Jesus is generous

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 20 JESUS IS GENEROUS “…I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or do you begrudge my generosity?”  So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew […]

What Christmas Means to Me

I have no presents to open today. Don’t take that the wrong way.  Our family exchanged gifts a few nights ago when my brothers and sisters-in-law were in town, so it’s not like I lost my ticket for the goodie train this year.  But, since the gift-giving is done, this morning will bring no fantastic […]

You Were Made to be a Giver

Do you ever flatter people to get what you want? “For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed —God is witness.  Nor did we seek glory from people…” -1 Thessalonians 2:5-6a Flattery gives encouragement not just with strings attached, but with hooks. More than the natural desire […]

The Hurt of Love

Have you ever had one of those painful conversations with someone you love? “For I write to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain, but to let you know the abundant love I have for you.” -2 Corinthians 2:4 Love hurts. Have you discovered […]

The Measure You Use (pt1)

A friend of mine sent me a great question the other day: When it says “give and it shall be given unto you, good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over,” could that be financially, spiritually, relationally, etc.? I always only thought of it as financially. Here are some thoughts that came to mind.  The […]

A Tithe and a Party

I’ll be frank: I am pretty sick of the way most teaching about “the tithe” (giving 10% of your income to God) is presented.  Anyone else? It’s usually talked about in one of two ways, and perhaps if you’ve spend any time in church you’ve heard one or both of these: WAY ONE: “God expects […]

Given to You

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38 She was NOT a happy camper. As I sat at the diner-style counter eating my eggs, it […]