A farmer came in to the house and told his wife, “It’s a great day! Our cow had two calves. We were expecting one, but God gave us two. So we should be thankful and give one of them back to God. We will sell it and give the money to help the poor.” The next morning he came in sad and said, “It’s a bad day! God’s calf died.”  

What this farmer didn’t realize was that both calves belonged to God. Everything we have belongs to God.

It was Paul who told us the forgotten words of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Jesus lived by this motto.

Jesus is always the best example to follow. In a world filled with materialism, strong political opinions and clashing cultural philosophies and religions, it isn’t always easy to live like Jesus.

This is true when it comes to giving. It can be difficult to know how to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  But Paul shares with us three principles so we can begin to give like Jesus. This is what I will be talking about on Sunday, July 7. How can we give like Jesus?

This our summer sermon series called “The Grace of Giving.” Last Sunday we discovered that we are to give in spite of circumstances. Though persecuted and living in poverty, the Macedonian churches gave beyond their ability. They had received much from God and they wanted to give much to God in spite of circumstances.

This Sunday we will discover how we can “Give Like Jesus”. My thoughts will be from 2 Corinthians 8:5-9. Here’s a hint: Before you can give money or time to God, you must give Him your heart first. God wants your heart. But He knows (and so do we) that our heart is attached to our money. Wherever it goes, our heart goes. Give your heart to Jesus and your money will follow. Give your money to God and your heart will follow. Discover the blessings of giving by grace.

Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

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