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Missions Month Is for ALL Church Members (You Too!)

March 18th, 2017

January is our month to emphasize missions.

Do you give regularly to missions? I hope so. Not for the missionaries’ sakes, but for yours.

God commands and commends giving. It benefits everyone—the giver AND the recipient.

Be generous with what you have. Even if what you have is $1.

I’m serious about that.

Learn to give what you have NOW, and God will bless you as a giver LATER. I watched God provide for my $.50/week when I was first introduced to Faith Promise Missions giving in 5th grade. As a 10-year-old, I committed 50 cents per week.

Did that benefit the missionary?


Not much, anyway.

But it benefited me. And it taught me that giving isn’t about me. It’s about obedience to God.

I increased it year by year. In high school, I started giving $5/week. Then $10. Then $15. Then $20/week all through college.

As a POOR college student, God always provide my missions payment. (By the way, missions giving is on top of the tithe, which is 10% of all increase. If an average person makes $1k/week [$50k/year], the tithe is $100/week, and missions is above that.)

So… give. It’s a pleasure, an opportunity, a blessing to give. Sounds like crooked televangelist talk, huh?

Well, I get nothing from your missions giving. And I’m not going to send you a fraudulent “prayer rug.” Don’t worry. YOU are the one to benefit.

God owns it all anyway. How much are you keeping for yourself? Listen and learn this much about faith, about commitments, and about giving. If you’re paying attention, you’ll learn about all three aspects of missions giving.

-Bro. Ryan

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