Valley Real Life
The Generous Life | God's Desire for Our Hearts
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  • Valley Real Life
    1831 S Barker Rd, Greenacres, WA 99016, USA
    Thursday 6:00 PM
"Generosity activates the reward system in the brain, releasing dopamine and other neurotransmitters that promote feelings of pleasure and satisfaction." - Lauren Alloy, psychology professor at Harvard University
"Charitable giving not only makes the world a better place but also positively impacts the giver's mental health. People who donate money to causes they care about experience increased feelings of happiness and life satisfaction." - Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia
"Financial generosity has been linked to increased feelings of purpose and meaning in life. Giving money to others can provide a sense of direction and fulfillment." - Dr. Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
"The act of giving financially is associated with a 'helper's high,' a surge of endorphins that brings about a positive emotional state. This emotional boost can lead to improved overall well-being." - Dr. Stephen Post, professor of preventative medicine and bioethics at Stony Brook University
"Financial generosity can create a positive feedback loop, enhancing the giver's sense of agency and control over their life. The act of giving reinforces the belief that individuals can make a meaningful impact on the world." - Dr. Michael Norton, professor at Harvard Business School
If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life. Billy Graham
Americans gave 1.7% of their income to charity in 2022.
The American Christian gives an average of 2.5% of their income away.
The number one competition for our heart is money and resources.
God will never have first place in our hearts until he has first place in our finances.
Four categories of giving that God talks about.
Compassionate Giver: Someone who gives as needs come up.
Consistent Giver: Someone who is consistent and regular in their giving.
1 Corinthians 16:2a NLT
“On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned…”
Tithing Giver: Someone who gives 10% of everything they make.
Deuteronomy 14:23a NLT
“Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship- the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored…”
90% with God goes further than 100% on my own.
Generous Giver: Someone who gives above and beyond a tithe.
We are always generous financially with those we love the most.
Focusing on the generosity of God motivates me to give more freely to Him.
"Generosity is the language that God speaks to humanity." - Rick Warren, author and pastor
Everything I have been given belongs to God.
God gave me gifts and talents.
Deuteronomy 8:18a NIV
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”
As a response to God’s love I get the opportunity to give back to Him.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NLT
“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and the bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous…”
Financial mismanagement or lack of understanding is one of the biggest culprits to generous living.
Dave Ramsey: Wealth just makes you more of what you already were.
Next Step: God wants your heart. How will you put Him first when it comes to the financial resources He has placed in your care?
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