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Many Hands, Many Hearts, One Community of Faith

by Heather Bruner

April 23, 2017 Sisters and Brothers in Christ, From today’s gospel lesson we learn that in a post-resurrection appearance Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Speaking to the elders from the church in Ephesus the Apostle Paul offered a personal word about […]

A Heart to Do God’s Work

by Stewardship Committee

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 […]

A Noisy Nothing?

by Heather Prince Doss

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. –1 Corinthians 13:3 In this familiar chapter on love, we observe to what lengths God has gone to emphasize the absolute necessity of love motivating all we do. The first three verses […]

Generous Reward

by Heather Prince Doss

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. –Proverbs 11:24-25 What we do in the area of giving directly affects our life. If we are generous people, we will be rewarded. If we withhold when […]

Giving Ourselves Away

by Heather Prince Doss

He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the Innkeeper; ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I […]

Treasure in Heaven

by Heather Prince Doss

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. –Matthew 6:21 Can’t find the heart? Look for the treasure. Why would we need to look for our heart? Because we need to give it to Jesus! When a young man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what must I do to get eternal […]

A Willing Heart

by Heather Prince Doss

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. –2 Corinthians 8:12 Many people see tithing as a requirement – the “Christian thing to do.” Paul, however, begins with “if the willingness is there . . .” and not “this must […]

Contentment and Generosity

by Heather Prince Doss

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. –1 Timothy 6:18 Generosity never stands alone. It is always associated with other traits. It is a symptom, not an independent entity. Find a generous person and you will find contentment, gratitude, humility, love and compassion. […]

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 […]