This week has been amazing following the obvious display of God’s power at Grace last Sunday morning. Let me bring you up to date.
Last Sunday’s attendance was 125, which is in line with the number of people God has been sending to us every Sunday. In all, our people contributed through tithes and offerings Palm Sunday morning a total of $8,633.00. That total exceeds our average weekly offering by $5,873.42. It also exceeds what our weekly budget needs are by $5,234.92. That means our people gave over and above their regular tithes and offerings to the extent that we are now only $944.34 short of balancing our giving to our current budget needs. Our budget through last Sunday calls for $50,971.12 and our people have given $50,026.78 for the on-going ministry and operations needs of our church.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Here’s another miracle: I asked everyone to consider an over-and-above offering last Sunday of 30% over what they normally give. The appeal was intended to not only provide funds to cover the 30% shortfall, but serve as a continuing challenge beyond last Sunday to build a reserve sufficient to cover 1 month’s lease, mortgage and tax obligations should we be faced with another shortfall in the future. This one month reserve would need to be somewhere in the area of $10,000. On Sunday last week our church exceeded the 30% challenge I gave by giving 300% over what is normally received each week. Our church family in this one Sunday gave over 10 times what I had prayed about.
Again, TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!
Let me tell you another miracle that happened this week. Last Sunday in addition to our tithes and offerings, $851.00 was contributed toward the One Mile for God’s Glory Campaign. This brought the total amount received to-date to $19,986.40, which is $13.60 short of reaching the $20,000 mark. On Monday this week, a check was received as a donation toward the Campaign in the amount of $16.00. We now have exceeded $20,000 and hold in our designated account $20,002.40. Remember, these funds qualify for matching gifts which will give us a total of $40,002.40 toward the renovations and construction of our new ministry and worship facilities. We now are just $5,000 away from realizing our first matching donation. Continue to pray that, by His grace and power, God will help us break the first $25,000 mark which will then double to $50,000 cash on hand. When this happens, we will have funds with which to begin our work.
DOESN’T GOD DESERVE THE GLORY!
Remember, what David Franklin challenged us to do during the “UNLEASH” Spiritual Renewal Week last month. He said, “NO PUNY PRAYERS”. Everything that God did last Sunday in leading us to give such a glorious and God honoring offering happened in my judgement because the Deacons and Stewardship leaders of Grace got on the knees and asked God to meet the needs of our church. I believe with all my heart that God clearly and without doubt answered our prayers. Guess what, NO PUNY PRAYERS works! More miracles happened than I was able to share in this article. Individuals within our church family have been overwhelming blessed this week by what they gave. I have heard stories and seen with my own eyes what sacrifice and faithfulness has accomplished. Let’s not forget what the Bible says as we give thanks to God for what God did on Palm Sunday in our church, “…prove Me now, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).