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May 2013

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Asking the Questions

“How are we going to pay for that?”

Have you ever asked that question? At some point in your life you’ve probably had to ask it. Sometimes, the sadly given answer might have been, “We aren’t. We can’t afford it.”

Do churches ever have to ask this question?

Churches have expenses too. Beautiful Savior is no exception. Beautiful Savior has a budget. Beautiful Savior has to ask, “How are we going to pay for that?” Sometimes that can be a difficult question to answer, but recently we received some very good news.

In the 2013-2014 fiscal year Beautiful Savior received subsidy from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Home Missions Board. This board oversees the distribution of funding made available by our church body for mission congregations. In some cases this funding is used to start a new congregation or to ensure a congregation has funding available to continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Beautiful Savior is one such congregation. This present fiscal year we were granted $70,000 in subsidy funds. We also were responsible to apply for continued subsidy by submitting reports and a ministry plan to the Michigan District Mission Board, who in turn approved and passed on our request to the Home Missions Board. The Michigan DMB has reported to Beautiful Savior that we will receive our subsidy request of $67,000 for the next fiscal year. This covers over half of our $120,000 budget.

This subsidy is a huge blessing for Beautiful Savior because it allows us to carry out gospel ministry. However, our goal as a congregation will always be to become self-supporting. Beautiful Savior is in the “business” of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We freely proclaim the good news of Jesus to each other and the community. We do not have a product to sell, nor do we exist to make a profit, instead Beautiful Savior is supported by her members, who have committed themselves to support the work of gospel ministry. This is pleasing to our Lord and Savior. God desires his people give gifts of thanksgiving as offerings to him. As we work together to cover more of our budget on our own, other congregations will benefit. Can you imagine what God might accomplish if the $67,000 we will receive next year could be used elsewhere?

It is a huge blessing for Beautiful Savior to receive subsidy from the generous gifts of brothers and sisters in Christ spread across our country. It is also a huge blessing when the people of Beautiful Savior give generously of their blessings to support the gospel ministry. If you’re wondering what encouragements God gives for his people to give look at these Bible passages: 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7, 12. Use them as you plan and assess your own giving. Consider them as you consider how you support the work for Christ’s kingdom at Beautiful Savior.

What can you do to support Beautiful Savior? Respond to God’s blessings to you with generosity, cheerfulness, and regularity. Assess your own giving by asking these reflection questions:

Reflection:

Does my offering reflect my love for my Savior and my desire to support the spread of his gospel?

Does this percentage of what I have reflect my commitment to my Lord?

Am I giving with confidence God will continue to supply all I need?


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I need more…Confidence!

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Meet Doug. As he toes the line for the final game of his senior year basketball season, he wonders if his scholarship dream will happen.

Meet Kristin. As she graduates from college, she wonders if she’s adequate for her new job.

Meet Samantha. As she faces her second round of chemotherapy, she wonders if she will survive it.

Meet Scott. As he says his vows to his wife, he silently wonders if his second marriage will last.

Have you been there? Doug, Kristin, Samantha, Scott, you and everyone all have one thing in common: a need for confidence. Let’s face it; there are times in life when it’s easy to be filled with doubt. Doug doubts his future. Kristin doubts her abilities. Samantha doubts her treatment. Scott doubts his love. What do you doubt?

There’s someone whose future, abilities, treatment and love never fail. That’s the true God revealed in the Bible. Confidence to face whatever life throws your way comes from the promises God gives you in his Word. God kept his promise of sending a Savior for everyone. As your Savior, Jesus lived perfectly to give you confidence that his life counts for everyone. He died to make the payment necessary for your sins to be forgiven, no matter what you’ve done. He rose again to life to give you the confidence that one day you will be with him in heaven. All of this confidence is God’s gift to you, grasped and enjoyed by faith in Jesus.

Because of Jesus, when we doubt our future, God reminds us, “I know the plans that I have for you” (Jeremiah 29:11). When we doubt our abilities, he assures us, “I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). When we doubt our treatment plan, he promises, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). When we doubt love, his Word helps us “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18). That’s the difference, and the confidence, only Jesus brings.

Need more confidence? Jesus has what you need.


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