Stories of SERVING, SHARING, and GIVING
This is an exciting season for our church family. By God’s grace and for His glory, we are renewing our commitment to His mission in this community and to the nations. Already, God has been at work among us for this purpose. So, we have compiled these stories of serving, sharing, and giving as expressions of God’s faithfulness and power in us to advance His mission. I would like to thank each person who contributed their God-story.
I’m certain God desires to give you a new story as He works through these areas in your life, as well.
Pastor TitusIf you're interested in having the booklet, STORIES OF SERVING, SHARING, GIVING, which includes all 29 stories, please stop by or contact our church offices.
STORY OF THE MONTH from Bob Crawford
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. - Malachi 3:10 esv
Early in my Christian walk, I was taught to tithe and also give offerings as I was led. While this is a good starting point for many believers, the requirements under the Covenant of Grace are different. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, commands the churches to collect for giving to the saints: "On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper." In Philippians 4:10-20, Paul commends the church at Philippi for their sacrificial giving as "a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God." I began to tithe as a matter of duty but at least in obedience.
When I was led to tithe on my gross income rather than net income and responded with a willing heart, God did an amazing work in me and I began to look forward to giving to His work and even enjoy it! I still have to fight a stingy heart occasionally, but the change was huge. Please don't misunderstand. God doesn't perform some tit-for-tat blessing for giving like a commercial exchange, but He does bless us in incomprehensible ways when we respond to Him with a heart of gratitude for the grace He has extended to us. As for how much we should give - as the wealthiest 5% of the world's population, 10 percent seems a little paltry when weighed against "as he may prosper".