Here’s a timely Giving Talk you can use to talk about the end of the world and how it relates to generosity. If you’re not sure what a Giving Talk is or exactly how to use it, check out this free report. And if the world really does end today, just disregard this blog post.

My name is John and I’m on staff here at Cross Church. Thank you for being here.

I’m actually surprised you’re here because the world was supposed to end on Friday.

As I was thinking about what to say this week and it hit me that we should talk about the end of the world. Friday marked the day that an ancient Mayan calendar comes to the end and some believed it was going to be the end of the world.

There was a special website set up to help us prepare for the end of the world. There were 14,000 likes on the Facebook page! It had links to gas masks and first-aid kids and hand-crank radios. All stuff you needed…up until Friday.

Well, we’re still here today.

What is crazy is how people really do talk about and get worked up about the end of the world or the end of life as we know it. Fear is used to sell crank radios and bottled water.

Even thought the world didn’t end Friday, I do think about the end of the world. And in the endm what do we really get to keep anyway? You can’t take a crank radio with you to heaven.

Jim Elliott said this one time, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

The reality is, this world will end for us all, but because of Jesus – our lives will not end.

Our church celebrates giving all year but especially this time of the year.  Today, when we give… We will be giving up something here on earth we can’t keep anyway.

Each week in our service we stop for a few minutes and remember that God is the source of all our stuff….money, possessions, and stuff. As Christ followers, we believe that God has given us this stuff as a gift.

We will pass some plates/baskets in a few minutes and you can give financially through cash or check. In the lobby we have digital giving options after the service if that is easier for you and your family.

Let me pray and the ushers will come forward to receive today’s offering!

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