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Love the Lord with all of our heart – through stewardship, we each have our opportunity to show how much!

With all that God give to us – our health, our families, our jobs, and each and every opportunity that we have – we can take an active role in showing God that we appreciate God’s love by supporting the church and all of the ministries it provides.

-The United Church Observer, February 2013

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Giving is a good habit.
Love is at the centre of our life in Christ, and giving is the first and most direct result of love. Love is proven in a willingness to sacrifice for love’s sake. The habit of giving is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus Christ expressed the importance of giving this way: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Give Generously
Freely you have received; freely give (Mt. 10:8b, NIV). Giving is best when it flows from a thankful heart. A Christian gives not out of a sense of duty or expecting a blessing, but out of radical gratitude for a life given generously by God.

Give Sacrificially
During a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part” (2 Cor 8:2). The people Paul describes were so filled with spiritual joy that they gave even though they were poor themselves. Giving something that costs nothing, means nothing.

- The United Church Observer, September 2012, Page 9.

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What kind of steward is God calling you to be?

The greatest steward is God, who gave Jesus so that we might be saved (John 3: 16-17), but the Bible offers many examples of inspiring stewardship. Let one motivate you today.

The Just Steward: Like David, who refused to give what cost him nothing (2 Samuel 24:24)

The Unpretentious Steward: Like the Samaritan, who made no show of his giving (Luke 10:30-37)

The Evangelical Steward: Like Paul, who dedicated his life to sharing Christ's gospel after his conversion

The Voluntary Steward: Like Zacchaeus, who gave of his goods to feed the poor without being asked (Luke 19: 1-9)

The Empathetic Steward: Like the centurion, who humbly sought healing for his servant (Matthew 8: 5-13)

The Willing Steward: Like Noah, who built an ark because God asked (Genesis 6: 9-22)

The Life-giving Steward: Like Peter, who had no alms but instead gave healing to a lame man (Acts 3: 1-9)

The Sacrificial Steward: Like the wedow, who in giving two coins, gave all she had (Mark 12: 42-44)

From Sunday's bulletin, July 29, 2012

Banner pic by Donna Reid and taken from Used with permission.