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Overcoming the Fear of Lack

Here’s my outline for sermon number two in our “High Definition Generosity” series. I’d love to dialogue on any comments you have. Or feel free to ask a question if you have one.

Lessons from a Fearful Servant. Matthew 25:14-30

• Fear paralyzed the servant.

• Fear put the servant in self-preservation mode.

• Fear caused the servant to lose perspective.

• Fear made the servant miss out.

Insights to free yourself from the fear of giving

1. It’s all God’s anyway – you’re a manager. Psalm 24:1; Deuteronomy 8:18

2. The law of the harvest applies to your finances. 2 Corinthians 9:6

3. Financial giving aligns your life with God’s agenda. Matthew 6:19-21

4. Trust God to provide for your needs. Matthew 6:33

High Definition Generosity

Today, in my message, I talked about the generosity of God. I’ve always thought of God as a “giving God” but I’m not sure generous was a quality I would identify? Great, awesome, loving – absolutely. But Joe Stowell reminded me, in a sermon I heard at Exponential ’06 (put on by Crown Financial Ministries and Generous Giving), that God, throughout the Bible models extreme generosity for us. He’s the God of the fatted calf. The God of the best robe and the best ring. The God who fills your cup and it’s running over. This is the God who is willing to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you ask or think. We’re talking about the God that doesn’t just offer life, he offers abundant life. The God of abundant grace. And this is the God who sent his only son, to die for sinners like us. Why does God love a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)? Maybe it’s because that’s when we are most like Him.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions on this message. Just click on the word “comments” at the top of this section. Listen to this message at cedarridgecc.com/resources/podcasts.

Integrity Modeled by a Wisconsin Cop

Did you hear this story?  Richard Knoebel, Police Chief in Kewaskum, WI, wrote himself a ticket for passing a school bus with its lights flashing.  He said that he was distracted and had gone past the bus before he realized it.  And he still wrote himself a ticket!  What I love even more about this story is that this happened in September 2006.  The only reason it’s news now is that it became public record when Knoebel payed his fine. You have to appreciate someone (especially in a leadership position) doing the right thing, even when he didn’t have to.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,250298,00.html

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