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Weekly Update for March 15, 2023


Pastor and Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee was preaching in Arkansas when someone from Oklahoma approached him after his sermon. The woman was from Tishomingo, Oklahoma which was the city in which McGee’s father died in an accident at work and was where McGee’s father was buried.
            The woman was about McGee’s age. As she approached him she told him that she and her mother had cooked and delivered meals to his bereaved family in the months following his father’s death. The woman said to McGee, “I never knew that years later I would be listening to you. We gave you physical food, and now you supply spiritual food for us.”[1] That woman’s story is an example of why it is important that we give to others. Paul writes about the importance of us giving to others in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8,
            “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”
            Here are a few principles Paul describes for us that we should apply to our giving. First, our giving should be generous. Paul says we should sow “abundantly” (v. 6).[2] Our giving should be generous and significant for us. Second, our giving should be intentional. The Greek word for “purposed” (v. 7) has the idea of choosing beforehand or deciding ahead of time. Our giving should be planned ahead of time. Third, our giving should be auspicious. This is something we do in a “cheerful” (v. 7) way. We should consider it a privilege to give to our Lord through the ministry of a local church.
            Giving might not be easy to begin but we should start because Paul tells us God will supply the generous cheerful giver with enough to meet his or her needs and enough to meet the needs of others. Giving can be a tough thing to start, but once we do it in a generous, intentional, and cheerful way, we will find there are benefits to others and eventually to ourselves, just as that woman discovered who had fed J. Vernon McGee years ago.

Christopher L. Scott

[1] J. Vernon McGee, 2 Corinthians (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1991), 133.
[2] The idea of the “tithe” is not mentioned in the New Testament, yet I believe it is a good place to start if you are not sure about how much to give.
-Church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, and Tice Family
-Safe travels for John
-Marion's health and recovery
-Allex's health and recovery
-Wally's back pain to diminish
-Those affected by flooding in California
-Good News Club kids requested prayer for safety at school, a sister that has cancer, and that they could help their friends in need
MEN'S BREAKFAST. Saturday, March 25th at 9am we will have a breakfast organized by the men of our church. Please bring your Bible and bring your appetite cause we're going to eat and look at God's Word together as Pastor begins a series of messages for the men of our church.
SUNDAY PRAYER. Our church is dedicating 10am-10:20am as a time of prayer in the small mother's nursing room in the back of the auditorium. If you'd like to join others for dedicated prayer time, please enter through the front door and join others for prayer.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE. We will worship God through music and look at John 19:17-30 as we remember our Savior Jesus Christ that died for us on Friday, April 7th at 12pm.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY BREAKFAST. Instead of an after church potluck in April we will have a breakfast potluck at 9:30am on Sunday, April 9th at 9:30am. 
RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERVICE. We hope you can join us as a celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ on April 9th at 10:30am.
UPCOMING EVENTS. Weekly Men's Bible Study, TBD. Church Membership Class, TBD in May. 
You can listen to past sermons on our website or through your favorite podcast app such as Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and many others. If you prefer to watch past sermons they are available on our YouTube channel.
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Moses Lake, WA 98837

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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