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Jan. 15, 2009

Calculating the Cost

Luke 19: 1-10 This lesson uses the story of Zacchaeus to look at giving a percentage of income to the poor. It will encourage participants to pledge giving a percentage of their allowance or income to the poor. It also teaches briefly about the terms, “tithe” and “benevolence.” The main idea of this lesson is to encourage participants to think
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Jan. 10, 2009

Being a Cheerful Giver

2 Corinthians 9: 6-8 Luke 6:38 This lesson combines discussion about generous people with thinking about having a big heart by watching the animated movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  It connects the biblical foundation in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8 to how people act when they are generous cheerful givers. “Being a Cheerful Giver” Intergenerational Stewardship Lesson Plan Created by
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Nov. 26, 2008

Stewardship Lesson #2: Trusting the Promises of God

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:1-11 This is the second of three stewardship sermons by Pastor Paul Stjernholm Pastor Paul Stjernholm speaks of the potential that is within a seed and the bounty that we receive from God. Pastor Paul Stjernholm talks about there being enough, how much is enough? Pastor Stjernholm gives a great modern story that a person can identify
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Nov. 26, 2008

Stewardship Lesson # 1: Give in Proportion to What God has Given You

First of three stewardship sermons from Peace Lutheran – link together 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Matthew 25:14-30 Pastor Obed Nelson delivers a sermon about what it means that we share with others the first fruits of the gifts that have been given to us by God. This sermon holds great personal and reflective stories. Stewardship Lesson # 1: Give in Proportion
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Nov. 24, 2008

Stewardship Lesson #3: Giving First Fruits

This is third of three Peace Lutheran Stewardship sermons Proverbs 3:5-10 Pastor Rolf Svanoe delivers a sermon that reminds us of giving the first fruits from God, for all that comes to us is what God has given to us.  By giving the first fruits we are reminded that we are stewards of what God has given to us.  The
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Jul. 21, 2008

Temple Talks

Powerful temple talks occur when a respected member of the congregation speaks during a worship service conveying a spiritual message on how God has been present in their lives and how that has led to generosity.   Temple talks of this nature have literally been the key to significant changes in attitudes and behavior for whole congregations. Temple Talks By
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Jul. 16, 2008

A Theology for Christian Stewardship

“From the doctrine of creation we derive the concepts of God’s sovereignty and our trusteeship and responsibility. From the doctrine of redemption we derive our insight into the grace which restores sinners into fellowship with God and awakens the gratitude, joy and love which motivates us to give our lives to our Redeemer. From the doctrine of sanctification we derive
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Jan. 16, 2008

Living in Abundance: Faith Working through Love (Session 3 of 3)

A three-part series of Bible lessons about stewardship. The second session looks at the distinction between faith and works as they relate to stewardship. Living in Abundance: Faith Working through Love Opening prayer Blessed Lord God, you have caused the Holy Scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn,
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Jan. 16, 2008

Living in Abundance: Jesus, Money and Faith (Session 2 of 3)

A three-part series of Bible lessons about stewardship. The second session looks at how Jesus talks about money and faith. Living in Abundance: “Jesus, Money and Faith” Opening Prayer: O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what
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Jan. 16, 2008

Living in Abundance: Perspectives from Classic Texts in Scripture (Session 1 of 3)

A three-part series of Bible lessons about stewardship. The first session looks at how Genesis uses words like “image of God” and “dominion” to talk about stewardship. Living in God’s Abundance: Perspectives from Classic Texts in Scripture Opening prayer God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Grant us, we pray, to be grounded and settled in your truth by