sermonette: An Offering, Sanctification and Atonement
God Expects Offerings as Part of His Way
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 09-Oct-08; Sermon #905s; 14 minutes
In this offertory message, John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that many of us are slaves of economic fears, reminds us that according to the reciprocity principle, we will reap what we sow; if we sow in fear, we will reap fear, but if we sow in faith, trust, and love, we will reap spiritual and physical abundance. Expectations determine cause and effect results. Stinginess begets penury, but liberality begets abundance. In a true story, a Japanese farmer saved his village from a tidal wave by burning his crop while the villagers saved their lives by trying to save the farmer's crop. Sacrificial giving yields bountiful blessings.
Fearfulness Fear of death Fear of loss Financial security Giving of ourselves Howard Hughes Japanese farmer example Reciprocity principle Sacrifice Sacrificial giving Satan's destructive schemes Self protection