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Being God’s Hands

October 12, 2016

This is the written transcript of the stewardship talk given by Bill Cruse during worship on Oct. 9.

Susie and I have been members at Grace from pretty much it’s infancy

Coming to a newly planted mission church, we knew that joining Grace would be an important part of our spiritual journey.

We knew that we could no longer just sit in the boat, but we were going to have to get out of the boat and serve.peter_walking_on_water Our theme for stewardship this year is time, talent and treasure. The first two, time and talent, come together to create service.

I have served on the Bishops Committee and acted as The Bishops Warden and I am now on the Give to Serve Campaign as we work towards our goal of moving onto Graceland to grow Gods kingdom.

Serving means giving our  time and I know our time is so very precious. There are only so many hours and minutes in the day.  We go through our busy, hectic lives trying to find balance and harmony . Why should we give that precious time to something other then work and family? I believe that by serving others it helps us stay healthy. There are multiple studies showing that people who engage in giving behaviors live longer and healthier lives. Our interactions through serving provide for positive emotions and healthy social bonding.

We all have multiple God given talents to share. My profession [editor’s note: Bill is a dentist] has afforded me the opportunity to serve those in need over the years by providing care at charity health events for the homeless and less fortunate. I have even had the chance to care for refugees in my office.  I have also stepped out of my comfort zone to work in disaster areas, just providing physical labor and comfort. When we use our time and our talents to serve people, we serve God.

Now let me touch on the last ‘T’, Treasure.  Susie and I firmly believe that all of our worldly treasures have been provided to us by God to be used for the good of his kingdom.  It is important that we keep that in mind and give back accordingly. The more generous we are in our giving and serving, the more we will receive into our lives. 

I don’t read the Bible as much as I know I should, but I love Paul’s letters. Let me finish by reading from 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

God has blessings planned for us, we have to be willing and available to be his extended hands!

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