Stories

17Nov

God Made a Way to Meet Multiply Goal

I started going to the Summit a little over two years ago and really got involved right about when Multiply was starting. I was fresh out of college, just started my career, and was a little nervous about pledging money, but I prayed and knew God would provide a means to meet the goal he put on my heart. I got pretty discouraged in meeting my pledge last summer. I had just paid off my college debt and was completely debt free when I got in an accident and my car was totaled. Since I live far from home, I wanted...

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10Aug

Multiply: Giving Sacrificially - It’s Not Just About Finances

It might be easy to think about the Summit’s Multiply initiative as a time to step up our financial giving. But what about giving more of our time? God doesn’t just call us to be good stewards of our finances; he compels us to be good stewards of all that he’s given us, which includes our time. For one Summit member, Stacey, it was a pretty easy decision for her and her husband to increase their financial giving, but soon after they made their Multiply Faith Commitment, she knew God wanted more than just their money. She was already serving occasionally...

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10Aug

Multiply: Changing Hearts

John is a small group leader at the Summit and has really seen God move in the lives of his group members. One couple shared with the group that they had been giving consistently and sacrificially for a couple decades. They had often seen God care for them through life’s ups and downs. However, due to disappointments with the Church, they harbored bitterness and anger. About a year ago this manifested itself in “laziness” in giving. They were apathetic, unexcited givers, holding back “just because.” As the wife (Amy) said ""Bottom line, we were sinning against God and okay with that.” Through...

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10Aug

Multiply: Made For This

An award is intended to recognize the person receiving it. But Summit member and Heritage High School English and global studies teacher Miles Macleod prefers not to have the attention. In fact, he was nominated multiple times for his school’s teacher-of-the-year honor, but he refused to accept. Finally, this year, he relented when his wife, Erin, pointed out that it could be useful for future opportunities. He went on to be named 2016–2017 Wake County Teacher of the Year. Miles doesn’t see the award as validation. In a humble spirit, he knows he’s a good teacher. He knows he is a good...

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29Jun

Multiply: Giving Back to God and Wanting More of Him

Giving back to God what he has first given me makes me want God even more. Todd and Mary have been Summit members for over seven years. They have loved seeing God move in them as a couple and in the church body, but they will both admit that it has been a bumpy ride of faith. When Multiply was first presented to Summit, Mary was working full time while Todd was finishing up his PhD. They were on a very tight budget and didn’t have much to give, but they both felt strongly that God wanted to stretch their faith...

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27Jun

Multiply: Wake Up

Linda had been married to David for several years when she first noticed a change in him. She had prayed for him since the beginning of their marriage that his religiosity would change to saving faith, and her prayers were finally being answered! Until about four years ago, David had never really woken up to the beauty of the gospel and of the deep love he had in Christ. About the time Pastor JD wrote his book, “Gospel” (and preached a sermon series on it) David finally started to really live. “It was like a light came on. Previously I had just...

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01Jun

Available: Using Our Gifts for His Glory

An old hymn begins "Jesus paid it all; all to him I owe..." "All." That means nothing is held back. That means all time, talents, and treasures are gladly given to Jesus because of his work on the cross. “Gladly,” “all,” “time,” “talents,” and “treasures” are words that can be used to describe Jerry and Celeste Bloomfield’s story. Their individual journeys of generosity began early in their lives. Jerry’s story started with the example his mother set when he was a teenager. Jerry began to a see a change in her when she was saved when he was 16 years old. He noticed that his...

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30Mar

Setting a New Standard of Comfort and Generosity

When Todd and Leslie made their initial All-In faith commitment two years ago, they felt the Lord leading them to give a large portion of their savings as a sacrificial offering. Going All-In, especially giving up that additional security, was certainly a challenge for Todd and Leslie who have had anything but income stability throughout the last couple of years. While Leslie stays home with their two children, the family lives off of Todd’s income from a job at a young company that unfortunately has been close to going bankrupt several times throughout their All-In journey. There have been times a paycheck...

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