Nov 24, 2019 | Rev. Kerry Carson

Hands of Blessing

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

"(7) But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. (8) Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need. (9) Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the Lord, you will be considered guilty of sin. (10) Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do. (11) There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need."

Prayer for Illumination

Hands of Blessing

1. Being Generous Is In Our DNA

a) God "Gifted" Them a Land
b) God Provided, Gave Them a Provision
c) Generosity As a "Natural" Response

2. Being Generous Defies Logic

a) Be Generous When It's Unexpected
b) The "Year of Jubilee" Rule
c) Celebrate Relationships, Community

3. Being Generous Has Consequences

a) As We Treat Others, So God Treats Us
b) The "Need" Never Ends
c) Learning to Look For, Welcome Opportunities to Serve Others

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