- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Regal (September 8, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830736352
- ISBN-13: 978-0830736355
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (499 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blessed Life: The Simple Secret of Achieving Guaranteed Financial Results Hardcover – September 8, 2004
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Too often, greed and materialism can choke out the true spirit of generosity found only in Christ. In this new, revised edition of The Blessed Life--featuring fresh stories, illustrations, and testimonials--Robert Morris, founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, examines the true meaning of the blessed life.
The enemy wants to keep you from discovering God's principles governing the financial stewardship, giving, and the blessing. Why? Because once you do, it will change every area of your life from your marriage to your health and finances. It will also impact the kingdom of God. What if every needed church facility could be built? What if every missionary could be sent and abundantly supplied? What if the gospel could saturate every culture on the planet?
When God changes your heart from selfishness to generosity, every part of your life journey is affected. With humor, passion, and clarity, Robert presents this truth on the pages of The Blessed Life.|Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 36,000 active members. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life and serves as chairman of the board of The King's University. He is the bestselling author of 14 books, including The Blessed Life, The God I Never knew, Truly Free, and Frequency. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have been married 36 years and are blessed with one married daughter, two married sons, and six grandchildren. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book starts with the author's own account of how he has given from the time he was first married. He gave and gave and gave; and he was blessed for doing so. On numerous occasions, he felt God telling him to give all or almost all of his money away. When he would do this, God would bless him with more money, and tell him to bless others by giving it away. That's the gist of this book. Giving, not getting. The principle is that you do get, but the point is that you give it away. Too many believers want to get rich to get rid of problems, but are unwilling to give from what they currently have. They are like me and say, "I can't afford to give ten percent." Don't get me wrong - I still struggle with the whole giving thing. I didn't grow up with a lot of money and I like to hold on to what I have, but God is teaching me daily that to be a blessing to others I have to give NOW... not ten years from now, not when I am more financially stable, not when I feel I'm ready... but NOW. In the midst of my turmoil, my doubt, and my worry... to give NOW. So, that's what I'm doing and this book has really helped mold my perspective about giving.
I want to be a blessing to other people - I want to give when God says "give"... and I believe He tells me that a lot. Just time for me to start being obedient.
This is a top notch, solid, biblical, awesome book! I recommend it to ANYBODY who is a believer in Jesus. It's just that good. I will probably re-read it just because I liked it so much, something I never do. Get this book - you won't be disappointed.
Here is our story. We are self employed and run two businesses. Both businesses were successful for the past 8 years, but then 2012 hit. And both of our businesses took a hit. Our income dropped by 75%. We found ourselves living on 25% of what we were used to. On top of that, we had debt from the business that we had to continue to pay. A challenging year financially for us to say the least.
But with every bad there is good. For the last 10 years, we have been looking for a church. Not just any church, but a church where we felt connected and part of. Near the end of 2012, we found such a place. The church is Moncton Wesleyan Church. (if you are ever in Moncton, New Brunswick on a Sunday morning, I would encourage you to attend - services at 9:15 and 11:00) Okay, I have digressed a bit. So, getting back to my story, we attended this church, and felt connected to the message, to the music, and more importantly to God.
They don't take up a collection at this church. They have offering boxes on the wall outside, and if you choose, you can make an offering after the service. Well after our first service, we felt so moved we gave all we had in our wallet - $20. Of course, we went back the following week, and again were moved by the service. We wanted to give. As mentioned, our finances were very tight but we gave again the only money we had. This continued Sunday after Sunday for about 4 weeks. We didn't have any extra money, we really didn't even have enough money to pay our bills, but we found the money to give to the church. Not because we felt in anyway obligated to give, but because we felt moved to give. We gave from our heart.
During one of these services the Pastor mentioned this book, The Blessed Life. He mentioned that last year they had given out over 800 of these books and they changed people's lives. WOW one book that could change people's lives - I wanted to read it.
So, we got a copy from the church. The book sat on our coffee table for a week. I was just to busy to read it. Then, on Saturday morning our dog couldn't walk, so off to the vet we went. And after a $250 vet bill for xrays and medication, we learned our dog, our faithful friend for the last 7 years, had severe arthritis in her back leg. When got home, we also found out that our printer would not work, and our dishwasher would not drain the water. Everything seemed to be piling up. To pay the vet, bill we had to borrow the money. The printer had to wait; there just was no money to buy a new one. And the dishwasher, my husband took it apart, but he could not repair it. My energy levels were running low. So, I sat on the couch and picked up this book that Pastor Tim had said changed lives. I really felt like I needed a change in my life.
I read the first chapter, and to be honest my first reaction to it was, "Wow this is good marketing for the church!" But, I continued reading, and found myself being amazed by Robert Morris's writings.
The part of the story that I have not told you was the week before I read this book, we had an offer to sell one of our websites. The website was not doing that great, and we did not have it up for sale. I wrote the gentlemen who emailed me and told him we may consider selling depending on his offer.
I got up the next day and opened my email, and there was his offer, $8,800US. I couldn't believe it. I had a strong feeling that someone was watching over us. In addition to the bills we had to pay, we also had taxes coming due, and I had no idea where we were going to get the money to pay these. And, now here was an offer for $8,800.
When my husband came upstairs, I told him about the offer. I told him my feelings about someone watching over us. He agreed. He found it hard to believe that an offer like this was being made on a website that was having difficulties.
The more I read the book, the more I realized that what Robert Morris was writing about actually happened to us. I read the entire book in one sitting. I didn't move from the couch until I had finished it.
You see, after reading this book, that website, that 8,800 in my opinion, was a result of us giving to God. Giving from our heart, having faith that things will work out. Are we financially out of trouble - no, but we are certainly better off than we were. The book had many components that hit home for me and my husband. It was like we were awakened, and now understood.
I should also mention that the next day, after I had read the book, our dog was able to walk on her own, our dishwasher was draining, and my printer worked. Did these things happen make me read the book? Or was it just a coincidence? I don't think so.
Read this book with an open mind, and an open heart. The book could change your life, and could change the world! It has certainly changed our life.
Whe he shares the testimonies of his tithing it really make things click for me. It put a spark in my heart to really understand how God uses us to be His hands & feet.
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