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September 16, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues The Blessed Life series with the message; “Am I Generous?” where he asks us to reflect on whether we are truly generous.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: We've gotthis word, "mine".
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  • That's why, I think, becauseGod wants us to understand
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  • and grow out of this, listento me, God actually uses
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  • that word, "mine" whenhe refers to the tithe.
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  • Welcome to The Blessed Life.
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  • Did you know that weactually get to give,
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  • we don't give to get.
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: Turn in your Bibles,please, to John 12.
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  • We're in the series,The Blessed Life,
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  • and today's message is entitled,"Am I generous"?
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  • "Am I generous"?
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  • Look at verse 1.
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  • It says, "Six days beforethe Passover, Jesus came
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  • to Bethany where Lazarus waswho had been dead,
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  • whom he had raised from thedead.
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  • There they made him a supperand Martha served but Lazarus
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  • was one of those whosat at the table with him.
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  • And then, Mary took a poundof very costly oil of spikenard,
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  • anointed the feet of Jesus andwiped his feet with her hair.
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  • And the house was filledwith the fragrance of the oil
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  • but one of hisdisciples, Judas Iscariot,
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  • Simon's son who would betrayhim said, 'Why was this fragrant
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  • oil not sold forthree hundred denarii
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  • and given to the poor?'
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  • This he said," watchverse 6 very carefully,
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  • "Not that he cared for the poorbut because he was a thief
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  • and he had the money box",which was the offering box,
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  • "and he used totake what was put in it".
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  • He actually tookfrom the offering.
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • And that's what he meant.Okay.
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  • So when I read this Ithought of two questions.
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  • Why would Mary give such anextravagant gift,
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  • such a generous gift?
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  • Why would she do that?
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  • And I'll explain to youlater how extravagant it was.
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  • And then, the second questionis, and why would
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  • it get Judas upset?
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  • There are two heartsdisplayed here.
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  • A heart of generosity anda heart of selfishness.
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  • And I want you to noticewhat revealed each heart,
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  • giving that's what revealed.
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  • So when I say,"Am I generous"?
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  • I put it in the firstperson so that when you say it,
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  • you're asking yourselfand when I say it,
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  • I'm asking me, because,to be honest,
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  • sometimes I am,and sometimes I'm not.
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  • I still battle with this.
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  • So let me tell you some thingsabout generosity, alright?
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  • Three things.
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  • Number one, theenemy of generosity.
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  • The enemy of generosityis selfishness.
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  • Now, by the way, we'retalking about generosity
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  • and selfishness.
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  • Let me just say something.
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  • Generosity begins with a G.
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  • Selfishnessbegins with an S.
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  • All right.
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  • Listen, God is generous.
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  • Satan is selfish.
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  • Just so you canalways remember.
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  • Alright.
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  • God's generous.
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  • And we're all born selfish.
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  • We are, but, we'reborn again generous.
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  • That's the great news.
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  • We just have torenew our minds.
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  • We really want to be.
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  • If I said to you, youreally want to, don't you?
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  • You say, yeah, well, I wantto I just don't see how
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  • I can do it orI'm strapped or whatever,
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  • and, we want tohelp you do that.
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  • But I want to be generous.
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  • I said we're all bornselfish and if you think
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  • about it, one of the firstwords that a child learns
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  • to pronunciate very wellis the word, "mine"
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  • "Mine".
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  • "Mine".
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  • And a child learns to say itat such a pitch
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  • that it will hurt a nerve thatyou have in your back.
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  • You'll be watching the game orsomething and here's what you
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  • hear from the otherroom, "mine, mine, mine,
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  • mine, mine, mine,mine, mine".
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  • You ever heard that?
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  • And the parent has to get upand go through the house
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  • and find that sound.
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  • And you get to another roomand it's normally a younger
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  • child pulling something froman older child, right,
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  • and the younger child is saying,"mine, mine, mine, mine", right?
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  • Okay.
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  • Let me explainsomething to you.
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  • There is a place where everyparent comes to when we don't
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  • care anymoreabout justice.
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  • We care about quiet.
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  • We don't carewhose toy it is.
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  • We just wantthem to be quiet.
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  • And so, we end up sayingsomething like this
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  • to the older child,"Give it to her".
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  • And the older child says,"But, dad, it really is mine".
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  • "Give it to her.
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  • She has things of mine too.
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  • Give it to her".
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  • Is that right?
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  • So we've got thisword, "mine".
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  • That's why, I think, becauseGod wants us to understand
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  • and grow out of this, listento me, God actually uses
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  • that word, "mine" whenhe refers to the tithe.
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  • He says, "It's mine.
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  • Don't touch it".
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  • Now, this an amazing storybecause when it talks
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  • about Judas, he makes thisstatement, "Why wasn't this
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  • sold and given to the poor"?
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  • Ever heard thatstatement before?
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  • Can I just remind you whooriginated that statement?
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  • Judas.
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  • "Why wasn't that soldand given to the poor"?
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  • We do this a lot because wesee the extravagance
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  • or the perceived extravaganceof someone else.
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  • By the way, let me give you adefinition of extravagance.
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  • "The one who hasmore than you".
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  • That's extravagant.
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  • Now, that neighborhood there,
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  • that's an extravagantneighborhood.
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  • Until you get a raise andmove into that neighborhood.
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  • Now, that one's notextravagant but now,
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  • that's extravagant.
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  • That's extravagance.
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  • See here's we do.
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  • We always want to point tosomeone else so we don't
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  • have to point to us.
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  • And here's another thingthat amazes me about this story
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  • in the Bible.
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  • It says, "Judas had themoney box" or the offering box.
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  • Jesus was intraveling ministry.
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  • That's was an offering box.
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  • People gave offerings.
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  • We know that from scripture.
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  • People gaveofferings to them, okay?
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  • So what's shocking to me iswho gave Judas the money box.
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  • Well, let me ask you thisquestion,
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  • who's the leader of this bunch?
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  • Okay.
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  • So do you think Jesus knewhe was a thief when he gave
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  • him the money box?
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  • I know he knew because twoyears before this,
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  • two years, Jesus said, "Did Inot choose you twelve
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  • and one of you is the devil"?
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  • He knew.
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  • So why would he do this?
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  • Listen, he didn't doit for Judas to fail.
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  • He did it to give himan opportunity to pass.
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  • See God will testyou, not tempt.
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  • James says, "Godtempts no one".
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  • Not tempt you.
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  • And he also provides a wayof escape every time
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  • you're tempted.
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  • But God will actually testyou in your finances
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  • and give you an opportunity.
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  • Now, isn't it amazing toothat God says,
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  • that the Bible tells us,he was a thief.
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  • And God says in Malachi,"The people who don't tithe
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  • are stealing from me".
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  • Okay.
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  • He took money out of the moneybox, the offering box, okay?
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  • Some churches have boxes,some pass the plate,
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  • some have a little bag.
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  • It really doesn't matterwhat the method is of giving.
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  • But here's thequestion for you.
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  • Is there anyone that wouldtake money out of the offering?
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  • There's none of us.
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  • None of us woulddo that, would we?
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  • Okay.
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  • Let me ask you anotherquestion, is there anyone
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  • that would keep money intheir account that actually
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  • belongs in the offering?
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  • Wouldn't that bethe same thing?
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  • All right.
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  • So the enemy of generosityis selfishness.
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  • Alright?
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  • Here's the number two.
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  • The extravaganceof generosity.
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  • The extravaganceof generosity.
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  • The reason I sayextravagance is because God's
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  • a generous God and Godgave an extravagant gift.
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  • Remember, His Son?
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  • That's pretty extravagant.
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  • And there are severalextravagant gifts in the bible.
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  • Lots of them.
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  • I could nameseveral of them.
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  • David, gave 21 billion.
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  • In today's economy, whatDavid gave to the temple
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  • would be equivalentto 21 billion with B.
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  • That's extravagant.
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  • I tell you anotherextravagant gift a lot of people
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  • don't thing is extravagant, but,Jesus said it was extravagant,
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  • the widow gave two mites.
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  • See it's not the amount, it'sthe attitude behind the amount.
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  • Mary gave 300 denarii.
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  • Denarii is theplural of denarius.
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  • The word denariusmeans, "a day's wage".
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  • "A day's wage".
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  • I've had students ask mehow much is a day's wage?
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  • I said, well, are youtalking 10 AD or 30 AD
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  • because it would be,like, the minimum wage.
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  • You understand.
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  • It changes.
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  • So 300 denarii, you wouldhave worked about 300 days
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  • a year so that was just commonvernacular for a year's wage.
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  • A years wage.
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  • So let me ask you, would ayear's salary, whatever your
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  • salary is, for you to givethat in one lump-sum,
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  • would that be extravagant?
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  • Sure it would, forall of us, right?
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  • Okay.
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  • Let me ask yousomething else.
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  • Would that be extravagantto pour on someone's feet?
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  • Because that's what she did.
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  • And Jesus said, she actually didthis for the day of my burial.
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  • This is the only anointing,by the way, that Jesus received,
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  • because, it was too late whenthey put him in the tomb
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  • to anoint his body.
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  • So they actually came backwith a 100 pounds of spices
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  • on Sunday morning, you know,the first day of the week,
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  • to anoint his body, because,they couldn't anoint before
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  • they put him in the tomb.
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  • So they come back thatmorning and it says they
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  • came back early but Jesushad already checked out.
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  • So that's extravagant.
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  • So that's an extravagantgift but could you give a gift
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  • to God thatwould impress him?
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  • I'm talking aboutan amount now.
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  • The one who owns everything.
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  • The one who, by the way,paves his streets with gold.
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  • Not because he's trying to showoff, it's just laying around.
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  • So God paves hisstreets with gold.
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  • He has 12 foundationsto the New Jerusalem,
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  • 12 foundations and all overthe foundations are made
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  • of precious stones.
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  • By the way, New Jerusalemis 1380 miles long
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  • and 1380 miles wide and1380 miles high.
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  • And again, it's not becausehe's trying to impress anyone,
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  • he's just got a bunch ofdiamonds and rubies
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  • laying around.
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  • And his gates aremade of pearl.
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  • And if they're that high,they could be 1380 miles high,
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  • the gates.
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  • I don't know howhigh they are.
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  • So could you give somethingto God that would impress him?
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  • Absolutely.
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  • Did you know you could?
  • 00:11:56.975 --> 00:11:58.843
  • 2 Corinthians 8:5 says,"They first gave themselves
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  • to the Lord".
  • 00:12:04.115 --> 00:12:07.085
  • Scripture, in the OldTestament, says,
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  • "God rejoices over you".
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  • Do you know whatthat word means?
  • 00:12:10.755 --> 00:12:11.923
  • It means, he jumpsup and twirls about.
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  • He jumps up and downand twirls around.
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  • See, it's not the amount,it's the attitude.
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  • It's that you givehim your heart.
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  • And don't tell me that hehas your heart if he doesn't
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  • have your money.
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  • Because Jesus said, "Whereyou treasure is,
  • 00:12:32.243 --> 00:12:35.079
  • there your heart will be also".
  • 00:12:35.180 --> 00:12:37.649
  • So actually, when God doesget our heart,
  • 00:12:37.749 --> 00:12:40.218
  • he gets our treasure.
  • 00:12:40.318 --> 00:12:43.888
  • There are three levelsof giving, by the way.
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  • If you don't know this andI've done lots of studying
  • 00:12:46.391 --> 00:12:48.092
  • there of giving.
  • 00:12:48.193 --> 00:12:49.360
  • Three levels of giving.
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  • And I saw thisyears and years ago.
  • 00:12:50.395 --> 00:12:51.596
  • Probably, 20, 25 years ago.
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  • Tithes, offerings, andextravagant offerings.
  • 00:12:53.598 --> 00:12:57.869
  • In nearly every gift you seein the scripture,
  • 00:12:57.969 --> 00:13:00.905
  • it falls under the area of atithe, an offering,
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  • or an extravagant offering.
  • 00:13:03.107 --> 00:13:05.043
  • Did you know though, thatmost Christian's never
  • 00:13:05.143 --> 00:13:08.012
  • get to the firstlevel of giving?
  • 00:13:08.112 --> 00:13:10.882
  • You know how many Christianslast year tithed ten percent
  • 00:13:10.982 --> 00:13:15.486
  • of their gross income totheir local church,
  • 00:13:15.587 --> 00:13:18.022
  • undesignated by the way.
  • 00:13:18.122 --> 00:13:19.490
  • By the way, the reason thatit's undesignated, you can say
  • 00:13:19.591 --> 00:13:21.860
  • I want five percent hereand three percent here
  • 00:13:21.960 --> 00:13:23.528
  • and two percent.
  • 00:13:23.628 --> 00:13:24.529
  • The reason you can'tdesignate your tithe
  • 00:13:24.629 --> 00:13:25.697
  • is because it doesn'tbelong to you.
  • 00:13:25.797 --> 00:13:27.632
  • And people do want todesignate money
  • 00:13:27.732 --> 00:13:29.467
  • because they want to control.
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  • Can I say that againbecause I've seen it a lot?
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  • I've seen a lot ofpeople try to buy me.
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  • If I give a big gift,will you do this?
  • 00:13:40.545 --> 00:13:42.947
  • I'll just go answer it, no.
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  • No.
  • 00:13:45.516 --> 00:13:46.718
  • So you can't designate.
  • 00:13:46.818 --> 00:13:47.785
  • So you know how manyChristians actually give
  • 00:13:47.886 --> 00:13:50.021
  • ten percent of their grossincome to their local church?
  • 00:13:50.121 --> 00:13:52.790
  • It's between fiveand seven percent.
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  • Ninety-three to ninety-fivepercent, let me say it this way,
  • 00:13:56.261 --> 00:13:58.496
  • of all believers nevereven get to the very first
  • 00:13:58.596 --> 00:14:02.533
  • level of giving.
  • 00:14:02.634 --> 00:14:03.635
  • And here's the great newsthough, if you ever get
  • 00:14:03.735 --> 00:14:05.103
  • to the first level, you'll getto the second and third
  • 00:14:05.203 --> 00:14:08.172
  • because the first levelbreaks the curse and opens
  • 00:14:08.273 --> 00:14:10.942
  • the windows ofHeaven over you.
  • 00:14:11.042 --> 00:14:13.878
  • And let me just tell you,when God does give you
  • 00:14:13.978 --> 00:14:15.680
  • the opportunity to give anextravagant gift,
  • 00:14:15.780 --> 00:14:19.117
  • it will be the greatest thing.
  • 00:14:19.217 --> 00:14:20.718
  • You will look back on itfor the rest of your life
  • 00:14:20.818 --> 00:14:23.688
  • thinking we gave this, it wassuch a joy for us to do that.
  • 00:14:23.788 --> 00:14:27.825
  • So here's the third point Iwant to share with you
  • 00:14:27.926 --> 00:14:30.728
  • is the reward of generosity.
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  • The reward of generosity.
  • 00:14:33.598 --> 00:14:36.100
  • Now this same story that weread in John 12 is also
  • 00:14:36.200 --> 00:14:39.437
  • in Matthew and in Mark.
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  • Let me read you oneverse from Mark.
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  • Mark 14:9 says, "AssuredlyI say to you, wherever
  • 00:14:43.808 --> 00:14:47.378
  • the Gospel is preached in thewhole world, what this woman
  • 00:14:47.478 --> 00:14:52.817
  • has done will also be toldas a memorial to her".
  • 00:14:52.917 --> 00:14:59.791
  • Okay?
  • 00:14:59.891 --> 00:15:01.025
  • Notice I said the rewardof the generosity.
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  • She was rewarded.
  • 00:15:03.962 --> 00:15:05.930
  • Where Jesus said, "Whereverthe Gospel is preached,
  • 00:15:06.030 --> 00:15:09.400
  • she's going to be told".
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  • She got a reward but shedidn't come to get a reward,
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  • she just came to give.
  • 00:15:13.638 --> 00:15:17.108
  • I asked you, well,why did Judas,
  • 00:15:17.208 --> 00:15:21.379
  • why was he so upset about this.
  • 00:15:21.479 --> 00:15:23.081
  • Well, we know it's becausehe was a thief,
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  • that's why and he stolefrom God.
  • 00:15:24.949 --> 00:15:27.785
  • Why though did Mary givesuch a generous gift?
  • 00:15:27.885 --> 00:15:29.954
  • Let me answer that question,because two months before
  • 00:15:30.054 --> 00:15:33.391
  • this, her brother, Lazarus,had been raised from the dead.
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  • See, generositycomes from gratitude.
  • 00:15:39.530 --> 00:15:42.600
  • Grateful peopleare generous.
  • 00:15:42.700 --> 00:15:45.336
  • Well, let me ask yousomething, if one of your family
  • 00:15:45.436 --> 00:15:47.705
  • members was raisedfrom the dead,
  • 00:15:47.805 --> 00:15:51.175
  • would you be grateful?
  • 00:15:51.275 --> 00:15:53.644
  • And do you think that mightchange the way you give to God?
  • 00:15:53.745 --> 00:15:57.515
  • I think it changed.
  • 00:15:57.615 --> 00:15:58.716
  • By they way, when I say oneof your family members,
  • 00:15:58.816 --> 00:16:00.585
  • let me just remind you, all ofyou who believe in Jesus
  • 00:16:00.685 --> 00:16:04.122
  • have been raised from thedead because Ephesians says,
  • 00:16:04.222 --> 00:16:07.658
  • "We were dead in ourtrespasses and sins
  • 00:16:07.759 --> 00:16:10.161
  • and he made us alive.
  • 00:16:10.261 --> 00:16:11.963
  • We were buried with him andraised to walk a new life".
  • 00:16:12.063 --> 00:16:15.967
  • But I want you to understandthat she did not
  • 00:16:16.067 --> 00:16:18.036
  • come to be rewarded but Godrewarded her.
  • 00:16:18.136 --> 00:16:22.073
  • God always rewardsgenerosity.
  • 00:16:22.173 --> 00:16:25.843
  • Now, let me give you thedefinition of generosity though.
  • 00:16:25.943 --> 00:16:28.146
  • Generosity is when you giveexpecting nothing in return.
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  • Selfishness is when you giveand think that God
  • 00:16:32.750 --> 00:16:35.353
  • owes you something.
  • 00:16:35.453 --> 00:16:38.156
  • That's selfishness.
  • 00:16:38.256 --> 00:16:39.390
  • Generosity is when you giveto not get anything back.
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  • But here's the amazingthing, God always rewards that.
  • 00:16:44.028 --> 00:16:46.964
  • Hebrews 11:6 says, "Withoutfaith it's impossible to please
  • 00:16:47.065 --> 00:16:52.103
  • him for he who comes toGod must believe that he
  • 00:16:52.203 --> 00:16:54.472
  • is and that he is a rewarder ofthose diligently seek him".
  • 00:16:54.572 --> 00:16:59.977
  • This word, "rewarder", comesa Greek word that's only
  • 00:17:00.078 --> 00:17:03.047
  • in the Bible one time.
  • 00:17:03.147 --> 00:17:04.882
  • Only in the NewTestament one time.
  • 00:17:04.982 --> 00:17:07.652
  • And it's a five syllableGreek word and nearly every
  • 00:17:07.752 --> 00:17:11.255
  • syllable means when you putthem together from the root
  • 00:17:11.355 --> 00:17:14.659
  • and all means topay what is due.
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  • But there's one syllablethat changes it and it means
  • 00:17:16.694 --> 00:17:20.231
  • to reward with extravagance,to give more than what is due.
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  • It's like if someone losthis wallet and you returned
  • 00:17:24.402 --> 00:17:27.772
  • it and instead of giving youa fifty-dollar reward
  • 00:17:27.872 --> 00:17:30.274
  • he gives you afive-thousand-dollar reward.
  • 00:17:30.374 --> 00:17:33.478
  • You said, well there'sfifty-dollars in the wallet,
  • 00:17:33.578 --> 00:17:37.181
  • this, is too much.
  • 00:17:37.281 --> 00:17:38.850
  • Okay?
  • 00:17:38.950 --> 00:17:39.951
  • He's not rewarding theamount that you returned,
  • 00:17:40.051 --> 00:17:45.289
  • he's rewarding your honesty.
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  • The attitude of your heart.
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  • See, it's not the amountit's the attitude of our heart
  • 00:17:50.194 --> 00:17:52.964
  • that God rewards.
  • 00:17:53.064 --> 00:17:55.633
  • And he always rewards.
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  • You have to understand,let me say,
  • 00:17:57.368 --> 00:17:59.837
  • a double negative grammatically.
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  • God cannot not reward you.
  • 00:18:01.706 --> 00:18:06.043
  • He's going to reward you if yougive with the right heart.
  • 00:18:06.144 --> 00:18:07.879
  • Here's the reason why,because it says,
  • 00:18:07.979 --> 00:18:09.413
  • "God is a rewarder".
  • 00:18:09.514 --> 00:18:12.950
  • He is.
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  • This is something he is.
  • 00:18:13.818 --> 00:18:15.086
  • In other words, God can'tlie to you because he is truth.
  • 00:18:15.186 --> 00:18:18.556
  • He can't liebecause he is truth.
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  • He is truth.
  • 00:18:20.892 --> 00:18:21.792
  • He is a rewarder.
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  • Lots of times God hasblessed us financially
  • 00:18:26.130 --> 00:18:30.234
  • but there's a difference betweenbeing blessed
  • 00:18:30.334 --> 00:18:31.402
  • and being rewarded.
  • 00:18:31.502 --> 00:18:34.372
  • He blesses us with financesbut Genesis 12 tells
  • 00:18:34.472 --> 00:18:39.143
  • us what his reward is.
  • 00:18:39.243 --> 00:18:40.144
  • He said, "Yourreward will be me.
  • 00:18:40.244 --> 00:18:44.615
  • I'll reward youwith myself".
  • 00:18:44.715 --> 00:18:46.250
  • He rewards you with himself.
  • 00:18:46.350 --> 00:18:48.452
  • In other words, it effectsover and over your life.
  • 00:18:48.553 --> 00:18:50.354
  • So I'm going to tell yousomething that happened and,
  • 00:18:50.454 --> 00:18:52.590
  • then I'm going to give youthe rest of the story that
  • 00:18:52.690 --> 00:18:54.292
  • I've never told you.
  • 00:18:54.392 --> 00:18:56.093
  • Okay?
  • 00:18:56.194 --> 00:18:57.128
  • I shared, one time, thiswith you a testimony
  • 00:18:57.228 --> 00:18:59.864
  • but I've never shared therest of the story.
  • 00:18:59.964 --> 00:19:02.667
  • There was a single mom inour church and the Lord
  • 00:19:02.767 --> 00:19:06.237
  • was dealing with herabout tithing.
  • 00:19:06.337 --> 00:19:08.539
  • And I shared the messageabout the thousand dollars.
  • 00:19:08.639 --> 00:19:11.676
  • And this was afew years ago.
  • 00:19:11.776 --> 00:19:13.144
  • I shared the message about athousand dollars,
  • 00:19:13.244 --> 00:19:14.612
  • how much to tithe, and that weekshe made a thousand dollars
  • 00:19:14.712 --> 00:19:17.081
  • and it was the first time shehad made a thousand dollars
  • 00:19:17.181 --> 00:19:18.816
  • in a week.
  • 00:19:18.916 --> 00:19:20.051
  • And I'm sharing about athousand dollars and the tithe
  • 00:19:20.151 --> 00:19:21.686
  • is a hundred dollars.
  • 00:19:21.786 --> 00:19:23.221
  • And she's getting more andmore convicted
  • 00:19:23.321 --> 00:19:24.855
  • that she need to put God firstin her life.
  • 00:19:24.956 --> 00:19:27.558
  • So at the end of the service,she gets her checkbook out.
  • 00:19:27.658 --> 00:19:29.860
  • She writes out a check andwatch, when she's about
  • 00:19:29.961 --> 00:19:31.829
  • to put a $100, theLord said to her, add $20.
  • 00:19:31.929 --> 00:19:37.001
  • And she said, "Lord, this isgoing to be a struggle for me
  • 00:19:37.101 --> 00:19:40.504
  • to do this, a tithe".
  • 00:19:40.605 --> 00:19:43.774
  • And he said, well, yeah,but I want you to give
  • 00:19:43.874 --> 00:19:45.276
  • an offering also.
  • 00:19:45.376 --> 00:19:47.478
  • And she said, "I sat thereand struggled and struggled
  • 00:19:47.578 --> 00:19:49.213
  • and struggled, finally,I wrote the check
  • 00:19:49.313 --> 00:19:50.481
  • for $120, put it in the offeringbox before I left".
  • 00:19:50.581 --> 00:19:53.851
  • She's walking out to hercar, now, I need you to know
  • 00:19:53.951 --> 00:19:56.287
  • this, there is a man in ourchurch that for years
  • 00:19:56.387 --> 00:20:01.259
  • and years and years has carried$100 bills in his wallet
  • 00:20:01.359 --> 00:20:04.395
  • and gives them topeople when God tells him.
  • 00:20:04.495 --> 00:20:07.331
  • He sees this woman walkingto her car and the Lord says,
  • 00:20:07.431 --> 00:20:11.269
  • go give that womana $100 bill.
  • 00:20:11.369 --> 00:20:13.371
  • So he reached in his wallet,pulls it out,
  • 00:20:13.471 --> 00:20:15.406
  • and right beside the$100 bill was a $20 bill
  • 00:20:15.506 --> 00:20:18.109
  • and the Lord said, give her the$20 too.
  • 00:20:18.209 --> 00:20:22.647
  • And he said, "Lord, I give$100 bills".
  • 00:20:22.747 --> 00:20:29.754
  • And I've been doing thisfor years and this is --
  • 00:20:29.854 --> 00:20:31.722
  • and the Lord said, no, youobey, that's what you do.
  • 00:20:31.822 --> 00:20:36.027
  • And he said, when you giveher the other $20
  • 00:20:36.127 --> 00:20:38.396
  • she'll know why.
  • 00:20:38.496 --> 00:20:40.731
  • Now, isn't that amazing?
  • 00:20:40.831 --> 00:20:41.699
  • She writes a check for$120.
  • 00:20:41.799 --> 00:20:43.267
  • There's a guy that giveshundreds but he gives
  • 00:20:43.367 --> 00:20:44.468
  • her a twenty.
  • 00:20:44.568 --> 00:20:45.469
  • So I tell this story to thewhole church
  • 00:20:45.569 --> 00:20:47.438
  • just a few years ago.
  • 00:20:47.538 --> 00:20:48.372
  • I tell all of you.
  • 00:20:48.472 --> 00:20:50.841
  • I go home and that nightwe'd invited the kids over
  • 00:20:50.941 --> 00:20:52.777
  • for dinner and it was justshortly after my daughter
  • 00:20:52.877 --> 00:20:56.547
  • had come back to the Lord.
  • 00:20:56.647 --> 00:20:57.581
  • My daughter lived a doublelife for a while
  • 00:20:57.682 --> 00:20:59.483
  • and I've shared that with you.
  • 00:20:59.583 --> 00:21:00.418
  • And she shares itwhen she speaks.
  • 00:21:00.518 --> 00:21:03.721
  • But it wasn't very longand I was so grateful
  • 00:21:03.821 --> 00:21:06.190
  • for my daughter comingback to the Lord.
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:09.026
  • So all the kids come overand my daughter says,
  • 00:21:09.126 --> 00:21:10.861
  • "Can I talk to youfor a minute"?
  • 00:21:10.961 --> 00:21:11.829
  • And I said, yeah.
  • 00:21:11.929 --> 00:21:12.963
  • So we went in my office andshe gets these tears
  • 00:21:13.064 --> 00:21:16.434
  • in her eyes and she says, "Thestory you told today
  • 00:21:16.534 --> 00:21:20.237
  • about that man that gives the$100 away".
  • 00:21:20.338 --> 00:21:23.874
  • I said, "Yeah".
  • 00:21:23.974 --> 00:21:28.179
  • She said, "That'syou, isn't it"?
  • 00:21:28.279 --> 00:21:35.419
  • I said, "Yeah,sugar that's me".
  • 00:21:35.519 --> 00:21:37.855
  • And just so you know, by theway, I didn't lie to you guys.
  • 00:21:37.955 --> 00:21:40.358
  • I just said there'sa man in our church.
  • 00:21:40.458 --> 00:21:42.493
  • And I'm inthe church, okay?
  • 00:21:42.593 --> 00:21:46.097
  • But I just didn'twant to say it was me.
  • 00:21:46.197 --> 00:21:47.331
  • I just wanted to -- I wantedthe emphasis to be on what
  • 00:21:47.431 --> 00:21:49.700
  • God had done.
  • 00:21:49.800 --> 00:21:51.068
  • And so, I said, "Why didyou think that was me"?
  • 00:21:51.168 --> 00:21:59.477
  • She said, "Because the wholetime we were growing up,
  • 00:21:59.577 --> 00:22:01.712
  • when you started tellingthat story, I was remembering
  • 00:22:01.812 --> 00:22:05.349
  • all those timesthat you would get out
  • 00:22:05.449 --> 00:22:06.917
  • of the car and you'd go talk tosomeone and you would put
  • 00:22:07.017 --> 00:22:10.187
  • something in their hand".
  • 00:22:10.287 --> 00:22:13.391
  • She said, "I had probablyten or fifteen memories
  • 00:22:13.491 --> 00:22:15.092
  • come back to me".
  • 00:22:15.192 --> 00:22:18.329
  • She said, "You were giving$100 bills weren't you"?
  • 00:22:18.429 --> 00:22:22.433
  • I said, "Yeah".
  • 00:22:22.533 --> 00:22:24.268
  • And my daughter, who hadbeen away from the Lord looked
  • 00:22:24.368 --> 00:22:26.070
  • at me and said,"Daddy, I want to be like you.
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:37.581
  • I want to be likeyou one day".
  • 00:22:37.681 --> 00:22:43.254
  • That's a reward.
  • 00:22:43.354 --> 00:22:44.355
  • That was one of the mostmeaningful moments of my life.
  • 00:22:45.256 --> 00:22:50.394
  • When my daughter said to me,"Daddy, I want to be like you".
  • 00:22:50.494 --> 00:22:55.499
  • And that is one of the mostprecious rewards for being
  • 00:22:55.599 --> 00:22:59.036
  • a generous giver is that itextends to our children
  • 00:22:59.136 --> 00:23:03.908
  • and to our family.
  • 00:23:04.008 --> 00:23:05.443
  • I want to encourage you to giveas the Holy Spirit leads you.
  • 00:23:05.543 --> 00:23:09.013
  • And I also want to encourageyou to get this series because
  • 00:23:09.113 --> 00:23:11.916
  • I can't go into all the detailthat I'd like to in the short
  • 00:23:12.016 --> 00:23:15.319
  • amount of time we have in thetelevision program.
  • 00:23:15.419 --> 00:23:18.389
  • Thank you so muchfor watching.
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  • I love you so much.
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  • I love your hungerfor God's word.
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  • I'm going to continuethis series next time.
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  • See you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: It's our desire foryou to live a blessed life.
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  • But all too often, greed andmaterialism can choke out
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  • the true spirit ofgenerosity that's found
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  • only in Christ.
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  • The enemy will do anythingto keep you from discovering
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  • God's principles forfinancial stewardship,
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  • giving, and blessing.
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  • And it's because once youapply these godly principles
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  • as Pastor Robert hasoutlined in this series,
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  • you'll begin to see changein every area of your life.
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  • From your marriage, to yourhealth, to your finances.
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  • Your life will betransformed for the better,
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  • and you will be positionedto make an even bigger impact
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  • for the kingdom of God.
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  • DANA PHELPS: We started cominghere to Gateway Church about --
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  • REBECCA PHELPS: A year and ahalf ago.
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  • DANA: About a yearand a half ago.
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  • We were at one of thesermons and Pastor Robert
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  • was talking aboutThe Blessed Life.
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  • REBECCA: After the sermon wedown and purchased the book
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  • and so, I went home and read itand afterwards it was, like,
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  • oh my gosh, this issomething we need to do.
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  • DANA: So after we started,we've been going to church
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  • for about a little over ayear and I thought it was time
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  • to go ahead and becomea member of the church.
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  • And so, I was onlineWednesday night and I actually
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  • noticed on the website alocation where you go
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  • and look at yourtithing account.
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  • And so, I did and I had notkept track and I had just done,
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  • you know, I just did it anddidn't think much about it.
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  • And I looked on the accountand I just was, kind of,
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  • taken back.
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  • I was, like, wow,that's a lot of money.
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  • I didn't realizeI had done that.
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  • And then, the next day,Thursday, I had gotten called
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  • into a meeting,a very high-level meeting
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  • and I normally don't gointo that meeting and,
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  • so I thought it was, kind of,odd that I got pulled into it.
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  • You know, you think, oh,what did I do wrong or,
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  • you know, am I going to begetting a new assignment
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  • or what not.
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  • And go into the meeting andI had gotten
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  • a recognition award.
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  • I opened the recognition awardand with that came a check.
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  • And that check was exactlyto the dollar value of what
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  • I had seen the night before.
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  • And I was in awe and I just-- that's all I could think
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  • about, what, whata blessed life.
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  • Things have changed in ourfamily and we wanted to thank
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  • the church for our family, forthe message that we received.
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  • Without that message ourfamily wouldn't have got
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  • back on track.
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  • And our family wouldn't havebeen doing the right thing.
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  • It was God.
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  • He was showing the pathwayand I guess if I went to bed
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  • with any kind of a doubt,I don't have a doubt now.
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