Just One More Thing

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 8:7 But since you excel in everything — in faith, and speech, and knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you — see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

O-bservation:

The diplomacy with which St. Paul encouraged the church at Corinth to be generous is a matter of sheer emotional intelligence. He lauded them for all the wonderful things they were known for, but then said, “Just One More Thing,” strive to excel in the grace of giving.

A-pplication:

The Apostle had commended the Church at Corinth for a number of excellent Christian traits that he had observed. He talked about the fact that they had excelled in faith. Faith is what built the New Testament church and is what keeps us thriving today. Then he said that this young church had excelled in speech, which means they were willing to contend for their faith. Then he said they excelled in knowledge. Knowledge builds our faith and our willingness to contend for what we believe. Paul said you’re so sincere, and you love like we have taught you to love. And then he says, “Just One More Thing,” make sure that you’re most known for your generosity. Could it be that the church at Corinth had been stingy? I doubt it. You can’t excel in the Christian basics and not be generous. But healthy reminders are always good!

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Help me remember that generosity keeps your supply flowing to us. We are your divine supply to those all around us. Help me never to get stopped up. Help me instead to keep spiritual pipes clean and flowing to others. I want to excel in generosity! Amen      
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Please, No More Giving!

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Exodus 36:6
Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more.

O-bservation:

When it came time for Moses to build the mobile tabernacle in the wilderness, the people became so emotionally attached to building the mobile tabernacle that they brought so much money, that Moses, their leader, actually made an impassioned plea that basically said, “Please, No More Giving!”

A-pplication:

I love this story. This, to me, is proof that people love the house of the Lord. It’s true that you and I are the Church, and wherever we are and whatever time we choose, we can begin to worship our Lord. Yet it’s also true that people love a place where they can gather together and worship their Lord. Moses had put the word out that he was going to need specialists in all dimensions of building to be able to create a glorious house of worship that could be taken down and moved from place to place while the Children of Israel traveled toward their promised land. The response was so fantastic that TOO much was being given. Finally, Moses had to put the word out, “Please No More Giving!” I’ve been privileged to lead a congregation filled with people like these. Don’t get me wrong. We don’t have millionaires that I know of in our urban church, but we have givers who give like they are. I’ve never said it yet, but any day, like Moses, I hope to have to say, “Please, No More Giving!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank You for a congregation of people who love Your house and love the mission You have placed on our hearts. Help me be the kind of Pastor who is always reminded of the blessing I have to serve such wonderful people. Amen
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Entirely On HIS Own

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

2 Corinthians 8:3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own.

O-bservation:

St. Paul was in need of an offering to take to the poor saints living in Jerusalem. He now commends the Macedonian churches for their response to his offering plea. Paul was absolutely amazed and impressed by their generosity for people they had never even met. He said the Macedonian churches have given beyond their ability and they did it "Entirely On Their Own."

A-pplication:

I can't tell you how many times I've read this verse before, but it's been quite a few. I can honestly tell you that this verse was enlightened to me this AM. What if we, as "Followers of Jesus," were always giving "Entirely On Our Own?" Not prodded by man, not "Guilt Tripped" into it, but just generous and "Entirely On Your Own?" It seemed like a vision flashed before my eyes of the sun coming up in broken places around the world. I saw people who had contempt for one another now arm and arm, almost like they were enjoying one another's company, and bloated bellies now turned to healthy smiling children. Yeah, maybe it was just a dream, but the idea of being generous "Entirely On Your Own" will indeed eradicate greed and ownership in the person's life who chooses to follow the Macedonian model. And the One who knows all things will see that person and probably take care of that person in a way they never dreamed possible. And He will do it ... "Entirely On His Own!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to affirm this AM that I am totally and completely dependent on YOU. No doubt You know of my daily situation. And in spite of it all, I want to give "Entirely On My Own." The one great thing about it is that I know, You've got me! Amen
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