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Givers and Takers (6 of 6)
Series: Attitude for Altitude
Pastor Jeff Schreve
A woman called her pastor. She said, "Pastor, I have some news. I need your help." She said, "Today, I just found out that I inherited one million dollars." He said, "That's awesome. That's great. You're sharing that good news with me." And she said, "Well, I need your help." And he said, "Well, what help do you need?" And she said, "Well, you know, my husband, Jim, he has a bad heart. And I'm afraid that if I tell him this news, he will become so excited that he'll go into cardiac arrest and die." And she said, "Pastor, I need you to help me to tell him this good news without killing him." And so the pastor said, "Okay, I can do that." And so the pastor came to the house and sat down with Jim. And they were just chit-chatting. And then he said to Jim, he said, "Jim, tell me something." He said, "Just hypothetically, if you were to somehow gain a million dollars, what would you do with it?" Jim looked him straight in the eye and he said, "First thing I'd do, pastor, is write out a check for five hundred thousand dollars and give it to the church." And the pastor had a heart attack and died!
For the last several weeks, we've been in a series on attitudes, "Attitude for Altitude." And we've talked about the attitude of humility. We've talked about the attitude of obedience, and the attitude of gratitude, and the attitude of faith and praying big. And today, we want to talk about the attitude of giving, the attitude of generosity. Do you have that attitude?
Jesus said in Acts chapter 20, verse 35: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." How many people believe that it is more blessed to give than to receive, can I see your hands? All right, now you put me on your Christmas list. It's more blessed to give than to receive. The Texas Longhorns believe that Scripture, and they gave the ball away six times yesterday. It doesn't apply to football, right? But it applies ...
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