Quote of Note #61 — Generosity and Compassion

"There are people who are known to be very liberal [generous], yet they never give without scolding or pride or even insolence.  We are sunk to such a depth of calamity in this awful age that scarcely any alms are given, at least by the majority of men, without haughtiness and contempt.  The corruption of … Continue reading Quote of Note #61 — Generosity and Compassion

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Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity

"Scripture urges and warns us that whatever favors we may have received from the Lord, we have received them as a trust on condition that they should be applied to the common benefit of the church.  The legitimate use of the Lord's favors is liberally and kindly to share them with others.  You cannot imagine … Continue reading Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity

Pastor Note #72 — Dealing With the Dangers of Money

          “You know, you can make a lot of money as a hospital administrator,” the man had said to me.  It was during one of my summer breaks from college, and I was working as a nursing assistant at a local hospital.  He had been chatting me up and had asked … Continue reading Pastor Note #72 — Dealing With the Dangers of Money

Sermon #28 — Getting Rooted and Grounded in “Forever”– 1 John 2:12-17

How we interact with the "world" is a theme that is regularly addressed in the Bible.  The apostle John digs into that matter here in this passage of his first letter.  I explore a little bit of how the term "world" is used in the Bible.  It is presented in both a positive and a … Continue reading Sermon #28 — Getting Rooted and Grounded in “Forever”– 1 John 2:12-17

Pastor Note #21 — The Meaning of Money, the Power of Giving

  I do not think I exaggerate when I say that some of us put our offering in the plate with a kind of triumphant bounce as much as to say, "There--now God will feel better!" . . . I am obliged to tell you that God does not need anything you have.  He does … Continue reading Pastor Note #21 — The Meaning of Money, the Power of Giving

Pastor Note #20 — The Spiritual Exercise of Giving

So, my exercise regimen tends to change from time to time.  I am easily bored.  By switching from one thing to another – health club to high school pool to brisk walks in the neighborhood to strenuous biking.  I am currently in-between exercise programs.  I sort of like going to the gym.  Well, actually, I … Continue reading Pastor Note #20 — The Spiritual Exercise of Giving