The Church has sent some bad messages about money. Give 10% because the Bible says so; it’s your duty.* Give because we have a need. Give because God’s going to give you stuff in return. Make no bones about it. We’re called to give our money. We’re called to open our lives–everything we are and […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 4: Currency & Economy"
Give thanks in every situation…what a pie-in-the-sky thing to say. And yet Paul said this is God’s will for us in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul practiced what he preached, too. He practiced. Paul practiced giving thanks when he was in jail. He practiced it when people betrayed him. He practiced it in all situations. And practicing […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 2: In Every Situation"
We’ve been talking about how everything we have is a gift from God for us, for our neighbors, for the Eternal Kingdom. The most dangerous gift God ever gave was freedom–our ability to make free choices. God did that for the sake of real relationship. After all, if God forced us to make choices for […]Read more "All Is Gift 4: Freedom"
As we’ve talked about, God’s dream is that all people would find their fill at God’s eternal table. That is why Jesus Christ came into the world: to extend salvation to all people; to reconcile all people to God; to connect us all to God and each other at God’s feasting table. As we’ve been saying, it’s […]Read more "At the Table: Proximity"