There is no success without sacrifice. If we succeed without sacrifice, it’s because someone who went before us made the sacrifice. If you sacrifice and don’t see success, then someone who follows will reap success from your sacrifice. —John Maxwell
For Reflection/Discussion: Who are some of the people who have made sacrifices for you— for your education, your freedom, your faith, and other blessings you enjoy but may be tempted to take for granted?
The Copper Scroll is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 3 near Khirbet Qumran, but differs significantly from the others. Whereas the other scrolls are written on parchment or papyrus, this scroll is written on metal. Unlike the others, it is not a literary work, but a list of locations at which various items of gold and silver are buried or hidden. Wikipedia article.
For Reflection/Discussion: In Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool, the rich man assumes that, if he has more than he needs, any surplus is for his own pleasure and enjoyment. What might be some other reasons that God gives us more than we need?
For Reflection/Discussion: When the LORD accepts Abel's offering but not his own, Cain becomes so angry that he murders his brother. Why does Cain become angry, rather than reflective, when his offering isn't accepted? Why, in your judgment, do some people become angry or defensive when the topic of tithing and giving is discussed in church?
The First Mourning (Adam and Eve Mourn the Death of Abel). William-Adolphe Bouguereau. 1888. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires
For Reflection/Discussion: How do our campus and current facilities reflect the love and sacrifice of members who have come before us? How does our participation in the REACH campaign demonstrate our love for God and others?
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. —Jim Elliot