Message for September 18, 2016 from Pastor Jerry

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth.” Eccl. 11:1-2

“In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” Eccl. 11:6

        There is much said in the Bible about giving.  It is more blessed to give than to receive.  As a man purposes in his heart let him give.  One does not give because of the “Law of Moses” but because of the “Faith of Abraham.” (Read Hebrews 7:1-9)  Tithing is not a “work” of law but an act of faith.  He who is a follower of Abraham is blessed with Abraham, the believer.

        Under the law a man was required to give a tithe of all he possessed but under grace he owes everything to Jesus Christ.  We claim “all” we have as ours and use “grace” as an excuse not to give.  We say that tithing is under the law but giving is not a matter of “Law” but an act of faith.  Giving is sowing seed in order to receive a blessing and have all our needs supplied.  Remember the wordshe who sows sparingly shall reap sparingly and he who sows abundantly shall reap abundantly.” II Cor. 9:6

        If you do not give to the Kingdom of God, you will never have more than what you can make yourself.  But, giving bountifully insures that God will make up the lack you may have.  I have always given to God, and I do not plan to stop.  I have never had a big bank account and my dad told me once he didn’t guess I would ever have anything because I kept giving it all away.  Strangely enough I have never lacked in what I have.  The things I have had and the things I have done could only be because I have a lot of money to spend.  That is not the case but I DO HAVE GOD and I have been faithful to give.  “Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38. God is faithful to remember your act of love.  The church needs your gift.

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