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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 5, 2010 - Give Your All

By Dorothy Rugg

I hear people say they have nothing to give to the Lord or that they would gladly give if they only had some “extra” money. Our natural tendency is to focus on our own needs before we acknowledge our responsibilities to God and to others. We too easily forget that all we are and have belong to God. And, in turn, He is committed to providing all that we need.

If you find yourself struggling with generosity toward God and others, I want to encourage you to take a fresh look at Mark 12:41-44 (ASV):

“And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”

Did you catch it? The widow gave it all, all that she had for her living. She gave it willingly, and I believe obediently, because she had a hope and a trust in God that was secure.

I see my very life, everything that I am and do, as an offering unto the Lord. My everyday tasks of cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, working at our church office, preparing my Sunday School lessons, going to the store — everything that I do in life is an offering unto the Lord.

Giving unto the Lord is not just giving our tithes and offerings at church, though that is an important part of it. Truly giving unto the Lord is offering ourselves to Him as vessels to be used for His glory. It is being obedient to do what God has commanded in His Word — to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). When we offer our lives into the hands of our loving Heavenly Father and surrender our hearts to His Son, Jesus Christ, we discover immeasurable abundance and personal security.

Start looking for ways to offer what the Lord has placed in your hands to be used for the kingdom of God. Are you great at baking cookies? Then bake some and ask the Lord whom you should share them with. Write cards, call someone, offer to do little jobs for someone who is sick or recovering from surgery. Be creative and allow the Lord to speak to your heart. Give your all to God. You won’t be disappointed.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.

 

 

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