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How Far Could You Go to Be Generous?

By Rosanna Jeffery | 4 June 2020

 

After my friend quit her high-flying, high-paying job to go travelling, COVID-19 suddenly intervened. Once back in London and working shifts at her local Co-op, she made the drastic announcement that after “not much thought” she was planning to shave her head (and livestream it) to raise money for the NHS. We all secretly wondered if perhaps lockdown had caused her to officially ‘lose it’ (pardon the pun).

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God uses small things: even a passing comment

By Philip McMillan | 28 May 2020

Over the years of our work in mission, my wife and I must have sent several hundred news and prayer letters. You never really know what the response will be after it has been sent. Mailing platforms allow you to see who has opened your letter, if your friends and supporters have clicked on any links, where they live and who has, disappointingly, opted to unsubscribe from your mailing list. But you seldom find out what impact your letter has had on the recipients, their attitudes, concerns or motivations.

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10 ways people are continuing to be generous during lockdown

By Rosanna Jeffery | 13 May 2020 | Comments (1)

 

The onset of coronavirus has exposed our world’s selfishness, but it’s also acted as a catalyst for an outpouring of generosity. It’s human nature to be concerned about our own well being, but as Christians, we want to continue to live out God’s word to love our neighbour as ourselves and attend to the needs of others.

 

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The Fear of Loss

By David Flowers | 6 May 2020 | Comments (3)

 

We’re into our seventh week of lockdown and although we know there are still good things happening, we’re also aware of a murkiness filtering across the media and social landscape. Blame, anger and, perhaps most of all, fear. A fear which sometimes lies secretively just below the surface of those other emotions.

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Building for the Kingdom from your Home

By Joel Leakey | 24 April 2020 | Comments (3)

I’m amazed by the story of Lee McClelland, a pastor and a fellow Northern Irishman. He shares a story that is beyond me to imagine – stuck in hospital with coronavirus, a day away from having to be put on a ventilator.

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The wonder drug of generosity

By Ruth Leigh | 21 February 2020 | Comments (2)

Since his cancer diagnosis seven years ago, Jeremy Marshall has discovered his own wonder drug. It’s not a treatment plan, nor a mental attitude. It is simply and wholly this: generosity.

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Growing Generous Teenagers

By Craig Borlase | 24 October 2019 | Comments (2)

With four children, three of whom are at secondary and our youngest in her final year of primary, I’m aware that I’ve made a fair few parenting mistakes over the years. My wife, thankfully, is the level-headed, wise, sensible one in our family. I get to bring the fun, but looking back there’s a clear and unifying theme that runs through many of my greatest Dad-fails, as my enthusiasm overpowers my common sense.

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The refugee family who gave away everything

By Craig Borlase | 19 September 2019 | Comments (2)

 

 

As articles go, it was never going to be the most popular piece on the New York Times site that day. 

But the tale of a primary school kid’s victory at a chess tournament had something special about it.

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FAQ: How to Give Without Guilt (part 2): Give to everyone who asks of you?

By David Flowers | 14 August 2019

In Giving Without Guilt #1, I suggested 4 practical steps for working out how to choose where to give so that you can say ‘no’ without guilt – knowing you have already said ‘yes’ to your God-given giving priorities.

But doesn’t Jesus tell us to, 'Give to everyone who asks of you'? (Luke 6:30) I have heard of folk who operate on the principle of giving to anyone who asks - for anything.

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Would you sacrifice your retirement to give more?

By Ruth Leigh | 12 August 2019

For most of us, Dolly Parton had it right with her classic song about being a slave to the alarm clock, Nine to Five. As the songstress says: “Working nine to five, what a way to earn a living, barely getting by, it’s all taking and no giving.” By the time most people hit retirement age, they’re more than ready to give up the early mornings, rushed breakfasts and commutes to work in favour of a quieter life, pruning the roses, ambling round garden centres and looking after grandchildren.

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