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
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
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