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Why We Give

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Sir Winston Churchill is primarily remembered for being the Prime Minister of The United Kingdom from 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955. He is also remembered for many of his humorous quips and quotes.[br_tc][br_tc]Most importantly, he is remembered as transitioning from an agnostic to a Christian believer.[br_tc][br_tc]My favorite Churchill quote is:

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

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I am more interested in making a life than I am making a living! Aren’t you?[br_tc][br_tc]Do you remember the words of scripture we read during Lent?

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“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” [nbsp_tc]

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One of the most inspiring and humbling words I’ve ever heard were right here at Trinity. A young girl said to her mother, “Mommy, I really love Pastor Jim.” Her mother replied, “Why do you love him?” She said, “Because I know he loves me.” And she is right…I do love her! I don’t mind telling you that tears came to my eyes when the little girl’s mother recounted that story to me.[br_tc][br_tc]The scriptures teach us that “We love because God first loved us.” (1 John, 4:19).[br_tc][br_tc]God is a God of grace. God always takes the first step – the first initiative. God alone makes the first move in our lives. Our job is to respond with joyful obedience.[br_tc][br_tc]Do you know why I give? I give because it feels good![br_tc][br_tc]John Wesley offered some good advice in his sermon, “On the Use of Money,”

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1.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc] Earn all you can.[br_tc]2.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc] Save all you can.[br_tc]3.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc] Give all you can.

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Jesus gave all to us? How can we not give everything (within our means) to God’s church?[br_tc][br_tc]I Love our Lord and Christ. I love you, the faithful members of Trinity UMC.[br_tc][br_tc] I love you and I thank you for your sacrificial and generous giving![br_tc][br_tc]Rev. Jim