Tag: Stewardship (home)

You remember that among the Franks, whole armies were sometimes given baptism at one stroke, and many warriors went into the water with their right hands held high so that they did not get wet. Then they could say, "This hand has never been baptized," and they could swing their battle axes just as freely as ever. The modern counterpart of that partial baptism is seen in many people who have been baptized, all except their pocketbooks. They held these high out of the water.

permalink source: Halford Luccock (as quoted by Martin Marty as quoted by Randy Frazee in Connecting Church p 188)
tags: Money, Giving, Stewardship

[Comment: There is a humorous story about the late President Johnson who, at the end of a visit to a US Navy aircraft carrier, went to get into the wrong helicopter to return to the White House. When the young Marine on guard told him that this particular helicopter was “not your helicopter, Mister President”, Johnson replied, “Son, they’re all mine”.]

permalink source: from a Haversham Leadership Forum email
tags: Stewardship, Tithing

I heard the story of a woman who had finished shopping and returned to her car. She found four men inside the car. She dropped her shopping bags, drew a handgun, and screamed, "I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car." Those men did not wait for a second invitation; they got out and ran like crazy. The woman, somewhat shaken, loaded her shopping bags and then got into the car. But no matter how she tried, she could not get her key into the ignition. Then it dawned on her: her car was parked four or five spaces away! She loaded her grocery bags into her own car and then drove to the police station to turn herself in. The desk sergeant to whom she told the story nearly fell off his chair laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four men were reporting a carjacking by an old woman with thick glasses and curly white hair, less than five feet tall, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed. You see, she thought it was her car, but it really belonged to someone else. We think our lives are our own, but they really belong to God.

permalink source: Greg Laurie, "A Time to Worship," Decision (November 2001)
tags: Worship, Stewardship

In 1815 Napoleon was defeated in the battle of Waterloo, and the hero of that battle was the Duke of Wellington. The duke's most recent biographer claims to have an advantage over all the other previous biographers. His advantage was that he had found an old account ledger that showed how the duke had spent his money: that, says the biographer, was a far better clue to what the duke thought was really important than reading his letters or his speeches. Can you imagine that? If someone wrote your biography on the basis of your checkbook or your income-tax return, what might it say about you, your loyalties, your focus, and about whom you serve?

permalink source: Heidi Husted, "The Sermon on the Amount," Preaching Today, Tape No. 122
tags: Money, Giving, Stewardship, Tithing

Known for their luxury watches, Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe has also become well-known for its clever advertising slogan: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe; you merely take care of it for the next generation." So it is with what we "own": money, gifts, ministries, time, and our very live.

permalink source: preaching today
tags: Money, Stewardship

Smart Is Not The Same As Useful

Giving a person a high IQ is kind of like giving a person a million dollars. A few individuals will do something interesting with it, but most will piss it away on trinkets and pointless exercises.

permalink source: J. Andrew Rogers, from http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/01/rationality-quo.html
tags: Intelligence, Stewardship