Stewardship thoughts for August 2017

August 6 (Trinity VIII)
Jeremiah 23:17 “They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’” Jeremiah’s day sounds a lot like our own: with self-appointed prophets in the popular media telling people exactly what they want to hear. But preachers of the true Word of the Lord do us the, sometimes difficult, favor of telling us what is, actually true. And that often challenges us, shows us our sins, and calls us to repentance and a change in life.

August 13 (Trinity IX)
Luke 16:8  “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” Money is a tool that can be used for good or wicked purposes. Often unbelievers show more shrewdness in this than we Christians. If we really believe all that stuff we say in the Creed every Sunday…won’t that affect how we use our money?

August 20 (Trinity X)
Luke 19:45-46 “And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, [46] saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” The sellers in the temple were doing the right thing in the wrong place. Being a merchant is a fine occupation that is pleasing to God. But using the Lord’s House for your personal gain? That makes a mockery of what Church is for. This is God’s House where we come to hear His Word and offer Him our worship and praise in word and deed. We’re not looking for a profit here, we’re looking to give back and support the preaching of God’s Word and the Church’s care for the poor and needy.

August 27 (Trinity XI)
Luke 18:11-12  “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.'” The Pharisees got so much right, and so much wrong. It’s a good thing for this Pharisee to be faithful to his wife and faithful in his giving to the Lord’s work – but none of it is of any avail if it proceeds from a prideful heart! After all, what do we have to be proud of? If we have followed the Lord’s ways, we have only done our duty. Better to be thankful (and amazed!) that the Lord has blessed us by making our giving part of His work!