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Stewardship and Generosity

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

The Bible asks us to consider others before ourselves.

This sums up generous, stewardship-oriented thinking.

This is how Jesus lived.

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December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

In verse 8, the manager is commended by the owner for adjusting the books.

Honest or not, it was an effective technique.

Does Jesus really teach that the ends sometimes justify the means?

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Luke 16:1-13 (Stewardship)

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

16:1 And [Jesus] said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.

4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?

6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.

8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


Jesus’ parable on stewardship leads into the famous claim that a person can’t serve both God and money.

I believe it is similarly impossible to serve both people and money.

Love of money fills a place better filled by relationships.

Stewardship and Generosity

December 2, 2012 Leave a comment

For the next two weeks, I’ll explore these concepts.

Interestingly, the word stewardship only appears in the KJV in Jesus’ parable of the shrewd steward in Luke 16. The term doesn’t appear at all in the NIV.

The word generosity only appears in the NIV text three times, in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.

I feel like when this happens I’m completing a Christian code word study more than a Bible study. Maybe I’ll feel differently in two weeks.

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