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May 27, 2013
Luke 21


The widow gave everything - all she had to live on. Others gave a portion of their wealth. She gave all. She could have given just one of her two coins. Had she done that, she would've given 50% of everything. 50% is quite a bit. Imagine liquidating half your assets and giving them to church or charity. That would be substantial and impressive. Had she given 50% of her money, anyone watching would say, "This woman gave generously, even sacrificially." In this case, the widow chose not to divide everything. She gave everything.

Jesus is not after a percentage of our life. He is after everything. He is ruthlessly after our entire existence. There is nothing hidden from Him. Everything is laid bare in front of Him. We must give an account of everything. He wants it all.

So how are we doing? The Bible says in Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. In other words, based on the fact that Jesus gave everything, our only reasonable response is to give Him everything.

This story about the widow is not about how much money you put in next week's offering. It's about something bigger. Have you emptied yourself in complete surrender to Jesus? Does every area of your life belong to Him 100%? Every day you're faced with the decision to offer Jesus a percentage of your life or offer Him everything. We must give Him all.

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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May 28 - Trustee's Meeting

June 2 - Carry-in Dinner following AM Worship Service

June 8 - Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 AM

June 9 - Adult's Night Out at 6 PM. A time for the adults to get away from the kids and enjoy fellowship with one another. We will be going to Mario's Italian Restaurant in Weirton.

June 23-27 - Vacation Bible School from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. See Stephanie for details.

Memorial Day

We thank and remember all military people who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. We remember their lives, and we thank their families for the ultimate sacrifice. These men and women who have lost their lives mirror what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did on the cross. As these men and women gave their lives for freedom in our country, Christ gave His life on a cross so that we might be free from sin. As we remember them and their families, let's not forget Christ's sacrifice as well. Thank You Lord for Your amazing gift.

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