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“Giving God’s Way”

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

The holiday season is in full swing and with it comes much giving. In fact, some might say that this is the season of giving. Many are shopping for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and friends. Don’t you love the look on their face as they open your gift? I think most of us truly enjoy giving to others. Giving blesses those who receive and it blesses the giver. I love giving but I don’t want my giving to be seasonal and I definitely want to give God’s way.
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on”(Lk.21:1-4). The widow’s giving impressed and pleased Jesus as she gave all she had. One might say that the widow literally gave until it hurt. Her giving was completely selfless and full of faith. The widow’s giving proves that her faith was in God and not in money.
I think we should all be challenged by this short story of a widow who gave all she had. We should ask ourselves if our giving shows a deep faith in God or a trust in money. Truth is our money is God’s anyway. All that we have God has blessed us with, so we should be willing to give back to Him or to bless others. We will never be able to out give God as He gave the ultimate gift of His only Son to the cross for us. We should at least strive to be like the widow and give God’s way.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”(II Cor.9:7)

 

 

“Giving God’s Way”

Posted on: November 29th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

The holiday season is in full swing and with it comes much giving. In fact, some might say that this is the season of giving. Many are shopping for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and friends. Don’t you love the look on their face as they open your gift? I think most of us truly enjoy giving to others. Giving blesses those who receive and it blesses the giver. I love giving but I don’t want my giving to be seasonal and I definitely want to give God’s way.
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on”(Lk.21:1-4). The widow’s giving impressed and pleased Jesus as she gave all she had. One might say that the widow literally gave until it hurt. Her giving was completely selfless and full of faith. The widow’s giving proves that her faith was in God and not in money.
I think we should all be challenged by this short story of a widow who gave all she had. We should ask ourselves if our giving shows a deep faith in God or a trust in money. Truth is our money is God’s anyway. All that we have God has blessed us with, so we should be willing to give back to Him or to bless others. We will never be able to out give God as He gave the ultimate gift of His only Son to the cross for us. We should at least strive to be like the widow and give God’s way.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”(II Cor.9:7)

 

 

“Thanksgiving”

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Chuck Ball No Comments

Thanksgiving is a holiday that many look forward to all year. On that particular Thursday in November, families will gather for a meal and to enjoy quality time together. Old family traditions are honored and new traditions are made. The main thing is that the Thanksgiving holiday is about being away from work and your daily schedule and just being with your family. Thanksgiving is also an attitude or mindset. The word “thanksgiving” means giving thanks or being thankful. We tend to be a little more thankful this time of year with the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”(I Thess.5:16-18). Paul taught that we should “give thanks in all circumstances”. It’s easy to be thankful and give thanks when all is well and we’re sitting at a table full of food and surrounded by family and friends. But, “all circumstances” means just that. It’s God’s will for those in Christ to be thankful always. When things are good and when things aren’t so good, we’re to give thanks. As Christians we should have an attitude of thanksgiving all year long, no matter the difficult circumstances we face. This is no easy task but necessary and beneficial, as it helps us to stay focused on the One who blesses with all that we have to be thankful for.