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AUTHOR: Nikolaus Satelmajer
PRESENTER: Sean Robinson

Jesus said in Matthew 24:6 and 7 (NKJV), “See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. . . . And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” We further read in The Great Controversy (pages 589 and 590), “Satan . . . is at work. In accidents and calamities . . . in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms. . . . These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous.”

Almost daily, Adventist Community Services (ACS) volunteers compassionately respond to disasters throughout North America. They serve by collecting, sorting, and distributing items such as flood buckets, personal care kits, clothing, and food through collection centers, warehouses, distribution centers, and mobile distribution units.

No matter how large or small the damage, individuals are trained and locally deployed to provide emotional and spiritual care to the survivors. As Adventists, we are compelled to do our very best to provide assistance to each survivor. Our offerings and service are combined to transform us into Christ’s hands and feet to fulfill that purpose.

Today, your offering will be gratefully received by Adventist Community Services in North America and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) internationally to further their efforts.

Thank you for returning God’s tithe and supporting today’s offering for ACS.

AUTHOR: Nikolaus Satelmajer
PRESENTER: Silvia Sicalo

El Apóstol dice que no debemos dar “por necesidad”. Esto implica que no debemos dar por la “obligación” de hacerlo. Muchas veces ofrendamos porque no queremos pasar vergüenza, por la costumbre, etc. Pero esas no son ofrendas aceptables a Dios. Dios no usa la coerción, y sus ministros no tampoco tienen que usarla para sacarnos dinero. De la misma manera, los dadores ideales no son aquellos que lo hacen por presión.

Otra forma de “dar por necesidad,” tiene que ver no con la obligación o presión psicológica que puedo sentir para dar: mucha gente da solo cuando ve una necesidad que amerita el donativo. Se necesita pintar la iglesia, comprar un piano, construir un templo, etc. Esas son las ocasiones cuando mucha gente se motiva a dar.

Pero Dios busca “dadores”, no personas que ocasionalmente dan, dadores obligados por las circunstancias. Una guía segura es dar no de acuerdo a la necesidad, sino de acuerdo a las bendiciones recibidas. Lo invito a dar siempre, a dar lo máximo que pueda dar, y Dios usará su donativo para cubrir muchas necesidades.

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Originally prepared for May 9, 2015