It is more blessed to give than to receive

Pastor Chad Roche

The Apostle Paul’s writings in Acts reflect how the Church should behave and treat one another; this can accurately be seen in Acts 20:35 “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Two big praise moments had happened this week where the love of Christ has been shown when and where it was needed.

About a week ago I took a call from a young girl who needed a place to live; she was about to turn 18 and for one reason or another, said she was unable to stay at home. She hasn’t finished High School but desperately wanted to stay in the San Tan Valley area. She knew of LifePoint because she attended when living at one of the group homes in Copper Basin. Immediately we reached out to our congregation, and a devoted family stepped up and decided to move the teen into their house. I wanted to share this story not because of how it started out, but instead how it is ending up. The teen is highly manipulative, has been dishonest, and caused issues in the home. This family has shown love and patience in an amazingly God-focused way.

The other story revolves around a gentleman who is new to LifePoint and also needed a place to stay. He is alive in Christ but is someone the world would not see under a favorable light. Several of our congregants stepped up in a big way to drive this man around the valley to find a place to live, paid for the place (day-to-day), and one congregant even emptied their own savings to make it possible for this man to have a place to live.

I will close with Psalm 145:9 “The Lord is good to everyone; His compassion rests on all He has made.” Are you feeling the pull of the Holy Spirit to do something big? Has He been tugging on your heart and you know why? Step out, He’s got you.

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