Richard Blackaby tells of a pastor who asked his congregation, “What has God placed in your life that you would be willing to place on the altar” in service to God? After struggling with it for some time, an elderly widow offered her cat. The church leaders were perplexed about what to do with a cat. But they called a meeting for anyone else who had a pet they would like to use in service to God. Forty people attended! The church started a new pet ministry that took animals to orphanages, children’s hospitals, and hospice. The church soon became known for its pet ministry, which the pastor said became the greatest outreach ministry of their church. All because one widow offered her cat in service to God.
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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God loves a cheerful giver.
—2 Corinthians 9:7 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, thank you for the power you have given us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to live as faithful disciples of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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