Our Primary Prayer focus for this week is on Christ’s people on earth:
For the Holy Spirit to be at work enriching faith through our Barnabas Ministry. Giving us hearts that are growing in the joy of giving generously to the mission of STL. For children to be raised in the nurture and encouragement of the Gospel. For new individuals to become members of the STL Prayer Chain.
When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.
After purchasing and renovating a shelter in Mount Clemens for homeless women, the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) recognized the need for a men’s shelter as well. The Women’s League from Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton Township decided to step in an offer support. With a $140,000 Memorial Trust Fund grant from Trinity, MCREST was able to purchase a building adjacent to the women’s shelter to house homeless men. Once renovations are complete, the building will provide lodging for at least 30 men at a time.
Summer arrived a day or two ago – just in case you did not notice! It trumpeted its arrival on my dashboard by telling me that the temperature outside was 100 degrees. That is what I would call a grand entrance – and I love it!
One Final ThoughtFear 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
Give God His Tithe“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” Leviticus 27:30 Instead of saying, ‘I’m giving God my tithe,’
Giving Brings ReceivingRemember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6 Jim Penner says: ‘It was a cold snowy day as my mother drove my sister and me to church.
Be GenerousRather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs. Deuteronomy 15:8 God instructed the Israelites, ‘If there is among you a poor man…you shall open your hand wide to him’ (vv. 7-8). Giving is the loftiest level of