Christian Giving Is All about Our Hearts!

Jul 25, 1999
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 16; 442; 441; 15
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, we come before You today and pray that our hearts might be filled with Your Holy Spirit. Move us humbly to repent of our sins, to listen attentively to Your Word, to praise You joyously for Your love, and, finally, to leave Your house this morning committed to live our lives to the glory of Your name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 24

First Reading: 

2 Corinthians 8:1-9

St. Paul used the example of the Macedonian Chrsitians to encourage the giving of the Corinthian congregation. What was so special about the example of the Macedonian Christians? Their hearts had been moved by the grace of God in Christ Jesus first to give themselves to God, after which they freely and generously gave of their material possessions to help their fellow Christians and glorify their God!

Second Reading: 

Mark 12:41-44

The offering of the poor widow was not remarkable because of its size, but rather because the widow’s heart was moved to give all she had. In this she demonstrated complete trust in and love for her Savior God!