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Excelling In Generosity

Excelling In Generosity An Encouragement From Immanuel’s Stewardship Board I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:8-9). Without commands or even arm-twisting, St. Paul encourages, even challenges, the Church in Corinth…
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Words To Humble And Strengthen You

From the Desk of Pastor Mech These words will humble and strengthen you as we approach Lent. Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations… A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. -Isaiah 42 And now the Lord says‚ … “It is too small a thing for you to be…

Give God Your All

A New Year and New Opportunities Stewardship Planning It’s a new year. It’s a time when we take stock of the year past in order to improve the year to come. It’s a time when we sit down to plan and implement what we want to accomplish and even change. Part of that is planning our stewardship for the coming year. Often we find this difficult and daunting and even joyless. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it…

Keep Christ in Christmas

From the Desk of Pastor Mech The signs started popping up in 1977, exactly forty years ago, on billboards, church lawns and other places: Keep Christ in Christmas. It was a reaction to the increasing secularization and commercializing of a Christian holiday which seemed to have forgotten Christ, a birthday celebration where they forgot the birthday boy. This message was shored up by equally clever and ubiquitous signs stating Jesus is the reason for the season. I don’t know how…