Posts Tagged ‘generosity’

5
Jul

SALVATION IS COME

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

In Luke 19 is the interesting story of Zacchaeus, the little tax collector who shinnied up a sycamore tree to get a better look at Jesus. Jesus spotted him and told him to come down and invited Himself over for a meal.

During dinner something happened that revolutionized the tax collector’s life. We know nothing about the conversation, but when Zaccheaus emerged from the house that afternoon he made a dramatic announcement. He promised to give away half of his wealth to poor people, and to return fourfold the amount of money he had taken dishonestly.

The mark of Zaccheaus’s transformation was his staggering generosity. That’s why Jesus declared, “Today salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:9). Salvation can’t be purchased with money, so what do you think Jesus was saying here? Please comment with your opinion on how Jesus knew salvation had come to Zaccheaus.

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13
Feb

THE MAN WHO CHANGED

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Change and You

I forgot the guy’s name who said, “Never trust anyone over 30!” A couple of years later he turned 30 and we haven’t heard anything from him since. William James, famous professor of philosophy and psychology at Harvard University, once stated that after 30 we become set like plaster and never change. But that has been proven incorrect.

John D. Rockefeller had become the world’s only billionaire. But he was a miserable man who couldn’t sleep, had no one who loved him, and who needed bodyguards for his safety.

Then at age 53 he was stricken with a rare disease. He lost all his hair, and his body became thin and shrunken. He was given a year or so to live.

Faced with the reality of death, Rockefeller started thinking about eternal issues, and suddenly began to change. He gave away his money to help churches and the poor. He established the Rockefeller Foundation, which has underwritten critical health research. Today, we don’t remember him for his wealth, we remember him for his generosity.

His health improved, and contrary to the doctor’s prediction, he lived to be 98. Don’t tell me people can’t change.

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