Weekend Recap 11-6-11

Well, once again I have become derelict in my blogging duties. 😦 I will try to get back on track this week. Here is a recap of this past Sunday and some upcoming items too.

Saturday night we had a “Night Of Worship @ The Ridge.” We gathered together and participated in a time of worship and music led by The Ridge band. Then about 20 men stood together and participated in a special Resolution ceremony inspired by the movie Courageous. It was definitely powerful! Each man stood with his family and made the resolution before the Lord and then signed it. I cna’t wait to see what God is going to do through these men and their families to impact another generation!

A great Sunday started off with a Family Dedication as the Hearn family dedicated their children to the Lord. It was a very special time watching this dad and mom pray over and bless their children as they rededicated themselves to the Lord and dedicated their children to Him as well.

Great music from The Ridge band as usual! Love these guys and their heart to serve and lead.

We started a new series called Wide Open: living a life of generosity. Here’s a few questions we posed at the beginning (which are borrowed from Vance Pitman):

What if there was one activity that would…

  • Benefit and bless others?
  • Bring you priceless joy?
  • Meet your greatest need while meeting the needs of others?
  • Expand God’s kingdom in South Paulding, Georgia, the US and the world?
  • Open the windows of heaven and invite God’s blessing into your life while at the same time allowing God’s glory to be made known through your life?
  • Result in eternal rewards for you?
  • Protect you from envy, jealousy, greed, materialism, and self-centered living?

Would you do it? Do you think that would be something you would want to be a part of? The answer to those questions is likely “yes” for most of us. Well, what is that activity that will bring all of that about? Generosity.

Winston Churchill once said, “We all make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Generosity matters. That’s what we talked about Sunday: “Why Generosity Matters.” 

Generosity Has Become . . .
An option instead of an obligationAn emotional response instead of a spiritual discipline. We will give to a cause instead of giving to God. This is how the tithe has become a tip in the church today.
Three biblical principles on why generosity matters:

  • All I have belongs to Him “The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains” —Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26
  • He’s entrusted some of what belongs to Him to me
  • And that which He’s entrusted to me, I am supposed to use for Him

At the end of the day, we make generosity about us. It’s about OUR emotional response. It’s what WE can afford. It’s done after I have met MY needs and MY wants and MY other obligations. That kind of generosity is not generous at all. And I’m guilty of this myself. The bottom line is that’s pride and selfishness. And that is not a wide open life. It’s one that is closed.

Generosity is about God. It’s about being a disciplined follower of Christ. It’s about being wide open to whatever God wants to do through me with whatever, time, talents, possessions, resources that HE has entrusted to me. It’s about realizing my life is to be open to whatever God wants to do in and through me, whenever He wants to do it.

Here’s The Thing…

If I live wide open, I’ll open myself up to His blessing and glory. God has been generous with us and is asking us to live our lives wide open…for His glory!Living life wide open doesn’t mean that I’m grabbing all I can get, it’s about not holding on to anything and being open to giving whatever I can generously. It’s being open with everything and generous with whatever He’s blessed me with, for His glory.

This Thursday, November 10th, we are starting Men’s Fraternity @ The Ridge. I am SO pumped about what God is doing in the lives of the men of our church & community! This is going to be a fantastic, impacting experience for our men. It isn’t too late for anyone to come. Join us at 9:00pm at our church offices which are located at The Warehouse Of Hope. Click HERE for a map. It’s gonna be a great discipling process as we begin “The Quest For Authentic Manhood.”


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