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Sunday, October 30, 2005 AD

Offering and Full Houses...

…Bad excuse for NOT giving an offering – We must buy new shoes for our kids at least once a week! And the mortgage payment, and dance lessons, and the orthodontist, and two college funds. Now if I were single, I could give a lot to church. And if we were both retired with no more child-expenses, we would really be able to help the church. But while we’re right in the middle of raising a family, don’t depend on our offerings! And what if somebody gets laid off?

…Good reason FOR giving an offering – Some people never receive a spouse or else lose one, and many who marry never receive a child. Why are we here – to stay busy and maintain a cash flow? No, we are here as parents to raise our children in the Lord, and be their co-heirs to salvation. That means life spent with our children in the congregation, and as we give we teach them to give. Nothing teaches the need for forgiveness more than being a parent!

HT: my pastor.

Mrs. Swede and I are here - somewhat. We can still give cheerfully now with cash and talents. We hope to have children in the near future. "What if somebody gets laid off?" This and others like it are tough questions. I saw our cash flow diminish from Cessna to unemployment to part-time student job at the lab (lowest) to full-time job at the lab (highest - even better than Cessna). We gave in different capacities (read more volunteer for church stuff and less cash) as our income allowed during those trying and growing times.

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