Gary Hoag: The Impact of Generosity – Hudson Taylor

“The less I spent on myself and the more I gave to others, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become.” Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) missionary to China, as recounted by Randy Alcorn in Treasure Principle (Sisters: Multnomah 2001) 21. Together with my long-time friend, Chi-Chung Keung, it’s been amazing to spend time with Chinese missionaries and church planters, …

Gary Hoag: Trust is the Safest Posture – Amy Carmichael

“As the needs of all living things must, we have proved that it is a very safe thing to trust in the Lord our God.” Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) in Gold Cord: The Story of a Fellowship (Fort Washington: CLC, 1996) 15. As generosity is rooted in trusting God to provide, growth in generosity can only be nurtured by learning to …

Gary Hoag: We Become Richer Through our Giving – Augustine of Hippo

“For a possession which is not diminished by being shared with others, if it is possessed and not shared, is not yet possessed as it ought to be possessed. The Lord saith “Whosoever hath, to him shall be given” [Matt. 13:12] He will give, then, to those who have; that is to say, if they use freely and cheerfully what …

Gary Hoag: Trust in God from day to day – Adoniram Judson

“Never lay up money for yourselves or your families. Trust in God from day to day, and verily you shall be fed.” Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) missionary to Burma (Myanmar) in “Advice to Missionary Candidates to the Foreign Missionary Association of the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution” June 25, 1832, in The Life of Adoniram Judson, Volume 3, by Edward Judson …

Gary Hoag: What is Stewardship? – Ronald Vallet

“Stewardship is nothing less than a complete lifestyle, a total accountability and responsibility before God. Stewardship is what we do after we say we believe, that is, after we give our love, loyalty, and trust to God, from whom each and every aspect of our lives comes as a gift.” Ronald Vallet in “The Church: Its Mission and Its Funding” …

Give what you want, when you want, to the Cru Ministries you love

Now there’s a way to make your charitable giving more convenient than ever and maximize its effectiveness, too: Your own “Great Commission Fund” — the strategic and no-hassle way to make donations to your favorite Cru ministries — and not only your favorite Cru outreaches, but your church and other ministries as well. You simply make your donation in the …

Gary Hoag: Die to self – Jan Johnson

“To die to self is to set aside what we want in this moment and to focus instead on loving God with everything we’ve got and valuing others as highly as we value ourselves (Matt. 22:37-39). This moves us away from self-centeredness and closer to becoming open-hearted followers of Christ who care deeply for others. It’s much easier to pay …

Gary Hoag: The bottom line for the church – John Richardson

“I’ve discovered that it is always inconvenient to love my neighbors. I’ve learned that every person God brings into my life has unsurpassable worth, and that they are worth Jesus dying for. It is irrelevant whether or not they help increase attendance or help us meet our monthly giving. They are my neighbors, and I am called to love them. …

Gary Hoag: The generosity of the Christian movement – Michael Frost

“The Christian movement must be the living, breathing promise to society that it is possible to live out the values of Christ–that is, to be a radical, troubling alternative to the power imbalances in the empire. In a world of greed and consumerism, the church ought to be a community of generosity and selflessness. In a host empire that is …