Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hebrews 7:1-3: For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother tor genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
This coming Sunday is the day on which we at Faith Lutheran Church and School offer our financial pledge to God through Faith Lutheran Church and School. We are offering our financial pledge to GOD.
Why do you think that Abraham gave one tenth of the "spoils of war" to Melchizedek? Here is a man who appeared from nowhere, blessed Abraham, and Abraham responded. Would you do that? Would you give to someone who gave to you a blessing one tenth of your income? In a word, "YES!" when the "man" is God.
Abraham was blessed by God. Abraham responded by giving one tenth of the income. You and I are blessed by God. We are blessed by Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and ascension. We are blessed by the blood that was shed and the body that was broken. We are blessed by means of the Holy Spirit to believe in all of what God did for us. Through our faith and trust in God we give back to Him one tenth of our income. We give to GOD through Faith Lutheran Church and School. We give to the "King of Righteousness," for that is what the name Melchizedek means. Dear God, thank You for Jesus. Lead us to give to You. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.