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Stories. They're part of our culture. Stories are one of the easiest ways to communicate effectively. In the Bible they bring God's word to life. Dr. Daniel shared a story from Deuteronomy 26:4-10. It tells about the time after God had delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery and was now leading them into the promised land. There were some instructions in terms of their gifts and offerings. They were to reflect and recount how God had delivered and blessed them. The story offers an example for us today. When we give it doesn't matter who the "priest" is. Our giving is to God. We give because God gave, and gives, to us! God gives so much!! God makes an everlasting covenant with us. And the story of God's love is told over and over again! Max Lucado says, "If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it." God is passionately and radically in love with us. How are we responding to God's love? How are we sharing God's story? Who can we tell this week?
Gene Kelsey, Director of Christian Education