Just in Time: Stories of God's Extravagance by Lynn A. Miller

By Lynn A. Miller

Lynn A. Miller tells of what occurs after we open our hearts, wallets, schedules, companies or houses to others--revealing the enjoyment of "first-fruits residing" within which we provide the easiest of what God has provided us again to God. those relocating and occasionally hilarious precise tales exhibit the relationship among God's stewardship and genuine humans doing actual issues.

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Set regular meeting times for those decisions so you can honestly respond, "I appreciate knowing about your needs. " Second, have a focus in mind. Decide what you will be concentrating on in your generosity. It could be as broad as missions or as narrow as dental services in rural Honduras. " Keep in mind that you aren't the only company being asked to help. Therefore a project's success doesn't depend only on you. Third, get personally involved in the project, or at least make a follow-up visit to see how your generosity is being used.

The only thing we pastors will have to do is make sure we have big enough offering plates and strong enough ushers to receive it all. Then we need to do the most important thing of allget out of the way and let God be glorified! Oh, I almost forgot. There is one more thing. We will also need a lot more space at the bottom of the second page of the bulletin. Because next week we will have to report Page 38 LAST WEEK'S OFFERING 3,000 bushels of firstfruits corn, Thirteen hours of voluntary service, Two quilts, Six bushels of apples, Four hundred gallons of milk, and A whole bunch of money.

Then we can turn to the more technical aspect of the "how" question. For most of us, the "how" of our charitable activity consists of individually making simple cash contribu- Page 61 tions to persons or institutions. But I have recently discovered that cheerfulness in giving is multiplied when we join others in passing on Christ's generosity. We have long known that giving things rather than cash can multiply both the fun and amount of our charity. Farmers who give commodities to a charitable gift fund avoid federal, state, local, and self-employment taxes on the sale of those commodities (greatly increasing the gift since those taxes can often approach 50 percent).

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