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Lord, I ask today that you will make me more sensitive to those who are carrying big problems and don’t know which way to turn. Help me to understand how deeply they feel about it, how embarrassed they are, and help me to help them. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, I ask today that you will help me to forgive other people who have hurt me. Forgive me for harbouring the resentments I still feel and for dwelling on the desire to get even with them. Help me to put it all behind me and to move on. Thank you Jesus. I ask it in your name. AMEN
Lord, this is your day – the day of worship, joy and celebration of your resurrection. Through the worship of your people throughout the globe build up your disciples in faith, increase their love for you and each other and strengthen their hold on you. I ask this in Christ’s name. AMEN
“Put it in safekeeping … When I get there you’ll have it ready, and I won’t have to make a special appeal. Then after I arrive I’ll write letters authorizing whomever you delegate, and send them off to Jerusalem to deliver your gift. If you think it best that I go along, I’ll be glad to travel with them”.
Matt 28:12, 13, 14 NIV
One church tried to get its ministers to be more responsible in the handling of money. They ordered the trainee ministers to undergo a course in bookkeeping. Not all the trainees entered into the study with enthusiasm. Encouraging them to apply themselves more keenly the supervisor said, “Remember, the work of God will suffer much more quickly from bad money management than it will from bad theology”. A lack of integrity on the part of those handling God’s money soon creates a scandal – and deters people from generous giving. And nothing can be taken for granted.
Paul knew the frailty of human nature and how rigorous control had to be exercised in handling the collection “for the saints” in Jerusalem. No doubt the trouble with Judas Iscariot was widely known throughout the church. Paul wanted the Corinthian community to choose their own delegates to take the money to Jerusalem, and he volunteered to accompany them himself as an additional safeguard. Wise and strong administration is an indispensable component in the management of money.
It is important to entrust these duties to people with known reliability. An excellent way to present a “clean sheet” to a community of believers is to append a copy of the financial statement in a public place, such as the church entrance or foyer where everyone can see it. Integrity in these things brings glory to God.
Lord, help us to be scrupulously careful in handling your money.
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