Stewardship Soundings Part 13

Stewardship Soundings

Listen up! Stewardship is not about money!

Have I got your attention? I hope so.

You are one of few people to get this far. Most people will ignore anything to do with “Stewardship” for two reasons:

  1. the word is misunderstood and miss-used
  2. the church uses it as a stick to make people give money

It is my personal mission to correct decades, if not centuries, of harmful treatment of “Stewardship.”

So, congratulations, you made it this far. Read on, you have nothing to lose but your hatred of “Stewardship.”

Graciously, Pastor William

January 1, 2023
Stewardship Soundings Part 13

Stewardship Soundings – Rejoice in God’s Presence   Focus scripture: Luke 15:1-10 the parable of the lost sheep and lost coin. The church leaders were grumbling against Jesus because he was attracting the “wrong” kind of people – sinners and tax collectors! What’s the matter with Jesus? Did he not know that church was for […]

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December 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 12

Stewardship Soundings – Become a good receiver from God   Focus scripture: Luke 14:25-35, in which Jesus teaches his disciples (students, including us) the cost of being a real disciple. In this passage, Jesus says that he isn’t interested in half-hearted followers. He’s not interested in building up attendance numbers. Rather, he tells us that […]

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November 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 11

Stewardship Soundings – Live in God’s Relationship Focus scripture: Luke 11:1-11, in which Jesus teaches his disciples (students, including us) how to pray and to persevere in prayer. In this Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says to pray “Your kingdom come.” Jesus isn’t telling us to get ready to enter God’s kingdom at death, he is saying […]

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October 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 10

Stewardship Soundings – Know God’s Purpose   Focus scripture: Luke 7:31-35, where Jesus compares what people are saying about John the Baptizer and him. It seems people find something wrong with both John (accused demon) and Jesus (accused glutton and drunkard) that prevents them from hearing what those two men are saying about God and […]

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September 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 9

Stewardship Soundings – Know how much God loves you Focus scripture: Luke 15:11-32 Christ’s parable of the Prodigal Father (some erroneously say, Prodigal Son) Ooh, did that get your attention? To see who was the true prodigal, let us first define “prodigal”. It means; reckless, uncontrolled, extravagant. Is it the younger son who claims his […]

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August 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 8

Stewardship Soundings – Stewardship Is about Attitude   There are two basic attitudes we have about that which God entrusts to our care: scarcity and abundance. This is how those two attitudes play out in our actions regarding our time, abilities and treasure: Scarcity: There is not enough time to do everything, so I’m going […]

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July 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 7

Stewardship Soundings – Stewardship Is and Is Not   Let us spend some time on what stewardship is not. Consider; stewardship is not about… …giving of your time, abilities or treasure. …how much or what percentage you give of your time, abilities or treasure. …being made to feel guilty so you give more of your […]

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June 1, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 6

Stewardship Soundings – Churches might not deserve our money!   Giving is about doing God’s work, serving God’s mission. If your congregation isn’t serving the widow and orphan, the hungry and poor, the oppressed, or the foreigner then it might be time for change!   We often receive solicitations by charitable organizations seeking yearend donations. […]

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May 19, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 5

Stewardship Soundings – Perspective is Important   Perspective is a powerful tool. We all know the test of pessimism or optimism presented by the image to the left. But, did you know that perspective can change the way you look at the world, people, and creation? Consider these two answers to the stated question and […]

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March 17, 2022
Stewardship Soundings Part 4

Stewardship Soundings – Title of Ownership. You don’t have what you have because you earned it or deserve it. No, you have it because…wait for it… because God trusts you to care for it properly. God lets us tend to God’s creation. “God said…let (humankind) have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over […]

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