Why Set a Personal Giving Goal
2 Corinthians 9:6-9
February 2, 2003
Well this morning if you'll look in your bulletin and find your sermon outline. Let me just say a few words. I want to read this passage of scripture that talks about sowing and reaping. I want to comment a little bit upon the events of yesterday as well as what is in the outline. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 the Bible says "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." You know, the seven brave heroes who gave their lives for their countries this week sowed generously. They sowed generously of their talents, their gifts, their abilities. And all of us will reap because of what they have sown. What they have sown in their example, what they have sown in their time and their talent. We will all reap. As far as Rick Husband is concerned, what he has sown in terms of his testimony, his boldness and courage in his love for Christ is going to bring a harvest that will reap abundantly in the lives of people, not only in this life, but in heaven forever and forever and forever.
I was so happy when Trent called me last night and shared with me that he'd had the opportunity to speak with several newspapers all over the country about Rick's testimony and about his life and his love for Jesus Christ, about his testimony for the Lord to several major newspapers. He was on his way to Lubbock to get an uplink to speak to MSNMB and the Fox News Channel. I think in the morning he will be on the CBS Morning News program and on some other programs as well. Because when something like this happens God promises that he will bring good out of it. You know, the scripture teaches us that God doesn't cause evil to happen. I know that the first reaction of many people is , "Why did God let this happen?" You know, God didn't let this happen and God didn't cause this to happen. Because God is not the author of evil things. ...
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