Sunday
Jul052015

Behold the Stranger

We hope you can join us at our combined service this Sunday at 11:00 in the Sanctuary.  Pastor Doug Pareti will talk about "Behold the Stranger".  Check out last Sunday's sermon on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsNw8EROHyncRRf5ydjil0A

 

Thursday
Jun252015

Summer Schedule

Saturday
Apr182015

What's Happening This Week?

Monday

 

8:00 A.M. Youth: Rainbow River Raft Trip
Tuesday

6:00 P.M.

6:30 P.M.

Youth: Gaga Ball Paint

Praise Team (Sanctuary)

7:00 P.M.
Boy Scouts
Wednesday

9:30 A.M.
Prayer Ministry (Educ Bldg - Rm 225)
4:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Youth Programming
5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
NO Children's Programming (this week)
7:30 P.M.
NO Choir Rehearsal
Thursday

10:00 A.M.

6:00 P.M.

NO Card Sharps (July- August)

Youth: Bowling

Friday

11:30 A.M.

 6:15 P.M.

Christ Community Café (Wesley Centre)

Youth: Ice Skating

Saturday
Nov162013

The Blessing of Giving

“’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, 'says the Lord Almighty ,’and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines In your fields will not case their fruit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” --Malachi 3:10-11

We live life at a frenzied pace. In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we often neglect our relationship with God. How easily we forget how much the Lord loves and cares for us right now. In this passage, the Lord promises He will “throw open the floodgates” and “pour out so much blessing” that quite literally, “you will not have room enough for it”. What an amazing, spectacular promise! Yet, we must realize the context of this promise, His challenge to us, and the consequences of that challenge.

In verse 8, God asks, “Will a man rob God?” At surface level, this question appears almost comical. After all, the Lord created all things; they are His already. How could we possibly steal from God? Yet the next verse exclaims that is what we have done “in your tithes and offerings”. The consequence of this disobedience is a curse. When we hold onto our pocketbooks too tightly and are unwilling to give our time to further the Kingdom of God, the Lord is incapable of blessing our endeavors.

Listen to His challenge to us, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house”. We give to the Lord through His church whatever is due Him. We should be careful, however, not to interpret this as a strict ten percent of our income. God also wants us to give of ourselves toward furthering His Kingdom. Tithing is one of the cornerstones of a correct and obedient relationship with God. Our tithing also demonstrates our trust in God; we must believe He will continue to provide for those who love and obey Him.

If we obey God with respect to our tithes, the Lord promises to bless us and provide for us beyond our wildest imagination. He will construct a spiritual hedge of protection around our families and churches to guard against the spiritual attacks of the destroyer. This is not just a promise to sustain us, but to bless us over-abundantly.

We would like to thank the Pastors, Elders, and Deacons of Sunshine Community Church of Grand Rapids, MI, for contributing to the creation of this devotional and allowing us to share it with our church.

Friday
Nov152013

The Manner of Giving: Freely

“And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give, but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 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 8:10-13

After church, a family was discussing the service over Sunday dinner. Dad commented on how badly the organist sounded. Mom said the choir wasn’t prepared. Nancy complained the preacher was boring. Jack listened thoughtfully for a moment, and then he said, “It wasn’t that bad of a show for a buck.”

Paul was complementing the church in Corinth on their attitude toward giving, not just on the act or amount of their giving. In the previous verses, Paul said he was testing the sincerity of their love by their desire to give. Likewise, our love is tested by our willingness to offer our prayers, funds, time, and talents.

He points out two very important points in this passage. Giving is an important part of Christian discipleship—the completion of this act is important. But equally important is the willingness and desire to do so. As with most issues in the Christian life, attitudes are as important as actions.

Our attitude toward giving reveals our values and the sincerity of our love for others and God. If you need a change in attitude, ask God to fill your heart and motivate you to give in love.

We would like to thank the Pastors, Elders, and Deacons of Sunshine Community Church of Grand Rapids, MI, for contributing to the creation of this devotional and allowing us to share it with our church.