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Thanks for visiting our website! Sunrise or sunset? This month's picture looks west over the city of La Serena, Chile, toward the Pacific Ocean. A million souls in need of the gospel. Will you pray? Can you help? [Click picture to enlarge.]

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Ministry is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 49 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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It’s Sunday Again: Giving That Which Costs Me Nothing

Bonus Sunday was postponed from last week.  I will preach once more on the subject of giving–three consecutive Sundays. I wish we had a better word. Stewardship doesn’t help. Some speak of the contribution or the offering. Others speak of the tithe. It ultimately boils down to giving. The Bible uses the verb give (obviously in many contexts other than the Sunday collection) more than five times as often as the verb love. The Christian life is ultimately self-giving and other-serving.

In 2 Samuel 24, David wishes to make a sacrifice to God. He refuses to offer to God that which costs him nothing. An important standard of giving is sacrifice. What do we give up in order to give? What sacrifice do we make? Too often, the answer is “little or none”. We spend more going out to eat on Sunday than we gave to the Lord. Sacrificial giving begins with sacrificial living. We do not need much of what we think we need. We live in the lap of luxury. We are extravagant livers but not extravagant givers.

The text suggests the following principles: keep your heart tender, admit your situation (including your sins), listen to God, be concerned about others, begin now.

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