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Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - October 16, 2017 Devotion

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And He (Jesus) said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15

This time of year we sometimes hear stewardship sermons based on the parable of the rich fool. We are torn between providing for our families and ourselves and giving to others. Data hacks, identity theft, increasing healthcare costs, and all sorts of things also increase the costs of ministry. Jesus’ point here is more about whom we trust than about our pledge cards. If we trust in God’s eternal love, no stock market plunge or hurricane will separate us from our relationship with God. We were created by God to be dependent upon God. Lord, help me to release my trust in my stuff and deepen my trust in you.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Vice President
478-733-8059 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: October 15th, 2017 | Permalink

Honor your pledge to the church

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The following "tip" is from the October 2017 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Our goal is to help United Methodist churches develop a culture of generosity. Feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered directly to your inbox.

As we approach the fourth quarter of 2017, take a moment to make sure your giving is on track to meet your pledge to the church by year-end. Church ministries thrive thanks to faithful and generous givers like you. There are many ways to fulfill your pledge other than cash gifts. Consider gifting stock, real estate or royalties, or transferring a portion of your IRA. There are many options that offer tax benefits to you and immediate income to the church. For more information, contact the church office or the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org.

View future issues of Growing Generosity.

Posted: October 12th, 2017 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - October 9, 2017 Devotion

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“Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” – Luke 10:36

The parable of the good Samaritan is easy to understand, yet, often very difficult to live out. Have you ever met someone who, by the sheer force of their negative personality, makes it very difficult to help? Perhaps there is someone in your life who fits that description. It must have been exceedingly difficult for the Samaritan to get involved with the Judean. It was the Judeans who treated the Samaritans with disdain and disrespect. Yet only the Samaritan is willing to help. There are all sorts of reasons why we hesitate to help our neighbors. Yet there is one overriding reason we should. Jesus tells us to go and do like the Samaritan. Lord, help me to overcome my biases to help my neighbor, especially those who are the most difficult for me to love.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Vice President
478-733-8059 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: October 8th, 2017 | Permalink

Answer a 'Macedonian call' to do good

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The following Tip is from the October edition of Growing Generosity. Sign up here to have the monthly tips delivered directly to your inbox.

The term "Macedonian call" refers to the God-given vision that directed the route Paul took on his second missionary journey. With the help of a few friends, Paul answered his Macedonian call and indeed changed the world. Just like Paul, each of us is called to participate in the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. What is God calling you to do with the church? Maybe your call is to help with mission work overseas. Or perhaps there is a project right here at home that is calling for your talents and resources. Margaret Mead once said, “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” Don't be afraid to tackle that huge, “God-sized” Macedonian call for your help. For more information on how to answer your calling, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org.

Posted: October 4th, 2017 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - October 2, 2017 Devotion

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“A sower went out to sow his seed … Some fell into good soil and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” – Luke 8:5, 8

When Jesus explains the parable of the sower He tells us the seed is the Word of God. We are the ones who receive the seed. Here’s something to think about. Are we cultivating ourselves through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, to be “good soil” in which the “seed” can flourish and produce a hundredfold yield? What does it look like for us to be good soil? As I write this, outside my window is a tree trunk which fell some years ago. A huge white mushroom is growing out of its decaying wood. If God can grow something beautiful out of rot and decay, surely God can make something beautiful by planting His word in me. Lord, cultivate in me the ability to receive your Word so that I may produce a good yield for you.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Vice President
478-733-8059 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: October 1st, 2017 | Permalink