Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. Malachi 3:10 (The Message)
Both of the passages above (from Malachi and James) have a “scolding” aspects to them. My appeal here does not.
Rather, I simply want to provide you with the opportunity to respond in thanks to God for all He has done (and continues to do) for you, your family, and for LifeBridge.
Over the past week you may have tried to take inventory of all the Lord has blessed you with. If you are like me, you were unable to actually put into words all of them. There’s just too many.
God’s like that. He is bigger than us. His grace; His forgiveness; His love – all are bigger! Likewise, His provisions exceed our ability to respond!
Even so, we have the privilege to try! We have the privilege to say “thank You, Lord!” but show our thanks through actions, time, and funds. We have the privilege to GIVE-thanks in response to His indescribable and ongoing gifts!
If you would like to respond and, in so doing, help with the ministries at LifeBridge, you may do so by clicking the button below. If you would like to respond in other ways, so be it. No coercing. No berating. No judgement. Just a presented possible opportunity.
Are you paying attention to the coming newborn King Jesus, or are the distractions of the season and culture overshadowing Him? What’s your perspective about Jesus when you hear the “Good News of Great Joy” this season?
This Advent and Christmas we will BEHOLD! the coming of the Christ Child from different perspectives, like Isaiah, Mary, and Joseph. How did they understand God’s plan? How did they view their situations? What did Jesus mean to them?
For our next sermon series we will take a view from different people and groups in the Christmas narrative and see what their unique perspective was. Perhaps their take on this Baby, this “Lamb of God” will change our perspective, too!
For the remainder of this year, we will be taking 15 minutes before worship to sit, pray, and seek the Lord’s Will in regard to LifeBridge: why He has us here; how He wants us to fulfill our mission (“Reaching the Lost; Discipling the Saved; and Sharing the Love of Jesus with Everyone”) and serve in our community in their needs and beyond; what area(s) is He calling us to serve and support? For some good passages to meditate/pray upon, try starting with the passages below.
1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. 3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
In early January, we will have a day of sharing what the Lord has been saying to all of us and lay down His plans for LB’s future. In the meantime, share what the Lord has been sharing in the form below.