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Our church is at the time of Stewardship, which is a once a-year time to think about where you are in your life and where your faith fits in.

I love jokes and am reminded to share a few of my favorites.   One day, a one-dollar bill met a twenty-dollar bill and said, “Hey, where’ve you been? I haven’t seen you around here much.” The twenty answered (as the dollar bill listened enviously), “I’ve been hanging out at the casinos, went out on a cruise and did the rounds of the ship, back to the United States for a while, went to a couple of baseball games, to the mall, that kind of stuff. How about you?” The one-dollar bill said, “You know, same old stuff, church, church, church.”

A man died and went to heaven. He was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter who led him down the golden streets. They past mansion after beautiful mansion until they came to the end of the street where they stopped in front of a shack. The man asked St. Peter why he got a hut when there were so many mansions he could live in. St. Peter replied, “We did the best we could with the money you sent us.”

Lastly, this joke. Three men were talking about how they decided what to give to the church. The first man said, “I cash my paycheck and take the whole stack of cash to church. Standing at the altar, I throw the money in the air. Whatever lands on the altar is for the Lord; whatever falls to the ground, I get to keep”. The second man said, “I do something similar. I get my check in cash. Standing at the altar, I throw the money in the air. Whatever lands on the altar I get to keep; whatever lands on the floor, is for the Lord.” The third man then spoke up, “I do something similar to both of you. Standing at the altar with my cash, I throw it in the air. Whatever the Lord wants, He takes; whatever falls, I get to keep.”

Well, I think that’s enough with the jokes. The serious message that I want to leave with you is this… You have a need and obligation to give. By giving of yourselves, you are opening up to the rich blessings and comfort only the Lord our God can
give. In the Old Testament it was called tithing, which means a tenth or 10%. It was also called first fruits, which is from the top, not just from what you have leftover. So, in this time of stewardship, the message is simple… Please give.

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