Posts from April 2015

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Called to Ministry

by Heather Prince Doss

Christ’s ministry is the foundation and standard for all ministry, the pattern of the one who came “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). The basic form of ministry is the ministry of the whole people of God, from whose midst, some are called to . . . fulfill particular functions. – Book […]

Planning Ahead

by Heather Prince Doss

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. –1 Corinthians 16:2 In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul emphasizes the need to be purposeful in […]

Consecrated to the Lord

by Heather Prince Doss

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. –2 Corinthians 8:3-4 Have we, as contemporary Christians, ever come as close to the level of devotion and […]

Giving Joyfully

by Heather Prince Doss

All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly, dropping them into the chest until it was full. –2 Corinthians 24:10 Joash reigned for 40 years over Judah. One of the central accomplishments of Joash’s rule was the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Joash had a heart to see God’s house rebuilt […]

Free Gifts

by Heather Prince Doss

Freely you have received, freely give. –Matthew 10:8 When he spoke these words, Jesus had just completed an extensive course in basic training with His disciples. He called them, prepared them, trained and showed them the ropes. As a commanding officer gives final instructions to jittery young soldiers preparing for a military strike, Jesus informs […]

Pastor Heather’s Next Steps

by Heather Prince Doss

Friends in Christ, I began my pastoral ministry among you over six years ago. After seminary and two years working among the homeless in Washington, DC, I had many ideas about what parish ministry might be like, but little actual experience. These years at Sea Island Presbyterian have taught me much. Everything I know about […]

Giving from the Heart

by Heather Prince Doss

Each man should give what he has in his heart go give, not reluctantly decided or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. –2 Corinthians 9:7 Giving to the causes of God’s Kingdom is always a matter of the heart and is in between the believer and God. God desires a right attitude, not […]

A New Confession

by Heather Prince Doss

Much attention has been given to changes in the second part of constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – the Book of Order – surrounding the definition of marriage. Meanwhile, another change is afoot that has received far less attention in the mainstream media but is just as significant for our denomination. The first part […]

Better than Leftovers

by Heather Prince Doss

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops. –Proverbs 3:9 Leftovers. They are a wonderful timesaver in the kitchen and sometimes even seem to taste better than the original meal. But when we honor someone with a meal, we would never think of using leftovers. The same is true […]