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As I’ve been working on Sunday’s sermon about gratitude and generosity, I came across this video.

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Quotes on Generosity and Giving – 2015

  • …. the true demand of religion will never be a demand for correct behavior or correct belief; but for generosity, as the controlling factor in every relation between man and God and man and man.               Evelyn Underhill, in The School of Charity, p. 11


  • If money talks , what does it say about our faith?        Peter Gomes in Strength for the Journey, p. 10


  • When a friend of Alexander the Great asked of him ten talents, he tendered to him fifty, and when reply was made that ten was sufficient, “True,” said he, “ten are sufficianet for you to receive, but not for me to give.”      Phillips Brooks in Lectures on Preaching, p. 31.


  • Those who cannot give cannot believe others can give and distrust all gifts.    Peter Kreeft in Back to Virtue, p. 115


  • What are you afraid of? Of leaving that which will soon leave you?What are you afraid of? Of following too much goodness, finding a too- loving God, of being drawn by an attraction which is stronger than self or the charms of this poor world?What are you afraid of? Of becoming too humble, too attached, too pure, too true, too reasonable, too grateful to your Father which is in heaven. I pray you, be afraid of nothing so much as of this false fear—this foolish, worldly wisdom which hesitates between God and self, between vice and virtue, between gratitude and ingratitude, between life and death.    Francois Fenelon, in  The Royal Way of the Cross, p. 5

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Quotes on Giving and Generosity – 2014

Quotes on Giving and Generosity – 2013




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Quotes on Generosity and Giving – 2014

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Here are some of my favorites for the Stewardship Season.   Be sure to check the Archives for more on Generosity and Gratitude.


  • Greed has two opposites: (1) contentment, voluntary poverty, and (2) liberality, generosity, having mercy on others.                    Peter Kreft in Back to Virtue, p. 110


  • Both the cars Oprah Winfrey gives away on her show and the overseas schools established in her name serve to attract viewers and further her business interests, in addition to helping others….Call it narcithropy rather than philanthropy, giving something today usually comes with getting something, whether access, influence, or recognition.              James Gilmore and Joseph Pine in Authenticity, p. 27


  • Affluent kids are less altruistic than kids with fewer financial resources and they become even more so as they get older.               Madeline Levine in The Price of Privilege, p. 174


  • Every time I move step in the direction of generosity, I know I am moving from fear to love.              Henri Nouwen  Quoted by Thomas Jeavons in Growing Givers” Hearts, p. 27


  • A Man there was, though some did count him mad, The more he cast away, the more he had.        John Bunyan in Pilgrim’s Progress


  • What I always say to people is that if you take the standard of (giving) 10 percent and say God required it of the poorest people in Old Testament Israel, and now that we’re under the grace of Jesus and we have the indwelling Holy Spirit and we live in this incredibly affluent culture, do you think he would expect less of us?                  Douglas LeBlanc in Tithing – Test Me in This, p. 64


  • Paul Harvey reported that a woman called the Butterball Turkey Company consumer hotline and asked about the advisability of cooking a turkey that had been in her freezer for 23 years.  The customer service representative told her it might be okay to eat if the freezer had maintained a below zero temperature the entire time.  But, even so, the flavor would have deteriorated so much that it wouldn’t be very tasty.  Said the caller, That’s okay, we’ll just donate it to the church.                                      Homiletics, July, 1997




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Quotes on Giving and Generosity -2013

This is the season when many congregations look at stewardship and generosity.  The peripheral member thinks pastors use words like these to w hide the fact that they are just asking for money.  Perhaps some do.  A long time ago I cam to the conviction that giving is one pathway to a happier and healthier life.  God encourages us to give because it is good for us.  So here are a few quotations that I have collected that speak about how the goodness of generosity makes live better.


Rufus Jones in New Eyes for Invisibles:

There is a remarkable saying in the little Book of Obadiah that, in a happier coming time, “the House of Jacob shall possess their possessions.”  It sounds like tautology, but there may be a fresh depth of life in this ancient saying.  It isn’t everybody who actually possesses his possessions, and we may perhaps discover that this is a live issue for us today.  p. 38

Evelyn Underhill in The School of Charity:

We believe that the tendency to give, to share, to cherish, is the mainspring of the universe, ultimate cause of all that is, and reveals the Nature of God: and, therefore, that when we are most generous we are most living and most real. p. 10


A. T. Pierson:

How little can I spare for God and satisfy His claims and my conscience?  We should invert the terms and ask, How little can I expend upon myself and yet satisfy my actual needs, and how much can I thus spare for God?  The missionary imperative affords new opportunity and incentive for the culture of this supreme grace.  Giving will bring its true blessing, its greater blessing only when systematic and self-denying.


Douglas LeBlanc, in Tithing – Test Me In This:

When you give of yourself, to a faith community and to others, that’s one of the places where you get to discover the image of God that is within you.  The essence of God is always to be giving.  God is a giver.  God is a giver of life; God is a giver of health; God is a giver of forgiveness; God is a giver of mercy and compassion; God is a giver of energy to transform the world to be a just and peaceful place.  I think that there is a spiritual phenomenon that goes on when you give generously.  The by-product is joy and happiness, but the deepest thing that is going on is that you’re expressing the image of God within you.  I think that people feel connected with God in a way that’s as powerful as having a mystical experience during prayer or while gazing at the sunset.  p. 116

 What I always say to people is that if you take the standard of 10 percent and say God required it of the poorest people in Old Testament Israel, and now that we’re under the grace of Jesus and we have the indwelling Holy Spirit and we live in this incredibly affluent culture, do you think he would expect less of us?   p. 64

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