Martin Luther described the Holy Bible as the "cradle of Christ"...in other words: The Manger.
Not only at the Christmas stable, but all year-round,
God's people are fed at this Holy Cradle.
We are nourished at this Holy Table.
We are watered at this Holy Font.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Five Pillars of Biblical Giving

I wrote this song for Stewardship Season at Bethlehem, October 7 - November 4, 2018, 
rolling out a new verse each week, during the Children's Talk...


It’s the five pillars of biblical giving  C   G
Giving is living  C
And living is giving  G  C

1) First are the fruits,   C
So strap on your boots  F  C
And take from the top   C   
the very best that you’ve got! — FIRST!     G   C

2) Then comes proportion              C      
It’s quite a contortion F  C
Our gifts will reflect C   
The total in the deck… G     C

So if if you got 10, C
Give 1 God, and keep the rest       G    C

How ‘bout thir-tee? C
Well that’s 3 for JC, 27 for me!     G     C

And a $1000? C
Well that’s a 100, you could… C   G 
You’re still lookin’ pretty good!   C 

You see offering is fun [slow] C
In thanks for God’s loving everyone!     G    C

3) Next is giving regularly,                                  C
Like sleeping at night or your afternoon tea        F     C
When we’re just the groove,                                     C
The Spirit really starts to mo-o-o-o-o-o-ove.        G    C

4) Now it time to flex your wit,                                          C
When you’re giving to God, it could hurt a little bit,     F       C
Sacrificial giving is always                                           C
bold and risky living.                                                  G      C

5) Well the last is the best,                         C
It soars above the rest,                           F      C
Our favorite part of this -- O Boy! —           C
is that giving’s simply a JOY!!!!  [ditty]     G     C

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