Chairable Deeds – Matthew 6:1-4

Today is Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 65

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

 VBS Meeting tonight –

 41 years of Marriage this June 12th. It will also be my 61st birthday this Friday. Debbie and I are going to get away overnight. Not sure where, but it will be somewhere!

Church this week – June 14th – 8:30; and 11:00 A.M. Sunday school at 9:45 A.M. No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June 22-27, 2020 – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

POLICE reform debate heats up

“Let me be clear, we’re going after the police union,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, after members of the city council said they wanted to go even further and dismantle the local police department to pursue other models of policing.

But that might be easier said than done. Police unions in the US wield significant power and enjoy higher membership rates than many other unions, which have declined in recent years. Government officials and labor experts also tell CNN that police union contracts often make it tougher to remove officers that have been flagged for misconduct — a key roadblock to reform.

“They’ve become far too powerful. They form political action committees. They donate to district attorneys’ race or state attorneys’ race, state senators and representatives and so forth,” Charles Ramsey, a former DC police chief and former Philadelphia police commissioner, said Sunday on CNN. “And then we wonder why you can’t get anything done.”

For the first time, police unions will need to grapple with a skeptical public that doesn’t automatically support law enforcement. New polls indicate that most Americans now acknowledge that African Americans are more likely to be mistreated or even killed by police.

CNN POLITICS – “This is big,” legendary GOP pollster Frank Luntz tweeted on Monday about a dramatic shift in how Americans are viewing police violence. After Eric Garner died in police custody in 2014, 33% of Americans said they believed police were more likely to use excessive force against African Americans. That figure now stands at 57%, according to a poll from last week.

In response to the public sentiment over the past two weeks, Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, the largest law enforcement union in the country, told CNN that his organization is willing to sit down with “anybody, anytime who wants to have a fact-based discussion” on public and police safety, and that these discussions were ongoing.

The Washington Post – 14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections

The highest percentage of new cases are coming from places with much smaller populations

As rates of coronavirus infections ease in places such as New York and Illinois and onetime hot spots move into new phases of reopening, parts of the country that had previously avoided being hit hard by the outbreak are now tallying record-high new infections.

Since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest-ever seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to data tracked by The Washington Post: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

If the pandemic’s first wave burned through dense metro hubs such as New York City, Chicago and Detroit, the highest percentages of new cases are coming from places with much smaller populations: Lincoln County, Ore., an area of less than 50,000, has averaged 20 new daily cases; the Bear River Health District in northern Utah has averaged 78 new cases a day in the past week, most of them tied to an outbreak at a meat processing plant in the small town of Hyrum.

The increase of coronavirus cases in counties with fewer than 60,000 people is part of the trend of new infections surging across the rural United States. Health experts worry those areas, already short of resources before the pandemic, will struggle to track new cases with the infrastructure that remains.

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Adding to the disparity in health-care support, residents in states such as Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina are living under only minor-to-moderate restrictions — even as their average daily infection rate is rising.

The past two weeks of protests against police brutality will be yet another variable in how the virus spreads in the country. Protesters flooded the streets of major cities but gathered in small towns across the country, too. Though the widespread protests are a boon for the movement, health officials have warned about the impact so many people closely packed with one another could have on transmission rates.

As of Monday, at least 109,000 people in the United States have died of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with more than 1.95 million cases of the virus reported.

GoFundMe has suspended conservative political commentator Candace Owens’s fundraiser for an Alabama cafe whose co-owner criticized the George Floyd protests. Owens also came under fire for controversial comments about Floyd while speaking with Glenn Beck.

Owens raised more than $200,000 for Birmingham’s Parkside Cafe, whose co-owner Michael Dykes said Floyd was a “thug” and protesters were “idiots” in a text message to a co-worker that was posted online. Three employees quit working and people online began boycotting the cafe after Dykes’ comments came out.

Owens also came under fire for controversial comments about Floyd, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

“The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me. George Floyd was not a good person, I don’t care who wants to spin that. I don’t care how CNN wants to make you think he changed his life around,” she said in an interview with Beck. “He was just after his sixth or fifth stint in prison

I don’t care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a HERO? BLEXIT founder @RealCandaceO gave her thoughts: “The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me.”

On Sunday, Owens revealed that her campaign to support Dykes’ cafe was suspended by GoFundMe after the company found her fundraiser “to be in support of hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind.”

After raising $205,000 in a few hours @gofundme decided to halt my campaign for the Parkside Cafe in Alabama. At their discretion, they deemed that funds raised for a conservative business constitutes “intolerance”
They WILL however give the funds raised thus far to the cafe…

Bible Quiz Time:

Q: How many times did David spare Saul’s life?
A: Twice

Q: Where did David spare Saul’s life the first time?
A: In a cave

Q: Where did David spare Saul’s life the second time?
A: In the camp where Saul was sleeping

Q: What last judge of Israel died after Saul made a temporary peace with David?
A: Samuel

Q: Where did David go after Saul continued to hunt him?
A: The Land of the Philistines/ Philistia

Q: Where did Saul turn to for advice when he couldn’t sense God’s will?
A: A witch

Pause for Prayer:

  • VBS – June 22-27, 2020
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – Cancer
  • Tom Spann – Cancer
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study – Friday nights
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 6:1-4,

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

   I want to have a word with you about Charitable Deeds,

   How is your giving? Do you give to your local church? Do you give to any ministries? Do you give to the poor? Kingdom people should be givers. I had a friend in the church, Larry Brotzman who used to say, “givers are gainers.” That is such a true statement.

   Why do we give? To be seen by men, or to be rewarded by God?

   Let’s take a look at what Jesus taught about giving our charitable deeds.

   I. Don’t do your charitable deeds to be seen by men – 6:1

   1 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

    The words “Take heed” can also be translated, be careful. God’s kingdom people must be very careful when it comes to giving. We are not to do our charitable deeds to be seen by men. If we give to those in need to be seen, guess what – that’s all our reward. Because we will receive no reward from our Father in heaven.

   II. Don’t sound a trumpet when you do your charitable deeds – 6:2

   2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

  • When you give your charitable deeds (gifts) don’t sound a trumpet.
  • This is what hypocrites (play actor) do both in the synagogues and in the streets.
  • They desire to receive glory (praise) from men.
  • Again Jesus taught that to do this is all the reward someone will receive.
   III. Don’t allow your left hand to know what your right hand is doing – 6:3

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

   I remember showing one of my youth groups a movie where the main character was called, Super Christian. In the movie Super Christian was in church and the offering was being received. As the plate reached him he stood up, and he began to count aloud the money he was putting into the offering plate. He made sure that everyone in the church saw and heard him.

   When we do our charitable deeds we are not to even allow our left hand know what our right had is doing.

   IV. Do your charitable deeds in secret – 6:4

that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

   For many years at Christmas a woman in the church gave me three envelopes with $ 100.00 in each envelope. She said to me, ‘You know the people who have needs. Give these envelopes to those in need.” This woman gave in such a way that no one knew she was giving.

  Recently someone sent a check to the church. They gave $ 200.00 to the church, and asked us to give the additional money to those who had a need within the body at SLBC. We honored their request. They gave unnoticed – in secret.

   People who have to announce their gifts already have their reward. But they will receive nothing from God.

   Tony Evans writes, “if you’re playing for the applause of people, you have all you’re going to get.

  People of God – give in secret and your father in heaven will reward you.

Lessons for Learners: 

  1. God expects Kingdom people to be givers.
  2. We are not to give to be seen by men – give in secret.
  3. If you sound the trumpet when you give that is your reward – noise.
  4. Don’t allow your left hand to know what your right hand gives – just be a giver.
  5. Give generously, but quietly.
  6. God will reward givers.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.