“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:24–25.
This Scripture passage reminds us to provoke one another to love and good deeds; one way we can do this is to encourage others to recognize their own capacity for philanthropy and service.
Our generosity is revealed in our response to the needs of the poor and those living in crisis, for God’s word leads us not away from the strife and despair of our societies but rather through the disasters and the grief. Through our stewardship and service, we support, comfort and provoke one another.
What are your giving beliefs? Have you shared your sense of call as a steward, a philanthropist and a provoker of change with those closest to you?
This message is excerpted from “Kitchen Table Philanthropy,” written by Emily Hansen, a 2010 Women of the ELCA resource.
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