Over the years I have written several "book" or "booklets" and many, many, many newsletter and bulletin articles. Because the book market seeks writings to meet specific needs at specific times, my material has never been accepted. I have a tendency to write what is on my mind and so I am left with self publishing. So, with the encouragement from my wife and others, I am beginning this blog in order to put my "ramblings" "out there"! I hope you enjoy!


Please note that while my intentions are to use good grammar, because of the way in which some of the material presented here is presented (orally) the grammar and syntax might not always be the best English. Also note that good theology is not always presented in the best English so there may be times when the proper grammar rules are purposely broken.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stewardship is . . . not about money.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1,2). What did God use to create the heavens and the earth? Nothing! God created everything out of nothing. God said, God breathed, and it was.

God created a world in which we cannot create or destroy matter. All we can do is change matter. We make out of what God created. God created out of nothing.

God created the world and everything in it. God created human beings, men and women. God gave us this world. God gives us faith, forgiveness of sins, life, eternal life and salvation. God gives us gifts of talents and abilities to work. God makes sure we have a job to work. God gives us the ability to work to make a living, to earn money (our means of barter) to feed, shelter, and cloth our families. God gives, and we are given to.

Now, if God can do all that, what is to keep Him from keeping His church going? If everyone in church stopped giving, do you think the church would cease? If all the “best” givers moved away, do think the church would close? Certainly not! God is the one who keeps the church going. God is the one who makes sure the church stays open and continues to do His work.

Why the giving? Why the First Fruits, Tithes, and Offerings? Because of our need to respond to God’s good and gracious giving. Because of our need to in some small, insignificant way, say, “Thank You Lord!” To God be the glory.
47 of 52 © Rev. Ronald A. Bogs

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