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A Life of Generosity

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December 13, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life of Generosity

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Ea
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us ha
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one lif
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to l
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to liv
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should
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  • Our life should coun
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter
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  • It should matter.
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  • It s
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  • It sho
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  • It should
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  • It should ha
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  • It should have
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  • It should have pur
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  • It should have purpo
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  • It should have purpose
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  • It should have purpose a
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  • It should have purpose and
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  • It should have purpose and,
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  • It should have purpose and,
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  • It should have purpose and,
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  • It should have purpose and, fran
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  • It should have purpose and, frankl
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly,
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, i
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it sh
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it shou
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should be
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should be am
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should be amazin
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  • It should have purpose and, frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look
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  • But as I look ar
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  • But as I look around
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  • But as I look around m
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  • But as I look around me,
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  • But as I look around me,
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  • But as I look around me,
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  • But as I look around me, I
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  • But as I look around me, I se
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  • But as I look around me, I see
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  • But as I look around me, I see li
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  • But as I look around me, I see live
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives li
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives live
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in d
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in dis
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in disar
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in disarra
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  • But as I look around me, I see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discour
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  • in defeat, and discourag
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  • in defeat, and discouragem
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  • in defeat, and discouragemen
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deep
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  • I've been deeply
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  • I've been deeply b
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  • I've been deeply bur
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  • I've been deeply burde
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  • I've been deeply burdene
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  • I've been deeply burdened
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  • I've been deeply burdened abou
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  • I've been deeply burdened about
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  • I've been deeply burdened about
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  • I've been deeply burdened about th
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this bec
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this becau
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because,
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because, yo
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because, you
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because, you se
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  • I've been deeply burdened about this because, you see,
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  • an unf
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  • an unful
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  • an unfulfi
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  • an unfulfill
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  • an unfulfilled
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  • an unfulfilled l
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  • an unfulfilled lif
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  • an unfulfilled life
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  • an unfulfilled life
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  • an unfulfilled life is
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  • an unfulfilled life is j
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  • an unfulfilled life is jus
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  • an unfulfilled life is just
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no w
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way t
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way to
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way to ex
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way to exis
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  • an unfulfilled life is just no way to exist.
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  • And
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  • And fr
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  • And from
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  • And from w
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  • And from wha
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  • And from what
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  • And from what I
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  • And from what I re
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  • And from what I read
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  • And from what I read i
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  • And from what I read in
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  • And from what I read in th
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  • And from what I read in the
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  • And from what I read in the
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  • And from what I read in the
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  • And from what I read in the Sc
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  • And from what I read in the Scri
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  • And from what I read in the Script
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  • And from what I read in the Scriptur
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture,
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, G
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God p
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God pro
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God promi
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God promise
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God promises
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  • And from what I read in the Scripture, God promises us
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  • a li
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  • a life
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  • a life o
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  • a life of
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  • a life of bl
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  • a life of bles
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  • a life of blessi
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  • a life of blessing
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  • a life of blessings
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  • a life of blessings be
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  • a life of blessings beyo
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  • a life of blessings beyond
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  • a life of blessings beyond o
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  • a life of blessings beyond our
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  • a life of blessings beyond our
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  • a life of blessings beyond our
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  • a life of blessings beyond our co
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comp
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  • a life of blessings beyond our compre
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehe
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehens
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehensio
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension,
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, l
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, lit
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, liter
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, literal
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  • a life of blessings beyond our comprehension, literally
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  • a
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  • a li
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  • a life
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  • a life b
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  • a life bey
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  • a life beyon
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  • a life beyond
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  • a life beyond am
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  • a life beyond amaz
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  • a life beyond amazin
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So
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  • So I
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  • So I a
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  • So I ask
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  • So I asked
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  • So I asked a
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  • So I asked a f
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  • So I asked a few
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  • So I asked a few f
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  • So I asked a few fri
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  • So I asked a few frien
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  • So I asked a few friends
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  • So I asked a few friends
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  • So I asked a few friends
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  • So I asked a few friends of
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  • So I asked a few friends of m
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  • So I asked a few friends of min
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine,
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, f
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, fri
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, frien
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends w
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends who
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends who I
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  • So I asked a few friends of mine, friends who I b
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I wanna thank you for joining me today.
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  • One of the qualities of a Christian is
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  • the quality of generosity.
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  • Now, I gotta confess that I grew up in the Christian world,
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  • grew up in a pastor's home, and I have noticed that a lot of
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  • Christians aren't very generous.
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  • You know, there used to be a joke when the Southern Baptists
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  • came to town, they brought the Ten Commandments and
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  • a $10 bill and they didn't break either one of them.
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  • And that was kind of the way it was.
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  • People thought Christians are not very generous.
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  • You know, I'm not really talking about anybody in particular.
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  • I'm just talking about the world in which I grew up,
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  • the Christian world.
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  • And I really remember asking God several times,
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  • "I don't want to be like that.
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  • I wanna be a generous person.
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  • Teach me what generosity is."
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  • So I wanna throw this out and we'll talk about this.
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  • Here's what I've come to understand.
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  • Generosity is not about what's in your bank account.
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  • It's about what's in your heart.
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  • How do we translate that into the way we live and how do we
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  • develop that in our lives?
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  • Mandisa: Give in a way that tells people about the goodness
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  • of Jesus and does not make people not wanna be
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  • anything around us.
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  • Like, be overly generous, not just with our money
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  • but how about with our kindness?
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  • Like, be the sweetest people possible.
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  • Every time you go into a restaurant,
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  • and if you bow your head
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  • and pray, then you should use that as an indicator.
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  • You leave the biggest tip that you possibly can in the end.
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  • And be kind to your waiter.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Right, there you go.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Generosity isn't just money either.
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  • You look at, like, God is the most generous being
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  • in the universe, you know?
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  • Jesus himself, there's one word to describe Jesus.
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  • I mean, generous is probably it.
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  • "For God so loved the world, he gave," I mean.
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  • So you can't be like Jesus if you're not a giver
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  • with your money, your time, and your life.
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  • And I just believe that many of us are living life,
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  • like with these clenched fists, like trying to hold on
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  • to everything and you look at the clenched fists
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  • and it's, like, fighting, it's defending.
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  • But when you give, you use a open hand, you know?
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  • And when you give you also have this posture of being able
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  • to receive all that is good from heaven.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Amen, David, obviously I've watched you
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  • do this and I think it would be really interesting for all of us
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  • to hear how you came to the decision
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  • that you came to, to be a radical person of generosity.
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  • Not just an average person but a radical.
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  • David Green: Well, I think this is a lost world and
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  • I think we need to have love for other people.
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  • And I think that's the genesis of our giving is our heart.
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  • And for me, it was beautiful to see my mother and Dad,
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  • as pastors.
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  • They wanted to give tithes of their increase and so people
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  • would bring in things out of their gardens because there was
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  • not a lot of money in the '40s and they would write
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  • these things down and they would pay tithes on them.
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  • But I believe tithing is nothing more than training wheels
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  • on a bike.
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  • It just gets you started to do giving.
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  • And so first you tithe and that's where we started.
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  • Barbara and I started because our parents tithed and we knew
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  • God was gonna bless us.
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  • Not just so much in more money because that's the least
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  • of God's blessings.
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  • And then from there, we started
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  • our business and we said, "God's blessed that.
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  • Let's give tithe of our business."
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  • And then we would give more than tithes and God would continue
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  • to bless us so we got caught by saying,
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  • "Well, you can't outgive God," and God just kind of spoke
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  • to us and said we really haven't tried.
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  • And so we decided that we needed to try.
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  • So we came together as a family and said, "Let's pray
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  • and see what God does.
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  • Let's see if we can outgive God."
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  • So my son came up with the same plan that I did.
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  • The same amount, the same plan.
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  • After we prayed, we were gonna give the largest amount that
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  • we ever gave and 6 months later we were gonna double it.
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  • Eighteen months, we're gonna triple it.
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  • Not double it every 6 months but add that same amount which
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  • that amount was the largest we ever gave.
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  • And we looked at that and we said,
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  • "There's absolutely no way in 5, 6 years we can do this."
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  • That was 18 years ago and we're ahead of schedule.
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  • But God has blessed that.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Right, it's just a great thing.
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  • Generosity is a wonderful picture of who God is.
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  • The Bible says: "Every good gift and every perfect gift
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  • comes from God."
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  • And when we give, I think God smiles and
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  • he sees us maybe more like him than any other time.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat with my friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was once again reminded that being generous
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  • is a decision, a decision that transforms one's life and
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  • in the next few minutes I will share with you how a life of
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  • generosity is necessary to live a life beyond amazing.
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  • of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is not dependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settles for no exceptions,
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  • and self-discipline that stands firm.
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  • But how do you get them into your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually, nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heart and actions.
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  • "A Life of Generosity."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The generous person gives others
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  • the benefit of the doubt and treats others with respect.
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  • Generosity is giving something to someone and not have
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  • any expectation of getting anything back.
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  • The same kind of generosity that we receive
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  • when we become Christians.
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  • But like every virtue that we have talked about in this series
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  • and we'll talk about going forward, we can decide to
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  • cultivate generosity and we can depend on God to help us do it.
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  • How many of you know that we have a generous God?
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  • I think James said it best when he said, "Every good gift
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  • and every perfect gift is from above, and it comes down
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  • from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation
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  • or shadow of turning."
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  • Our God is a generous God and, since we are made in his image,
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  • we can take comfort as his children in knowing that
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  • generosity is within our reach.
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  • And if ours is a world stamped from the beginning to the end
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  • by divine generosity, then it stands to reason
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  • we ought to risk a generosity ourselves
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  • and cultivate that godliness in our heart.
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  • The picture of a generous life is much easier to explain
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  • than the term.
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  • How many of you know there are some things in life
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  • that are better caught than they're taught?
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  • You don't learn it by the teaching of it.
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  • You're learning by the watching of it.
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  • One of the best examples of generosity in action is found
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • It begins with Jesus sitting near the temple treasury,
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  • observing the people as they're giving their offerings.
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  • You know the story.
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  • It's Mark chapter 12, verses 41 to 44.
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  • On this particular day when Jesus was watching, many cast in
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  • large amounts of money but then a poor widow woman came in
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  • and quietly made her meager offering.
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  • Now, in the Greek, the language of the New Testament, the word
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  • we translate as poor is the word used to describe someone who is
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  • destitute, a pauper, a beggar.
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  • In our day, the widow might be someone depending on public
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  • assistance for survival, or even someone who's homeless.
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  • She was dirt poor.
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  • Never one to waste a teaching moment, Jesus pontificates
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  • on what happened.
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  • Listen to him and see if you don't see how counterintuitive
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  • it is to the way we think today.
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  • Verse 43: "This poor widow has put in more than all those
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  • who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their
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  • abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had,
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  • her whole livelihood."
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  • You see, God does math different than we do.
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  • She gave more than all of them.
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  • So let's go back to our major central point.
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  • Generosity's not about how much you have in your pocket.
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  • It's about what's in your heart.
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  • Now, the potential to be generous is available
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  • to all of us.
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  • We see the picture of it.
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  • Let's explore the potential of it.
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  • The widow who gave all that she had that day would not have been
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  • expected to be generous at all.
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  • She was swimming upstream against the very culture
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  • of her day.
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  • She was not born well, she was not wealthy, she was not elite,
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  • she was not famous, and she was not powerful.
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  • But Jesus said her gift was more than all that was given
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  • by the aristocrats of that day.
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  • So how do we become generous people?
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  • And this is what we all wanna know.
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  • What is the true path to becoming generous?
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  • How do we cultivate this in our life?
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  • First of all, you've got to change the way you think
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  • about money.
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  • To be a generous person, you've gotta get over this idea
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  • that your money is yours, that you are the owner.
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  • The most vital step we take toward developing
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  • a generous spirit is thinking about money in the right way.
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  • Remember what the Scripture says: "Every good gift and
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  • every perfect gift comes down from God."
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  • And we realize that nothing is ours to start with.
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  • We came into this world with nothing.
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  • We'll go out of this world with nothing but in between
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  • the beginning and the end, Almighty God gives us
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  • the opportunity to manage some of his stuff.
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  • And he gives us resources and he wants us to manage--
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  • and those of us who are Christians, he wants us
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  • to manage them in his behalf to make sure that his work is
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  • getting done, that his purposes are being accomplished.
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  • And he wants us to manage it in behalf of our family.
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  • And yes, the Bible says he wants us to enjoy what he gives us.
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  • But we are not owners, we never have been owners,
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  • and we will never be owners.
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  • All that we have, all that we have ever had,
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  • all that we ever will have until we get to heaven belongs to God.
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  • And he just wants us to manage it for him.
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  • Number two, if you're gonna be generous, you have to expose
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  • your heart to the brokenness of humanity.
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  • Several years ago, 400 of us from this church,
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  • believe it or not, went to Swaziland, Africa,
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  • to help people in that impoverished country
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  • plant crops.
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  • We were there for 10 days and none of us who went on that trip
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  • will ever forget it.
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  • Swaziland is a desperately poor country.
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  • Before we left on this trip, we were told to bring large
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  • supplies of little gifts that we could give to the hundreds
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  • of children we would meet along the way.
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  • So I couldn't believe my wife, Donna, took one suitcase and
  • 00:13:31.100 --> 00:13:34.040
  • filled it up with bracelets and necklaces and everything else
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  • she thought kids would like and took it with her.
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  • She was determined to have enough to last the entire trip.
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  • But when she saw the poverty of those precious children
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  • and heard their voices and saw their outstretched hands,
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  • she gave everything away the first 2 days of the trip.
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  • And there was nothing left for the rest of the time.
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  • I was with her.
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  • I saw and I saw the children and I saw their poverty and I saw
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  • the brightness of their face when they saw something that
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  • might make their day better.
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  • Until you see and know the plight of the needy,
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  • you will never give to them.
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  • Once you do, you will never stop.
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  • And you don't have to travel halfway across the world
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  • to understand the plight of the poor.
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  • Chances are good that you work or worship with some who are
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  • in desperate need of your help.
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  • So you have to change the way you think about money.
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  • And then you have to get in touch with people who need
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  • your help and realize God has given you the opportunity
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  • to make things better for them.
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  • When you see it, then you have a desire in your heart
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  • to try to help.
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  • So change the way you think, expose your heart to
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  • the brokenness of humanity.
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  • Here's a little thought.
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  • Before you do the big things, do the little things.
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  • You're not gonna start with being a radical philanthropist
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  • but, for instance, consciously increase the amount you leave
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  • on the table for the waiter or the waitress who serves you
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  • in restaurants.
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  • And I'm not saying you should, you know, go crazy with
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:14.200
  • that but, you know, don't have to be the best tipper.
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  • You don't have to be the worst tipper.
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  • Just kind of be a good tipper.
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  • Carry some money with you to give away to someone in need.
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  • Don't do it nonchalantly.
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  • Ask God to reveal ways to express love and generosity to
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  • the people you meet every day.
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  • Here's one that will really be hard.
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  • Swallow hard.
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  • Start giving more than you can afford.
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  • The next step in giving a little is giving a lot.
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  • This doesn't have to be a crazy, negative, "Oh, I don't want
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  • to do that," kind of thing.
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  • What it needs to be is start back where we started.
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  • Lord God, I wanna be a generous person.
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  • I don't wanna be growing old and become a grumpy old man.
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  • I wanna be a generous man.
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  • How can I do that?
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  • Sometimes, when the opportunity comes, you look and you say,
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  • "I'm not sure how we're gonna do it.
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:09.130
  • But I know God wants me to do it," and you do it.
  • 00:16:09.140 --> 00:16:13.060
  • And then you watch how God supplies.
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  • How many of you know God does not work in a closed system?
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  • He works from outside the system and he can bring income
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:21.220
  • into your hand as long as you keep it open from places
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  • you would never believe.
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  • When you close your hand on what you have,
  • 00:16:27.170 --> 00:16:29.210
  • you exclude God's help.
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  • But when you keep it open, he can take anything out
  • 00:16:30.250 --> 00:16:33.040
  • of your hand that he desires, but he can also put in your hand
  • 00:16:33.050 --> 00:16:36.050
  • anything he desires.
  • 00:16:36.060 --> 00:16:38.070
  • And my experience, as I've struggled and learned
  • 00:16:38.080 --> 00:16:40.220
  • about this over the years, is I have never felt like
  • 00:16:40.230 --> 00:16:43.060
  • God owed me anything.
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  • He always, always proves himself faithful.
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  • When you respond with generosity in your heart, God responds
  • 00:16:49.180 --> 00:16:53.110
  • with generosity from heaven.
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  • It's just that simple.
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  • Number five on my little list: don't be afraid of spontaneity.
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  • I know the Bible teaches planned giving,
  • 00:17:03.290 --> 00:17:05.100
  • but it also leaves room for spontaneity.
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  • All of us have experienced the awkwardness
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:10.200
  • of the long red light that extends the encounter
  • 00:17:10.210 --> 00:17:13.120
  • with the homeless person who's standing
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  • at the freeway entrance.
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  • I've actually read stories about people who really struggle
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:20.030
  • with that.
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  • Some who have even written letters to the Bureau of Traffic
  • 00:17:21.090 --> 00:17:24.050
  • seeing if they can get the lights sped up so they
  • 00:17:24.060 --> 00:17:26.140
  • don't have to sit there so long and watch this.
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  • I mean, it's true.
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:29.110
  • This is really annoying to a lot of people.
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  • We try to look past these people.
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  • We pray for the light to change.
  • 00:17:33.290 --> 00:17:35.070
  • In a similar fashion, when we go
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:37.190
  • to a convenience store, we fix our eyes doggedly
  • 00:17:37.200 --> 00:17:40.050
  • on the door of the convenience store and
  • 00:17:40.060 --> 00:17:42.070
  • not where, of course, there are always people who need help.
  • 00:17:42.080 --> 00:17:48.000
  • But here's how we deal with this, men and women.
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:50.140
  • We ask God to keep our hearts open so that if God wants
  • 00:17:50.150 --> 00:17:54.020
  • to speak to us by his Spirit and encourage us to do something,
  • 00:17:54.030 --> 00:17:57.220
  • we haven't built such a blockade against it that he can't
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:18:00.210
  • get through to us.
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  • We ask God at the beginning of the day or sometime
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:05.250
  • during the day, "Lord," and maybe as we see
  • 00:18:05.260 --> 00:18:07.250
  • the opportunity coming, "Lord, do you want me to help here?
  • 00:18:07.260 --> 00:18:10.150
  • Is there something I can do here?"
  • 00:18:10.160 --> 00:18:12.190
  • Weekly, perhaps daily, we pass people in need.
  • 00:18:12.200 --> 00:18:15.220
  • As adults, we know we can't stop for everyone but that doesn't
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:19.150
  • mean we should never stop.
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:22.170
  • If we can't do everything, that doesn't mean
  • 00:18:22.180 --> 00:18:25.070
  • we shouldn't do anything.
  • 00:18:25.080 --> 00:18:27.030
  • And if all of us would just ask God to give us a sensitivity
  • 00:18:27.040 --> 00:18:29.290
  • to that, we'd be helping a whole lot more people than we do.
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:33.230
  • And that's how people become known as generous people.
  • 00:18:33.240 --> 00:18:36.270
  • That's how a church becomes known as a generous church.
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  • We work hard at the programs to promote the spirit
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  • of generosity corporately, but really what happens,
  • 00:18:43.090 --> 00:18:46.220
  • it comes down to how generous are we, individually?
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:51.090
  • Here's one that I'll just touch on.
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  • This won't affect very many people but maybe
  • 00:18:54.040 --> 00:18:55.270
  • will affect one or two people.
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  • Pray about becoming a radical.
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  • Do you know what radical generosity is?
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  • Do you know what it looks like?
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  • Let me tell you.
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  • During the first half of the 20th century, there was
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  • a teenage boy named R.G. LeTourneau who
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.180
  • committed his life to Christ.
  • 00:19:10.190 --> 00:19:12.110
  • He was at a revival when this happened and when he became
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:14.140
  • an adult he went on to build successful companies.
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  • He held more than 300 patents in the USA and, in a radical
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  • reversal of the typical way of looking at giving, he committed
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  • to living on just 10% of his income and allowing
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  • the 90% of his income to be given to worthy causes.
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  • Beside founding LeTourneau University in Texas,
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  • he gave generously to mission work in Africa
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  • and South America.
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  • He laid much of the groundwork that would support the explosion
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  • of Christianity that we have witnessed in the global South.
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  • When asked about his radical generosity, LeTourneau said,
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  • "The question is not how much of my money I give to God,
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  • but rather how much of God's money I keep for myself."
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  • That's radical.
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  • I'm not there yet, but that's a goal, isn't it?
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  • To be radical in our love and in our generosity.
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  • God hasn't called everybody to be radical,
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  • but we have a couple of radicals in this church.
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  • I know that.
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  • People that God has impressed upon that this is what
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  • they're to give their life for.
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  • They're usually people that have great ability
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  • to create resources.
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  • But they don't do it so they can hoard them themselves.
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  • They do it for the kingdom.
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  • And I just wanna tell you that story because sitting out here
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  • someplace is somebody who has that ability, that great ability
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  • to create resources and maybe God has been speaking to you
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  • about becoming a radical.
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  • I won't tell anybody.
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  • Then let me remind you too that in your life you're either
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  • moving toward your treasure or you're moving away from it.
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  • In 1 Timothy chapter 6, we are told that
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  • we're to teach those who are rich in the world
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  • not to be proud, not to trust in their money,
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  • which is so unreliable.
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  • Their trust should be in God who richly gives us
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  • all we need for our enjoyment.
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  • And then he says they should store up their treasure as good
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  • foundation for the future so they may experience true life.
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  • Now let me just simplify this.
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  • The treasures that we can send to heaven
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  • are in two different ways.
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  • There are only two things that are eternal: the souls of human
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  • beings and the Word of God.
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  • Those are the only two things that are eternal.
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  • So whatever we invest in the souls of human beings so that
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  • they can go to heaven, whatever we invest in the Word of God,
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  • those are treasures the Bible says go to heaven
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  • and they're stored up for us.
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  • When you're involved in those things as a Christian,
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  • you're headed toward your treasure.
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  • If everything that you do is save money for your stuff,
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  • build houses, take care of all the things
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  • you ever wanted on this earth, you can have the treasure
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  • but every day that you live you're getting closer to the day
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  • that you die and you're getting closer to leaving
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  • your treasure behind.
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  • So whoever you are, I can tell you one thing,
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  • you're either headed towards your treasure or you're headed
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  • away from it.
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  • Hey, I've chosen as much as I can to head toward mine.
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  • I always like the stuff that's gonna happen, not all
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  • the stuff that's happened.
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  • My dreams are greater than my memories.
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  • And I hope yours are too.
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  • I think the world is yearning to see some generosity.
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  • And Christians ought to lead the way.
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  • We ought to be the champions of generosity.
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  • We ought to be known as people who love others, care about
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  • the needs of people who are less fortunate than we are,
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  • and we don't just stand around and watch it and talk about it
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  • in our Small Group, but we get involved.
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  • We find ways to make a difference.
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  • And it all goes back to the fact that we ourselves are the
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  • first recipients of generosity.
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  • The Bible says that "God so loved the world that
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  • he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
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  • would believe in him would have eternal life."
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  • God did that.
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  • He didn't just go down and send us some incidental gift
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  • that was in heaven.
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  • There's no gold or silver that could ever measure up
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  • to what he gave.
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  • He gave his only begotten Son to us.
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  • That's how generous he is.
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  • And he says, "If you will just receive him as your Savior,
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  • you can come and live in my heaven forever and ever,
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  • and your sins will be forgiven.
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  • You will never have to feel guilty again because
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  • I love you so much.
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  • This is how I'm pouring out my generosity to you.
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  • Just come and take it."
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  • That's all you have to do.
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  • I wanna urge you at the close of this sermon,
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  • if you have never received Jesus Christ as your Savior,
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  • please take the opportunity today to accept the generosity
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  • of Almighty God and receive the gift
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  • of his Son into your heart and, once you do that,
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  • the spirit of generosity will start within you.
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  • You will want to be to others as God has been to you.
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  • That's how it works.
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  • And I pray that you will make that decision today.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The most important words that I said
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  • in today's message are: "Generosity is not about what's
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  • in your bank account; it's about what's in your heart."
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  • Said another way: generosity is not about the amount we give.
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  • It's about why and how we give.
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  • And with God as the model for our giving, we can know
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  • our heart is in its right place.
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  • God's gift of Jesus Christ to the world is the greatest gift
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  • ever given: salvation.
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  • It's a gift I hope you have gratefully received by putting
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  • who really have godly humility, they're the kind of people
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  • you just want to be with all the time.
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  • you can't wait to get away from them, can I get a witness?
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