27-01-2019

This weekend sees us in Part 3 of ‘Life. Money. Hope.’

When I think of those three things, there is always one name for me that springs to mind, and that is the author, radio host and founder of Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey who is sharing a word with us today.

He is going to share with us on the myth about money, because when you look closely around the world at everything we have: our resources, money, stuff, time and talents – they are not ours. God owns it all.

Which means essentially that we are just an asset manager, a steward of all that God has blessed us with. When we start thinking about all that we have in this different way, it changes things.

We are going to see that in order to be more and more like Christ, which is what God is calling us to do – we should be givers in the same way that God is. When we are givers in this way, it reminds us of who owns everything. We see that it is an awesome act of praise and worship, and we see that giving is actually a help when it comes to Spiritual Warfare.

My prayer is that you continually grow in your understanding of giving.

Pastor Ben Hentschke

20-01-2019

Today we continue in our series called Life. Money. Hope. And today we are talking about growing in our giving.

And if you don’t think you are blessed, just a quick reminder that compared to the rest of the world – you are in the top 5% if not the top 1 or 2% of wealthiest people in the world. As a nation, as individuals we are very blessed materially and financially.

But the reality is that we don’t always feel blessed, do we. Instead we feel: based on economic circumstances, life circumstances, the smallness of our pension, wage, benefits, or super so we don’t want to give our money, our time, or our resources to anyone.

But when we do give of those things, that is when we are serving and glorifying God, because He is the one who said “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)

I pray that you will each continue to grow in your giving, moving away from wrong responses to God’s blessings, and instead growing as spontaneous, strategic and sacrificial givers. Why? Because God has blessed us with more, therefore we will intentionally give more.

Be blessed, Pastor Ben Hentschke

13-01-2019

Today we begin an exciting new series called Life. Money. Hope. And if money really could talk, what might yours say?

As you probably have worked out – life doesn’t always go as planned, and there are often highs and lows that we must face. God’s Word shows us a better way that gives us hope and encourages us to be generous no matter our circumstances.

Today we are focussing on a few proverbs, and some of Jesus’ stories (parables) where he shares how the key to a blessed life is a heart of generosity, because he said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

The challenge is that so many of us today think of being blessed as getting more, but the reality of what Jesus said is that to really experience blessing, we must be generous, and we will be blessed as we give more.

One of the things that we need to do is change our mindset. Because when we truly realise how blessed we are. And as you realise all that God has given to you: materially, financially, relationally, and spiritually through Jesus – the greatest gift whose birth we just celebrated, we will truly see that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Be blessed, Pastor Ben Hentschke