You may have prepared a purpose or mission statement for yourself, your family, your workplace, or your ministry. It’s an expression of why we are here. For Orchard Alliance, our mission is to equip God’s stewards for greater Kingdom impact. This is a succinct way of describing what we believe to be our God-given, unique role.
During the early stages of a church building project, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the expense. Even when your plans are finalized and construction is about to begin, you may find yourself looking for more ways to cut costs—as many churches do. You have probably “value engineered” your building to save as much money as possible, yet you may still need to think creatively about other ways to lower your construction costs.
My father used to say, “You never retire from the work of the Lord.” He taught me—and many others—that ceasing work for the last 20 or 30 years of one’s life (or more!) is not a biblical idea. Throughout Scripture we read about Sabbath rest, but not once do we read about retirement. The concept is a fairly recent invention, popularized in industrialized nations in the last 150 years or so.
Have you ever wished you could do more to inspire your adult children to be generous and engage them in the Lord’s work? Scripture is clear that God wants us to be generous and do good works (1 Tim. 6:17–19, 2 Cor. 9:6–15)…