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"I am sure that we humor God more if we gratefully accept the life he gives us with all its blessings, loving it and drinking it to the full . . . than we do if we are insensitive toward the blessings of life and therefore equally insensitive toward pain"
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
Getting to gratitude requires time in a time-sick culture. Busyness is the mortal enemy of gratitude. It takes time to notice our life, this planet, our loved ones as gift. It takes time to allow the beauty of a fall rose to take us to our knees. Gratitude is born of a child-like fascination with the world.
From Sermon, "Getting to Gratitude"
by Bruce Sanguin
"Money in the church should be treated more like the gift you never imagined you could get and less about the tube socks you requested from grandma."
What would happen in your congregation if offerings would be received with this attitude by the congregation leaders?
There is an attitude held by leaders in the congregations that the offerings received are always disappointing. Implicitly the message is communicated - shame on you, you ought to be giving more.
- Comment by jerry Hoffman
"Enough talking already. Don't invite me to another 'conference.'
If you have the means, then put it to good use helping others. (The needs of the world could be met) if everybody who could, did...don't waste time talking about it...
Regarding Africa Project
Core Practice: A reflective stance toward consumer culture
"Excess consumption is practically an American religion. But as anyone with a filled-to-the-gills closet knows, the things we accumulate can become oppressive. With all this stuff piling up and never quite getting put away, we're no longer huddled masses yearning to breathe free; we're huddled masses yearning to free up space on a countertop."
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