treasure in heaven that can never be lost, stolen or diminished.
What am I sending on ahead of me into eternity?
Father, I don’t want to waste my one and only life. I want to live this life to the full. I want my life to count for the sake Jesus Christ. May you empower me to live in such a way that when I’m gone, people will say, “Apart from faith in Christ, there is no explanation for such a life.” In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.