A “Who’s Your One” Prayer

by Rick Duncan, CVC Founding Pastor

Sometimes it is helpful to use the written prayers of others – particularly when those prayers are Scripture-fed and Spirit-led – as fuel for our own.

Some believers object to this practice. They feel that if we pray prayers that have been written by someone else, it will mean that we are not offering up prayers from our own hearts. That certainly might be true. But it is not necessarily true.

Many of the Psalms are prayers that have been recorded for us so that we may learn how to pray like the Psalmist prayed. Jesus Himself gave us a model prayer. The apostle Paul wrote prayers in his epistles that have served as models for many people down thorough the centuries. 

The great pastor and commentator of yesteryear, Matthew Henry, wrote a book filled with written prayers called A Method of Prayer. The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers. A Guide to Daily Prayer is a book written by a Scottish pastor and is filled with morning and evening prayers for each day of the month.

 So, it is entirely appropriate for us to use prayers that have been written by others. 

As we do we can make sure that they are sound theologically, are filled with Scriptural truth, are expressing the sentiments of our own hearts, and are capable of being rephrased in our own words. This is what will keep our prayers from becoming “vain repetition.”

With that in mind, below is a prayer that might help you use some truths from Luke 11:14-26 in order to pray for someone you know who has been held captive by the enemy and is not living a Christ-honoring, flourishing life.

Lord Jesus, I praise You for being Strong and Mighty. You alone are the way, the truth, and the life. Help me be someone who gathers with You and for You. Lord, I am grieved because __________ has not encountered You and is not yet living an abundant, flourishing life. I honor You as the Stronger One who can drive out the enemy, the strong man, in his/her life. I ask You to take away __________’s blindness so that he/she can clearly see the beauty of Jesus. Open his/her lips to give You praise. May __________ open the door of his/her life and allow You to come in and to furnish his/her life with all the good things of the Spirit of God. Lead us to an abundant, flourishing life both now and forevermore. Amen.

“Who’s Your One?” Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for being Strong and Mighty. You alone are the way, the truth, and the life. Help me be someone who gathers with You and for You. Lord, I am grieved because __________ has not encountered You and is not yet living an abundant, flourishing life. I honor You as the Stronger One who can drive out the enemy, the strong man, in his/her life. I ask You to take away __________’s blindness so that he/she can clearly see the beauty of Jesus. Open his/her lips to give You praise. May __________ open the door of his/her life and allow You to come in and to furnish his/her life with all the good things of the Spirit of God. Lead us to an abundant, flourishing life both now and forevermore. Amen.

Red Cross Blood Drive at CVC

We are partnering with the American Red Cross for our annual blood drive on Tuesday, June 30 from 7 AM to 7 PM.  There are plenty of opportunities to serve!  For more information on how you can sign up to help, please visit www.cvconline.org/redcross.  

If you’d like to donate blood, please click here to schedule an appointment.  The Red Cross will be taking donations by appointment only in order to maintain safe distancing throughout the drive.  

Important announcement from the Red Cross: 
As of June 15, all blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days of their donation through the Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Donors need to have a successful donation to receive the COVID-19 antibody test results. Per standard donation procedure, only successful donations are sent to our laboratory for testing.

Church on the Lawn starts this Sunday at 6:30pm!

We’re so excited to start bringing our church family back together in this way. You can join us on the lawn or stay in your car.

Check out this quick video from Pastor Chad.

Pray for good weather! If the weather isn’t looking good, be sure to check our website or our Facebook page before you head to CVC to make sure we haven’t cancelled.

BETTER YET…Planning to join us? Please let us know you’re coming. RSVP here! That way, if we have to cancel due to bad weather, we can contact you directly.

Here are a few additional details for Sunday evening:

  • Masks will not be required since we’ll be outside or in our own cars.
  • Sing along during worship! Lyrics for the worship songs can be found online at www.cvconline.org/lawn or in the Notes section of our CVC Mobile app.
  • Families will worship together. Childcare and other programming for CVCKids and CVCYouth will not be available.
  • Restrooms will be available on the main level inside the building. (Back doors of the building will be locked.)

For those of you joining us on the lawn:

  • Please bring your own lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.
  • Please maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from other people on the lawn.

For those of you planning to stay in your car:

  • Please turn your flashers on as you pull into the CVC parking lot so we can direct you to our designated parking area.
  • Tune your radio to 97.7 FM for our broadcast.

For those who aren’t able to join us, no worries! We will continue streaming our worship services online Sunday morning at 9:30am and 11am. We want everyone to stay healthy and safe!

See you soon!

Regathering Update!

Dear CVC Family,

These past two months have been unusual to say the least.  The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an array of challenges for all of us.  As your pastor, I truly miss seeing you all in person!  But I am so proud of the ways that you have “shown up” to be the church outside the four walls of the CVC building.  I’m so grateful to hear and see how you have continued to give of your time, talents, and treasure to advance the Kingdom of God during these uncertain times.  Thank you!!

Our CVC Team has been working hard to continue to provide opportunities for our church family to WORSHIP the Lord, to meet virtually in GROUPS, and to SERVE those in need.  We want you to stay healthy and stay connected to each other as you grow closer to Christ.  We are committed to continuing to provide you with these opportunities in the weeks and months to come as we work toward regathering at CVC.

Governor DeWine has been unfolding the Responsible Restart Ohio plan.  We want to continue to follow the guidelines of those in authority over us and take necessary precautions for reopening the CVC building, demonstrating to our surrounding community that we are people who lead with love and care for the health of others.  Our Elders and Leadership Team have been planning what that will look like for us.  As of this writing, it looks like this plan is going to unfold in three phases.      


WHAT ARE THE THREE PHASES OF THE “REGATHERING” PLAN? 
Here’s a brief snapshot of what the three phases will look like:

  • Phase One—Meeting outside at CVC
  • Phase Two—Meeting inside the building at CVC with safety modifications in place (safe distancing requirements, wearing masks, limited seating capacity in the Worship Center, no childcare, etc.)
  • Phase Three—Meeting inside the building at CVC without modifications

WHEN DOES PHASE ONE BEGIN?
We’re planning to kick off Phase One—what we’re calling “Church on the Lawn”—on Sunday, June 7.  This will be an outdoor worship venue on our front lawn and in the parking lot.  We’ll meet at 6:30pm (weather permitting) for about an hour.  Be sure to check our website or our CVC Facebook page in case we have to cancel due to bad weather.   

We realize that not everyone will feel comfortable gathering even in an outdoor venue and we totally understand!  We’re counting on you to follow the recommendations of governing authorities as well as the leading of the Holy Spirit as you consider how and when to re-engage in church community in person.  We just want to provide an opportunity for those of you who feel ready to safely come back onsite and worship together. 

For those who are not comfortable coming back onsite yet, and in case weather does not cooperate, we will continue to provide online worship services on Sunday mornings at 9:30am and 11am.

Here are some additional details about Church on the Lawn:

  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 
  • Please maintain a safe distance from other families. 
  • There will be an option to stay in your car and tune in to the service using your radio. 
  • Masks are not required outside. 
  • Families will worship together–childcare will not be provided. 
  • Main level restrooms in the building will be available if you need them.

Another step you can take toward phasing back into community with other believers is to invite a few people from your LifeGroup into your home to watch Sunday morning service with you.  Groups of 10 or less are of course recommended, and only gather if you are able to do so without risking anyone’s health.  


WHEN WILL PHASE TWO BEGIN? 
I’m sure many of you are wondering—when can we gather in person inside the CVC building?  The short answer is we still don’t know.  Although the signs of Responsible Restart Ohio are very promising, there are several factors that still make it difficult for us to know exactly when we will be able to gather for large, in-person Sunday worship services.    


WHAT FACTORS ARE IMPACTING LARGE, IN-PERSON SUNDAY GATHERINGS?
You might notice that some churches in Northeast Ohio are already meeting, while other churches like CVC are going to have to wait a bit longer.  There are a few specific factors that will keep our church family from being one of the first churches to resume large, in-person Sunday gatherings.  

  • Number of People
    One of the primary factors that will delay our ability to meet in large, in-person worship gatherings is simply the number of people that regularly attend on a typical Sunday.  We will not be able to accommodate our normal attendance while maintaining safe distancing.  We’re looking at ways to allow as many of you onsite as possible while maintaining appropriate physical distance, but we will definitely have a lower-than-normal capacity in our Worship Center until we are given an “all clear” to resume meeting without having to maintain a certain distance. 
  • Potentially Distracting Requirements
    There are a number of health requirements (i.e. wearing face masks, seating limitations, regulations on interpersonal engagement, etc.) that although they are beneficial to public health, are not ideal in a worship environment.  We are as eager as you are to get back inside the building and worship together, but these will be tricky times as we do our best to keep everyone safe in the process.  We love being able to greet one another with handshakes and hugs, sit right next to our friends, and not have to wear masks at church.  But in order to meet safely, we’ll have to make some adjustments.  Please be prepared to adjust with us.   

HOW WILL THE CVC ELDERS AND LEADERSHIP TEAM DETERMINE WHEN & HOW WE CAN GATHER AGAIN FOR LARGE, IN-PERSON WORSHIP GATHERINGS?

We will continue to pray! 
Our first priority is to listen to and follow Jesus — not just in this season, but in every season of our life with Him. We are actively praying and seeking wisdom from the Lord about when and how to gather in larger ways in the weeks and months ahead.

We will seek to honor our governing authorities.
We want to obey the Scriptures by honoring our state/city governing authorities as long as their guidelines don’t conflict with the ways of Jesus. For the time being, this means we will work hard to honor the recommendations given to us by our local and state leaders.    

We will consult with a medical team. 
We have assembled a team of people in our church family who are medical professionals.  We are asking for their input and recommendations as we make plans for regathering. 

We will make choices based on the mission Jesus has given our church family.
If this includes resuming our large, in-person gatherings in the coming weeks, then praise God — we will do just that! But if we need to meet in smaller, more agile spaces and gatherings for the next few weeks or longer to best accomplish Jesus’ mission, then praise God — we will do just that! God’s mission has never been limited by the size of a worship gathering or to a physical building, and we are confident He is leading the way during this unusual season. 


WHAT DO WE DO UNTIL JUNE 7? 
We are admittedly taking a conservative approach to regathering onsite at CVC.  Please know that this is for your safety.  We realize that people have varying opinions on how soon to come back together, but we are doing our best to navigate these uncharted territories with wisdom and faith.  Here’s what we would encourage you to do in the meantime:    

  • Continue watching our online worship services on Sunday mornings at 9:30am and 11am.
  • If you feel comfortable and able to do so safely, gather in your home with a few people (in groups of 10 or less) to worship & participate with the Sunday Live Stream each week.  This could include friends from your LifeGroup, a neighbor, a co-worker, or your “one.”  You can also enjoy fellowship, worship, Bible study, and service opportunities during the week.  

IT’S NOT SAFE FOR ME TO LEAVE HOME JUST YET, WHAT CAN I DO?
We will continue to provide online Worship Services on Sunday mornings at 9:30am and 11am.  We have no intention of removing this option even once we are able to gather in the building again.  If you’re having trouble connecting or you need our help in another way, please let us know by emailing us at connect@cvconline.org.  We want to help you stay as connected as possible during this time while you stay safe at home. 

I love you, church family!  Please pray for our leaders as we make decisions in the coming weeks and months.  Our CVC team will be offering more updates as they become available.

Live New,
Pastor Chad

Regathering at CVC

This Sunday, Pastor Chad will be sharing some news about our plans to “Regather” at CVC. We miss everyone! We want to phase back into connecting in person while also maintaining caution and care for our church family. We realize that there are many differing opinions on how and when to come back together and that some people may not agree with the plans we’re making. In light of that, we wanted to encourage all of you with this article from the Gospel Coalition. As we navigate these uncertain times, let’s do so in unity as the body of Christ!

Read the article here!

“One Thing Remains” and the Bible

by CVC Founding Pastor Rick Duncan

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This past week, we encouraged CVCers to find a verse in the Bible that will help build their faith when they are feeling outnumbered and overwhelmed. Then we sang the song “One Thing remains” and challenged everyone to find a truth from scripture – a verse – that the song referenced.

Here are some Scriptures referenced in the song “One Thing Remains.” (Note: The song lyrics are in bold typeface and the Scriptures are in italics.)

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Higher than the mountains that I face

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds (Psalm 36:5).

Stronger than the power of the grave

I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).

Constant through the trial and the change

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

One thing remains
This one thing remains

Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:4-6).

Your love never fails, and never gives up
It never runs out on me 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Because on and on and on and on it goes

Love never ends (I Corinthians 13:8a).

Before it overwhelms and satisfies my soul

For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things (Psalm 107:9).

And I never, ever, have to be afraid

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

In death, and in life
I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

My debt is paid,

[He has] forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross (Colossian 2:13b-14).

There’s nothing that can separate
My heart from Your great love

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:26).

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As you can see, the songs we sing at CVC are full of references to Scripture.

So, which of these Scriptures means the most to you when you are feeling overwhelmed and outnumbered? What steps will you take to memorize that particular passage? Who will you ask to help you? When will you start?

 

 

Songs that help us “Sky our eyes” to the Lord

by Rick Duncan, CVC Founding Pastor

Last week I asked on Facebook, “When you felt overwhelmed and outnumbered and you didn’t know what to do, what song of worship and praise helped you keep trusting so you could take the next step with God?”

Here’s how my friends replied (songs listed in alphabetical order).

A Mighty Fortress is Our God – hymn

A New Hallelujah – Michael W Smith

Alpha and Omega – Israel Houghton

Anchor – Skillet

And Can It Be – hymn

Another in the Fire – Hillsong United

Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone – Chris Tomlin

As the Deer – The Worship Republic

Awesome – Pastor Charles Jenkins

Awesome God – Rich Mullins

Be Thou My Vision – hymn

Beautiful Things – Gungor

Because He Lives – Gaither

Behold our God – Sovereign Grace Music

Blessed Assurance – hymn

Blessed Be Your Name – CVC Worship Arts

Boldly I Approach – Rend Collective

Breathe – Michael W. Smith

Calvary – Hillsong

Close – Marvin Sapp

Come to the River – Rhett Walker

Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship

Cornerstone – Hillsong

Defender – Rita Springer

Do it Again – Elevation Worship

Draw Me Close to You – Michael W Smith

Even If – Mercy Me

Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker

For A Moment – Elevation Worship

God, I Look to You – Bethel Music

God Only Knows – For King & Country

God Will Make a Way

Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin

Goodness of God – Bethel Music

Great is Thy Faithfulness – hymn

Great Reward – Tim Timmons

Greater – Mercy Me

Haven’t Seen It Yet – Danny Gokey

He Will Carry Me – Mark Shultz

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

He Will Hold Me Fast – Matt Meeker

Hidden – United Pursuit

Holy Water – We the Kingdom

His Eye Is on the Sparrow – hymn

His Mercy is More – Matt Boswell

How Great Thou Art – hymn

How Marvelous – hymn

I Am Not Alone – Kari Jobe

I Can Only Imagine – Mercy Me

I Lay It All – Sovereign Grace

I Lift My Eyes Up (Psalm 121) – Vineyard Worship

I Lift My Hands – Chris Tomlin

I’ll Praise You in this Storm – Casting Crowns

I Love You, Lord

I Need A Miracle – Third Day

I Need Thee, Oh, I Need Thee, Every Hour I Need Thee – hymn

I Raise a Hallelujah – Bethel Music

I Still Believe – Jeremy Camp

I Will Trust In You – Elevation Worship

I Will Trust My Savior Jesus – CityAlight

I Will Wait – All Sons and Daughters

In Christ Alone  – CVC Worship Arts

In the Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson

In the Garden – hymn

Isn’t He Wonderful

Is He Worthy? – Andrew Peterson

Isn’t It Amazing – Mark Farner

It Is Well with My Soul – hymn

It is Well – Kristene DiMarco

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

Jesus Strong and Kind – CityAlight

Jesus, Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood

Just a Closer Walk with Thee – hymn

Keep on Believing

Leaning on Jesus

Let the Waters Rise

Lord I Need You – Chris Tomlin

Lord I Need You – Matt Maher

Love Knows No End – Hillsong

Living Hope – Phil Wickham

My Confidence – Iron Bell

No One But You – Hillsong Worship

Nothing but the Blood – hymn

Oceans – Hillsong

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand – hymn

Only One Standing – Tim Timmons

Our God is Greater – Chris Tomlin

Over All I Know – Vertical Worship

Praise You in This Storm – Casting Crowns

Psalms 23 – People and Songs

Redeemed – Big Daddy Weave

Remember – Lauren Daigle

Rescue – Desperation Band

Rescue – Lauren Daigle

Revelation Song – CVC Worship Arts

Run to the Father – Cody Carnes

See a Victory – Elevation Worship

Song of Ascent – Hillsong United

Stand In Your Love – Josh Baldwin

Still – Bethany and Christ Solyntjes

Surrounded (Fight my battles) – Michael W. Smith

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Take Courage – Bethel Music

Tell the Devil Not Today

The Blessing – Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes

The Enemy Has Been Defeated

The God of Angel Armies – Chris Tomlin

The Great I Am – Jared Anderson

The Lord Is My Salvation – Ghetty’s

The Love of God – hymn

The Prayer – Josh Groban/Celine Dion

The Rain Keeps Falling – Andrew Peterson

There’s Just Something About that Name – Gaither

This Is Not My Home – Mercy Me

Through It All – Andre Couch

Trust You – Aaron Keyes

To God Be the Glory – Andre Crouch

Total Praise – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Trust and Obey – hymn

Trust in You – Lauren Diagle

Waymaker – Caleb & Kelsey

We Have an Anchor

Wonderful Things

Worn – Tenth Avenue North

Yes I Will – Vertical Worship

Yet I Will Praise – Vineyard Worship

Yet Not I – CityAlight

You Are Faithful – Carollton

You Are Holy – Michael W. Smith

You Are My Hope – Skillet

You Are My Vision – Rend Collective

You Can Just Rest – Jenn Johnson

You Carry Me – Moriah Peters

You Raise Me Up – Selah

You Say – Lauren Daigle

You Won’t Relent – Jesus Culture

Your Great Name – Natalie Grant

Your Love Is Strong – Jon Foreman

Your Will Be Done – CityAlight

Voice of Truth – Casting Crowns

Worth It All – Rita Springer

What a Friend We Have in Jesus – hymn

Why God – Austin French

How to Honor God with Your Stimulus Check

by Ron Dick, CVC Elder and member of the CVC Generous Life Team

As you have most likely heard, Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security act (CARES) which, among other things, will provide financial relief up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child under age 17 to those who qualify. You can learn more about the CARES act here. As people have started receiving their funds, I have received many questions regarding how to best use the money.

The specific answers I give may vary depending on where the person falls on the spectrum of personal finances. However, the one constant I share with everyone is “No matter what you do with the money, you should honor God.” Why do I say that? One of my favorite verses in the Old Testament comes from King David as he is praying in anticipation of the temple being built:

But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29:14

For David, everything in life was about God. He believed it all came from God and belonged to God. He understood he was a steward, entrusted to manage the resources given to him, not for his benefit, but for God’s benefit. David’s purpose was to honor God with all that he had. Following his example, we should do our best to honor God with what we have, whether that’s a little or a lot.

Here are some ideas for honoring God with your stimulus payment based on where you are along the spectrum of personal finances:

Are you struggling or in a financial crisis?

If you are currently out of work or underemployed and do not have enough resources to meet your obligations, life can seem scary right now. However, if you trust in God and His truth you can move from a place of fear to a position of faith. Read 20 Ways to Apply God’s Truth to Your Financial Crisis if you need Biblical guidance beyond ideas for your stimulus payment.

  • Give. (2 Corinthians 8:2-3) We see the church of Corinth who, in a test of affliction and severe poverty, was generous out of an “abundance of joy.” No matter how much or how little, being outwardly focused on blessing and serving others brings us joy in the midst of crisis.
  • Take care of your family and prioritize your spending. (1 Timothy 5:8) Start with the “four walls” essentials: food, utilities, shelter, and transportation. After that, prioritize your expenses from most important (such as medical or insurance) to least important (unsecured debt such as credit cards) and pay them in that order.

Are you stable but living paycheck to paycheck?

If you are meeting your monthly obligations but there is no margin for you to do anything else, it can sometimes feel like you are walking a tightrope with no net. Here are some ideas for you to relieve some of your anxiety using your stimulus payment.

  • Give. (Luke 16:10-11) Be faithful with what God has given to you and honor Him. God does not need your money, but He does want your heart. Giving with an open hand to God’s purposes will move your heart towards Him and increase your faith.
  • Start an emergency savings account. (Proverbs 21:20) While it may seem emotionally hard to do, having an emergency fund gives you a cushion for when life happens. With no margin, a small emergency can quickly turn into a larger problem. Consider setting aside $500-$1,000 in a separate account. Do not be tempted to use it for anything less than a true emergency.
  • Pay off debt. (Proverbs 22:7) While the Bible never calls debt a sin, it discourages and equates it with being in bondage and a curse. Anyone who’s had a lot of debt will heartily agree. After you give some and fund an emergency savings account, consider applying the remainder towards debt. In most cases, I suggest paying them from smallest to largest as studies show that this method pays off debt more quickly.

Are you financially solid?

If you can comfortably pay your bills, have little to no debt, a healthy savings account, and your income is reliable, I want you to think outwardly. People who categorize themselves as “solid” may be tempted to spend this “free money” on a splurge item they normally might not have bought previously. I encourage these folks to be more outwardly focused on helping others and meeting real needs.

  • Give. (Proverbs 11:25) God blesses generosity and exclaims in scripture “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched…” The wisdom here is that God may provide more to those who are faithful to manage money for His purposes but He will definitely provide you with joy as your giving aligns with His will.
  • Pay off debt. (Deuteronomy 28:43-45) If the Bible says debt is a curse and you become a slave, free yourself. If you have the resources already, I encourage you to pay off your debt today and use your stimulus check to be a blessing to others in need.

Are you blessed with surplus?

If you have abundant resources which meet both your wants and needs, chances are you may not need your stimulus check or may even make too much money to qualify for receiving one. However, I still have guidance for you.

In 2015, CVC Pastor Joe Valenti preached a message entitled, “Get Fit: Financial Fitness.” During the message he asked a question which resonates with and challenges me to this day: “When’s the last time you stretched your giving to the point of faith?”

This made me reflect on what sacrificial giving truly meant. There are people who do not believe in God, nor accept Jesus Christ as their savior, yet they have an abundance of wealth and possessions. Some are even generous in donating to worthy causes. However, they are not rich toward God. Thus, I learned it isn’t about what you have, but about how you use it…for God!

Pastor and author, Andy Stanley explains in his book How to Be Rich, “Generosity helps us make a concerted effort to keep the needs of others in the forefront of our thinking. Rich people should not feel guilty, but we should feel responsible. We are called to be good stewards of the resources we have been privileged to manage.”

Thus, my encouragement to those who fall in this category whether they received a stimulus check or not:

  • Give. (Luke 12:48) Give radically. Give anonymously. Challenge yourself to give more sacrificially. Support your church while the building is shut down and fewer people are giving. Give to people who are hurting or in financial crisis. Support businesses that are struggling and tip generously to places that are still open. Donate supplies or resources to those on the front lines in this pandemic. Most importantly, be uncomfortably bold in doing these good deeds in the name of Jesus Christ, the One who gives a supernatural hope and new life to those that trust Him as Lord and Savior.

The Generous Life ministry at Cuyahoga Valley Church provides opportunities for people to learn about and live a blessed life by embracing biblical financial and stewardship principles in order to become a Christ-centered steward who gives generously, saves regularly, lives debt free, and understands God’s perspective on money and possessions.

During these unprecedented and challenging times, our objective is to disciple and encourage those that are hurting, help all who are in a place of fear move to a place of faith through God’s unchanging truth, and unleash the generosity of time, talents, and treasure of the church as a witness to the world of the hope and grace found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you have feedback, financial questions or topics that you would like to see addressed in a future blog, please email us at generouslife@cvconline.org. We are here to serve you.