Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Gift of Offering


He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

Tithe and offering is a form of worship to God.
Giving tithe and offering demonstrates our dependence on God and our personal sacrifice.

Tithe and offering helps our church creates opportunities and possibilities for our brethren to grow spiritually.
Tithe and offering also helps to support church ministries and missions.

Offering must be out of a willing heart. 
We must be prepared to give. 
We must set aside the amount of money we are willing to give.

Offering must be out of generousity. 
We must not give grudgingly. 
We must not give because of our obligation to give.

Offering is not according to our means to give.
It is according to our love to our God and His Church.
Offering is according to our generous spirit to love God and His People,
And not because of any merit of ours.

God loves a cheerful giver.
God will recompense you for your generousity. 
He will make all grace abound toward you.

You will have all sufficiency in all things. 
You will lack nothing. 

You may have an abundance of every good work. 
You may have tremendous contentment, success, security, peace, joy and the comfort of His Presence.

2 Corinthians 9:10 is a good reminder: 
It is God who supplies seed to the sower; 
It is God who supplies bread for food. 
God is the Provider of all things to you!

As we seek to give generously, 
God may supply and multiply our means to give, 
He may increase our harvest of the fruits of righteousness! 
God may enrich you in everything for all liberality!

Tithe and offering not only helps our brethren, 
It brings many thanksgivings from our brethren to our God. 
The gift of offering glorifies our God and encourages our brethren in their Christ Walk!

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The only real Thirst-Quencher


Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 
—John 4:13-14

Jesus encountered a woman at Jacob’s well.

He talked to her about another source of water that would always satisfy. 

But He did not speak of a fountain, spring, river, or lake. 

He said, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”.

Far greater than any natural spring is the refreshment we have been offered in Christ Himself. 

We can be satisfied, for Jesus alone, the Water of Life, can quench our thirst. 

Praise God, for Jesus is the source that never runs dry. 

In Christ alone we find the water than can quench the thirst of our hearts and draw us ever closer to Him.

The only real thirst-quencher is Jesus the living water.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sharing God's Love


In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
—1 John 4:10

How to be a Christian leader?

It is not:
* How many people take you seriously?
**How much are you going to accomplish?
***Can you show some results?

But:
*Are you in love with Jesus?
**Do you experience His love?
***Do you want to share His love with others?

In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, that cares, that reaches out and wants to heal.

John wrote, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

Good Christian leaders are those who truly know the heart of God as it has become flesh in Jesus. In Christ, we discover and experience God’s unconditional, unlimited love.

We don't needn't to walk through life alone.
God loved us and had sent His Son to die for us.
We had experience it,
And we wanted to share it with the world.

God’s love in our heart gives us a heart for others.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Listen to Your Heart


Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.
—Ecclesiastes 5:2

The ability to listen is an essential life skill.

We are to listen to one another.

We are to listen to God.

And we are to listen to ourselves before we speak.

We need to listen to ourselves in order to use the right words.

When we speak out rashly, we risk misunderstanding.

If we listen to ourselves before speaking out loud, we can judge our hearts before our careless words harm others or sadden our God.

Remember: Words spoken rashly do more harm than good.