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1 1 The young couples' Sunday school class was studying the story of Abraham and Sarah, who in their 90s were blessed with a child, Isaac. "What lesson," the teacher asked, "do we learn from this story?" A young mother blurted out, "They waited until they could afford it."

2 2 -Gary Langness It takes persistence, prodding and patience to grow a congregation composed of strong stewards.

3 3 “If we give any less, we'll just spend the next year mired in the idea that we don't have enough. “Instead, we intend to spend the next year marveling at just how much we have.” --Nate Loer

4 4 A little boy pulls on the preacher's hand to get his attention. Then says, "I'm going to give you money when I grow up." The preacher says, "Thank you very much but why do you want to give me money when you grow up?" The little boy replies, "My dad says that you are the ‘poorest’ preacher we have ever had."

5 5 -Edward F. Markquart You cannot be a generous giver if you have not given yourself to God first.

6 6 The reason God gave Adam and Eve no clothes to wear was because God knew that once they had clothes, they would want pockets. Once they had pockets, they would want money.

7 7 "People who have little often have the greatest capacity to teach us about giving." --Gary Langness

8 8 A Texas millionaire stipulated in his will that he be buried in his favorite possession: his $350,000 Rolls Royce. When the time came, two laborers were shoveling the last bit of dirt onto the now buried luxury car. One finally turned to the other and said, “Boy! That's living!"

9 9 Arnold Flaten, art department at St. Olaf College, made a carving of a needle and a camel. The needle was stationary and fastened to the frame of the carving. The camel was moveable. It had a full pack of goods on its back. However the pack of goods on its back was removable. With the goods on its back, the camel could not pass through the eye of the needle. However, when the pack was removed, it could.

10 10 Pastor Schmitt answers the phone: “Hello, is this Rev. Schmitt?“ "It is." "This is the IRS. Can you help us?“ "I can." "Do you know a David Anderson?“ "I do." "Is he a member of your congregation?“ "He is." "Did he donate $10,000 to the church?“ "He will."

11 11 "Anyone--regardless of their net worth-- who believes that they must be rich, that more is always better, is a self-condemned prisoner of the ‘golden ghetto.’" -- Jessie H. O'Neill

12 12 "A funny thing about money and possessions, and possessions, no matter how much we have, it is never quite enough." --Gary Langness

13 13 "Is exciting a word that describes the time of offering in worship and most Sunday School classes?"

14 14 PROPORTIONAL GIVING begins with the question, “How has God blessed me?" rather than “What does the church need?" Then the decision is made to return a proportion or percentage to God in obedience and gratitude.

15 15 Excellence is about giving; Ambition is about taking.

16 16 A little girl became restless as the preacher's sermon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, "Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?"

17 17 "Money was meant to be our servant. But when we depend on servants too much they gradually become our masters, because we have surrendered to them our ability to run our own lives." Philip Slater, Wealth Addictions Philip Slater, Wealth Addictions

18 18 The Sunday School teacher was just finishing a lesson on honesty. "Do you know where little boys go if they don't put their money in the collection plate?", the teacher asked. "Yes ma'am," a boy blurted out. "They go to the movies."

19 19 “The Sabbath, the one day in seven dedicated to rest by divine command, has become the holiday Americans are most likely never to take.” -Judith Schulevitz

20 20 Japanese proverb Japanese proverb He is poor who does not feel content.

21 21 Stewardship begins with an awareness of God. Without that awareness, we act as though we are God and everything is here for our use and satisfaction alone. Gary F. Anderson

22 22 Oh, and it's hard to imagine the freedom we find from the things we leave behind. --From the lyrics of Things We Leave Behind By Michael Card

23 23 Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas Privilege is an enemy of stewardship. Stewardship is the willingness to give up your privilege so that others might be saved.

24 24 -- Yoggi Berra A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

25 25 Stewardship rightly understood is equivalent to a program for putting Christ into all aspects of daily life. a program for putting Christ into all aspects of daily life. -- Bishop Hanns Lilje

26 26 In Scotland, where the collection plate is rarely full, a pastor in a small church was taking the offering. When the plate came back to the pastor to pray over the offering, he saw that the few pennies in it were even less than usual. He held the plate up in front of him and said, "Well Lord, we thank you for the safe return of the plate."

27 27 ARE YOU RICH? Most respond by saying. “I am not rich. I am just average.” I am just average.” Before you answer View the following Stats calculated from GLOBAL RICHGLOBAL RICH

28 28 If you make $25,000/ year you are in the top 10% richest people in the world. in the world. There are 5,398,344,113 people poorer than you. people poorer than you. Stats calculated from GLOBAL RICHGLOBAL RICH

29 29 If you make $36,000, you rank in the top 4.33% richest people in the world. There are 5,740,000,000 people poorer than you. Stats calculated from GLOBAL RICHGLOBAL RICH

30 30 If you make $50,000/ year you are in the top 0.899% richest people in the world. There are 5,946,042,435 people poorer than you. Stats calculated from GLOBAL RICHGLOBAL RICH

31 31 If you make $100,000/year you are in the top 0.6% richest people in the world. in the top 0.6% richest people in the world. There are 5,963,992,435 people poorer than you.

32 32 If you make $200,000/year you are in the top 0.001% richest people in the world. There are 5,999,892,435 people poorer than you. than you. Stats calculated from GLOBAL RICHGLOBAL RICH

33 33 Oh, and in case you’re interested you are one of the 107,565 richest persons in the world if you make more than 200 grand a year. Stats calculated from GLOBAL RICHGLOBAL RICH


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