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Dear Fellow Disciples,
 
Thank you to everyone who filled out the Bible survey form last week. Your responses were very enlightening. You still have time this week if you missed it: Bible Reading Habits Survey.
 
In my devotions, I am making my way through the book of Nehemiah. Since it’s harvest season, this verse captured my attention:

We obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our soil and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord. –Nehemiah 10:35
 
The Israelites are rebuilding a city and a Temple that was in ruins. As they do so, they rediscover the gift of God’s word. And they recommit themselves to living lives of faithfulness. As part of that recommitment, they do two things: they promise to be attentive to the word of God and they promise to return their first fruits to God.
 
Generosity is a spiritual practice because it says something about our priorities. The most generous people I know practice first fruits giving. They give first, save next, and then spend what is left over.
 
This is not how most people handle money. Most people spend first, then save, and give what is left over.

As followers of Jesus, we are not “most people”; we are servants of the living God. And God has invited us to first fruits generosity.
 
Persevering in Prayer,
 
Pastor Matt
 
P.S. Would you mind emailing me a sentence or two about the most generous person you know? There’s a link in the blue button below.
 
Some Other Things
 
Here is a link to Vicar Tim’s sermon from Sunday.
 
This coming Sunday is Reformation Sunday. You’re invited to wear red to worship. Our catechism class is watching the Martin Luther movie at 10:20 am. Anyone interested is welcome to join us.

Email me: Who is the most generous person you know?
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