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Becoming the Giver You Want to Be (3 of 5)
Series: Stewardship--Taking God at His Word
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Introduction: In honor of the big day this week and for the benefit of all of you, who like me, will overdo it again this Thanksgiving, I offer Five Sure Fire Signs You Ate Too Much Thanksgiving Dinner:
Reason #5: Representatives from the Butterball Hall of Fame call to interview you. #4: The day after Thanksgiving, you receive a Sumo Wrestler application in the mail. The #3 Sure Fire Sign You Ate Too Much Thanksgiving Dinner: The doctor says that rash on your stomach is really steering wheel burn. #2: Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you out of the Lazy-Boy. And the #1 Sure Fire Sign That You Ate Too Much on Thanksgiving: When the nurse pricked your finger for a cholesterol screening, all she got was gravy. (From Good Clean Fun at http://www.gcfl.net)
We are into the third part of Taking God At His Word. If you are keeping up with the book, you read, discussed and prayed about the motives for giving. You have given serious thought to the Lord's promise to bless those who tithe. You believe and understand that you never give a dime toward the work of the Lord, but what you are blessed many times over. This week you have been reading about the practical steps that lead to good stewardship.
I am convinced that every one of you wants to be faithful. You believe the promises of God. You want to obey his commands. When it comes to financial matters, like every other area of life, you want to please the Lord. You realize that everything you have comes from the hand of God. You are grateful. I know that most of you would love to give generously to the church or to some important missionary enterprise. Many of you do. But many of you don't!
Let me make something perfectly clear. I don't have a clue as to how much any of you give. No one around here has access to that information except our men who coun ...
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