Easter is no hoax, but the greatest news you will ever hear: Jesus Christ is risen. May he open our eyes to see him today.
Salvation is the beginning of the Christian life. It is the foundation of the building, the first step of the journey. That journey, that building, is called holiness.
What do you have, that you could give to Jesus, for him to take and use and transform and multiply?
Maybe like the disciples you think Jesus is a wonderful teacher, a kind healer, someone really special. But this â€“ this is something else.
The gift of Godâ€™s own Son takes a lifetime to unwrap, but itâ€™s never too early to start.
Instead of repeating the Old Testamentâ€™s laws about tithing, Paul replaces the entire system with one word: generosity.
Christian giving is not about fundraising or buying Godâ€™s favour. It is a way of responding (in secret) to God’s generosity to us - storing up the true treasure of a generous and godly life.
It wasnâ€™t the act of going that demonstrated the Samaritan leperâ€™s faith, it was the act of coming back â€“ coming back to Jesus to say thank you.
Financial giving is not fundraising â€“ it is faithraising.Â It is a vital way of us both expressing our gratitude to God, and demonstrating our trust in him.
Jesus did not do away with the Fourth Commandment: instead he taught us that the Sabbath is a gift, not a burden.