July 21, 2018
Read Exodus 25
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Scripture- Exodus 25:1-2- The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept the contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them."
Observations- It was going to require a lot of the people of Israel to make joyful and sacrificial offerings to build the Tabernacle along with all of the accompanying items necessary for worship. This wasn't "the Law" per se- at least not without the heart. God wanted people whose hearts had been moved to help with the project to freely step up and say, "Count on me for some goats hair!"
Application- Aren't you glad when we began our 3-year Capital Campaign for a New Social Hall (and now also to purchase and renovate the building currently known as the Boys and Girls Club) that we didn't ask you to collect your best goat hair? By the way, we are doing incredibly well in meeting our hoped for benchmarks after the first 15 months. What so many people did do was faithfully, joyfully, and freely make commitments to help us have buildings that will be tools for mission and ministry to make more and better followers of Jesus for years to come. Thank You, God! Thank You, New Hope!
Prayer- Lord, thank You for moving in so many people's hearts at New Hope to do something beautiful and honoring for You and the people that You have here now and are on the way that You love so much. We rejoice in Your faithfulness and for Your abiding presence with us on the journey forward. Help and guide us to honor You in the entire process of renovating and building. I pray that we will be good stewards (managers) of the gifts You have given through Your people, in Jesus' name. Amen.
"Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and
generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others." (1 Timothy 6:18),
- S. - If your heart is so "moved," please feel free to make a special offering over and above your regular giving to the Building Fund. Please don't forget how important regular, faithful giving to our general budget is either :)
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