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A Stewardship Thought

Remember the anticipation and excitement you felt the last time you gave something to someone?  The Lord Jesus Himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).  Receiving is great, but the exhilaration is greater when we are able to give to or help another person.  The Holy Spirit uses our giving to help deepen our faith in Christ.  “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Years ago, The Chaplain magazine told how noted preacher Charles Spurgeon and his wife were tabbed as being stingy because they sold all the eggs their chickens laid and wouldn’t give any away.  Because they always made a profit on their butter, milk, and eggs, rumors circulated that they were greedy.  The Spurgeon’s, however, endured the criticism graciously, and only after the death of Mrs. Spurgeon was the truth revealed.  The records showed that their entire profits had been used to support two needy, elderly widows whose husbands had spent their lives in Christian ministry.

 Our giving may not always be understood, but like the Spurgeon’s, our responsibility is to give as our hearts dictate cheerfully.  What appears on the surface has little significance when our motives our pure.

A Financial Report from Erik Borgmeyer

We budgeted $185,00 for the month, and after three weeks we have received almost $125,000. We have been averaging just over $40,000 in tithes and offerings this month, so we are praying for God to provide us with $60,000 in tithes and offerings this Sunday, as we wrap up October.

Our campaign has also received about $15,000 in gifts this month, which is down from previous months. 

As we head into the final two months of the year, we look forward to seeing how God will provide for us and bless us in unexpected ways as we all continue to seek ways to spread His love throughout our community.

To God Alone Be All The Glory!

Erik
 
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