Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Offerings For The Tent Of Meeting

And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.  Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. Exodus 35:20-21

How many times have we failed to give our tithe to the Lord?  How many times have we said I will give more next month due to a shortage of funds?  How many times have we said our church doesn't need the little we have give?  We can always justify why we don't give but what does God's word tell us?  Everything we have comes from our Heavenly Father and all He has is that we give a 10th of it back to Him to further His Kingdom.

When God laid out the plans for the Tent of Meeting the hearts of God's people were stirred.  They left behind their selfish desires and gave of their gold and their gemstones.  They used their time and talents to make the things that were needed.  Just as they surrendered their time and talents to God's work we can do the same today.

I am so proud of our little church!  We support several missionaries and a team of eleven just returned from Panama.  While in Panama they built a home for one of the families and that family has now said this home will be a place of worship, a place to study God's word.

God created each of us with different talents to be used to further His Kingdom.  How are you using your time and talents in your local church?  

Freely, Freely
by Carol Owens

God forgave my sin in Jesus' name
I've been born again in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share His love as He told me to

He said: 'Freely, freely, you have received
Freely, freely give
Go in My name, and because you believe
Others will know that I live.'

All power is given in Jesus' name
In earth and heaven in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share His power as He told me to

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