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Stewardship Meditation 7/31/2022

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ (Luke 12:18, 20).

At first glance, this story seems to suggest that we needn’t make plans for the future for we never know when our last day might be. However, Jesus is saying that the rich man had placed his trust in the wealth he was able to provide for himself, while his faith in God lacked. It is true that we do not know when the Lord will call us home, but our faith is not placed on what we can build for ourselves in this life, but in the life that our Lord gives us eternally. As such, we can confidently take those things with which we have been blessed in this life and put a plan in place for their use after we are with the Lord. Gifts of Love offers free gift planning for just this purpose, so that your loved ones and organizations like LWML will be blessed as you have been in this life. Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry with a financial gift today or a future gift that will bless your family and the LWML for years to come. This way, when the time comes, you will know exactly who will be blessed, and how the Lord’s name will continue to be proclaimed in the future through your generosity.

Stewardship Meditation 7/24/2022

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13).

Very few people like to think about what will happen after they have left this life and gone on to their heavenly home. We know we want to take care of our family, leave something for our children or grandchildren, and perhaps give to a charity or faith-based organization, like LWML. Our Gift Planning Counselors can help you with this so that you can leave a blessing to all the people and organizations that were important to you in this life — so that you can leave a good gift in the end. Additionally, our counselors can help you craft a personalized Christian Preamble which will bear witness to your eternal faith and hope in Jesus Christ. After all, He is the best gift that has been given by our Father in heaven, through whom we have eternal salvation. Such a witness to Christ can have a lasting impact on your family. It may not always be fun to think about, but doing so through Gifts of Love can be a blessing and comfort to you. Such planning can also leave a good gift for your family by sharing the greatest gift given by our Father in heaven — His Son, Jesus Christ!

Stewardship Meditation 7/17/2022

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things (Luke 10:41).

We certainly can relate to Martha, can’t we? While we know that Christ is what is most needful for us, and while we know that the Lord will take care of everything for us in this life, we often find our spiritual gift is anxiety and worry. We worry about our family, about our health, about our world, and about those we love who do not know the Lord. We pray and pray for some relief, but sometimes, anxiety gets the best of us. Yet the Lord remains consistent — He is the one thing needful, and with Him, we need nothing more. As you think about the future and how best to care for your family, one of the things you can do to help alleviate anxiety is to put a gift plan together along with a Christian preamble. Our Gift Planning Counselors can help you with this, free of charge! In so doing, you can support organizations like LWML who are committed to sharing the Gospel, and you can leave a witness to Christ and your faith for your loved ones. With such a plan in place, you can live boldly and confidently as Christ leads you knowing that He has provided all you need, and will continue to care for your loved ones through your graciousness in the years ahead. 

Stewardship Meditation 7/10/2022

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him (Luke 10:33–34).

In response to the lawyer’s questions today, Jesus makes it rather plain in this Parable of the Good Samaritan that a life of love is a life of action, not just emotion. The Samaritan demonstrates this in a powerful way for us. Love moved him to take care of the man who fell into the hands of the beggars. This is what moves the LWML to not just support missions with their mite offerings, but also to find ways to serve alongside our missionaries in our own way to show forth the love of Christ. Your prayerful support of Gifts of Love is also a work of mercy and compassion, for it will aid in applying Christ’s mercy to those in need here and throughout the world. Contact us to see how our Gift Planning Counselors can help you with your gift plan. It is not just a gift given in love, but is a gift that is active in showing love and mercy to those in need so that Christ may apply the healing balm of His presence and life to them.

Stewardship Meditation 7/3/2022

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ (Luke 10:3–5).

When you think about these seventy-two apostles that Jesus is sending out, consider what must have been going through their minds as they heard the Lord’s instructions. Go out into a hostile world and proclaim an unpopular message, but don’t take anything with you, and proclaim peace wherever you wind up. That sounds like a crazy way to spread the Gospel! Yet, that was Jesus’ plan. It would be scary out there; they would be rejected at times; but they didn’t need any creature comforts to get them through. The Lord would sustain them, and Christ would provide for their needs along the way. This is part of what LWML does today, supporting missionaries so that they can go into the world without concern, trusting that Christ will care for them through His Church. Your support of Gifts of Love helps to ensure that the LWML will be able to continue its mission well into the future. Through you, by God’s grace, the Gospel is proclaimed, even in places that are hostile to it, so that many more may believe and be saved.

Stewardship Meditation 6/26/2022

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

To another [Jesus] said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and…” (Luke 9:59a).

It seems that everywhere Jesus went, He called people to follow Him. Our Lord had twelve disciples, but He called many more to join Him along the way to the cross and empty tomb. And yet, one by one, they all had other things to do first. They wanted to get their affairs in order, take care of things at home, say goodbye to loved ones. What a blessing it is, then, to work with one of our Gift Planning Counselors to get your affairs in order before the Lord calls you home to Himself. In this way, you can make sure that your family is cared for, your charitable organizations are supported, and you can feel the comfort of knowing that whenever the Lord comes for you, you have no excuses to not come into the joy of His kingdom with a clear and peaceful conscience. There is nothing that compares to being with our Lord forever, and He has done all things to make sure that when we follow Him, we go as He has — through death into the unending life and joy of heaven.

Stewardship Meditation 6/19/2022

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him (Luke 8:38–39).

It seems strange that Jesus might send someone away from Himself. Typically, we think of Jesus as drawing us closer to Him, not sending us away. However, the Lord has use for us sometimes out in the world, pointing others to Himself. Such was the case for the healed demoniac — he was to go home and tell his family and neighbors all that Jesus had done. One of the stated purposes of the LWML is to “joyfully proclaim Christ,” and many of the things we do seek to accomplish that end. It is one of the blessings God gives to all His children, for in His own way, God accomplishes His purposes in the world through us. This is why your gift to the LWML through Gifts of Love is such a valuable thing to consider in your charitable gift plan. We want to tell not just our family and neighbors, but the entire world, everything that Jesus has done for us. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has cast away from us every evil, He has forgiven our sins, and has granted us life eternal. What a joy, and privilege, to tell everyone what He has done for us!

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