"giving" Tagged Sermons

"giving" Tagged Sermons

You Cannot “Out-Give” God

Stewardship is the call of the Christian life. We are stewards over what God has entrusted to us and being the “owner of the cattle on a thousand hills,” we simply cannot out-give the generosity of God. In 2 Corinthians chapter 9, the Apostle Paul is bragging on the generosity of the believers in Corinth. They have risen to the occasion of helping out the struggling church in Jerusalem and have pledged a very generous gift. In this passage, we…

The Landowner

In this first part of his series on Stewardship, Father Marc teaches us that God is the owner of all things both in heaven and on the earth. We are stewards over what he has entrusted to us. We should not be like the unfaithful stewards in Jesus story of the landowner. But when God asks of us the “harvest” we should be ready and willing to give to him what already belongs to him. God planted the vineyard expecting…

The Widow’s Mite and the Harvest

Fr. Marc talks about some of the harvest traditions from various cultures around the world. He then points to the stories of the Widow’s Offering in Mark’s gospel and Elijah and the Widow in 1 Kings as examples of trusting God and giving Him first place in our lives.

Are You A “Go-Giver”?

We are all taught to be “go-getters” in this world. Go-getters are motivated, committed, and hard-working. They are a success, but God challenges us to be more. Fr. Marc encourages us to become “go-givers” instead.  In the parable of the rich young ruler, Jesus asks the young man to give all he has to the poor. It was a very difficult conversation, and we need to ask ourselves many of the same hard questions.  Instead of being self-reliant, a go-giver…

God the Giver – His First Act in Creation

After admitting his earlier dislike of any sermons about giving, Fr. Marc looks at God’s example of entrusting the created world to humankind in Genesis. He continues with other scriptures that help us understand how we can imitate God’s example through generosity and faithful stewardship. Following the sermon, one of the vestry members shares a powerful testimony about how God has worked in his life through Good Shepherd and how he desires to see others experience that same transforming love…