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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
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BILL VAN RYN
|MAY 22, 2016
TIM VAN RYN
|MAY 29 2016
“Not that I speak in respect of want…” (Phil. 4:11)
It is noteworthy that Paul never made his own financial needs known. His was a life of faith. He believed
that God had called him into His service, and was utterly convinced that God pays for what He orders.
Should Christians today publicize their needs or beg for money? Here are a few considerations: There is
no Scriptural justification for this practice. The apostles made known the needs of others, but never
asked for money for themselves.
It seems more consistent with the life of faith to look to God alone. He will provide the needed funds for
anything he wants us to do. When we see Him providing in just the right amount at just the right time,
our faith is greatly strengthened. And He is greatly glorified when the provision is undeniably
miraculous. On the other hand, He does not get the credit when we manipulate our own finances
through clever fund-raising techniques.
By using appeals and solicitation, we can carry on works “for God” that might not be His will at all. Or
we can perpetuate a work long after the Spirit has departed from it. But when we are dependent on His
supernatural provision, we can continue only as long as He supplies.
High-pressure solicitation introduces a new way of measuring success in Christian work. The one who
is most clever in public relations is the one who gets the most money. It may be that worthy works suffer
because the fund campaigns siphon off the money. This often gives rise to jealousy and disunity.
C. H. Mackintosh took a dim view of publicizing one’s own personal needs. “To make known my wants,
directly or indirectly, to a human being is departure from the life of faith, and a positive dishonor to God.
It is actually betraying Him. It is tantamount to saying that God has failed me, and I must look to my
fellow for help. It is forsaking the living fountain and turning to a broken cistern. It is placing the
creature between my soul and God, thus robbing my soul of rich blessing, and God of the glory due to
In similar vein, Corrie Ten Boom wrote in Tramp for the Lord, “I would much rather be a trusting child of
a rich Father, than a beggar at the door of worldly men.”
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1927-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on May 29,
2016 for the Family Bible Hour service at 11:00 a.m.
Richard and his wife Nancy have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel from childhood. They have two
adult children and two grandchildren. Richard is a
graduate of Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher. He is also a teacher in our adult Bible
classe currently studying in the book of Genesis. He
and his twin brother David take part in our singing
groups. Richard is also an avid golfer.