Darrel Auvenshine one last thought…for real this time.
sadly most churches don't even have a can of beans in the building to give if they had to. but if a hungry elderly woman wanted to sit in a comfortable chair once a week and enjoy an hour of entertaining music and a motivating message teaching her how to be a better person i'm sure we could help….and the highest qaulity sound and lighting would certainly soothe her aching soul – not only that we could send her on her way with a bag of information, informing her of all the great things we do at our church that she should be involved in and supporting financially and to top it off we would bless her with a dvd or cd series of the motivational speaker's series on why she's in the sad shape she's in – and we're not.
And she could pick up her grandchildren at the state of art PLAYGROUND where they've enjoyed a morning of entertainment and fun while grandma watched the show.
Sorry guys, but I"M SICK OF IT. The idea that we have streamlined the benevolent hand of the church, at best, into a local organization that we can send people to for help blows me away. I want to know the people in my community and I want them to know that God's people give to those in need because we have been so gloriously blessed.
And we are to not only give a little, we are to give cheerfully and without expectation of receiving anything in return. And when truly don't have silver or gold, or food, or gas money to give….we still have something to give. truth, faith, community.