Being a Blessing

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” - Mark 12:41-44

What a beautiful time of year in North Lima, OH. Besides the footballs flying and the baseball playoffs (not that I’m that interested in sports), there is the wonder in the leaves turning incredible colors. Maybe you have a favorite place to sit and admire God’s handiwork.

As the leaves turn, the calendar changes from October to November.

This also signifies Mt. Olivet’s Gifting (pledging) period. I think this coincides beautifully with Thanksgiving that we celebrate at the end of the month, reflecting and giving thanks on all that God has given us. I know that many of you have limited resources to give from, much like the poor widow (Mark 12:41-44) who gives everything she has, emulating Christ, as he would give himself away for our salvation. It is sacrificial giving for God’s kingdom, what that means in terms of dollars and cents is for each person to decide. Another giver is Barnabas, known as the Son of Encouragement (Acts 4:36-37). Barnabas is not only a giver, but a ‘gifter’, he gives Paul the opportunity to become a true disciple of Christ, the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:26-27).

What might your resources, your gifts do for others and ultimately the kingdom of God?

Be blessed by being a blessing,

Pastor Michael

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