LCMS Stewardship Newsletter Article May 2016

Published on May 16, 2016 by

Do we Christians really have to tithe? Are we really under a compulsion to give? Aren't we free? Don't we have a freedom from the law that was purchased for us by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection?

The problem is that our sinful flesh uses our freedom for selfishness. Christ did not die and rise so that we could give less and do less good work in the world. He died and rose to free us from the compulsion of the Law, to free us from a burden we could not bear.

We are missing the point completely if we use the freedom from the Law that Christ won by His passion, crucifixion, and resurrection to give less, or to do less of any good work. Christ set us free to live in His image of faithfulness, generosity, and kindness. We are free from the Law's condemnation so that we can walk in the good works the Lord has prepared for us.

Our freedom is not given to indulge our sinful and selfish flesh. Our freedom was purchased and won by Christ so that we could serve our neighbors — our family, our society, our church.

As a result, much of your freedom is not a freedom from, but a freedom to and for. You are not free from serving your neighbor. You are free for service toward your neighbor—willingly and without compulsion. You are not free from giving to your church; you are freed to give to your local congregation in joy, willingly, and without compulsion.

The reason you are free to serve, the reason you are free to give is because of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sin He won for you on the cross, which He delivers to you in the Gospel and the sacraments. That is our motivation. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). And since God loves us in this way, by giving us His only-begotten Son so that we do not perish, we also love one another in this way, by giving what we have so that our neighbor does not perish.

If the God who has provided the sacrifice for your eternal salvation, the God who delivers that salvation to you in Holy Baptism, the God who continues to forgive you and show you His faithfulness, if that same God is the one who also promises to give you daily bread and take care of your earthly life, you can trust in Him, even in giving. After all, Jesus Christ is proof that God loves you and will take care of you.

CHORALIERS

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The Choraliers ended their 2015-2016 Season with an Award Party on Wednesday, April 27th.  This was a great group of singers this year and six of the twelve had perfect ...

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Lutheran Hour Schedule

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Note to congregation regarding new local broadcasting arrangements on KBIM. Immanuel Lutheran Church is co-sponsoring the Lutheran Hour Program with Lutheran Hour Ministries on local radio station, KBIM FM 94.9 ...

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Volunteers Needed

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Community Kitchen: May 16 and 30 at 10 a.m On the 5th Sunday of the month  will be having a food drive for Community Kitchen. The next food drive will ...

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FROM THE PASTOR

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Our Father, who from heav’n above Bids all of us to live in love As members of one family And pray to You in unity, Teach us no thoughtless words ...

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Holy Week Service Schedule

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March 20—Palm Sunday– Divine Service- 9 a.m. March 21- Holy Monday Matins- 8:05 a.m. March 22- Holy Tuesday Matins- 8:05 a.m. March 23- Holy Wednesday Matins- 8:05 a.m. March 24 ...

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The Lutheran Hour- March 2016 schedule

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March 6 "Reconciled Reconcilers" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz Through forgiveness, God gives us another way to deal with people who have hurt us. (2 Corinthians 5:17-20) March ...

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Lutheran High North Concert Band

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The Lutheran High North Concert Band from Houston, TX will perform at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1405 N. Sycamore, Roswell, NM 88201 on Marsh 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.  

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Segen Hansen made the ENMU– R fall 2015 dean’s list. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.25 or higher grade point average while carrying at ...

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March 2016 LCMS Stewardship Newsletter Article

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Lent is a season of repentance. Repentance is turning away from sin, while we turn toward God for the forgiveness of sins. During Lent, we hear the Word of God ...

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From Pastor Paul

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29th February, AD 2016 A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of sinners bearing, And laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing; Goes patient on, grows ...

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