MORNINGTIME 2119

by Benjamin Munsell on July 17, 2016
MORNINGTIME 2119
 
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. 1 Corinthians 16:1-4. The Saints in Jerusalem are having a really hard time and Paul is asking the Saints in Corinth to set aside a nice offering to be sent to Jerusalem by trusted Believers, or even by Paul himself when he comes to visit. Whether this is a one-time "love" offering, or they did this on a regular basis until the crisis was over, really isn't important here. It was a large offering LEAVING the church. There would be nothing to show for this expenditure except for a big "THANK YOU" from hurting Believers. Today, in today's church, how many small churches are willing to send ANY money to another church? And don't even think of another church of a different denomination. "We all know they're not real Believers like we are, we'll keep our money for our own". "If we don't even fellowship with those other "believers", we sure aren't giving them OUR hard earned money". Other than sending money to our own missionaries, (and what percent of your yearly budget would that be?) it's acceptable to spend our own money on our own stuff and get a receipt for it. Meaning, when a singing group or evangelist comes to town, we'll pay them for services rendered because they "ministered" to us for OUR benefit. We give them money, we get a "blessing" everyone's happy, well, except for the church in Jerusalem, they got left out. When churches around us close their doors, it's obviously, I guess, for poor stewardship, because no one ever asks WHY!!! Could we have done something to help them? If the tables were turned, would we, Be Blessed? 
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