Month: August 2018

6 Ways to Create a Culture of Generosity in Your Church | Facts & Trends

Praying for the millennials

The Bible has more than 2,000 verses on it. Jesus spoke repeatedly about it. If God consistently emphasizes stewardship and money, shouldn’t church leaders?

Source: 6 Ways to Create a Culture of Generosity in Your Church | Facts & Trends

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Release Your Care and Rest

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Today’s Scripture
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
(Matthew 11:28, NIV)
Release Your Care and Rest

God wants to give you rest. He wants to refresh and restore your soul—your mind, will and emotions. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of life, and before long, your mind, will and emotions are so “spun up” that you can barely think straight! But even in the hustle of life, you can find rest, ease and relaxation. God wants to take care of everything that concerns you so that you can find rest in your innermost being when you come to Him.

Imagine how you would feel if someone came up to you today and said, “Give me all of your monthly bills; I’m going to pay them.” You’d get pretty excited, wouldn’t you? But it wouldn’t happen until…

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Be Faithful in the Little Things in Preparation for the Big Things

God's Way Actually Works

Continued from here.

I previously mentioned a statement from Tony Evans’ book, Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny, which I’ll repeat again here. When people newly out of seminary ask Pastor Evans how to become a pastor of a megachurch, he advises them to go preach in a prison. His point is that God entrusts us with smaller tasks to prepare us for larger tasks, and we need to prove ourselves faithful in the small things before God will entrust us with bigger ones.

Jesus said the same thing with his parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-15). His point in the parable was this:

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” ~ Luke 15:10

God may have placed a big vision on your heart. I…

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Crucified With Christ

Ridgetop Reflections

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NIV).

This is a beautiful verse and one many Christians can recite by heart without really giving much thought to its implications. But If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us are living life on our own terms, in our own strength, guided by our own wisdom and asking God to bless us in those efforts.

Christ wants to do immeasurably than that, more than we can ask or even imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) But it requires dying to self, crucifying our flesh with all its passions and desires (Gal. 5:24), and completely surrendering our lives to Christ, giving the Holy Spirit free reign over our hearts.

That is the kind of faith Paul…

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