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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 How can you be more single-minded in your devotion to Jesus?
- 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
Sunday-November 8 | Daily Devotional 9
“I would have never been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed on my first salary, which was $1.50 a week.”
John D. Rockerfeller
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Back in the heyday of radio programs, no one was a bigger star than Jack Benny. His wry sense of humor resonated with millions of listeners every week on his wildly popular radio show. The main trait of the cantankerous character Benny played was stinginess. He was a man who simply would not part with his money.
In one of his best-known skits he is accosted by a robber who thrusts his gun into his chest and says, “Your money or your life!” Benny doesn’t answer him immediately and the aggravated robber repeats, “I said, your money or your life!” Finally, Benny replies, “I’m thinking… I’m thinking!”
Funny as that sounds, it seems to be that way for a lot of people. Money is so important to them that they value it above everything else. There’s no question that money has an alluring power, tempting us with all that it can purchase or accomplish. If we give in to it, we learn that it has the power to control us and make us its servant.
Jesus taught His disciples, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24)
In Jesus’ teaching, the term “money” has a very broad meaning. It includes actual money, but it also includes everything to which we can become attached in this material world–all the things that money can buy. These are the “things of this world” which the apostle John cautions us not to love. In his first letter he wrote, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” (1 John 2:15)
One well-known pastor suggested that a reasonable paraphrase of this verse for Christians in America would be: Love not the mall, neither the things in the mall. Speaking of that, did you know there were only 3,000 shopping malls in 1950? Do you know how many there are today? There are more than 45,000! There are 16 1/2 square feet of mall space for every man, woman, and child in our country.
How well we know the temptations of money and the magnetic power it has in our culture; and how desperately we need to take to heart what Jesus is saying.
What are some practical things that you can do today to offset the powerful pull of the world on your attention? How can you be more single-minded in your devotion to Jesus?
Father, I confess that the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are all too familiar to me and too comfortable for me. Forgive me. I want to turn my eyes on Jesus. I want to focus on Him alone as the Lord and Leader of my life. Please help me do that today. In His Strong Name I ask, Amen.