What if my Generosity is Misused?

by John Richardson  |  April 21, 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

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (Part 5 of 5)

by John Richardson  |  March 15, 2016


“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

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 4)

by John Richardson  |  March 2, 2016


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

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 2)

by John Richardson  |  February 4, 2016


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

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 3)

by John Richardson  |  February 4, 2016


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

4 Breakthroughs for Unleashing Generous Disciples (pt 1 of 5)

by John Richardson  |  January 21, 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

What's Hiding in Your Preaching Calendar?

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

Thankfulness in the Midst of Worldwide Turmoil

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

God's Restoration Plan and Your Words

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

One Thing ALL Neighborhoods Need

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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