Pastor's Corner

26 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

The story of the Widow’s Mite in Luke 20:1-4 has always been one of my favorites.  It is a story about God blessing what we give, no matter how small, when it comes from our heart.  Jesus and His disciples are watching as wealthy people brought in large sums of money for the temple treasury. Among the worshipers is a poor widow who puts in two small coins.  Jesus remarks on her giving; “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

The story is not about the amount given but about the attitude of the giver.  I was reminded of this great story when I read about a modern day widow in Indiana who attends GracePoint church, a church plant in Valparaiso.  The church has been meeting in a school since 2009 and was just a few hours away from losing out on a loan that would be used to purchase their own building.  In steps the widow with one small gold coin, but this was not an ordinary coin. It just happened to be an extremely rare 19th century US gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto 'In God We Trust'!

'This is one of only 10 known surviving 1866 proof Liberty Head double eagles with the In God We Trust motto,' said Sarah Miller, Director of Numismatics at Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions' New York office. It is expected to sell for $300,000 or more in a public auction in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois and online on April 27, 2017. https://www.christiantoday.com/article/a.gift.in.gods.story.rare.1866.gold.coin.helps.fund.new.church/107571.htm

The coin belonged to her late husband and she was holding on to it for sentimental reasons.  She knew it was valuable but the value of the church meant more to her.  Wow!  What a great modern day story of how God works in a community!

 What “mite” do you have lying around the house that God wants to use?  It’s not the amount but the value God puts on it!  If you have not prayed about your contribution to the Lord’s work why not let these widows inspire you to be used by the Lord.

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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