The Good News of Giving

    A pastor was charging his church to give generously for a particular need. He announced: “Today I have good news and bad news! The good news is that we already have all the money that we need to pay for this project; the bad news is...it is in your wallets!” Frankly, that is not bad news but good news. God has “made all grace abound to us” (2 Corinthians 9:8). But here is the secret to not only God’s provision but the key to a successful, happy life - you will succeed in direct proportion to how much you give yourself away - in your friendships, in marriage, in ministry, in business and in blessing kingdom work.

    Everything in the world encourages us to grasp tightly as things seem to be running out. Cell phones must be recharged; cars can have empty gas tanks; vacation time runs out and so does our patience, energy and attention. Many of us find that there is “too much month at the end of our money.”

    In Cape Town, South Africa, they are running out of fresh water. They have less than a 90-day supply in their reservoirs. Population growth has doubled over the past twenty years and they had a record drought. The city is calling for households to limit water usage to 23 gallons per person per day. But only 39% of citizens are cooperating. After April 21 armed guards will protect 6.6 gallons a day per person from municipal water sources.

    The Lord wants to nourish our ministry. He has unlimited resources. While the world says, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We are not seeing our “cup” as half full or half empty, but overflowing when we do God’s work His way, trusting His “rivers of living water.”

    We continue to minister to the needy, preach the Word, evangelize the lost, disciple believers and worship, even as we are urging widespread participation in our campaign to renovate the Worship Center. We are like the fighter jet that refueled in midair by a larger Air Force tanker plane. The fighter doesn’t even have to land in order to continue the mission.

    Please share from your God-blessed resources over the next two-weeks by committing to give to a First-fruits Offering by cash, securities or “gifts in kind.” Indicate on the “All In” commitment card how God has led you toward a two-year commitment. Pray with us that the entire payment of $3.5 million will be covered and that our effectiveness will continue.

    Hear God’s promises from Proverbs: “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf,” and “one gives freely yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched” (Proverbs 11:24, 25, 28). That is truly good news!

     

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