Lord, out do me in generosity
Economics dominates the news. The three things that news is fixated on are tragedies, politics and economics. Often the underlying story behind the other stories is how it will affect our bottom line. Money. When we have too little, we fret, when we have too much we fret. Money can be a cruel task master, a relentless tyrant, a deceptive dictator dominating our thoughts and hearts incessantly. Money is either a lord in our life, or a servant. Jesus could not have said it more clearly. "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
The power behind money is the deception that if you have enough of it, one will be happy. Money gives us the illusion of power and pretends autonomy. Money provides influence (rich people have more friends than poor people), the feeling of supremacy (I must be a better person because I am not poor), helps me to feel sovereign over my life (poor people are dependent upon the good grace of others).
Money is neither bad or good in itself. Money is amoral. It can be a blessing to others, make a real difference in the world for good, and will help us to live healthier and more productive lives to the benefit of the kingdom of God.
The attitude of the heart is the key on this issue. What is sitting on the throne of my heart, Money or God? And the best way to find an objective opinion to this question is to look at one’s pattern of generosity. Generous people are free of the tyranny of money. When you are generous, you will have money. But money will not have you. How freeing this is! Money is now a tool, a gift, a resource that will benefit others, enlarge the kingdom, and meet all your own needs in the process.
This week I will be talking about a prayer that God always answers. It is the prayer, that says, Lord, out do me in my generosity. God honors this prayer and loves to answer it with a resounding yes. Reason? He wants to bless the world. He loves the poor, the disenfranchised, the homeless, the seeker of God, and he wants to bless them by our generosity. If you pray this prayer, you can have confidence it will be answered. As the scripture says, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Bring a friend, encourage a loved one, let’s fill the house with humans and our praise to a God that wants to out do us in our generosity.
Evangelism in Haiti
In late February Pastor Jim and Trevor Miller are heading to Haiti. The money that was raised at SpagHaiti will be used for the Children’s Village and we are very grateful for your generosity to make this a reality.
Another exciting aspect of this trip is that there will be an Evangelical Campaign and Church Plant. A total of $2,000 is required for this to occur. Donations to this cause can be made at KCF. Identify your payment as Haiti Evangelical. Thank you for supporting this endeavor.
KCF is partnering with Rotary to host the International Dinner which will be held Thursday, Feb 7, 5:30pm at Mary Hall, Selkirk College.
Enjoy a fun night and scrumptious dinner of foods from multiple cultures prepared by post-graduate Hospitality Management students.
Money raised will go towards a teacher in Haiti and towards food security in Nelson, (such as Our Daily Bread) and Polio Eradication.
Tickets are available at the KCF office. Ticket sales will close on Feb 5th. There will be no tickets at the door.
There is a need for silent and toonie auction items for this event. If you have a service you can provide or have a friend or favourite business you could ask to provide a gift certificate please bring it to Anne-Marie at the church. For info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunities at ODB
Are you seeking more purpose in your life, and wanting to give back and contribute to the community in a hands-on way?
ODB has an ongoing daily need (Mon-Fri) for volunteers ranging from helping in the kitchen, general building/property upkeep or cleaning up after the lunch. Clean up begins at 1pm and is completed by 2pm.
Why not come in to ODB, enjoy a great hot lunch, good company and then help clean up.
Books are back! Check out the wide selection of books and have a look through the new clothing section!
Follow us on our Facebook page and don’t miss out on any sales.
S.H.A.R.E. is accepting and receiving donations and new items are being put out for sale every day. If you have an furniture items for donation, S.H.A.R.E. welcomes your kind donations. If you would like to volunteer at S.H.A.R.E. we currently have great opportunities. Call the store at 250.352.1222 or stop by the store to inquire. Click on this link to check out S.H.A.R.E.’s video! Check out our FB page.
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January 17, 2019
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