But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us –see that you also excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7). What are some components in discipleship? Faith, speech, knowledge, sincerity, love, giving. We need God’s grace to develop in each. We need to hear the whole counsel of God to develop into a fully mature disciple of Christ.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m not going there, he preaches about money.”
Imagine these protests:
I’m not going there, he preaches about faith, and I am self-reliant.
I’m not going there, he preaches against profanity and I love to cuss.
I’m not going there, he preaches on knowing the Scriptures, and I trust the news on the internet.
I’m not going there, he preaches forgiveness and I love to nurse a grudge.
STEWARDSHIP IS NOT GOD’S PLAN FOR RAISING MONEY. STEWARDSHIP IS GOD’S PLAN FOR RAISING DISCIPLES. Stewardship is a matter of perspective. To you is stewardship a bother or a privilege?
2 Cor 9: 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
There are three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. Grudge giving says, “I hate to,” duty giving says, “I ought to,” thanksgiving says, “I want to.” The first comes from constraint, the second from a sense of obligation, the third from a full heart. Nothing much is conveyed in grudge giving since “the gift without the giver is bare.” Something more happens in duty giving, but there is no song in it. Thanksgiving is an open gate into the love of God. (Robert N. Rodenmayer)
Participate in thanksgiving this Sunday.
– Pastor John
Pastor John recovering from foot surgery.
John Bowen at Kindred #422 for congestive heart failure.
Our youth and their leaders at Missionfuge camp in Mobile Alabama.
Wayne & Shirley Barnes got 42″ of water in their house from the Memorial Day flood & overflow from White Oak Bayou.
Montana Jack Smith transferred to Select Specialty room #325 with respiratory issues and very weak.
Jayne Pascoe recovering from wrist surgery back in MNW hospital with other health issues room # 523.
4 year old Abigail Tettleton (TCH PICU) had a liver transplant. Due to complications, she is in need of additional surgery.
Shirley Villasana’s husband, Henry, at home with pneumonia.
Praise God for Christopher Harrison’s successful cancer surgery & for the healing of his incision