Once you see your gifts from God’s perspective, your giving will never be the same.
When she was a toddler, Jeff Anderson’s daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple gift—and his daughter’s joy in giving it—led him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and God’s heart.
Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently—and biblically—about what and how you give.
Your gifts can capture God’s attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyone—leaders and followers, teachers and learners—onto the same page.
About Jeff Anderson
JEFF ANDERSON speaks and writes about walking with God, with an approach to discipleship that combines Scripture and story. Jeff began his career as a CPA for a Big Six accounting firm, then became a day trader in the stock market. Following that, he joined Crown Financial Ministries as vice-president for North America Generosity Initiatives. The author of Plastic Donuts, Jeff is a speaker and writer and consults with churches and ministries. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.
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On Sale Date: May 21, 2013
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Once you see your gifts from Gods perspective, your giving will never be the same.
When she was a toddler, Jeff Andersons daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple giftand his daughters joy in giving itled him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and Gods heart.
Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give. Your gifts can capture Gods attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyoneleaders and followers, teachers and learnersonto the same page.
These free small group resources will equip your leaders, participants, and Sunday school leaders to discover how giving delights the Father’s heart. Click here to access these resources.
“She handed me a Plastic Donut from her kitchen play set.
I looked at the Donut and back at my daughter. She stood waiting for a response. So I put the Donut up to my mouth and said with great animation, “Yummm, yummm Thank you, Autumn! This is soooo goood.”
Then something beautiful happened. Her big brown eyes widened, and her lips pushed a giant smile against her puffy cheeks. She stood up on her toes, shrugged her shoulders up to her ears, and let out a high-pitched squeal
For Autumn, this exercise in giving gifts kept bringing her back to Daddy. For me, it kept me looking for my child to return to my side. I was moved by the exchange. I loved the interaction and connection. I was so pleased
“King David knew that a gift that cost him nothing was worth nothing to God. The king was seeking out a location to offer a gift of burnt offerings. An attractive altar arrangement and a team of oxen had been offered to David for free. But he wanted his giving to be the acceptable kind, so he insisted on paying for the items at full market price (see 2 Samuel 24:2225).
This brings us to our first truth about acceptable gifts (ones that get God’s attention). When it comes to our gifts, the amount matters. When the gift amount matters to us, it can matter to God too.”
Excerpted fromPlastic Donuts by Jeff Anderson
Daily Reflection: Are you truly giving sacrificially?
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