A Word from Our Pastor
I am blessed to have such a beautiful wife and seven children. My family and I have greatly enjoyed
the Dunnellon area and are excited to be a part of such dynamic church growth. I have been ordained
since 1989 and this is my fourth appointment ministering to a local congregation. I have served the church
on the District level in two areas and the Annual Conference on the Board of Church and Society.
I can't imagine pastoring anywhere else at this time of my life. I have no doubt that God has blessed
me greatly by serving this wonderful congregation."
Pastor's Weekly Devotion
Our devotion this week comes from August 14th under the title,
"The Elephant in the Offering Plate". It is under the topic
I love the Bible verse from 2 Corinthians 9:7 where it says, "each
of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly
or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
The devotion tells the story of the ushers taking up the offering
and somebody dropped a stuffed little elephant in the offering
plate. The author found that quite amusing but then began to
think about their own offering unto the Lord. She wondered
if her gifts might be amusing to others as well. :-)
The teaching of the tithe comes to us out of the Old Testament
and it is a wonderful Biblical principle.
Jesus and the New Testament makes it clear that everything
we have belongs to God so we need to pray by the power of
the Holy Spirit what we should give. Giving involves far
more than our finances.
In the above verse, I love the description of the cheerful
giver. As you know, the New Testament was written in the Greek
language and the word for cheerful can be defined as hilarious.
Wouldn't that be interesting if people were just laughing out loud
as the offering plate was going around, saying things like, "Pass
it back. Let me give a little bit more." :-)
I also love the Bible verse Luke 6:38 where it says, "give and it
shall be given unto you, pressed down and running over..." That
verse gives the concept of a sack of seed being filled up and shaken
so that you can put more in there until it runs over. The idea is that
you could never out give God.
Let me leave you with three questions to ponder this week.
1. Do I ever give sacrificially?
2. Has someone given to me that I can never truly pay them back?
3. Why do you think the Lord would want us to have a generous spirit?
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