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Stepping In Faith – Week 4 / Day 1 (Monday)

Posted on Monday November 20th, 2017

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Week 4 / Day 1 – Monday

“There Is Always a Way”

A poor widow comes and puts in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.  And calling His disciples to Him, [Jesus] says to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.” (Mark 12: 42 – 44, NLT)

We are in the final week of these devotional thoughts adapted from the booklet by Bishop Robert Schnase, Practicing Extravagant Generosity.  I hope these “nuggets” of wisdom have been as helpful to you as they have (are) to me.

Latin, Greek, and Hebrew do not play well in the modern-day English-speaking cultures.  Even the church culture has lost some of its ancient vocabulary, sad to say.  But we still hear the word “tithe” now and then.  It simply means a tenth, and in a biblical context it involves returning to God 10% of what we have been given.  Another term in the Bible is “first-fruits,” meaning that tithe/tenth/10% is to be given off-the-top not when the paycheck is gone.  If the tithe is offered first, then there is still 90% on which to live and enjoy.

Like most good things in life, giving a tithe needs to become a practice, a habit, a way of life.  For most people, offering 10% to God is not easy.  It will take time to learn how to grow into it.  There will need to be some adapting and changing – hopefully leading to an entirely new way of approaching life.

Bishop Schnase makes this (rhetorical) request: Name one person you admire and respect because of all they keep for themselves.  But then he adds to name someone you consider generous and spiritually mature who constantly complains about giving or who always seeks to give the least amount required.  The depth of one’s spirit will lead that person to give eagerly, expectantly, and extravagantly.

Through all the challenges and struggles we have in life, compare this to this extravagant generosity that goes against our prevailing culture.  Where we find a desire to give – God will make a way.  Giving helps us become all God wants us to be – and become.

Jehovah Jireh (God Provides),

Pastor Glenn

“Bucket Lists” – Stepping In Faith #3

Posted on Wednesday November 15th, 2017

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“Bucket Lists”

In addition to the somewhat-daily devotionals, here is the weekly message in the series, re-recorded from November 12 worship at Erma Tabernacle.  The full title is “Bucket Lists: Vision and Hope are Inspirations of the Heart” (from Joel, Colossians, Matthew):

There will be no recorded “message #4” so the video-portion will conclude with this one.  Check back for the daily devotionals and a Thanksgiving word from 11/21 and a Sunday message from 11/26.

Questions?  Comments?  Either leave them in this space or send me an e-mail.  Let’s start a conversation.

Daily Blessings,

Pastor Glenn (

Stepping In Faith – Week 3 / Day 1 (Monday)

Posted on Wednesday November 15th, 2017

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Week 3 / Day 1 – Monday

“The Joy of Giving”

What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me? (Psalm 116:12, NLT)

God’s Word is filled with stories of giving and generosity, sharing and sacrifice, having and holding (and letting go).  Christians give because we serve a God who gives – life and love.  But it is the ultimate gift of grace when God’s Son, Jesus, sacrifices Himself on the Cross for you and for me.

There are three specific stories in the Gospel of Luke where a widow, a tax-collector, and a despised foreigner offer transformation through their sacrificial giving.  Their testimonies of faith reveal God’s self-giving in Jesus Christ.  Christ-centered giving is always extravagant, life-changing, and full of joy.

It is through our giving that God changes our living.  God transforms us from the inside-out as our desire to give for Him shows us God’s great abundance.  This new desire drives us every day.  How we see life is forever altered – for good.

Generosity is not something that just happens.  It is learned through the actual practice of giving.  Generosity comes by way of visible action.  Generosity is not defined by holding on but by letting go – fully and completely.

That’s Freedom,

Pastor Glenn (


“The Art of Love” – Stepping In Faith #2

Posted on Thursday November 9th, 2017

Subtitled “Relationships Are Matters of the Heart” this re-recorded message from November 5 Erma Tabernacle worship addresses the issue of loving relationships.  Drawing upon Deuteronomy chapter 6 in the Old Testament and John chapter 13 in the New Testaments (references are in the video), we continue the Stepping In Faith series on generous living. There […]

Stepping In Faith – Week 2 / Day 4 (Thursday)

Posted on Thursday November 9th, 2017

Week 2 / Day 4 – Thursday “Ownership” Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.  (James 1: 17, NLT) We have two choices in life when it comes to generous living and giving […]

Stepping In Faith – Week 2 / Day 3 (Wednesday)

Posted on Wednesday November 8th, 2017

Week 2 / Day 3 – Wednesday “What Happens to God’s Love?” If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion – how can God’s love be in that person?  Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show […]

Stepping In Faith – Week 2 / Day 2 (Tuesday)

Posted on Tuesday November 7th, 2017

Week 2 / Day 2 – Tuesday “Whitewater World” [Fix your] eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.                     […]

“As If For the Very First Time” – Week 2 / Day 1 (Monday)

Posted on Monday November 6th, 2017

Week 2 / Day 1 – Monday “As If For the Very First Time” You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone.                    […]

Stepping In Faith – Week 1 / Day 6

Posted on Saturday November 4th, 2017

Week 1 / Day 6 – Saturday “Pocket Change” The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things. (Galatians 5: 22 – 23, NASB) We are to aspire to practice the fruit of the spirit that the Apostle Paul mentions in […]

Stepping In Faith – Week 1 / Day 5

Posted on Friday November 3rd, 2017

Week 1 / Day 5 – Friday “Muscle Memory” Openly before the churches show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.                                                                 (2 Corinthians 8: 24) Up until I trusted Jesus as my Savior in my early-mid 20s, I was very miserly (stingy?) with my money.  But I do […]