The story of brothers Cain and Abel centers on an offering. In another sense, we could think of the story as centering on giving. Cain and Abel knew that to approach God, to enter into relationship with their Creator, they had to make sacrifices—give—to the Lord. Moreover, their approach reveals that there was a blueprint for how one was to approach God.
First, Cain and Abel brought their offerings “to the Lord,” indicating that there was a particular place where gifts were to be presented. Second, they went to the place of offering together, indicating that giving was not just an individual practice but something done in community. The nature of the offerings also indicated that God expected giving from the brothers to come in a certain form—they should not come with empty hands. And the quality of what they brought was also set by God they should not offer simply what they fancied to give. But the looming question remains: Why was Abel’s offering accepted while Cain’s was rejected?
Abel Accepted, Cain Rejected
When we look at a map, we often see borders of countries, and mountainous regions, but we never see the people that are within those countries. The early mapmakers would come to the end of their work and would state “beyond here be dragons.” Literally it was a statement of an unfinished work that needed to be completed yet covered with a warning.
The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to take the gospel that He has given to every nation. Stepping beyond the map takes us into interpersonal relationships that have eternal benefits of seeing people know the Christ that we serve. This is the heartbeat behind Indigenous Ministries.
Indigenous Ministries is focused on three core programs: missions, uplifting people, and relief efforts.
By stepping “beyond the map” into difficult access countries and areas, Indigenous Ministries engages with what God the Holy Spirit is doing in redeeming people to Himself who otherwise might not have the opportunity to respond to God’s love.
Indigenous Ministries trains fishers of men in India,...more
The Widow’s Crisis
There once lived a woman in a village of Israel. This woman’s husband—the son of a prophet—had recently passed away, leaving her with mountains of debt and two young sons who were too young to care for her. Adding to the dilemma, her family’s creditors had come to collect—and had threatened to take the widow’s two sons be his slaves in lieu of payment. She had no money to pay back her husband’s debts, and the weight of social stigma was a heavy burden. The woman knew she had only one hope in this situation—God himself. So she turned for help to Elisha, a prophet and a man of God.
Harrison Named as WaterStone CEO
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken R. Harrison to the position of Chief Executive Officer at WaterStone. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring WaterStone’s entire community of givers, advisors, nonprofits, churches and business leaders. A Colorado Springs-based charitable foundation, WaterStone has directed more than $550 million to over 4,000 churches, ministries and nonprofits worldwide since being founded in 1980.
Harrison spent nearly two decades in the commercial real estate arena both nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to Colliers International, the second largest commercial real estate company in the world. He stayed on as CEO and Chair of international valuation. He later served as president of Iomnis Professional Solutions, a developer and distributor of virtual reality software with application to the real estate...more
The fastest growing homeless population in our country is single women and their children. The O’Connor House began as a simple vision to help these young women in crisis pregnancies.
Colleen Dulac of Carmel, Indiana, and her friend, Kris Bussick, both were called by God to open a home for single mothers. After asking God to help them, He began opening doors for their mission. They researched the needs of the Hamilton County area and found there was not a home to help single pregnant women in the county and the surrounding area. They talked to hospitals and crisis pregnancy centers and found there was a desperate need to house women in crisis pregnancy and especially women who are over 18 who already have other children.
In the summer of 2005 the doors of The O’Connor House opened and the mission began. Colleen and Kris decided to name the home after John Cardinal O’Connor, a defender of life in New York City. This home accommodated up to five women at a time. In 2011, The O’Connor House moved into a larger home which has room for...more
WaterStone is blessed to announce the rollout of the Association of Christian CPAs, Tax and Accounting Professionals (ACAP). ACAP was introduced to the world on WaterStone’s platform with an introductory webinar this past October. A number of Christian accounting professionals around the country saw the opportunity to create an organization in order to encourage, support and share best practices with each other from a biblical worldview, particularly involving the topic of charitable giving as a tax-reducing and kingdom-building instrument.
“We’re just not hearing enough about charitable solutions as a part of our professional services,” one of the founding members said. “People, even tax professionals, don’t know about the kinds of tax-smart solutions available to them, and we hope to use ACAP to bridge this information gap.”
These men and women are inviting Christian tax and accounting professionals to join them in spurring one another on into running their practices on the principles of biblical stewardship. “As individuals we must be stewards of all we have…...more
Before Israel embarked on a new journey into the desert, God gave his people a departure gift: the plunder of Egypt. God empowered the Israelites to take jewelry, gold, silver, and clothing from the Egyptians and carry it into the wilderness (Exodus 12:35-36).
Later, this plunder was used in two collections – a collection to build the tabernacle and a collection from which to fashion a gold calf. Let’s take a closer look at these two collections.
A Collection for the Tabernacle
The Lord gave Moses detailed instructions to build a portable place where he would dwell with his people again – the tabernacle. How were the Israelites supposed to create a finely-designed portable structure in the middle of the wilderness? Where would they find the right supplies? Because of God’s previous permission for Israel to take plunder from Egypt before the exile, the Israelites had enough gold, silver, and other materials to construct the tabernacle exactly as God instructed them. Even more, God filled workers with the specialized gifting of his Spirit to...more
Fathers in the Field is a Colorado-based nonprofit that exists to rekindle and establish the spirit of boys who have been abandoned by their fathers; mentoring them one-on-one in life skills through outdoor activities, and by sharing a Christian understanding of our Heavenly Father’s love and sacrifice for His children.
The Cycle of Destruction
God ordained the family structure to be the only fortress we have in this fallen world and that is why Satan has so cruelly attacked our families and distorted the roles God gave fathers as the Pastor, Provider and Protector of God’s children. Once the father is gone, abandoned boys too often are left to follow the path of darkness and carry the many deep and soulful wounds around for a lifetime, unless godly men stand up and step into a boy’s life and mentor him in the knowledge of their Heavenly Father’s love for them.
Children from fatherless homes account for:
The first national Association of Christian CPAs, Tax and Accounting Professionals is now launched. ACAP exists to help Christians:
We hope and pray that together we can add great value to our practices and to our clients through the insights gleaned from this professional organization.
In October, WaterStone hosted a webinar to introduce CPAs, tax and accounting professionals to ACAP's purpose and leadership committee.
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December 19: To ensure organizations receive resources by the end of the year, make 2016 grants from your WaterStone Giving Fund by December 19.
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