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Living Generously, Part 1 - Stewarding Money & Resources

(Originally posted 8-21-19) 

“Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s his provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with His money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build His kingdom

Lifting Up The Local Church (PRAYER POINTS)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 

We are at the half-way point of this month and continuing on in this series on prayer.  This has not been so much a series about what prayer looks like…

Redeeming Work

How can we redeem work and even see that our work is redeeming in this world?  Today’s blog seeks to answer that question. 

Disclaimer:  Today’s post is a bit autobiographical at times just to provide some context.  I hope people…

An Unsafe Faith

(Originally posted 5-15-19)

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I

Overflowing With Gentleness (The Fruit Series)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5:22,23 

There are choices we must make every day as we relate to others.  To extend grace or not to.  To freely forgive…

Motivated In Goodness (The Fruit Series)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5:22,23 

In continuing on in The Fruit series, I have to admit I have a strong desire just to know how you…

Living Generously Part 2: Giving Of Our Time & Talents

 

“If you have money, power, and status today, it is due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned. In short, all your resources are in

Living Generously Part 1: Stewarding Money & Resources

“Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s His provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with His money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build His kingdom in heaven.” Randy

An Unsafe Faith

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.  Three times I was beaten with

Sharing The Dare (The Jesus Dare series) 

“I’m delighted to report that authentic followers of Christ have answers. They have something unchangeable and eternal to believe in. Jesus is a rock, and unwavering firm foundation. The Bible has stood the test of time.” (The Jesus Dare pg…

Compelled By Love (The Fruit Series)

I realize that in starting a series on the fruit of the Spirit, some of these topics can appear pretty broad and nebulous in scope.  Case in point, our first topic today:  love.  There will be times in this series…

I Will Not Be Shaken

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.  Psalm 62:6 

One of the saddest things to witness as a Christian is to see brothers and sisters grow cold in their faith…

What Can I Offer Him?

I have a dilemma every year around Christmas.  My dilemma is this:  my wife is a not much of a gift person.  I mean, she likes getting gifts and won’t turn up her nose at any well-intentioned purchase.  But it’s…

Passing On A Legacy (Homefires Series)

Wrapping up a series on marriage and the family, it may seem a little odd to spend some time talking about legacy.  After all, we’re getting into the practical nuts and bolts here right?  We’ve been all about the everyday…

Cultivating A Culture Of Gratitude

(Originally posted 2-23-17)

Do you ever have those days where you feel under-appreciated? Those days that wherever you are (home, school, or work) it seems no one really cares what you are contributing? And often a pattern develops where…

No Plan B

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the

Grace Looks Good On You!

To receive the image of God through Christ means to begin to share in his glory, knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. It means to become like him. John Piper   I love to hear conversion stories that reflect a 180…

The Reckless Love Of God

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” — C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the

CLOSED FISTS//OPEN HANDS

Well first of all, if it’s Thursday when you’re reading this, Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully your plans for the day include food and fellowship with those you love and are grateful for. I still believe we live in a great country…

A Brush With Greatness

I grew up in Minnesota and if you the know the state at all, you know it prides itself as “The State of Hockey.”  In Minnesota, hockey is almost a religion and from little on up, kids are introduced to…