There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6

The disciplines of stewardship and self-offering are a grateful response to God’s love for the world and selfgiving in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to lives of simplicity, generosity, hospitality, compassion, and care for creation. Tithing is a primary practice of Christian stewardship and self-offering. We are accountable to God for how we use our material goods, spiritual gifts, and time in God’s service. W-5.0103

The Lord does not let us forget his wonderful actions; God is kind and merciful. The Lord provides for those who honor him; God never forgets the covenant.
-Psalm 111: 4-5 (Good News Translation)

I gave a homework assignment for most of July and August to the church based on my sermon series about the 4 gifts God grants the Church to help us grow in our faith journey: (1) worship and prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), (2) service in doing good (Ephesians 2:10), (3) Fellowship (Acts 2:42), and (4) Bible Study (2 Timothy 4:2). The assignment was in each of these areas —

  • attend worship more regularly and participate in it,
  • do good for someone who cannot repay you
  • increase your fellowship with someone in the church that you don’t like or know well, and
  • attend a Bible Study

Show hospitality to all strangers, for some have hosted angels unaware they were being tested.
– Hebrews 13:2

What a time we live in - upheaval and intrigue, political division and hostility. How do we find our way, how do good Christian folks stay the course? Hebrews was written to a church in similar times - uncertain economics, threatening and savage barbarians on the borders, a culture that seemed at odds with the church, shrinking religious convictions overall, and a political system that seemed best suited to self-destruction and turmoil. The author of Hebrews is writing practical advice to the church, ways to not only give voice to Christian values but to actually live it out. The author appeals to Christian ideals and the teachings of Jesus to admonish the church to live correctly. And what does he say - Read the whole section from which the above quote is taken -

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