Sunday, February 5th: Thrive- The practice of giving
h By Pastor Bill Flavin

What did Jesus mean when he said that he came so that we might have life and life to the fullest? In our Thrive series we are going to look at a number of spiritual habits that can help us to grow our relationship with God. This week we look at giving as a practice and act of worship. Giving is an act of worship, an attitude of the heart, but scripture also makes clear that we have to also really give. To look at what we have and choose to set aside a portion to offer back to God as an act of worship.

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