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
by John Richardson | June 17, 2015
"The only gift is a portion of thyself." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson...
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
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
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
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
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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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
by Jeff Anderson | February 25, 2015
**This post is an excerpt from the book Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with An Invisible God
The Christian life is a journey of choices. Choosing a church to attend involves choices. The decision to study the Bible - which Bible translation to select, what book to read, how often to read; the decision to engage in missions – ... read full post
by John Richardson | February 5, 2015
How are we supposed to handle the fact that Jesus told us to keep our giving secret?
For some of you, the answer to that question is quick and simple. We keep our giving private. Don’t tell the neighbors. Don’t inform the kids. And never make a scene when you’re being generous.
That sounds – and feels – right doesn’t it?
by GenerousChurch | January 21, 2015
“Fear and suffering are the universal human experience, and every religion is an attempt to overcome this condition.” Skye Jethani, With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God.
You’ve heard the cliché’s…“Punch fear in the face.” “The only thing you have to fear is fear itself.” “Never let your fear decide your fate.” ... read full post
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