We probably all have one of these stories. We showed generosity to someone who seemed genuinely in need. Maybe it was a homeless person on the street, or someone in a desperate situation in our faith community, a friend of family member who just needed to borrow a bit to get them by, or maybe it was a church or charity?
True generosity is not a gesture but a way of life. And when it comes to generous living it seems to me that one of the world’s great exemplars is Queen Elizabeth. But we’ll come to that.
I’ve recently been clearing out my mum’s house and garage. It’s OK, she’s comfortably installed in a lovely little flat with all her essentials round her. What’s left is the accumulated stuff of a life – some useful ; some not so useful. It’s not been an easy process because it’s challenged both of us on what we hold dear and why. Four complete tea sets vie for their place in my cupboard; choosing which dearly loved ornaments to keep and which to give away; realising that there are only so many doilies one can use – all these things can start to make you see what’s important.
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When I first moved to London about three and a half years ago from New York, I wasn’t too worried about making friends. I was fairly popular in New York; successful in work; had a wonderfully supportive family and church. I felt that the adjustments would take time, but with patience relationships would come.
I was very wrong.
So this rich and popular guy comes up to Jesus and asks the standard question, “How can I be blessed?”...
In this quarter's edition of Share Magazine, we referenced the following articles, blogs and briefing papers:
In general terms a ‘gift’ is something freely given, with no expectation of anything in return. If something is received in return, either contractually or as a reciprocal benefit, the ‘gift’ is not actually a gift.
Stewardship helps nearly over 25,000 people manage their charitable giving across the UK. Whether the recipients are charities, churches, Bible college students or missionaries, we process more than £57million in gifts to them every year. We caught up with Stephen and Jo to talk about their experience of the Giving Account.
blogs by the Stewardship team and selected guest writers.