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Generosity, Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Spirit-driven Generosity

Anyone can give. And most people do, to one degree or another. But for Christians, there is a whole new level of generosity that can be opened when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Paul challenged the Corinthian believers, "Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, …

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Acknowledging the Ultimate Gift Giver

Giver

James, the brother of Jesus, once said, "Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father..." (James 1:17 GW) All the stuff we possess is a gift from God, and failing to recognize Him as the Giver is to miss the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives and in the …

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Pastor, Don’t Raise Funds. Raise Faith.

Raise Faith, Not Funds

Fundraising is no fun. Most Pastors I know say it's the one aspect of supporting a church's ministry they find most difficult. Having launched into church planting, I tend to agree. The least pleasant task I have is asking for money. So let's just stop it. We don't have time to raise funds. But we do have time …

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5 Reasons To Partner with Grace Hills Church

Little Hands

I've heard from plenty of people that church planting is tough. When Angie and I expressed a calling toward it, we were warned by quite a few ministry leaders to the effect of "Don't do this unless God has definitely called you because it's hard." Church planters face isolation, criticism, and the constant …

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How You Can Help Plant Grace Hills Church

Grace Hills Church

Donate to Relocation to Plant Grace Hills Church Or, if you're a PayPal nut... We are now just sixty days from relocating to northwest Arkansas to begin the work of planting Grace Hills Church. The feedback we've received thus far has been tremendously positive. We've been encouraged by friends …

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Is Money a god or a Gift?

Money: Gift or God?

Jamie Munson tackles that very question in his book, Money - God or Gift. Jamie's book is intended for use as a Bible study for either small groups or individuals. The really good side of the format is that Jamie gets right to the point in every chapter with a biblical principle and real life …

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Always Be Investing In Someone

Bread

Call it discipleship. Call it mentoring. Call it whatever you want, but one of our kingdom assignments is to gather people around us and invest in them. Jesus did it with the twelve, and even more with the inner circle of three. Paul did it with Barnabas, then Silas, then Timothy. Barnabas did it with Paul, …

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Blog Action Day: Give the Gift of Water

Cup of Cold Water

It's Blog Action Day, which is a web-wide event in which bloggers and media companies give attention to a significant need in the world. Today is all about water. Water is everywhere. I live next to the Pacific Ocean, which is one big part of the world covered by water. Sometimes, looking across the surface …

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Why We Give Offerings On Sunday

Offering Plates

I heard a pretty blunt statement recently in response to a church that doesn't talk about money because they don't want to alienate the unchurched. The response was simply "but you can't make disciples without talking about money." Wow. How true. If discipleship is all about submission to the Master, then our …

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Thoughts About Feeding the Hungry

Last night we had a very special dedication time for our Storehouse food distribution ministry. Everything has been done with excellence. We're well prepared and ready to go. Tomorrow the doors will open and we'll be feeding the hungry and providing groceries to families in need. As part of our church …

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