I was recently talking with someone about how we live in a “consumer culture,” and about how deeply that kind of thinking has burrowed its way into our hearts and minds. It’s hard to escape. We consume. Products, plastics, food, ideas, even people sometimes. We spend our days being battered by advertisements and promotions which … Continue reading The gold is in the giving
Elisabeth Elliot tells us a story about a beggar and a King. A beggar was sitting at the side of the street with his hat outstretched asking for money. Then he noticed that the King himself was coming, complete with his whole entourage. This was his lucky day! How could the King refuse to give … Continue reading The beggar and the King
All week we’ve been exploring how we can be wealthy (regardless of how much money we have). Our main verse has been 1 Timothy 6:18. Paul says: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” So far I’ve asked you some critical gut-check questions. … Continue reading Actively looking for opportunities
You want to serve. But things in life are already weighing you down. But what if helping others actually made you feel... lighter?
You want to serve and help others. But you're just too busy. Or are you? (Maybe you should just tell your excuses to Greg.) Read on...
You know that serving and helping others is a good thing. But it leaves you tired. So is it worth it? I think so. And here's why.
You probably think you're a fairly "giving person." But if you don't do this, you're probably not. (With thanks to the widow's offering.)
I'm guessing we all want joy. So this idea from John Maxwell may not be what first comes to mind, but it's gold.
Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (ESV) Today's Thought In the movie Angels with Dirty Faces, James Cagney plays a criminal gangster named William “Rocky” Sullivan who is admired by a bunch of young misfits and delinquents in the city. He … Continue reading Angels with Dirty Faces
2 Corinthians 1:12 “Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity.” (NIV) Today's Thought There’s a story about a gardener who grew an incredible carrot. It was so good that he presented it to the King as a gift. “Your … Continue reading Giving to give or giving to get?