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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

24 January 2007

For the Snow-bound Believers ...

and Others Who’ve Missed Church

Offering PlateWe often hear and frequently act according to the principle, “out of sight, out of mind.” Too often, this means that if we don’t see the offering plate at church, we don’t remember that we have pastors and other staff to support, bills to pay, and congregational obligations to our church bodies, schools, missionaries, and the like. Moreover, we don’t always remember that our giving is in response to our Lord’s infinitely greater gifts to us of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

If you’ve missed some services due to winter weather or for any other reasons, consider what you would have given if you’d been able to attend. Then, as the Lord moves you, consider playing a little game of “catch-up” so your congregation’s treasurer doesn’t go nuts trying to juggle the bills for the next few months — and because it shows our Savior’s light shining forth from us.

For more on the right reasons for giving, please see the previous posts addressing the questions Giving Too Much to God? and How Should I Tithe?

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version™, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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