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Sow for the Future
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6:32

Jesus gave this advice to a group of people who were anxious about their finances: ‘Don’t worry about these things…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs…and he will give you everything you need’ (vv. 31-33). He will do this from day to day, if you live for Him and make the kingdom of God your primary concern. What do you fear most? Not having enough money, or not having God’s blessing on your finances? If your fear of not having enough is trumped by your fear of missing out on God’s involvement in your finances, you’ll invest in something that can’t fail – God’s kingdom. You’ll sow generously, and as a result you’ll experience a peace that can’t be explained rationally and a joy that comes from knowing God is your backer, your banker, and your blesser. The Bible talks about ‘casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you’ (1 Peter 5:7). None of us can escape financial uncertainty. As one pastor writes, ‘When the unexpected rolls around, we will be affected. Our net worth, and possibly our income, will be impacted.’ And at times like that when everything seems up for grabs, we long for the assurance that we’re not alone. We want to know with certainty that when we cast our financial cares on our heavenly Father, He will, in fact, take good care of us. Ironically, financial peace of mind doesn’t come from hoarding and withholding, but from giving when it doesn’t seem to make sense. It’s your willingness to give now that guarantees God’s promise to give back to you when you need it. That’s why it’s imperative to sow generously any time you can. (Courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities:  devotion@lutheranchurchcharities.org)

Heavenly Father, help me to always remember You own everything and You bless what I sow for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT THE STL MISSION There is a variety of ways to give your support to the mission of STL.  For many the easiest is to simply mail in a check or drop your offering off at the church.  If you prefer electronic giving, STL offers multiple options:

  1. Text “GIVE” to 1-586-800-2223
  2. Visit: https://www.stl-eastpointe.org/2015/07/13/mission-support/
  3. Go to https://www.elexiogiving.com/app/giving/stthoms
  4. Through your Pay Pal account
  5. Scan this Quick Response (QR) code

These will connect you to our on-line giving form, where you can have your mission support offering automatically taken from your checking account or use your credit or debit card (STL is charged extra fees for debit and credit card transactions).  You can even set up recurring giving with many of these options!  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, OR DESIRE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE (586-772-3370).

Managing God’s Resources in Challenging Times – Day One