For the seven months ending July 31, 2016
Contributions so far this year have exceeded our budget, by approx. $25,857 or 61%, this is not taking into account the Dedicated Accounts Income. Thank you everyone for your extra efforts!
Overall Expenses for the year are under budget by $5,109. Almost all budget categories were under budget. Again, not including Dedicated Accounts. Great job everyone at controlling expenses!!
- You all are familiar with John Wesley but how many of you have heard of Fannie Crosby? Though her name may not be familiar to you, her words are among the most well-known in all Christianity. She penned over 9,000 hymns. Her songs, like Blessed Assurance are popular among many denominations. She followed Wesley’s example regarding possessions, constantly giving away all but was required for her survival. Crosby was a lifelong Methodist. Blinded by a treatment prescribed by a man pretending to be a doctor, Crosby could easily have become bitter. Instead, she chose a different path and wrote that her blindness allowed her to enjoy blessings that other people could not.
- Bill Peel writes about biblical stewardship & tells us that one of the important principles is the Principle of Ownership. The psalmist begins the 24th psalm with, The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and puts Adam in the Garden to work it and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all that God has given him.
- This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf. Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing. Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves. Echoing Deuteronomy 8:17, we might say: “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But Deuteronomy 8:18 counsels us to think otherwise: “Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment,
is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not
give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.
C. S. Lewis
If we offered “Give by Text”, meaning that you could make your contribution with your
Smartphone – would you use it? Please send Joy a quick email & let her know. Thanks!