Burden | Discouragement | Gift | Perspective | Poverty | Stewardship

Gordon Cosby, pastor of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. was pastor of a small Baptist Church outside of Lynchburg, VA some years ago. One day a deacon shared a concern with him. It seems there was a very poor widow in their church with six children. The deacons discovered she was giving $4.00 a month to the church — a tithe of her total income. She was so poverty-stricken that the deacons felt she couldn’t afford to give even this much. They had decided the pastor should call on her and assure her that they felt that she was under no obligation to give anything to the church. They understood her impoverished circumstances and wanted to relieve her of this obligation. Cosby relates the story: “I am not wise now, I was less wise then. I went and told her of the concern of the deacons. I told her as graciously and as supportively as I…

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