Stewardship Stories

Planting Seeds

We cannot do everything. God's reign is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our seeing and knowing. We plant seeds, knowing that they hold hope for the future. We lay foundations that will need further development. There is a sense of liberation, however, in realizing that. We can do something, and we can do it very well. We can take that first step knowing that we may never see the end of the road, the results of actions, the recipients of our giving. We receive and offer the gift of hope. The harvest will come.

Stewardship Makes Sense When You Have the Right Focus

Would you drive a car with windows painted black to obstruct scenery? Would you drive three days straight for just one day at a classy resort, only to get up early the next morning for the three-day drive home? Would you go to the Grand Canyon and linger for just five minutes? People who travel like this miss out. It doesn't work. These travelers say, "What  was the big deal with the Grand Canyon anyway?" or "Why don't I feel rested?"

Faithful Stewards are Agents of Hope

Stewardship and the practice of generosity can bring great joy! In fact generosity is life-giving to both the giver and the recipient. However, it also is true that in our world and close at hand in our own neighborhoods, there are people in desperate need. So to simply proclaim God’s abundance and to say that God will provide seems intellectually dishonest. If God’s promise of provision were true, why do so many lack the essential things of life?

Love and Faithfulness

The most valuable thing that we as human beings possess is trust or faithfulness between persons. This is also our most fragile possession. The NIV rendering of 1 Corinthians 4:2 is “Those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” We might define faithfulness as “love that lasts,” that can survive tests and difficulties.

Fearless Giving

Many people today are afraid to give because they fear that they will outlive their resources. A few years ago, an eighty-year-old woman with assets in the multimillion-dollar range was asked to make a six-figure gift to a ministry. She declined, stating that she did not want to make such a large commitment at her age because she did not know if she would outlive her financial assets.

New Engine, New Tires & Luke – Faith in the face of debt

Student loans? Broken down cars? How am I ever going to pay this off? Those are some pretty normal reactions to debt. What strikes me though as I think about these questions, is a reminder of the way God is present even in the face of our stress, uncertainty, doubt, and fear, all of which can surface when thinking about money and debt.

Giving Thanks for the Absent Guest

Leah and her son Nick followed their Thursday routine of setting the table for their evening meal. Late work days, school activities, open skate nights, church choir rehearsal, and babysitting for friends meant mealtimes were seldom relaxed. By design, Thursdays were different. They reserved that one day each week for a quiet meal and conversation.

Time to Be Faithful

In a sermon at the 2012 Symposium on Preaching and Stewardship sponsored by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. James Forbes challenged the church with some tough questions. "Can we afford to do right anymore? Do the just thing? Care for those whose mortgages are playing havoc with their sense of well-being? Take care of the hospital programs for children?

Fearless Sowing

Investing our resources for the sake of the kingdom is risky. It takes courage. As we sow the seeds of our time, talent, and treasure, some will fall on deaf ears. Others will fall on ears which are somewhat receptive. And our resources will be sown in places where some will accept them and use them and benefit from them until the worldly attitudes of society creep up around them. We will be disappointed, frustrated, even ridiculed at times.