Generosity Challenge

A couple of Sundays ago, I challenged us to live generously on a daily basis. I will continue our generosity series on Sunday, June 25. This will be a meaningful service as we talk about generosity around the Lord’s Table. We will partake of Communion together, recognizing the most generous gift ever given – God’s gift of His only beloved Son (John 3:16). You don’t want to miss it!


Let me refresh your minds on a couple of thoughts from God’s Word.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT  

6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

 

The law of sowing and reaping is always in effect where God is concerned. And giving is a matter of the heart. Generosity does not always have to do with money; it’s a lifestyle mindset. If we are stingy, we will have a chintzy harvest in our lives. If we are generous, we will have a generous harvest. It’s all about our mindset. Once we get a glimpse of the vastness of our Father and the Kingdom of heaven, we will take on a Kingdom perspective as heirs of such. We will understand that because God is our Father, we have all we need, in every way, all the time. With such a mindset, we can then be generous to others. 


Now back to our generosity challenge! I challenge each of us to consider a way we can be generous every day during this generosity series. Start by asking the Holy Spirit to show you ways in which your mindset needs to shift. Then as you proceed through your day, look for ways to be generous. There are some well-used ways we can do so: pay for the person’s food behind you in the drive-thru, tip your server WELL, pay for the table next to you at a restaurant. But what about generosity when it comes to forgiveness – notice the root word is give? How about giving five more minutes at work? Or doing just one more thing than you were asked? What about being generous in our homes with our spouses, our family members? Love gives the benefit of the doubt (1 Cor 13). How about our time? Our society is all about “me time”, but what if we were to share some of that precious commodity with others? 


Making sense now that generosity most definitely includes money and material possessions, but it is certainly not limited to them? I’m looking forward to hearing how the generosity challenge impacts our lives. And I’m praying that you experience the joy of generosity; there’s nothing like it!


“Freely you have received; now freely give” (Matthew 10:8).


6-16-2023

You Do You!

Have you heard this small one-liner lately? I’ve heard it spoken when someone is expressing a particular style, an opinion, a plan of events that is perhaps not popular or deviates from the norm. It is somewhat of an embracing of an individual’s personality and style. There is most definitely something to be said for being true to one’s individual likings and not conforming to others’ expectations. God has certainly designed us uniquely; each of us is beautifully fashioned by our Master Designer. Therefore, you are indeed a masterpiece.


For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10


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4-24-2023

I still have my Quarter...

I still have a quarter on my desk from this time last year.


Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”     Matthew 27:37-39 (NIV)


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2-20-2023

Is THAT in the Bible?

Not everything you’ve grown accustomed to hearing, saying, and maybe even believing is from the Bible.


Live your truth!


This popular Instagram post went wild this year. Celebrities telling us to seek out and find our own truths and then living those truths. The thought is that each individual must seek and find his/her own truth and live life to the fullest based on self alone, not being told by others what to do or how to live. In the face of peer pressure, we are encouraged to not succumb to other’s perceptions or society’s standards of how each of us should conduct our lives. 


I get the notion in the slogan that each individual should not live life based on another’s expectations. The quest, however, that is promoted is that each of us should look within ourselves to find our truth. The supporters of this mantra want us to defy the status quo and shake off any external standard. They instruct us to define our own truth. It doesn’t matter what our “truth” is, only that we live it with self-integrity. It even seems that the most degrading lifestyles are celebrated for “living their own truths”. This self-actualization is somehow the epitome of this “woke” generation.

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1-26-2023

And Wonders of His Love

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus. That’s love. That’s the wonder of His love.


And that’s just the beginning of His love. His love is eternal. His love provides. His love secures. His love calms the storm inside of us. His love is greater than the starry sky or the grains of sand on all the beaches in the world. His love knows the numbers of hairs on your head (today and again tomorrow) as well as the number of your days on the earth. His love holds you when you are without strength and cheers for you when you win a battle. His love reaches to the lowest valley and extends far above the

highest mountain peak.


His love is so great…and yet His love is extended to every one of us individually. His love is wonderful!


Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

May the wonders of the love of God fill your heart and your home this Christmas.


With love,


Pastor Paula and Kelly

12-23-2022