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Last Sunday I shared my heart with our congregation about why I am thankful to be their pastor. I wanted them to know how much I thank God for them. I am truly blessed to be called the pastor of Fort Caroline Baptist Church. You can listen to the brief message based on Philippians 1:1-7 below.
Question: What are you thankful for about your congregation or pastor?
“While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich
people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and
dropped in two small coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus said, ‘this poor
widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part
of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.””
(Luke 21:1–4, NLT)
The story of this widow teaches us several lessons for our
“A Time to Build” Campaign.
First, she demonstrates that we are never too poor to give.
Some people give out of their riches and never really miss what they give.
Their gifts are not sacrificial at all. This woman gave everything. It was a
true sacrifice. She felt it. Yet she gave willingly. She did not sit on the
sidelines. She worshipped through giving even though it cost her everything. I
am trusting that you will not sit on the sidelines and watch others give and
sacrifice for Christ’s work through His church. Follow the example of this
widow Jesus commended and give what you can. Jesus will be honored.
A second lesson is that no gift is too small when given to
God out of a right spirit. God is not looking at the amount as much as he is at
our attitude. Sometimes we buy into the enemy’s lie that if we cannot do
everything we want to do then we should do nothing at all. Some people are probably
thinking right now, “If I cannot give as much money to this campaign as I would
like then I'm not going to give at all. I will put it off. I will do it later.
Maybe one day.” This precious lady teaches us to take advantage of the
opportunities we have now to give what we can. Jesus is honored when we give
with a spirit of worship and gratitude.
The third lesson from this passage is that Jesus watches
what we give. Jesus intently watched the people as they gave their financial
gifts in the Temple. I remind people regularly that I as a pastor I do not know
the amount individuals give. I believe giving is between them and God. However,
someone more important than the pastor watches our giving. Jesus still observes
when we give, what we give, and how we give. Make no mistake; Jesus will take
note of what you do in this matter. I pray that he will find each of us
faithful this weekend to do what he has led us to do.
“A Time To Build” Commitment Sunday
10, 2013 in all three worship services
cash offering for the building fund over and above your regular church giving.
A friend who is pregnant just posted her pictures of her latest 3-D sonogram to Facebook. To look at those pictures is to see a beautiful example of the miracle of life. Human life is precious and sacred even from the moment of conception.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."(Psalms 139:14 NKJV)
Our church supports thousands of missionaries here and around the world through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. 10% of every undesignated dollar you give to our church goes through the Cooperative Program to reach these missionaries on the field. Our missionaries do not have to leave their work to come home and go from church to church raising funds. We can count on our missionaries to do their part in fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ. The question is can they depend upon us for faithful and generous support? Click the link below and learn more about the wonderful way we support missionaries. Then continue to give faithfully through Fort Caroline Baptist Church with the assurance that you are helping to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." (II Corinthians 9:7 NKJV)
Every year the vast majority of American's who
die do so without having prepared a valid last will and testament?
Failing to prepare a will leaves the settling of
your estate to the government?
You will cause your family great distress if you
have not expressed your personal wishes on matters such as child custody,
property distribution, and a legacy of values important to you?
Federal and State laws provide some significant
incentives for the preparation of a will?
A well-prepared will can reduce the costs of
settling your estate?
Everyone needs to prepare a will, no matter how
rich or poor?
There are easy and creative ways to financially
support the ministry of Fort Caroline Baptist Church beyond death while also
taking care of your family's financial needs?
Your will can be prepared for FREE by using Florida Baptist Financial
Services? (If you leave 10% to a Baptist cause.)
I have invited Mike Morgan with Florida Baptist Financial Services (http://www.floridabaptist.org/investmentservices)
to come to our church on Sunday, September 22, 2013 to discuss how you can get
your house in order and leave a legacy of your commitment to Christ's Kingdom.
The meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will learn Biblical principles
to help "Get Your House In Order." We will look at four areas
that affect your Legacy:
Come learn and receive tools to help see how your
legacy can impact generations! This will NOT be a sales pitch. It will be a
worship service where we consider Christian generosity and stewardship.
Everyone is invited to this informative meeting. Please honor me with your
presence. Invite others to come.
Let us never forget those who lost their lives or were injured on September 11, 2001. And may we always be grateful for the brave response of our military men and women, emergency personnel, and everyday citizens.