Christians must give to God willingly -Ven

By Emma Nwanekezi, Enugu

A retired Archdeacon in the Anglican Church has urged Christians to avoid being forced to give thanks to God in view of the innumerable favours they have received from God whereas others had gone through calamities from which He has shielded them.
Preaching last Sunday at the 2015 Annual General Harvest of Emmanuel (Ang) Church, Achara Layout, Enugu, Ven. Lemuel Orji (rtd) opined that God owns everything and that anything given to God amounts to giving back to God.
In the sermon with the theme, “Thanksgiving and celebration of God’s blessings” the preacher recalled in the Bible where Moses urged the children of Israel to “take from among you an offering to the Lord” (Ex35:4-25).
He noted that the day was important to the Church and worthy of praises to God referring to the fact that the Church building was undergoing reconstruction.
Ven. Orji also gave the condition for being the son of God adding that it is only through his grace and that any one who has not receive it should ask God to give him the grace so that it will be well with you.
One of the highlights of the harvest was offerings by children between the ages of one to five years which was described as a moving spectacle as the children were lined out for their offering.

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