For All Saints

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While we remember all Saints, that great cloud of witnesses for Christ, let us be mindful that each of us is part of that cloud, called to be the Body of Christ, to make salvation in Jesus known to the world.

As psalm 32:1 one tells us: "Blessed be the one whose unrighteousness is forgiven, and whose sin is covered”

Saints are those who humbly come before the cross, confess their sins to Jesus, and are forgiven and now live facing Him.

Scriptures:
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 32
Luke 19:1-10

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The Joy of Giving (Up): Part 3 - The Cheerful Giver

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In chapter 9 of 2 Corinthians, Paul turns to a metaphor of seed. There are three things you can do with seed: consume it, store it, or sow it. When we think of our money as ‘seed’, we can spend it on ourselves and enjoy its benefits right now or we can save our money so that it isn’t lost and can be used when we have need. When we ‘sow’ our money, we put it to its most proper use, investing it in productive work for the sake of others. Prosperity gospel proponents would wrongly claim this as God’s promise that in sowing this seed, we will reap rewards. In fact, the text here says that we will gain more seed to sow, not bread to consume. We will be “enriched in every way to be generous in every way.”

This leads to the “inexpressible gift” of God’s grace to us in Christ. As John writes, it is His love that generates all of our love and it is for His kingdom and for His glory that we labor. We do not give to the church for the sake of a building or the sake of a program. Nor do we give toward missions or community to fill needs. We give because we have confessed the lordship of Jesus and fully submitted to his call on our lives in all things. The joy of Jesus fills our hearts to overflowing, empowering us further to be cheerful givers. Grace upon grace.

Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Psalm 84:10-12
Luke 18:9-14

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The Joy of Giving (Up): Part 2

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Bishop Guernsey was with us as we focused on Paul’s words in verse 9, that the Corinthians would prove that their love was genuine by participating in this offering. Our hearts are revealed by where we place our treasure. How we handle our money has a remarkable formative effect on our hearts, much more powerful than anything we can say. When we give sacrificially, we imitate Christ, who became poor for our sake. As Paul says, this very act of giving increases in us the desire to give and trains us in Christ-likeness, giving an authentic witness to the world.

Scriptures:
Deuteronomy 8:1-3, 11-18
2 Corinthians 8:7-10
Psalm 121
Luke 12:32-34

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