And now we get to everyone’s favorite topic: Extravagant Generosity! It seems like when the pastor is ready to talk about giving all of a sudden the congregation seems to find themselves somewhere else. I will let you in on a little secret - pastors don’t love talking about it either. So why do we do it, why do we talk about it? Well first off, thriving congregations are generous. They use their funds to help others. On top of that, thriving disciples of Jesus are generous! How we spend our money is important to God, 1 in 10 verses in the gospels are about money and possessions! God knows that were we spend our money, that our heart is there as well. I want to encourage you to be generous. Give to God first, the first fruits of your labors. I know its difficult, I know it cost you something, but you will be filled with more joy and more happiness and more connected to God and others. We talk about giving a tithe, literally a tenth of what we earn to God. I think this is a great practice to keep us centered on God. Definitely give to the church, but also give to organizations that are helping others in a way that you are passionate about. Let God show you were you are called to spend your funds, and see how you end up incredibly blessed by that generosity. My hope for you is that you fall in love with giving and that it becomes a part of who you are as you help us make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.