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Ashley Madison and the Way of Generosity

by GenerousChurch  |  August 26, 2015

Over the past few days, we’ve started to see “the list.” Chances are, you’ve already looked or you’ve been curious. After all, it’s a soap opera that’s come into all of our lives. We want to know who has fallen and some are tempted to spread the word … even cloaking our gossip in the language of prayer. “Please pray for Bill, Mike, Amy and their families, ... read full post

Using Generosity as a Gateway to Discipleship

by GenerousChurch  |  August 11, 2015

Terrace Lake Community Church is on a mission to make disciples. This young, innovative church in Columbus, Indiana has seen steady growth over the last few years, including baptizing 24 new believers last year alone. But, as their mission statement clearly reflects, loving people into God’s family is not the end goal for Terrace Lake. They want to unleash disciples who look like Jesus in their daily ... read full post

Giving Away the Weekend Offering

by keith-speaks  |  August 5, 2015

Note: This article was written by Pastor Keith Speaks of Hales Corners, Wisconsin. It was written at the request of GenerousChurch after Hales Corners Lutheran Church gave away an entire weekend's offering as they integrated generosity as a key value in their congregation.

Generosity is a heartbeat that has energized the bloodstream of our core leadership, but it has not yet entered the entire body. As a ... read full post

The Joy of Sacrificing for the Future

by GenerousChurch  |  July 28, 2015

South Florida is known for a lot of things…swamps, beaches, Disney World and retirees. But Idlewild Baptist Church is doing its part to make South Florida known for increasing levels of generosity.

Case in point. A man in the church (who wishes to remain anonymous) dropped out of school after the eighth grade to go to work. His prospects for landing a dream job at that point were pretty low. In fact, ... read full post

Shaking Off Our Comfortable Lives

by John Richardson  |  June 17, 2015

"The only gift is a portion of thyself." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I’m in the midst of an identity crisis. Not a mid-life crisis…but an identity crisis.

Our family is moving from our long-time home to a new state. We’re packing up and leaving our Mississippi roots to head to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We’re a bundle of nerves ... read full post

Capturing the Hearts and Imaginations of our Children

by GenerousChurch  |  May 20, 2015

Five-year-old Josiah Duncan of Prattville, Alabama was recently taken aback when he saw a homeless man come into the local Waffle House. Naturally, he did what five-year-old kids do…stare and start asking his mom questions.

All of us who have children have been in similar situations. We tell them not to stare, because it’s rude. We ask them to speak quietly, because their questions might be ... read full post

The Art of Selflessness

by GenerousChurch  |  May 7, 2015

What leads a woman to shelter, adopt and raise as many as 69 children? How do you get to the point where you are more concerned with the life of a stranger than your own? What prompted these 11 individuals to alter the course of their lives for the good of people around them?

We all know what it means to be selfless. In fact, I would guess that almost all of us act selflessly at times. At the right ... read full post

Redeeming the World through Generosity

by John Richardson  |  April 15, 2015

God is on a mission to redeem His people and His creation.

I am reading through the Torah right now and it is incredibly interesting to note the emphasis that God places on redemption. Starting in Exodus, He tells the Israelites, “I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment” (Exodus 6:6). He clearly states that He is ... read full post

Are we on the verge of citywide generosity movements?

by GenerousChurch  |  March 26, 2015

What would it look like if God determined to show Himself through the united churches of a city? What would happen if Senior Pastors and Elder Boards started to pursue something larger than their local expression of the church? How could a city be transformed if business leaders united in a public imitation of God’s ways?

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5 Questions that Inform Full-Life Generosity

by GenerousChurch  |  February 25, 2015

“The mind knows not what the tongue wants.”

Chances are pretty high that when you read that sentence – and then re-read that sentence – you think it’s somewhat off-center. But, it’s actually a powerful statement used by Malcolm Gladwell in a TED talk to explain why we have so many varieties of food items available today. In other words, Gladwell uses the science of food ... read full post

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