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Hearts, Habits & Happiness

Hearts, Habits & Happiness

Last weekend I attended the three sessions of Randy’s Q & A on the joy of giving at Good Shepherd Community Church. The theme of the conference was aptly named “Hearts, Habits & Happiness.” I’ve never heard messages on giving so infused with joy

Six Reasons to Live More Simply—and Give More Generously

Bible and Coffee on TableSomeone has said, “Live simply that others may simply live.” Of course, there is no automatic relationship between my simple living and someone else being rescued from starvation or reached with the gospel. There is only a relationship if I, in fact, use the resources I have freed up to feed the hungry and reach the lost. 

John Wesley’s Example of Giving

John Wesley on Money and Giving

To turn the tide of materialism in the Christian community, we desperately need bold models of kingdom-centered living. Consider the following story about John Wesley (1703-1791).

Five Things We Miss If We Don’t Give, Especially to the Needy

“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” (Jeremiah 22:16).If we don’t reach out in our giving, as individuals and as churches, we miss out on a central aspect of biblical teaching: God’s deep concern for the poor and needy. It was said of King Josiah, “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” (Jeremiah 22:16).

Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and the Joy of Giving

Ebenezer Scrooge, the Miser / The Joy of GivingGiving is doing what we were made for: loving God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:36–40). It is a blessed act that leads to joy. A graphic example of this joy is found in Charles Dickens’s classic story A Christmas Carol. I highly recommend you go back and re-read this very powerful story. Nanci and I try to listen to it on audio over the Christmas season.

An Invitation to Join the Giving Tuesday Movement

Giving TuesdayBlack Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. What’s next?  Fire-sale Sunday? It seems like every year there’s a new “specially designated” day to promote Christmas spending.

I want to say something about the growing “Giving Tuesday” movement (yes, yet another new day, but this one with a higher purpose). It’s the philanthropic community’s response to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is designed to provide people with a charitable day to consider giving as they go into the holiday season.

Eleven Giving Guidelines to Fight the Pull of Materialism

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).Jesus says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). As long as I still have something, I believe I own it. But when I give it away, I relinquish the control, power, and prestige that come with wealth. At the moment of release, the light turns on. The magic spell is broken. My mind clears, and I recognize God as owner, myself as servant, and other people as intended beneficiaries of what God has entrusted to me.

 

Peace Child Revisited, 50 Years After First Contact

Peace ChildMany years ago I read Peace Child by Don Richardson. This great missions story had a strong impact on my life, demonstrating the power of the gospel in a primitive culture.

Surviving the Dangers of Prosperity

“Ninety percent of Christians pass the test of adversity, while ninety percent of Christians fail the test of prosperity.” - Josef TsonDwight L. Moody once said, “We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity. For in prosperity, we forget God.” 

A Child’s Life-Saving Heart Surgery

ChangpiOne of the ministries EPM supports is Action International. Devendra and Koko Rai work with Action in India, and in November, Devendra sent out a prayer request for the daughter of an Indian pastor.  Changpi (who turned 7 on December 8) was diagnosed with a hole in her heart that created complications in her liver.

 

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