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A church in mission. The Heroic Minute. That reward is God Himself, the epitome and creator of joy, pleasure, and happiness. Are we so nearsighted that we fail to see the infinitely greater reward in store, one that no thief can steal, and no moth can destroy? God, help our unbelief! I exhort you to use the wealth you have been given to advance the Kingdom of God.
Steward your resources in a Christ-honoring way, and experience the freedom found in generosity and unselfishness.
Where is Your Treasure?
It is my prayer that we will break free from bondage to money, and have our eyes opened to the great and immeasurable reward in store for all who prize Jesus over all. May we be like the man in the parable who sold all his possessions because he found the ultimate prize. Rick and Cassie Laymon have committed their lives to helping clients leverage their assets and resources for the glory of God and the advancement of the gospel. I am grateful for their ministry and grateful to have spent my summer interning at Beacon Wealth Consultants!
Where is Your Treasure? Worshipping Money All the major characters of the New Testament spoke at length about the dangers of worshipping money. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. However, they had received the ordinances and blessings of the temple, and although their purses were empty, they themselves were filled with the spirit of the temple and with gratitude for the blessings they had received. Temples bring joy to our faithful members wherever they are built.
Reports of the sacrifices made in order to receive the blessings found only in temples of God never fail to touch my heart and bring to me a renewed sense of thankfulness for temples. The entire family except for one daughter joined the Church in the early s, when missionaries came to their island, located about miles km south of Tahiti. Soon they began to desire the blessings of an eternal family sealing in the temple.
At that time the nearest temple to the Mou Tham family was the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, more than 2, miles 4, km to the southwest, accessible only by expensive airplane travel. The large Mou Tham family, which eked out a meager living on a small plantation, had no money for airplane fare, nor was there any opportunity for employment on their Pacific island. The three Mou Tham men labored for four years. Brother Mou Tham alone returned home only once during that time, for the marriage of a daughter.
All who were members went except for one daughter, who was expecting a baby. It watches its sons and daughters establish strong Christian homes and raise their newborn in the Christian faith.
What made that congregation a beacon light in the community? It was not its size and wealth. Other congregations exist in the same community with larger memberships and are well endowed, yet face many empty pews each Sunday morning. I believe St. Paul has answers to this question that are worth considering. Remember now, we are talking about a congregation that will be a blessing in the community for many generations, not just an organization that grows rapidly and then fades away.
Sometimes we hear people say the preacher is responsible for the growth. If we are realistic, one would have to agree some pastors are more attractive than others in reaching the crowd. However, no human being can change the hearts of people and bring them into the kingdom of God. Listen to St. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
Let Jesus be the beacon of our life – O Clarim
The seed is the Gospel. In planting the seed Paul told the Corinthians they were sinners, but Christ had come into this world to die for their sins. If they would receive Him as their Savior and Lord, God would forgive them and restore them into fellowship with himself for all eternity. When it was time for Paul to leave, the congregation was not left alone. He continued with the same message and deepened them in this faith.
The Holy Spirit worked, and lives were changed. The congregation grew in numbers, and it became a beacon light in Corinth.