Pastor’s Preview for October 18, 2015

Hi Friends,

How good are you at budgeting?

Like many young couples, when Sam and I first got married we had to navigate a conversation around money. At first we struggled to manage our money – what came in and what went out. We came into the relationship with different views as to how money should be valued and used and it got tricky. For many of us how we use our money is a charged issue. It’s electric. Sometimes we get zapped. But this question of budgeting is so much bigger than simply our checkbooks and credit cards.

At Fuller we believe that God has entrusted each of us with all kinds of resources. He gives each of us time, talents, and treasures. God entrusts us with our immediate context or our environment. He gives us our sexuality and our relationships. Each and every thing in our lives is a gift from him.

Over the next several weeks we’re going to be walking through a series of messages on the principles of stewardship. Together we’ll look at how God has entrusted us with good gifts and through his grace he calls us to use those gifts to grow his kingdom. We’ll kick off this new series this Sunday by examining how God entrusts us with his creation in Genesis 1:24-31. If you can, read over the passage before we gather on Sunday and begin to think about what gifts God has entrusted to you.

A quick reminder, after worship on Sunday you’re invited to join many of us as we discuss the first three chapters of Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen. Even if you haven’t read the chapters you are welcome to join us as we talk about the importance of solitude in our walks with God. If you’d like you can pick up a copy of the book at the Ministry Center for only $5.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Nate

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