“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19
Whatever you have, take it and use it and let God provide the rest. God is willing to bless and His blessings are always greater than what we can give. He knows just what you need. –excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Wednesday Evening Sermon on 2 Kings 4
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Sunday Morning 10/8 – Romans 8:38-39
Confident, Certain, Sure
Sunday Evening 10/8 – John 7:32-36
Seek Him While He May Be Found
Wednesday Evening 10/4 – 2 Kings 4:42-44
Elisha Feeds 100
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” -Luke 6:38
“No one ever became poor by giving.” -Anne Frank
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | Solomon’s Building Program | 1 Kings 9:10-28
“And Hiram sent with the fleet his servants, seamen who were familiar with the sea, together with the servants of Solomon. And they went to Ophir and brought from there gold, 420 talents, and they brought it to King Solomon.” -1 Kings 9:27-28
Solomon had knowledge of the true and living God, but sent men out to acquire wealth instead of sharing this knowledge. God has not put us on the earth to gain wealth, but to spread the knowledge of the glory of God.
God has put you in the paths of different people–not to gain, but to give.
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“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed.” -Proverbs 19:17
We are to give to the poor out of pity. Not to be seen and applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure sympathy and compassion we must give them help.
We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the Lord. He undertakes the obligation, and, if we look to Him in the matter, we must not look to the second party. What an honor the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favored who has the Lord on his books. It would seem a pity to have such a name down for a paltry pittance; let us make it a heavy amount. The next needy man that comes this way, let us help him.
As for repayment, we can hardly think of it, and yet here is the Lord’s note of hand. Blessed be His name, His promise to pay is better than gold and silver. Are we running a little short through the depression of the times? We may venture humbly to present this bill at the bank of faith, Has any one of our readers [oppressed] the poor? Poor soul. May the Lord forgive him.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday, October 28| Pastor Steve Wainright
Morning Audio: Jesus Shows Mercy (Luke 8:26-39)
Evening Audio: Feeling Insignificant? (Judges 3:31)
“After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an oxgoad, and he also saved Israel.” –Judges 3:31
Have you ever felt insignificant? God uses insignificant people to accomplish His purposes for His glory. Shamgar fought the good fight of faith with what he had–an oxgoad. Use what God has given you and be faithful right where you are. As you serve and give, God will give you more opportunities to serve and give. Leave the results in His hands.
If God can use Shamgar the ox farmer, He can use you as well.
Bring ye all of the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. -Malachi 3:10
Many read and plead this promise without noticing the condition upon which the blessing is promised. We cannot expect heaven to be opened or blessing poured out unless we pay our dues unto the Lord our God and to His cause. There would be no lack of funds for holy purposes if all professing Christians paid their fair share.
Many are poor because they rob God. Many churches, also, miss the visitation of the Spirit because they starve their ministries. If there is no temporal meat for God’s servants, we need not wonder if their ministry has been little food in it for our souls. When missions pine for means and the work of the Lord is hindered by an empty treasury, how can we look for a large amount of soul-prosperity?
Come, come! What have I given of late? Have I been mean to my God? Have I stinted my Savior? This will never do. Let me give my Lord Jesus His tithe by helping the poor and aiding His work, and then l shall prove His power to bless me on a large scale.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” -James 1:27
“How can any of us who have tasted the extravagant love of Christ be stingy with our resources? Doesn’t His compassion toward us make us naturally disposed to help those in need? If we see someone who has a need that we can meet, how can our heart not want to help them? Won’t we love the fatherless, and the widow, and the shut-in, and the homeless, since we know that we once were fatherless, estranged from the Father, disabled, and headed for eternal separation from God?”
— J. D. Greear in Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
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