Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Blessed Life

A month or so ago I finished reading The Blessed Life by Robert Morris. My son Kevin gave it to me months ago. He received it at Newspring Church in Anderson where he was attending while living in the upstate. It's an excellent read. Morris, founding pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, is now pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado where Ted Haggard served before his moral fall.

The Blessed Life is a book about achieving financial results God's way. It is loaded with biblical teaching and application. If you don't like for people to use the "T" (tithe) word, you better not open this book. But if you really wonder what God says about money, if you really wonder why you may be struggling financially, if you really wonder if God still blesses people financially today, or if you really wonder how you can live a blessed life, then pick up the book and start reading.

I recently gave a copy of the book to Rick Jones, our church administrator. He swallowed it whole, reading it from start to finish in just a few days. Newspring Church and other churches have mass distributed the book to their members as a part of their series of stewardship Sundays.

If you're skeptical about what the Bible teaches, pick up the book and read some of the personal stories coming straight from Morris' personal experiences. The stories will blow you away.

Here are several bullets among hundreds that I could pull from the book to give you a taste.

  • Poor stewards lose resources. Good stewards receive more.
  • We will never see God's miraculous power given to poor stewards.
  • Practically everyone is a cheerful getter. God wants us to be cheerful givers.
  • Giving is not a get-rich-quick scheme; it is a lay-down-your-life challenge.
  • Being blessed means having supernatural power working for you.
  • Tithing means giving to God before you see if you're going to have enough.
  • You reap after you sow.

Once again, The Blessed Life is a great read. Grab a copy and jump in.

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