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
by John Richardson | January 6, 2016
There is a gem hidden in your preaching calendar. You probably haven’t seen it yet, but it’s sitting just under the surface of all of those sermon series and book studies. And the key to some of your most effective preaching moments in 2016 will only be recognized when you unearth this gem.
A few years ago, I started watching a show on The Weather Channel called Prospectors. (The fact that I was ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | December 8, 2015
School-aged boys in Jesus’s day (back in the old days) were known and even expected to memorize the entire Jewish Bible (the Tanakh or the Old Testament). If they wanted to be chosen to follow any of the leading Rabbis, they would have to demonstrate this incredible ability. I – on the other hand – often have trouble remembering how old I am and the last four digits of my social security number. ... read full post
by John Richardson | November 24, 2015
I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving feels a little off to me this year. Things are different. It’s not quite like any other Thanksgiving that I can remember. Granted, for most of my life, Thanksgiving has been delivered squarely in the middle of a warm, protected, turkey-filled bubble. And while I’m still in that bubble, something has changed.
Since I was not in the military, I have ... read full post
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