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This Week For Sunday

The Gospel calls us to live generously. If you’re like me, you’ve struggled with this. Many of us don’t mind giving advice, our opinion, or the road-rage-glare when someone cuts us off in traffic, but when it comes to giving “our” money, we can be far less generous.

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Earlier this year, Kelli and I both experienced some heart change in the area of financial generosity. We were blowing through money like crazy and had no plan except to spend it. We were also struggling financially. Having enough of that, we decided we needed to change. We got on a budget and God revealed to us how much He had been giving us all along that we were just throwing away. Through the process of learning how to manage what God has given us, we no longer give out of obligation, but because Jesus has changed our lives and we can’t help but give back to him.

I know we tend to get a little antsy when generosity or money is brought up in church, but why? Why do we get uncomfortable? Is it because we are selfish? Probably a little. Or is it because we aren’t really living in the life changing power of Jesus? Jesus gave His life for us, not just the money we put in the offering plate. When you encounter Jesus, everything changes.

While you wrestle with this throughout your busy week, here are some songs you can use as prayers to begin conversation with God about your heart when it comes to giving:

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I am a southern boy that loves to spend my time with my beautiful wife, Kelli, and my two boys, Liam and Levi. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and playing guitar, designing things, Braves baseball, being a husband and dad, but above all I love to worship Jesus… especially with music. I am a Creative Arts Pastor at Southern Hills Christian Church where I focus on graphic design and music.

5 Comments

  1. Carol Wilson says

    Beautiful words, Andrew. I sometimes think we don’t give because we don’t trust God enough. Earlier in my life, it seemed I always struggled with finances. Once I learned to let God be in charge of all areas of my life, that struggle stopped. No, God didn’t make me rich, but he did show me that trusting Him meant He would meet all my needs. I learned the difference between needs and wants.

    You have a beautiful and amazing family. It is a joy and privilege to watch you worship onstage. God truly shines through your music!
    Miss Carol

  2. Jean Daniel says

    Years ago, as a single mom for twelve years and paying for a child to college, I used to find my checking account in the minus column quite often. I was so tempted to not take God’s amount off the top first each month but I resisted. He cared for me then and has continued to do so through the years, in spite of difficulties encountered along the way. I owe it all to him and He still comes first financially each month!
    Thanks for reminding us of what He means to us and how we should remember Him in our giving!
    Jean Daniel

    • Andrew Brooks says

      Jean, that’s so great to hear. His promises hold true. He provides a peace that definitely passes all understanding.

  3. Dale Lovelady says

    Thanks for the encouragement, Andrew. I want to trust more–and find the peace that comes from believing that God will not pull the rug out from under me, even in finances!

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