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Restoring Generosity (3 of 3)
Series: The Frog in the Kettle - Restoring Lost Values and Redeeming a Corrupt Culture
''To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.''
Revelation 3:14-19 (NIV)
1. THE WORD: THE SEED OF GENEROSITY
''Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.'' Luke 6:38 (NIV)
• The Rule of Return
''Give, and it will be given to you....''
• The Law of Expectation
''For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.''
• The Principle of Overflow
''A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over....''
2. THE WALK: ACTIVATING THE SEED OF GENEROSITY
''Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?'' Luke 6:46 (NIV)
'''I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,' says the LORD Almighty. But you ask, 'How are we to return?' Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' 'In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you ar ...
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