Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Hey Folks,

I hope you enjoyed the series on Philippians I posted this Summer. The next series is in the works to kick off the Fall.

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Allen

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why Rick Warren Works for Free

By Allen White

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.    2 Corinthians 9:6-8

I have heard of people accused of reckless spending. But, have you ever heard of someone accused of reckless giving?

Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, gave back 100 percent of the salary his church paid him over 23 years of ministry. In fact, today he gives away 90 percent of his income and lives on 10 percent – a reserve tithe. Some would say, “Well, sure I could do that if I sold over 30 million books.”

Rick started a church with no money, no members and no building. Today, Saddleback is one of the largest churches in the United States with members from 90 cities in Southern California. He’s proof that you can’t out give God.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When Penney's Went Bankrupt

By Allen White

Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life. 1 Timothy 6:18-19

James Cash Penney, a.k.a. J.C. Penney, was known to be a very generous man to his church and to charitable institutions. When the Great Depression hit, Penney went bankrupt. Everything he had built was lost.

A reporter asked Penney if he regretted having given so much to charity and to God’s work now that he was out of business. Penney replied, “Absolutely not. The money I gave away is still doing some good. All of the money in the business is lost.”

Jesus encouraged His disciples to “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” (Matthew 6:20, NIV). Why? I don’t think we’ll need a bank account in Heaven or an ATM card for that matter. Storing up treasures in Heaven is not a transfer of wealth. It’s a transfer of trust. What do you trust in more: the size of your bank account or your Heavenly Father? You can’t trust both.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Genius of Generosity

By Allen White

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

These words run counter too much of the thinking in the world today. What seems logical is that if I hang on to what I have or invest it well, then I will prosper. Giving generously seems like a sure path to poverty.

This Proverb is reminiscent of the last scene of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George Bailey, the generous Building and Loan proprietor, has seemingly lost it all to Mr. Potter. The bank is quickly closing in. In desperation, George decides to end it all, but an angel, Clarence, intervenes. When he finally arrives home, George is met by friends and neighbors from all around who give what little they have to help the very man who helped them.

We cheer for the underdog. We celebrate that good guys can finish first. We don’t have the same feelings for Mr. Potter, a greedy, sour old man. Much like Bernie Madolf or another scam artist, no one would volunteer to come to their aid. It’s hard to sing Auld Lang Syne with them.
Who can you be generous to today?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

What If Your Income Increased 25 Percent?

By Allen White

At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.  And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen. Philippians 4:18-20

Do you have all that you need? Honestly, sometimes I’m not even sure that I know what I need. What could I live without? Unfortunately, we only try to figure out the necessities when we are forced to. Many people are figuring that out today.

Look at your budget (or create one). If you had to cut 25 percent, where would it come from? Would you still have everything you need? What falls into the other category: what you don’t really need?

Now, the big question: if you cut out what you don’t need, what would you do with the money? Take your wife on that trip you’ve always promised? Pay off your debt? Give to those in need?

It feels kind of freeing just thinking about it. What’s your next step?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thankful for Friends

By Allen White

As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. Philippians 4:14-17

Notice that Paul doesn’t focus on the money or the amount. Instead, Paul’s desire is that their kindness would be rewarded. Their kindness relieved Paul’s burden. Their kindness helped Paul focus on ministry instead of money. When you think about it, kindness really doesn’t cost us that much? But, boy, unkindness can cost us a lot.

My wife accidentally left her address book at the Post Office one day. A day or so later, she received it in the mail. The clerk was kind enough to mail the address book to the return address on the packages she sent. I’m not sure if postage was due or not. It was the gesture that counted. Now, an address book isn’t a dire loss. She could have Googled all of those names and come up with something. But, the clerk by his kindness saved her both worry and time.

My wife thanked the clerk. I haven’t brought it up to him yet, but it sure is easy to be kind to him when I mail MY packages.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Disorient to Reorient

By Allen White
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts
of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:31-33

“Jesus didn’t do orientations. He did disorientations. Sometimes God needs to disorient us so He can reorient us,” says Mark Batterson in his book, Wild Goose Chase.

We often apply these verses as if Jesus is saying, “Don’t worry if you will have anything to eat or anything to drink or anything to wear.” In North American culture, the issue is not scarcity for most. The issue is being caught up in too many choices. Jesus is saying not to worry about what choice we will make in eating, drinking or wearing. Unbelievers are caught up in that kind of thinking, but believers have better things to think about. Our thoughts should be directed at the Kingdom of God above all else. God will give us everything we need.

Here’s the disorientation: Jesus directs us to think about the Kingdom, which no one else is thinking about instead of food, drink and clothing, which everyone is thinking about. What is disorienting you right now? Maybe an unexpected situation. God can use that to reorient you to what He wants in your life.

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