Luke 12: 33-34
33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
How Christians should handle wealth and prosperity? Chapter 12 includes The Parable of the Rich Fool: the man in the parable wanted to build bigger barns to store his wealth rather than share it with others, and yet died before he could enjoy it. In the verses leading up to this, Jesus mentions how even ravens are fed even though they ‘do not sow or reap’ – Then Solomon is compared to the glory of lillies. Indeed, God is even concerned to clothe ‘the grass of the field’ – so why should people worry too much about such things?
Christians must be free of a materialistic, ‘getting’ approach to life! I have to say that modern western Christians – in the main – have become very materialistic, influenced by the societies in which they live. Is Jesus telling us that we should own absolutely nothing? No, I don’t think He is, but He is showing us that if we are Christians we should be committed to sharing what we have. We should give willingly and generously.
Today, we pray that God gives us generous hearts to help those in need.
THIS SUNDAY AT BALBOA UNION CHURCH
Worship Service at 10 a.m. – ALL ARE WELCOME!
SPEAKER: Betsy Morán “Your heart’s Missions”
Sunday School Teachers: Sherri Hansraj
|First Testament Readings and Psalm||Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15|
|Epistle Reading||Hebrews 4:12-16|
|Gospel Reading||Mark 10:17-31|
The Ecumenical Council requested our assistance.
There are 12 families (8 with children) and a Comedor Infantil (lunch room), that lost all their belongings during last week’s flooding of Puerto Caimito (Darien). We will prepare bundles of help at BALBOA UNION CHURCH on Friday afternoon, to take to them this Saturday morning. If you want to come with us to work that day you are most welcome.
If not, we need your help gathering clothes, personal hygiene products, kitchen utensils for the comedor (lunch room), backpacks for the kids school and other basic useful stuff from your family and friends and brig it to the church. All monetary donations will be used to buy food at the food bank for them.
They count on your generosity and kindness.
bless you all.
Betsy Farah Moran
Please Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters in Chile
Please pray for those who were affected by the floods in Panama, as well as those who lost their homes due to the danger of landslides recently.
Please Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters from Siria and Iraq
Lord, please remind the world that we are all brothers and sisters and there should be no violence among us, only love and attempts to understand one another.
Up-coming BUC Activities
We are currently working on sprucing up Building 773 – the basement, apartment C and other common areas. We would be happy to have any volunteers that can assist with this, and any donations towards this work would always be appreciated.
Council meeting- Saturday-October 17th 1:00 pm BUC Office. This will be a meeting of Missions, Property &Management, Christian Education, Worship & Ministry, Membership committee chairs and other council members. But all members of the congregation may sit in on the meetings and deliberations. If you have any issues you would like the council to consider, these should be present to the Council Secretary before the meeting, so that they can be included in the agenda.
Visit to Fundacion Nueva Vida in Howard-October 18th (3rd Sunday of the month) we will be vising the Fundación Nueva Vida home in Howard – please join us immediately after the service to go on this visit.
Missions AAAm Program-All BUC Membrs and Friends are invited to Participate in our next month AAAM Program on Tuesday October 20th, 2:30 pm
In BUC Missions we are Collaborating with “Good Deeds ” Program: