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"Money, Money, Money"

A few Sundays ago the subject of the “Government Shutdown” came up in our youth Sunday School class. The same week as I was in a hospital waiting room, a man raised the same issue. He was frustrated with the people who were fighting over border walls, and with those who would not
“re-open the government.” I tried to explain to the man in the reception area, and my Sunday School class, the bigger issue (to me at least). If our government was not “out of money” there wouldn’t be a shut down. We are shut down until we can get people together to agree to borrow more money and add that to our national debt. And most likely there will be another shut down, because there will be a need to borrow more again. What a horrible heritage we are passing on to our children! People and businesses and churches cannot operate in the same way as our government. Sooner or later bills need to be paid. Sooner or later, it’s time to pay-up! Money – it’s one of those issues that pastors usually hate to talk about. It’s an issue that can cause people to become defensive, or irritated. Yet, it’s important at times to raise the subject. As I write about this subject, I would like to share a couple of issues that have to do with money. First, it has become more apparent to some of our leaders over the past few months, that our church has been spending more money than we are taking in. Little by little, the checkbook balance keeps shrinking. Over the past few years there have been some generous gifts given which are keeping us going. However some of these gifts were given by persons who have passed away, or moved away, or become unable to give as generously as they once did. So, if you are able to help us with this concern it would be much appreciated. If everyone could increase their regular giving by just a little bit, it would help us to overcome this concern.

Secondly, when it comes to the issue of money – Jesus shows us that our use of our money is a spiritual thing. Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” He said, that those who give will be blessed. He noticed a poor woman who trusted God enough to give her two last coins...and commended her to others on her great faith. In the Old Testament, the concept of tithing is taught. A tithe is 10% of our income. The Old Testament teaches us that this amount “belongs to God.” In Malachi, it says that those who withhold their tithe are “robbing from God.” Are you robbing from God? I believe our use of money is a spiritual issue. It tangibly demonstrates where our trust lies. Do we trust in the Lord to provide? Or do we trust in ourselves, and in our bank account? Do you pray before you make that purchase? Are you intentional about writing that check for the Lord’s work, or His ministry? I am convinced that I cannot out-give God. You can’t either! Neither can you see the reality of this truth until you trust the Lord with a large enough amount to make you stretch– and trust. I would like to encourage you as the debate over government spending drags on, that you make YOUR spending a matter of prayer. Would God lead you to help your church a little bit – or a lot more? Is there another need that has come to your attention? Is God nudging you to be generous in that way? A very wise man (King Solomon) wrote this:

Prov.3. 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

I believe the Lord blesses those who are generous. He blesses them in financial ways sometimes. But most of all He blesses their lives, and their hearts. To return a portion of our income back to God as a “thank you” blesses others too. May we pray for our national leaders and for those who are suffering due to financial hardships. And may we be people who show our love for Jesus by being generous and caring.





Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975