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Stewardship is often likened to a three-legged stool, with the three legs being time, talents, and treasures. However, I would add three more legs: body, mind, and spirit. Gifts of treasures are arguably the easiest to give---simply write a check or drop a bill into the collection plate. It is often much harder to give of ourselves---time, talent, body, mind, and spirit. However, unless we give freely of all six elements, can we really claim to understand Christian stewardship?
A personal story by an individual who became a tither.
Text: John 12:1-8
When facing anxiety of money, what perspective does a disciple have?
What practices might help a person maintain that perspective?
Ask people what God is doing in their lives and you're likely to get many stories about what God has done for, with and through them. Augsburg Fortress has introduced a new stewardship series called "Stories To Tell & Gifts To Share," which is designed to guide people to "a deeper understanding of God's story as they tell their own faith stories, and respond to God's blessings by sharing God's gifts with the world," according to Augsburg.
Read Jerry Hoffman's review of the series below.
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