“Please Stop Giving!” Did you ever wonder what it would be like to preach a sermon in which you told people to stop giving because their generosity was overwhelming the accounting office? Did you ever fantasize about having so many resources for ministry that you couldn’t spend them all?
“Please stop giving!” is the theme of Moses’ message in Exodus 36:1-7. The people of Israel were bringing their gifts to help in the construction of the Tabernacle. The gifts kept coming every day until Moses cried a halt. They had plenty of resources to do the work, and more besides.
1“Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.” 2 And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. 3 And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, 4 so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, 5 and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” 6 So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, 7 for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.
“Please Stop Giving!” is the message I get to shout about my trip to Russia in March 2017. Because of your prayer support and your generous financial gifts, the trip is now fully funded. God has once again provided all that is needed and more besides. Thank you Lord!
While the financial needs are met, your prayer support is still needed as much as ever. Please pray for the visa application process which begins in early December. (The window opens 90 days prior to the trip.)
Thank you for your prayers, gifts, and encouragement. Praise God for answered prayer!