Month: December 2017

10 Favorite Facts & Trends Stories of 2017 – Facts & Trends

The Facts & Trends team has received excellent feedback from our readers on our four issues this past year: Sing, Unchurched, Bible Reading, and Generation Z. We hope you appreciated those and gained valuable ministry insights. But we also wanted to share with you our favorite stories from 2017. People often ask what are our…Read More »

Source: 10 Favorite Facts & Trends Stories of 2017 – Facts & Trends

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December 5

The Feasting Place

​Topic: The Stewardship of Time

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God is highly interested in how you use your time each day. He has given each one 24 hours each and He is interested in how you spend yours.

Your 24 hours are His gift to you, but you are also a steaward of the gift He has given you. A steward is a person who manages the property or affairs for another entity, and it is expected of a steward to be faithful and trustworthy, because every steward must give account of how he or she manages the property of his or her master.

Time should be taken seriously because in reality, human life on earth is measured in time. According to a popular saying, “Time wasted is life wasted.” Brian Russell maintains, “Time is a fragment of eternity given by God to mankind as a solemn stewardship, and one day God will…

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Joys and paradoxes of giving

Spiritual Reflections of a Growing Disciple & Willing Slave of Christ

I must say, giving is one of the oddest pleasant things out there. One one hand, it can be hard or even painful to part with something. But if it’s made willingly, there’s great joy.

Furthermore, I am always amazed at the “trickle-down” effect of giving. We don’t always know all of the stories nor do all gifts have many levels, but when we do hear about what happened with gifts, it can be remarkable. I just had an experience where a small gift touched a person’s heart who in turn touched someone else’s heart in a big way and we’ll see if it goes even further! “Chain giving” is crazy!

Lastly, there is the odd thing of getting back. No, not always right away or exactly what you gave. But it is amazing that once you open up your hands and let go (i.e. give), your hands are now…

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