In times of remarkable financial need, God has always chosen to work powerfully through His people.
It goes back as far as Moses when the Lord gave His "blueprints" for the Tabernacle. How could something so exquisite be built in the wilderness? God had a plan:
"Tell the people of Israel to bring me their sacred offerings. Accept contributions from all whose hearts are moved to offer them." (Exodus 25:2)
The people gave . . . and gave. Talk about a heart response! It was astounding.
That was then . . . this is now.
In December, donations to Insight for Living Ministries began dropping far lower than anyone anticipated. In February, we curtailed unnecessary spending. Even so, this severe downturn has forced us to eliminate several key staff positions. Now, we're looking at cutting avenues of ministry that will impact you and others. That's always our last resort!
Here's what I need you to do. First, seek the Lord in prayer, asking Him to move in your heart. Second, follow His leading.
Give from your heart.
Remember what Paul told the Christians at Corinth about the Macedonians? Like the Israelites, the Macedonians were "tested by many troubles," but they were "filled with an abundant joy"—joy that "overflowed in rich generosity" (2 Corinthians 8:2). Paul challenged his readers to experience such joy:
Decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Insight for Living Ministries needs an army of generous, cheerful givers today. Could I ask you to pray right now and ask the Lord how to respond? As you do, consider becoming one of our Monthly Companions—our treasured friends we count on every month through automated gifts.
With your response, be sure to request a copy of A Living Hope! This three-CD set features two uplifting messages, "When God Untied the Death Ropes" on Acts 2:22–24 and "Marching Orders from the Master" on Matthew 28:16–20, the passage upon which our Vision 195 is based. Also included will be Stonebriar Community Church's magnificent 2016 spring concert, Hope, with four of my narrations to give hope to those who feel hopeless. You'll love this concert as performed by our sanctuary choir and orchestra! If you have already given as a Monthly Companion, please call 1-800-246-2420 to request your copy of this special CD set.
Thank you, sincerely. I can't wait to see what God does through you.
With a grateful heart,
Charles R. Swindoll