by GenerousChurch | June 8, 2016
When I was a teenager, I was part of a fairly strong church youth group. We did the fun stuff that a lot of groups do, but we also had a handful of great youth leaders. And honestly, most of those great leaders were not paid staff. They were sophomores, juniors and seniors who were truly growing in their faith.
As I think back about the things that shaped my faith ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | May 24, 2016
In the life of every congregation, there are occasional “accelerants” that can advance the mission of the church rapidly and well beyond the typical speed of ministry. These accelerants are often described with words like:
Ignite Thrust Fast-forward Double-time Advance Stimulate Hasten Quicken
For example, throughout the history of the Church, church planting has been considered an ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | May 10, 2016
Over the last several years, we have discussed, walked in and obsessed over whole-life generosity. Through that time, one thing has become abundantly clear. Generosity rarely matures apart from contentment.
There are lots of people who desire to be generous. In fact, it has been said that we are hard-wired from birth to be givers (in the image of our Father). There is something in our DNA that pulls us ... read full post | 1 comments
by John Richardson | April 20, 2016
A young mother came to our church needing assistance. She had four kids by two different men, and her current husband was abusing the entire family—physically and emotionally. Through some personal connections, she found our church, and we found her a new place to live. Not only did she have a chance to start over, but we also found her a job at a partnering church’s child development center.
Over ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | April 6, 2016
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
What do you do when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your spouse about giving?
If this is the biggest struggle you have in your marriage, pat yourself on the back and take the rest of the day off. You have my permission. You may want to check with your spouse (and boss) ... read full post
by John Richardson | March 17, 2016
FIGHTING FOR LIFE
“Be fruitful and multiply.”
I once got into an argument with a medical doctor over that phrase. It was the eighth month of my wife’s second pregnancy. Because she had a C-section with our first child and knew that we would have to endure C-sections with each successive child, we determined to limit our risks and have her tubes tied after the second ... read full post
by John Richardson | March 1, 2016
BREAKTHROUGH IS AVAILABLE
Imagine living in a third world country where ½ of the children die every year due to disease. Imagine the grief of a parent who has lost multiple children and doesn’t know why the gods keep letting their children get sick. How incredible would it be for those parents to hear a foreign relief worker say, “Your children don’t have to get sick. ... read full post
by John Richardson | February 15, 2016
THE CYCLE OF GENEROSITY
As we stepped into the Cycle of Generosity with our last post, we acknowledged that while the Humanistic Cycle begins with “Earning,” God’s way of doing things begins with “Welcoming.” In other words, the Cycle of Generosity begins with grace, not works.
The problem is … it’s not uncommon for our thinking to grind ... read full post
by John Richardson | February 3, 2016
LIFE'S GREATEST BREAKTHROUGHS
I recently read an article called “The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel.” After reading the title, I started running through possibilities in my mind and was pretty sure that the In-N-Out burger would be in the top 25. Much to my dismay, the burger wasn’t on the list, but the assembly line did make the cut (theoretically leading to the ... read full post
by John Richardson | January 20, 2016
Some of the truly transformational moments in life come through incredible circumstances (like a car wreck or the loss of something precious to us) or radical decisions (“I’m going to ‘cut off’ my left hand so it won’t cause me to sin any longer”). And many times when we consider making life changes, we think in terms of these instantaneous, ... read full post
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