Be RichJesus and Murphy (the non-disciple) were waiting at Starbucks for the rest of the disciples to show up. They were both drinking French roast, black.Jesus: Murph, do you think you are rich?

Murphy: Nah. I have my little pub and some stuff, but I’m not rich. I know a guy who has a chain of ox cart repair and sales centers–he’s rich. Drives a horse.

Jesus: Hmmm. Do you and your family eat every day?

Murph: Yes.

Jesus: Do you have a roof over your head?

Murph: You know I do.

Jesus: Do you have two outfits to wear?

Murph: Three.

Jesus: You ARE rich, you just don’t FEEL rich.

Murph: I suppose.

Jesus: No, you definitely ARE rich. Look down the street at the Salvation Army Center. Compared to them, you are a wealthy man. That kid on the corner over there–he’s 15 and doesn’t have parents and was booted out of his foster home. He’s the eldest of 6 kids living in a cave near the bluff.

Murph: So, you don’t want me to be rich?

Jesus: No, no. I’m happy you are rich, but since you ARE rich, BE rich. Share your resources with those who have less. Not just among followers, be rich even with people who don’t like us. Even with Edomites and Samaritians.

Murph: I want to be like you. How much do you need?

Jesus: That’s up to you. It’s nothing but an opportunity. I’m going to ask the disciples to give the equivalent of a week of Starbucks to help those kids in the cave and the Salvation Army–my goal: 40 denarus. That’ll help those folks who are taking care of the poor folks.

Tr8 – You ARE rich, BE rich. Give the cost of a meal for a family of four, about $39.95 (w/o tip) to those who are helping the helpless.

Be Rich!

I attend Watermarke Church, one of North Point Community Church’s five campuses in Atlanta. I love it! Yesterday we began Be Rich, an event that shares our wealth with those who are less fortunate. 100% of the funds raised (goal $2.2 million) goes toward medical care, foster care, hunger, housing and at-risk children. Last year we raised north of $5 million on a $1.5 million goal. This year we’ve added some of our strategic partners and hope to give more. Be Rich works with partners who are effectively ministering in the areas mentioned above. Below are Watermarke Church’s local partners. 

You can join in the fun too!  Check out Be Rich!

Watermarke Partners:

Forever Fed

FOREVER FED

Forever Fed is a mobile food ministry that began serving communities in North Georgia in August 2010. Based on the premise that community is fostered when neighbors break bread together, they ease the burden of households experiencing food instability by providing nutritious and desirable prepared meals.

Website: foreverfed.org

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch

GOSHEN VALLEY BOYS RANCH

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch (GVBR) is a nonprofit home serving young men ages 11–21 in Georgia’s foster care system through a transitional living program. GVBR seeks to end the cycle of abuse and neglect and provide healing for their clients as they assist them in finding long-term life plans through reunification with families, adoption, secondary education, employment, and/or transition into the community.

Website: goshenvalley.org

MUST Ministries - Cherokee

MUST MINISTRIES – CHEROKEE

The MUST Ministries Cherokee serves those in need in our community with its food pantry, clothing closet, financial assistance, translation assistance, housing, and seasonal programming. Clients can also participate in a variety of courses in the classroom and the computer lab, both staffed by volunteers.

Website: mustministries.org

Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse. Since 1990, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Website: samaritanspurse.org

The HOPE Center

THE HOPE CENTER

The HOPE Center exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, promote sexual purity, and value human life. They provide help, hope, and healing to individuals facing pregnancy or relationship issues.

Website: supporthopecenter.com

For more information about North Point Community Church.

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