Steve Sappington CommunicationsOctober 2010
 

 
 
 Happy October!
 
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I have good news!  We signed an agreement to publish a paperback version of our book, Today's WORD on Money™.  It should be in print by December or January.  For more information, visit www.todayswordonmoney.com.
 
 Since 1997, our family has had "Garage Giveaways." We had a great one this morning.  Below is an excerpt from my book which explains one of our family's favorite things to do.
 
I have an announcement and 2 prayer requests, then the book excerpt. For those of you who are in the Waco area, or who are within traveling distance, our annual Client Appreciation--Christmas Party will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30th.  It will be come and go, but I encourage you to come between 11 and 1 if you can, because we'll have lunch and a speaker then.  The rest of the day, my family and I will be around to visit, and we'll have some very nice snacks.
 
I would ask for your prayers for me.  I'm in the middle of another major writing project that should have significant Kingdom impact, so I would appreciate your praying that I write what I'm supposed to write.  Also, please pray for one of our dear clients who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  He's in good spirits, and we believe he will recover, but we would appreciate your prayers for him and his family.
 
Now for the excerpt on Garage "Giveaways." Below the articles are a couple of pictures I took today, before we opened our doors.
 
 

Day 18-Today's WORD on Money™: 

"Garage Giveaways"

 

The Bible teaches how important it is for God's people to give.  It's not only a privilege, it is a responsibility.  But the benefits are far greater than most of us can imagine.  If you are someone who thinks that our government is bloated and wasteful, you'll enjoy this lesson.  Today we'll look at some ways that we can help the USA to become financially fit and trim!

 

My wife loves the Lord.  God has given her many witty solutions to enhance our family's well-being and everyday routines.  Back in the 1990's, she was cleaning out our closets, preparing to have a garage sale.  My wife learned about garage sales from my mother, who was a garage sale expert!  Mother knew how to buy, sell and dicker with the best!  But on this particular day, as my wife was getting ready to put price tags on all of the garage sale items, she felt that the Lord wanted her not to put a price on anything.  Instead, she felt that we were to give everything away for free!

 

We had so much fun with our first "garage giveaway," that we continue to have them.  They have become a tradition with our family.  At least once or twice a year, we put an ad in the paper.  The ad says "garage sale", but when the doors go up, we make an announcement something like this:  "How many of you have been here before?  For those of you who are here for the first time, we do things a little differently from most garage sales.  God has blessed us, so we want to be a blessing to you.  You won't see price tags on anything, because everything is free!  If you see something that you need, or if you know someone who needs it, you are welcome to take it."

 

We have had people actually break down and cry with joy at these events.  When we started having them, we had only a few, well-used items, but God has increased our ability to give, and we now can often give away new things.  We also give out Bibles, DVD's, and various tracts and booklets on spiritual topics.  We can tell you from experience that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. 

 

Luke 6:38 tells us that when we give, it will be given back to us "good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over."  We don't give to get a blessing, but God has blessed our giving "exceedingly abundantly" beyond what we could ever have imagined (Ephesians 3:20).  In fact, we enjoyed giving so much that we formed our own non-profit organization, 7 Cord Ministries.

 

Thank God, our government still recognizes the value that faith-filled people and ministries bring to our society.  I encourage you to ask God for opportunities to give during your daily routines.  You'll be glad you did.  If just the Christians in America did this, can you imagine how many ineffective federal programs and inefficient taxes could be eliminated?  Think about it! 

 
 
Toys, Clothes, Bed, Chair, Ottoman, 2 End Tables
Garage Giveaway 10.2.2010
2 TV's, VCR, Microwave, Clothes and Shoes
2TV's,VCR,Microwave,Clothes,Shoes
 
 
Sincerely,
Steve Sappington Communications