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Offertory Reading

JULY 30 - Alaska Conference

As a beginning pastor, a young man would occasionally appear at prayer meeting, press a $20 bill into my hand, and say with a conspiratorial whisper, “this is for the Big Guy upstairs.” He was convinced that a well-timed donation would keep God at bay.

Returning our offerings can be merely a slightly more sophisticated attempt to buy God off, or it can be a rich worship experience. When genuine, it affirms that God is my partner, it becomes a grateful heart overflowing in thanks, an expression of trust when things are really tight.

I like the picture Paul paints of the believers in Macedonia in 2 Cor. 8 (The Message):

“Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. . . . The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. I was there and saw it for myself. . . .”

Paul continues with wonder—

“This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.”

Did you catch that? “The other giving (their offerings) simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.” Now that’s worship!

Today, we have the opportunity to assist our sister conference in Alaska. They have more than 3,000 Adventists worshipping in 36 churches and companies throughout the state. Let us return a faithful tithe to our Lord and give an offering that will benefit churches within our union conference.





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