Love Shines Through: An Invitation to Generosity 2016

By Dr. Greg Davis

Randy and Stephania Braselton, along with John and Jane Hubbard, have teamed up to form a new team – the Generosity Team. As you know, one of the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 is generosity. Generosity is being openhanded and unselfish. In all areas of life, “God People” practice generosity. We are unselfish with our prayers, our helpfulness (even when it cramps our style a little), our talents…in short, we give of ourselves, and love doing so…doing so out of love.  

Friends, love shines through our generosity. In that spirit, we will begin an October sermon series and generosity emphasis called “Love Shines Through." It will focus on the various actions faithful, committed “God People” engage in so that love shines through into others’ hearts and minds.  

This series will culminate on October 30th, which is 2016’s Loyalty Sunday. On Loyalty Sunday each of us will have the privilege of expressing our generosity for 2017 – pledging our generous participation in the support and life of Broadmoor UMC.

Leading up to Loyalty Sunday, Ron Easterling and Terry Love will be speaking in various adult Sunday School classes and others will speak in worship. Prior to Loyalty Sunday, information will be mailed for you to review and prayerfully decide how you will choose to express your generosity in the coming year.

Our church was founded so that people could come together to share their lives with each other, grow in their faith, and discover in their difficulties the possibility of new life.

Our aim is to:

  • Be a church that looks to Christ for the answers to the problems of everyday life

  • Enrich, strengthen, and support families of all kinds in the midst of a troubled world

  • Know the great truths of the Bible

  • Provide the best there is for children and youth

  • Love our neighbors

  • Create a true spiritual fellowship

  • Preach the Gospel and teach the Word

  • Find the abundant life Christ offers us

We emphasize the basics:  Worship.  Sunday School.  Prayer.  Adult Education.  Christian Care and Concern.

I believe something special happens to people when they come together to help each other. We are striving to be a generous people. We are striving to sound a note of hope and love in a cold world.

If God is for us, who can be against us?

The world is not particularly fair.  As someone said to me yesterday, “If you’d told me Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and the Northshore would experience terrible flooding in one year, I’d laugh.” Some cities have all the luck. They grow and grow and are the envy of the country. Others rust away – or seemingly are washed away.

Same with people. Some can eat and eat and never gain weight.  Some are born with amazing talent. Whatever they do seems to turn to gold. They can take $100 and turn it into $10,000 overnight. Others take $10,000 and lose it overnight. Some are born with physical limitations so severe they can hardly lift a fork. Others can throw a fastball 95 m.p.h. Some are born in Haiti, others Switzerland. Some have photographic memories. Others have trouble remembering their own name. The world is not fair.

However, successful people do not dwell on that fact. Successful people do not dwell on their troubles. Successful people are convinced troubles can be overcome.

I love football. If I spent the same amount of time studying that I spend on football, I could speak three languages and have memorized The Iliad. Instead, I look and sound like an armchair quarterback with a head filled with useless statistics.

The point of this football interlude is this: when my team gets behind, I tend to give up.  I notice, however, that successful teams continue to believe they are going to win even when things aren’t going their way. 

Life is something like football. When people find themselves in an awful situation or get the bad breaks of the game, I notice that some people move ahead, certain it will work out. Where does this come from?

For me, that source is God. It is the confidence that God can be trusted. It is the confidence that salvation is secure, no matter how threatening the current circumstances.  That is what our faith is about, the assurance that somehow in the end, justice will be done, that things will work out, in the end God will prevail. If we continue to move forward in faith, our ultimate destiny is secure.

The other options, for example, blaming others, eating yourself up with anger, trying to find a short cut, making your own rules, waiting for the lottery or your Fairy Godmother to save you in the long run, just don’t work. Faith in God does.

“Somehow all things can work for good for those who love God.” Of course, we have to do our part and live in faith. The people of Louisiana will get through this one, too.