ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
(The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
Alma, Kansas
A family united by faith in Christ gathering around God's Word and Sacraments.
To reach out in Christ-like concern and Christ-borne love to each other and to those without Christ!
In This Month's
St. John Witness
NOVEMBER WITNESS
Pastor's Message
 
“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”
Luke 16:11


"It’s not true that I made him a millionaire. I made him one,” a publisher’s wife told Irving Hoffman.

He asked, “What was he before you married him?”

The wife answered “He was a multi-millionaire when we got married.”

Money is one common denominator in things that we need for daily life. We can spend it, save it, invest it, squander it or misunderstand it. But we cannot ignore it. Money is the means for us to exchange some gifts of God for other gifts, so that when we work and earn money, we may exchange it for the things we need and want in life. Money that we are given is certainly a gift, by its definition, but it may lead us to make poor choices or bad decisions. Money is not good or evil, but the use of money often is. The Bible even says “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”

Many of Jesus’ parables deal with a proper use of money and possessions. He teaches us to use property, income, wealth, and all of life as a gift of God to bless those in need, beginning with our families. “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” I Timothy 5:8

Quite simply, money is a gift from God, and the use of money should follow the pattern God has set. He wants His people to trust Him for all they receive, and to show that trust by giving a tenth of all we get back to Him. Since God owns all things, we should understand that we are managers of what He has given to us, that by our use of money, we show honor to His name.

True riches come from knowing that we will receive an inheritance in heaven, where the streets are paved with gold. Jesus is our priceless treasure, for He offers us eternal joy with Him. Call on His name, and walk in His ways.
                  

Live in God's mercy!
Pastor Grimm


We are a family united by faith in Christ, gathering around God's Word and Sacraments,
to reach out in Christ-like concern and Christ-borne love to each other and to those without Christ!



“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-14