Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open thefloodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
I am not a fan of calling off church for any reason. I don’t like when we have inclement weather and have to make a decision about weather or not to have services. Many times we have to do what we don’t like to do for the safety of every one, and yesterdays was one of those days. The church is a beautiful thing and I am thankful that God designed the church. The church is a body of believers that gather regularly to worship with each other, encourage one another, learn from the teaching of scripture and pray for each other. The church is the Bride of Christ according to Ephesians 5:25-27
25 gHusbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and hgave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by ithe washing of water jwith the word, 27 so kthat he might present the church to himself in splendor, lwithout spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.1
When the church is not able to meet, it affects me as a member of the body. I enjoy seeing everyone each week and being a part of this local body at Bridge of Faith.
There is another part of the body that is affected that people often don’t think about when we have to cancel church. The tithe. Perhaps the practice of tithing is not practical to you. I like this article about tithing. I am responsible as shepherd to make sure all bills are paid, the staff is taken care of, the building is warm, there is gas in the buses, food on Wednesday nights, and everything else that requires financial support from the church body. When we miss one Sunday of giving, it affects the whole budget. Don’t know why it works this way, but the next Sunday after the cancelled Sunday is not typically doubled in support. The following Sunday is reflective of a normal giving rather than doubled. I recognize that God is our provider, but I also recognize he uses the Body of Christ and the tithe to provide. This is some food for thought. So, next time church is cancelled because of snow and you have a love for the church, then maby we will all consider giving a little extra the following Sunday.