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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
- TITLE: On the Pastor's Answering Machine
By Donna Powers
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Good afternoon, Pastor Martin. It's Millicent Chadwick here. In the bulletin last week I saw that this year's mission trip is to be to the Dominican Republic. Now, you know I'm a mission-minded gal, but one of my second cousins went to that dismal place a few years ago and she had a perfectly dreadful time. Surely there is a more amenable destination for us to visit. After all, if we are to give our time and energy to go out of the country, it should be worth the visit. Now, I went on a delightful cruise last year to the Bahamas. That's a lovely place, with excellent hotels and beaches. Surely we could find something worthwhile to do there. Please consider it - or possibly Cancun. Those of us who are giving up an entire week of our time should have a right to decide what sort of destination we will visit, shouldn't we?
Hey, Pastor Joe. This is Lonnie Maxwell. Listen, I dropped off a whole box of my Aunt Tessa's homemade hot pink and lime green potholders last month, but when I went to the church supper they weren't using them. I even looked in the kitchen, but they weren't there. When I give a contribution to the church, I expect some kind of recognition. Please get back to me on this. I have some purple paisley pillowcases she made, but I won't donate them if they won't be appreciated.
Good morning, Brother Joe. This is Jeremiah Lane. You've been looking really tired lately, and I've been praying for you. Are you getting enough rest? Please take care of yourself, Brother Joe. Doing the Lord's work can take a toll on someone. While I was praying, the Holy Spirit put your needs on my heart I just wanted to let you know I'll be over this afternoon with a bowl of soup and some homemade bread from my wife. And if there's any tidying up or repairs you need at your apartment, I'll be glad to do it. You know we can't give much in the offering plate since I retired, so I want to do what I can. I'll be over about 2. Be sure to let me know how else to bless you, Brother.
Luke 21:1-4 "And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “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.”
Luke 16:15 (Jesus speaking of the Pharisees) He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight."
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