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10.25.15 | by Ray Jones

    It has been said that what is important to you is defined by 4 things:

    1. Where your time is spent.
    2. What you abilities are most used for.
    3. What you are passionate about.
    4. Where your money goes.

    But let’s be honest… nothing tells more about our priorities like our checkbooks. That is why it is so frequently talked about in scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. It was a frequent discussion point of Jesus with His followers because as He said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34) With that in mind, here are some quotes that give us some excellent perspective:

    “I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time or eternity.”—David Livingstone 

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill

    “Generous people are rarely mentally ill.”—Carl Meninger

    “Don’t tell me you’re trusting God until you trust Him with your pocketbook.”—J. Vernon McGee

    November 8 will be our annual Ministry Budget and Mission catch-up offering Sunday. This year’s theme is, The Sacrifice of Joy. Will you join me in demonstrating what’s really important in this life and the life to come by bringing a sacrificial offering above and beyond your regular tithes and offerings.

    We definitely need to catch things up so that we can continue strongly in the work of God through Ridgecrest. You have always answered the call to step up to the need and step out in faith and obedience to give and to give generously. As always we will take 20% of your gifts and give them to world missions. Over the past 5 years you have given $100,000 plus just for that mission gift as well as significant gifts that have helped catch up our ministry budget. Thank you for being faithful. Thank you for hearing me when I’ve asked you to do something great for God. This is another one of those times; we have the more than enough resources if you and the entire family of God at Ridgecrest will make a sacrifice of Joy!

    We are only two weeks away… will you ask God to speak to you? Will you pray that the entire family will be obedient to the call to give generously? I genuinely believe that God has blessed our church over the years because we have been willing to do what needs to be done and sacrificed when the hour called for it—let this year be no different and let God’s blessing continue on our work and in your lives. 

    I look forward to rejoicing with you on November 8, at the abundant sacrifices made with joy for the Kingdom of God and the ministries of Ridgecrest. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your pastor!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray