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Daily Devotional 

 Elizabeth Fedde, deaconess, 1921

 "Here's What You Should Spend Your Money On"

“Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends.  Then, when your earthly possessions are gone they will welcome you to an eternal home.”  Luke 16: 9

The best use of your money is using it to get people into heaven.  Remember Jesus talking about the shrewd manager.  His hope was that friendship would create the opportunity for him to receive help.  We get a little different slant from Jesus.  He want us to create friendships so that we can help others be eternal friends.

We’re not talking about buying your way into heaven.  You can’t because Jesus has already paid for your entrance.  Salvation is a free gift.  What Jesus is saying is build up friendships that can last for eternity by sharing faith.  

Helping people gives you the opportunity to talk about Jesus.  You just might be the person who helps somebody else learn about Him.  Just imagine greeting all those who you had helped to go to heaven.  It was your generosity and care that enabled them to know Jesus.

So are you helping people right now so that they might spend time with you in heaven?  You might wonder how you can help?  Perhaps by buying a Bible for someone who doesn’t have one or paying for someone to receive assistance in some way.  

Perhaps you donate to an organization that does mission work in a far distant land.  When you help the church you’re building up treasure in heaven.  That is the highest and best use of money.  

You probably all remember the words “You can’t take it with you,” which is very true, but you can send it ahead with the people you have helped get into heaven.  That will be a blessing to them and to you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don

Pastor Don's Devotion

November 22, 2019


"More Gratitude Means Less Stress"

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5: 18 NKJV

No, you’re not mistaken.  You read this verse yesterday, but in a different version.  Here’s a little different thought for you.  Some people view life as a series of hills and valleys.  The hills are the good times and the valleys are the bad times.  In their thought system, those two things never meet together.  But that’s rarely how life works most of the time.  

There is rarely a time in life when everything is good or everything is bad.  No matter how good your life seems to be, there will be things you need to work on.  No matter how difficult life gets, you always have something to thank God for.  

Did notice the verse doesn’t say to give thanks for everything.  It says "in everything give thanks."  There’s a world of difference between thanking God for everything and thanking God in everything.  

You don’t have to be thankful that you have some dreaded disease or that someone has died.  That’s just contrary to nature and contrary to God.  He is actually saddened when we are ill or we miss loved ones.  Isn’t that one of the reasons He sent Jesus into the world to heal us from our sin sickness?  

But you can be thankful for something at all times in your life.  You can always find a blessing in your life to be thankful for.  For the last several weeks in church we have been reading from Philippians 4.  

We heard from Paul that when we’re stressed and worried about something in life we should, “ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart” (Phil. 4: 6 GNT).  

Grateful people are less stressed.  It doesn’t mean they don’t suffer from problems but it’s harder to be stressed and grateful at the same time.  

Gratitude gets your eyes off yourself and onto others.  It helps you to stop looking at what you don’t have and look at what you do have.  That’s the difference between grateful and ungrateful people.  Making that choice can lead to less stress.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don