December 29 - January 4
Me, January and Diets Go Together'
Pastor Jim Bliss of Resurrection Lutheran Church (ELCA), Dublin, Calif., notes that New Year's is a great time to make decisions, including those that will deepen discipleship. "Giving is also indispensable to the Christian life. Many people believe that tithing, giving 10 percent of your income to God, is only an Old Testament thing. When Jesus speaks of tithing though, he assumes that it is being practiced."
Life Isn't a Juggling Act
New in the January issue of The Lutheran, a timely essay from Terry Hershey about stewardship of our time, energy and life. "I want to invite you to live your life infused with grace, passion, purpose and heart. Which is another way of saying that balanced living is spillage: It happens when you live with grace, passion, purpose and heart. All are available in our lives ó now. We need only to embrace what is already there."
Resolve To Revise Priorities in 2004
"Stewardship demands a constant reexamination of what we are given and what we need and what our church and those around us need. God has given us plenty. It is just a matter of how we share it."
In Dana Reardon's weekly reflection.
Good Stewardship Begins with the Pastor
"Like any top executive in a successful corporation, the pastor must be willing to put forth time and effort far beyond what he or she expects of his or her people. The pastor sets the standard and the tone. If a pastor is not willing to make some sacrifices, he or she should find another less demanding profession. Itís that simple." By Robert Zimmer. From the Lutheran Laity Movement Archives.
New Year, Fresh Opportunities
"Stewards who look with their hearts can see God's redirection in their lives. At the beginning of a new year, we like to think that the old year has closed down and the new year is open to us. For those who live the StewardLife, God reveals that every day is a 'redirect.' " StewardLife from the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod