The Season of Giving – Day 7

What can we give to a God who gives us so much? Day 7: 2 Corinthians 8:5 (KJV) “They first gave themselves to the Lord.” While it is vital that we contribute to the mission of spreading the gospel, even more critical is the need for us to give ourselves. No, not of ourselves, but…

The Season of Giving – Day 6

There are many ways to give during this season and many reasons to give. But for the remaining two days I want to look at giving to God. First, we’ll look at giving to the mission. Day 6: Matthew 28:19 (KJV) “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the…

Good Looks

I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the shiny, red apple. Its juices ran down my fingers as I sliced off the skin. Round and round I went, the anticipation building with every swipe of the knife. Finally! Wait. What’s this I see? Blinking rapidly, I stared unbelieving. Beneath all those layers of crisp,…

The Season of Giving – Day 5

Although we’ve established that our purpose in giving is not to get, there are benefits to be gained when you give. Day 5: Proverbs 28:27 NLT “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.” True or False: When it comes to giving anything but…

The Season of Giving – Day 4

Giving is meant to be an unselfish act. But our stony hearts (Ezekiel 36:26) can sometimes get in the way. Day 4: Proverbs 3:27 NLT “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it is in your power to help them.” I’ve done it. And if you’re honest with yourself, you probably have…

The Season of Giving – Day 3

God wants us to give, but there are some guidelines. Day 3: Matthew 6:2 (GNB) “So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it as the hypocrites do in the houses of worship and on the streets. They do it so that people will praise them. I…

The Season of Giving – Day 2

The God who gave us the ultimate gift has quite a bit to say about the act of giving. Day 2: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (MSG) “I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your mind what you will give. God loves it when the giver delights…

The Season of Giving – Day 1

If we take the time to read the Bible, we will find that it really is a manual by which to live our lives. There are even guidelines about giving – something we can benefit from all year round. So take a walk with me; over the next seven (7) days, we will explore what…