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AUTHOR: Nikolaus Satelmajer

The family was made up of a father, mother, and five children. The oldest child was about twelve years old. The children were busy putting their coins into the tithe and offering envelopes. Some of the older children were helping the younger ones. When the deacon came to their pew the children were still writing or sealing their envelopes. The deacon stopped by the pew, and patiently waited until the last child had sealed the envelope and then, with a joyful expression on his face, received the envelopes. All together those envelopes contained very little money, but it was given joyfully and received graciously.


Today, our offering is for our church. It’s for the programs and activities of our congregation. How much you give is between you and the Lord. Whatever we give, let us give joyfully. No one should force us to give for we give out of gratitude to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Thank you for the tithe you return and the offering you give.



AUTHOR: Daniel Duffis

El valor del dinero


Salomón, el Rey Sabio, escribió: “El que ama el dinero no se saciará de dinero; y el que ama la riqueza no sacará fruto. También esto es vanidad” (Ecl. 5:10).


El valor verdadero del dinero se puede ver solamente en el contexto del reino de Dios. El dinero es solamente una herramienta o símbolo. Treinta piezas de plata compraron la traición de Judas (Mat. 26:15; 27:3-9). Treinta piezas de plata fueron arrojadas de vuelta a los pies de los que rechazaron al Salvador. Las dos blancas de una viuda, sin embargo, continúan estimulando un sinnúmero de regalos de gracia y amor. Nuestra actitud hacia el dinero es clave.


Si creemos que somos dueños del dinero que tenemos, entonces el dinero comienza a adueñarse de nosotros. Por eso dijo Jesús en Mateo 6:24: “No puedes servir a Dios y a la riquezas”. Nuestro manejo del dinero refleja nuestro andar con Dios. Nuestra chequera, tarjeta de crédito y estados de cuenta bancaria proclaman el lugar que Dios ocupa en nuestras vidas. El verdadero valor del dinero se mide solamente en el contexto de cuánto ayuda para la expansión del reino de Dios.