A Generous Spirit

“But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.” – Philippians 2:25-27 At this special time of year, we hear a lot about generosity. However, more than just buying someone the perfect gift or making a charitable donation, true benevolence is a deeply-rooted state of heart — one that is always willing to go the extra mile. As a study in this manner of kindness, let’s look at a man named Epaphroditus, who was a companion of the Apostle Paul in the New

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Generations will know…

“…in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. -Philippians 2:3b-4 God reveals himself to the world through you. You may be the only Jesus your neighbor will ever see. And if you say, “No,” they will never see him. And if you say, “Yes,” you could change the world one person at a time. And when one person comes to know Jesus, very often his or her spouse, and their kids, and their grandkids, and generations of people will know the Lord that wouldn’t have just because you lived by the Holy Spirit, and you prayed for someone. Pray for someone today, and then find out what he or she needs and help him or her with it. Be “God with skin on” in their lives. Prayer: Dear Lord, how humbling it is to know that sharing your

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