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
by GenerousChurch | November 11, 2015
I don’t know that any of this will make sense. But, if it’s going to have chance, you’ll have to read this quote slowly and carefully.
“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time ... read full post
by John Richardson | October 28, 2015
“Generosity, when properly understood, is a healing agent. It restores what is broken to a state of wholeness and vitality.”
Restoration is a beautiful thing. I recently watched a short video that shows the process of a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback being “raised from the dead.” The post office employee (yes, you read that correctly!) who undertook this project removed the rusted car ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | October 6, 2015
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ― Mandy Hale
There are beautiful life moments that happen around us all of the time.
- A doctor doesn’t charge a patient who can’t afford insurance.
- ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | September 23, 2015
As children, we often heard the warning, “Don’t talk to strangers.” We were taught about stranger danger and the dreaded consequences of getting too close to those we didn’t know. And as a parent, I taught my children the same things. “If someone stops their car and tries to talk to you, come in and get me immediately!” “Don’t ever get into the car with someone that ... read full post
by John Richardson | September 9, 2015
A few months ago, my wife saw a couple in a SUV that had stalled in a center turn lane. They were only yards from a gas station, but it was raining and they weren’t able to maneuver the stalled vehicle across two lanes of oncoming traffic. Apparently, she wasn’t the only one who saw them. Dozens of other people were passing by…even slowing down to stare.
In that moment, my wife did what ... read full post
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
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
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
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
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