Prayer: As we take stock of what we have, God, help us to be more generous. Amen.
Reading: Acts 4:23-37 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When I was in college, friends and I would joke that sometimes we would collect the coins in the couch cushions to scrape together enough money to buy a pizza for dinner. Granted, we were not poor, but as college students, our resources were limited. And there are times that you just want a pizza!
Did you read the passage for today? I mean did you REALLY read it. Imagine what the early disciples did. They didn’t have anything. They pooled their money together. We read that Joseph “Barnabas” sold a field that belonged to him and laid the money at the feet of the disciples. They truly were in this together.
As we recall the resurrection and the beginnings of the early church, let’s take stock of what we have that we could share with others. What might you give up so that you can support your favorite ministry more? What might God be calling you to pool resources so the Word can be proclaimed? We are blessed by God with our treasures. How do we share them today, this week, this month, and going forward? --Chad Hershberger
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