Sermons on Generosity

A Widow and Her Offering

As Jesus watched people bring forward their offerings in the temple, He pointed out a shocking contrast. While many people made a show of their extravagant gifts and offerings, it was a quiet and unassuming poor widow who made the biggest offering of all. Join us for part four of The Little Things where we discover the truth about the little money we have.  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats…
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Saving Christmas From Amazon

Christmas is expensive! Analysts expect us to spend $920 per person on gifts in 2019. If they’re right, it will mean that holiday spending has increased every year since 2008 and will top $1 trillion for the first time ever! But an expensive Christmas is not the same as a meaningful Christmas. In fact, you may be spending a lot of money and only cheapening the true meaning of the season. Maybe we spend so much because we are trying to compensate for something that would cost us much more. It is easy to shop online and have Christmas arrive…

Disciples Live Generously

Generosity was a defining characteristic of first-century disciples. In his history of the early church, Luke describes how Christians shared their possessions so that there was no need among them. That kind of generosity attracted the attention and favor of the entire city. What would happen if believers today displayed that kind of generosity? Join us for part four of The Disciple’s Journey where we learn that generosity is an essential habit of discipleship. Quoting Scripture Now the full number…

Why we always ask for money

An often-repeated criticism of the church is that, “they are always asking for money!” While there are examples of financial abuse by churches, there is also an important spiritual connection between our money and our spiritual health. In fact, Jesus talked about money more than He talked about heaven and hell combined! Join us for week 3 of Because where we explore the basic concepts of stewardship and generosity and learn why your money is like a thermometer revealing the…

Whom Do You Serve?

Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose…

Whom Do You Love?

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace…

Whom Do You Trust?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will…

Keys to the City

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living…

Public Enemy #1

Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. Luke 12:15

City Budget

We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 2 Corinthians 8:20-21

City Limits

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

City Planning

“You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year.  And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe,…