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Host Kevin Willett is joined by Keegan from Operation Generosity. Operation Generosity is an e-movement to help good people reach their kindness capabilities. Please visit their website to learn more at http://progressisgood.maker.good.is/projects/OperationGenerosity
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We spent all of February talking about matters of the heart, hardened hearts, circumcised hearts, and guarded hearts. One of the things that tends to reveal our hearts the most is money!
Matthew 6:24 says, "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
For the month of March, in honor of St. Patrick's Day and everything green, we are going to talk about our faith as it relates to our finances. In this 3rd episode we are going to look at the promises of generosity, and why it pays to be a giver. The Scriptures we will be referencing are Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 11:24, and 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
Get your pens and pads ready, as we align our faith with our finances!
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Acts of generosity, big or small, always generate miracles of life. Generosity begets generosity and creates a circular flow of compassion and gratitude. Sharing is the true language of interdependence, and life invites us to be generous both in giving and in receiving. When we live out of a spirit of sharing, we come to know the full meaning of loving-kindness. Sharing is not to be thought of simply in material terms, for there is also the generosity of judgment, of patience, of forgiveness, of gentle presence.When the law of scarcity is foremost in our thoughts, human nature expresses itself in terms of acquisitive desire. This need to acquire is built on a fear of lack. We compete for what we think will run out, what there cannot possibly be enough of: divine favor, parental love, the affections of others, commodities, natural resources. We create categories of the chosen and the unchosen, suffer sibling rivalry and jealous murder, and wage war over land, oil and water resources. The human propensity to possess, and to protect possession, forms the basis of strife and injustice. Violence grows out of rivalry, and rivalry out of a notion of scarcity. The truth of the matter is that this passion for acquisition robs us of life. As Joseph Campbell puts it, We should not expect good to come to us but rather to flow out from us
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Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on psychological egoism, take two, the purpose of Atlas Shrugged, limiting another's generosity, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Question 1: Isn't everyone selfish?
Question 2: Was Atlas Shrugged written to save America?
Question 3: How much generosity is too much?
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Reading Genesis 13. I mentioned previously that Abram was supposed to leave family behind, but he brought his nephew Lot. Well, it started making trouble by the next chapter. The two had to separate because they were so blessed and wealthy. Abram gave Lot the choice of where to go, and Lot chose the very best, choicest land. Abram agreed without any argument at all, and the next thing that happened was that God renewed a wonderful promise to him. And, by the way, Lot ended up in very big trouble as a result of his choice of where to live.
Abram gives us a great example of selfless generosity, which there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of in the world today. I think when we emulate Abram's example, we are also far more blessed than whatever it is we "gave up."
Mike was reading about a friend of ours at Cape Christian in So. Florida. It brought to mind a great idea he witnessed at his local coffee hangout. He calls it a Generosity Stakeout. Waiting at a coffee shop, he, basically, bought the coffee or meal for everyone that came in. For the next hour to two, every guest ordered what they wanted and when they were to pay the cashier says, “Our friend (Mike or Tom) has picked up the tab today.” Then they point across the way to you just sitting at a table. The reactions range from a simple, “Thank you” to “Why?” – what a great way to open a door of conversation and friendship.
Mike Stickler is an author, consultant, philanthropist, pastor, and founder of the worldwide organizations Generous Life and The Vision Group Ltd. These two organizations offer Christian ministries and non-profits a Christian perspective while coaching leaders through some of their most challenging success. Mike is the author of over forty training videos and books, such as ©2013 A Journey to Generosity - 41 days to a Generous Life.
International Sunday School
Lesson Text:2 Corinthians 8:1-14 Background Scripture:2 Corinthians 8, 9 Devotional Reading: I Cor. 13:1-7 and II Cor. 8:1-14
Lesson Aim: To summarize why Paul appealed to the Corinthians to be generous. To understand why self-sacrificial generosity is a necessary outcome of faith in Jesus. And to be generous to the cause of ministry.
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