Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Promise Box - Week 2, Saturday


God will always be with you, even into eternity.

Here is what the One who sent me wants me to do: I must not lose even one whom God gave me, but I must raise them all on the last day. Those who see the Son and believe in him have eternal life, and I will raise them on the last day. This is what my Father wants. John 6:39, 40 NCV.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Promise Box - Week 2, Friday


God will always be with you throughout your life.

Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when you hair has turned grey, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you. Isaiah 46:4, NCV.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Promise Box - Week 2, Thursday


God will always be with you to comfort you.

Even though I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NCV.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Promise Box - Week 2, Wednesday


God will always be with you to help you.

I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.' Isaiah 41:13, NCV.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Promise Box -Week 2, Tuesday


God will always be with you in your troubles.

Lord, even when I have trouble all around me, you will keep me alive. When my enemies are angry, you will reach down and save me by your power. Psalm 138:7 NCV.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Promise Box - Week 2, Monday


God will always be with you to guide you.

If you go the wrong way – to the right or to the left – you will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the right way. You should go this way.” Isaiah 30:21 NCV.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Real Biblical Stewardship

When we hear the word stewardship, as Christians, our minds immediately reference finances. This has become the accepted meaning: stewardship is the way we handle our finances with regards to how we give to the church (the Lord?). The idea behind this teaching is that Christians ought to give financially to the church because it fulfills a divine mandate, and is therefore a duty. A duty which, as some claim, is a measure of our love for the Lord. But is it a biblically sound notion?

As you might have guessed, I do not think so.

The reason we think the way we do about stewardship is because of how the church presents it. To be fair, there are some teachers, concerned with this narrow definition, who have attempted to clarify the teaching. However, most of their clarifications only reinforce the notion because they merely include the idea of finances as part of a list of stewardship responsibilities.

What is biblical stewardship, really?

Over several postings, I will attempt to give you the biblical perspective on stewardship. Let me say this: biblical stewardship is not concerned about your finances.

My forthcoming exposition will be based on the following scriptures:

Through Christ, God gave me the special work of an apostle, which was to lead people of all nations to believe and obey. I do this work for him. Romans 1:5 NCV.

God, with his mercy, gave us this work to do, so we don't give up...We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not from us. 2Corinthians 4:1, 7 NCV.

Telling the Good News does not give me any reason for bragging. Telling the Good News is my duty - something I must do. And how terrible it will be for me if I do not tell the Good News. 1Corinthians 9:16 NCV.

I will show what these verses teach about biblical stewardship and what it means for us. I will also show how the idea of stewardship is being misused to get us to give financially to the Church.

I am not, however, implying that supporting the Church with our finances is wrong or unbiblical. Far from it. I think that as Christians we have a responsibility to support the Church and its mission with our finances.

But all of this will be covered. Join me. I would love to hear what you have to say on this topic.

The Promise Box - Week 2, Sunday

Promise Inspiration for the week: God will always be with you.

“…and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age." Matthew 28:20b, NCV.

It is like a marriage commitment. When you accepted him as your savior, God became committed to you. Unlike the transient commitments you may be used to, God’s promise to be with you cannot be influenced by the mundane trivialities of every day life. He will not run off when things are not going right. He will not leave when you disappoint him. He will never disappoint you. In fact, he will be there for the long haul, especially when you are old, feeble and gray and need someone. His commitment to you will never grow old.

Daily Scripture Verses

God will always be with you wherever you go.

I am with you and will protect you everywhere you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15, NCV.