The Christian Wallet
As we begin this Annual Conference year, we will be wrapping up this quadrennial theme where we have focused on living From Strength to Strength as the psalmist writes in Psalm 84:1-7:
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord;…
Happy are those who live in your house…
Happy are those whose strength is in you,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley of Baca
They make it a place of springs:
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
the God of gods will be seen in Zion.”
Bishop Ward reminds us that believers who find strength in the living God not only find their spirits lifted, they transform the landscape into one of hope and refreshment. As we remain rooted in Christ, we will bear fruit and lead productive lives for his sake. Over the last three years we have focused on one aspect of our relationship that produces growth, wellness, and a desire to serve and give as we seek to transform the lives and communities upon us. We have focused on Grow!, Thrive!, Serve!, and this year our focus is on Give!
We will explore how to give faithfully out of our abundance. Our conference leadership team has been given an opportunity to read Mike Slaughter’s book that is yet to be published called “The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience”. We received the draft in advance in order to assess and commend if we felt led to do so. I look forward to discussing this book with other conference leaders in the next couple of weeks and will be sharing opportunities for you to read it also when it becomes available near the end of January. It’s certainly filled with food for thought! We are challenged to look at How We Spend, How We Give, and How We Live encompassing more than many of us have explored in the context of one book. My sense is that as we explore these areas of spending, giving and living with a conscience we will be convicted to make improvements in the ways that we manage our money.
How we use our money is a spiritual question. As we find our strength in God and live in God’s house by inviting God to be a part of everything we do, we will learn to more fully trust that God will provide us with all that we need. Let us work together in this coming year to get our financial houses in order.
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