Faith in the Small Things

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” – Luke 16:10 Do you like to fly? If you’re like a lot of people, you may not. I used to feel a fair share of apprehension when I would fly, even going so far as to put my hand on the little logo of the plane as I was walking through the door and saying a prayer. However, as the years have gone on and I have flown more frequently, I am not uptight like I once was.  I remember when I was on a flight some time ago, a lady sat down next to me. She had a totally dignified demeanor and she was flying from Orange County to Texas to meet her new grandbaby. She warned me from the start that

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Faith in Attitude and Action

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 Last week, we talked about Satan’s three opening moves — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Today, we are going to begin talking about the three opening moves Jesus has that enable us to counter the devil’s attacks on our life: faith, death to self and agape love. For the next few days, we are going to look specifically at faith, because without it, death to self and agape love are not possible.  For those of you who go to church, you hear the word faith often. I think that sometimes we make the whole concept of faith kind of mystic and overly-complicated when the truth is, it’s actually quite simple — it just means trust. For example, when you walk

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“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
-Luke 18:17

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Your choice…

Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” -Ecclesiastes 11:4

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Giving, not gaining…

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” -Philippians 2:3-4 The reason many of us hate work is that we view work as gaining rather than giving. Whether it’s your vocational work, your volunteer work, or work around the house, the purpose of work is generosity. If you hear anything about the subject of work, that’s what I need you to hear. Work is generosity, even if you are paid. The work you do is giving, not gaining. The work you do is to benefit others. And if your work always takes this on, even if you’re creating toothpaste tops, I want you to view your work as generosity, something you’re giving to the world. When you do, you’ll begin to see that if you change that perspective

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