Dear Celebrating Ones:
When I woke up this morning, I heard the Spirit of God say, “FAITH THAT GOES BEYOND!” We cannot operate in yesterday’s level of faith to gain vision for where the Lord is calling us – particularly as we cross into Av, a month that can be our “high point” or “low point.” This Sunday will be a special opportunity to express our first and best to the Lord and receive the revelation that will help us journey off the “plateau.” Begin to develop your expectation for worshiping this Sunday at 9 AM CDT as we celebrate Firstfruits and hear Robert Heidler’s message on “Faith That Goes Beyond: Moving Forward in the Month of Av!”
I am already preparing my Firstfruits offering for this Sunday. You may wonder why Firstfruits giving is so important to me and what it accomplishes. Here are four reasons:
- Firstfruits giving honors God as your source … a declaration that your blessings come from God!
- Firstfruits giving sanctifies (makes holy) the rest of your income! (Rom. 11:16)
- Firstfruits giving releases the fullness of God’s blessing. (Ez. 44:30)
- Firstfruits giving opens us to receive God’s overflowing provision. (Prov. 3:9-10)
Since I was 18, my whole life has been built around the principle of Firstfruits. I fully believe that understanding and celebrating Firstfruits is the key to prospering in God’s time and order. I hope you will join me this Sunday at 9 AM for our Av Rosh Chodesh Celebration! Following the service, we will have tours of the Israel Prayer Garden, Shabbat wine and olive oil from Israel at The Vine, and fresh produce and more at the Beulah Acres Farmers Market in The Branch.
Chuck D. Pierce