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We have a church full of the “have—nots;” people who struggle each day to survive.

Part of our charter is to connect God’s people with means to those without.  We know and understand that all people are not cutout for this type of ministry, however reading through the prophets, will give us all a very stark understanding that God identifies Himself with them – more than 3000 references to taking care of the poor, while Jesus tell us that if we have done something to the least of these, we have done it to him.

 

Most churches take a cursory look at the Book of Malachi and deduce that he is instructing Israel give 10% of their money for God’s work.  Many use these verses to pry 10% of their parishioner’s money from their wallets.  Is that what Malachi is saying?  Looking closer this is really a book of judgment on God’s people because they neglected the poor – living comfortable lives, and not going beyond their legal responsibility to plunge into God’s heart and work fulfilling their moral responsibility.  There were, in fact, three tithes – one for the professional religious workers (the Levites), who were not allowed to own property, etc., one for the Jubilee (national party), and one for the poor (the marginalized folks on the lower economic end of society).  Read through God’s old testament law, and you will see a terrible burden God has for the poor by how He mandates/orders for their provision. 

 

Reading the prophet Malachi, you can see God’s adamant about taking care of them.  He orders ALL of the “tithe” into the “storehouse” – All 30%.  In affect, Israel robbed God by not providing for those without; those whom He identifies Himself with – the poor.  (If you have not done it unto the least of these ‘my brethren,’ you have not done it unto me – Jesus)  The whole tithe is brought into the storehouse – the professional religious leaders’ and the national party, all into the storehouse, the pantry for the poor.  God even called it, “MY House.”

 

If we belong to Christ, so does our money.

 

Most people in local churches do give to their respective church – most do not tithe, and most do not give sacrificially.

 

However, most have not heard this message in a format that transcends our culture, and there are folks sitting right now in your pews that if given a fresh look at this, love Jesus enough to take up the plight of the poor, financially, and personally if they understood this message for today.  A new kind of “altar call.” 

 

I would like the chance to explain these concepts in your Churches, to your people, asking for their help in partnership with us.  We are doing a lot with a very little, but I must admit my frustration moving forward, struggling to help people with real, and desperate need.  We to, are in need as a church, as we try to develop a community of faith.  Planting Still Waters is very time consuming and difficult to do part-time.  I have left my corporate position with Exelon to do so.  We are very nervous – and thrilled.

 

If you would, please consider inviting me to talk to your congregation, and explore the possibilities of reaching those who otherwise would never experience God’s acceptance and love.

 

Peace,

Pastor Kork Moyer

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