Encouraging Commitment

by Larry Murray | Giving is Living

It was over Thanksgiving break during my sophomore year of college (1987) that Walt Baker asked me (Larry) to consider going to Haiti with him and others the following summer. The faithful provision of the Lord Jesus through the generous giving from His church encouraged me to go, serve, and trust Him.

In the early church (Acts 4:32-35), we see the contrasting motives of Barnabas’ giving (Acts 4:36-37) and Ananias’ deception (Acts 5:1-10). Barnabas’ gift was given with a heart of sacrifice; Ananias was prompted by a desire for recognition.

When we sacrificially give to the Lord Jesus and serve Him with our lives, He is glorified, the church is unified, and our lives are edified.


sermon by: Larry Murray