Each fall we ask our St. James Family to make their pledges to God and to the ministry of the church for the coming year. Filling out your card is an act of Christian discipleship and an expression of your faith. It is also an investment in the lives of every person who will be affected by our church in the coming year.
1. Review the 2018 Guide to Giving.
2. Spend time in prayer and reflection, considering what your 2018 offerings should be.
The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our recourses. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He demanded that his followers serve not wealth but God, and in the parable of the talents he taught that God will hold us each accountable for what we do with all our earthly possessions.
"Earn all you can
and save all you can,
so that you can
give all you can."
Introduction to Committed to Christ
Intro: Committed to Christ
Johnnie Lynch - September 29, 2019
"My name is Johnnie Lynch. I've been a member of St. James since 2015.
As a sailor in the U.S. Navy, I spent most of my adult life on the ocean. When I was trying to figure out where I fit in the world, the Navy became a safe-haven. My other and father divorced when I was in the 7th grade due to my father's four tours in Vietnam and the struggles he had when he returned. After I joined the Navy and was out to sea, I had a port visit and called home: That is when my father said your mom and I are re-marrying. I was ecstatic. Even though I knew in my heart he was sick, he told, 'I'm not going anywhere until I get my wife back.' During this call I said I'll be home soon, just promise me you'll be there when I get back.
One day, while out to sea, I received a phone call that made my heart sink deeper than any Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. My brother called to tell me my father was dying. My father said he was sorry he could not keep his promise to me, to wait for me to make it back to shore to see him. That he was tired. That day, my father died in my brother's arms. He was 46 years old.
After the passing of my father, for years, I found myself looking everywhere to everything to fill the void in my heart. I thought about the things left unsaid between us. I found myself struggling in some of the same ways he struggled--namely alcoholism. I found myself going in the same path. One day, however, my oldest child looked at me tearfully and said, 'I'm scared you are going to fall so deep; we are not going to be able to grab you out.' I knew, there could never be anything left unsaid again--that God was calling me back to the shore to create a world where my beautiful wife, who I've been married to for 38 years, and my three children fit. And I, along with Christ could be their safe-haven.
God grasped my heart and saved me. Today, I am ten years sober. I invite you to allow the Lord to grasp your heart out of the ocean. Let him place you on solid ground. There is no ocean to deep for Him to be your anchor in troubled waters."