One Final Thought
Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. Psalms 34:9

There are three kinds of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. To get even a spark from a flint you have to hammer it. To get anything out of a sponge you have to squeeze it. But a honeycomb just overflows with sweetness. So which kind of giver are you? The Psalmist writes, ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him…for those who fear Him lack nothing’ (Psalm 34.8-9). Tithing is an act of worship. Of the 118 hours you’re awake each week, almost half are involved in earning money. So when you give God your money, you’re giving Him your brain, your brawn and yourself. When you go to the Lord’s house on the Lord’s Day, partake of the Lord’s Supper and put the Lord’s tithe into the Lord’s treasury, it’s an act of profound worship. Now, let’s be clear: a God who paves heaven’s streets with gold isn’t going to go broke because you don’t give Him a tithe of your income. But you might! This sign appeared on a church marquee: ‘Give God a tithe in proportion to thine income, lest He be displeased with thee and give thee an income in proportion to thy tithe.’ The act of tithing isn’t about the tithe; it’s about the tither. It’s not about the gift; it’s about the giver. It’s not about the money; it’s about the man or woman. It’s not about possessions; it’s about the possessor. As the songwriter Isaac Watts said, ‘Were the whole realm of nature mine; that were an offering far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’ (Courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities:

Heavenly Father, You are always concerned about me and want what is best for me – thank You for what You provide me so that I can be faithful in allowing You to shape and mold me. 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
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  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 – Finale