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Planned Giving

5 Great Reasons to Be Charitable

Good intentions are important, especially when it comes to giving. And a planned gift—a gift you designate to start after your lifetime—can have long-term impact.

When you support a cause or organization, what are your intentions? Here are a few reasons you might not have considered.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: 
http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

The Most Important Things We Can Do

ministry nov2018Ever overhear someone else’s conversation and decide to insert yourself in it? Suppose you’re witness to a debate and decide to weigh in. Be prepared for an unwelcome response: I’m sorry. Did the middle of our conversation interrupt the beginning of yours? To a degree, that was the case when Jesus was approached by a first century scribe, while discussing concerns with others. “One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well Jesus had answered, asked him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 

“ ‘The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions” (Mark 12:28-34).

How many answers was the teacher of the Law looking for? And, how many possibilities might there have been? Ten Commandments, as we find them detailed in Exodus, chapter 20, offer at least one set of choices. And, again they’re listed in Deuteronomy, chapter 5. So, some in the crowd may have been looking for one of those ten. And yet, there were over 600 laws in the Torah. The teacher of the law—the scribe—knew them all and asked for the most important one. It was a common question among the intellectuals of the day: Rabbis asked, Which commandments are the heavy and important ones, and which are the lighter and less significant? In effect, Jesus was asked, How do we live our lives?

Love God. Love the Lord, and you’ll do what God says. You’ll be obedient. Among the most poignant things Jesus told his disciples that last night in the Upper Room was this, the promise of John 14:14. “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” Well, here’s the next verse—a picture of the relationship between love and obedience: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Love God, and you’ll care about living a righteous life. Some might say that’s meaningful love, the righteousness of true love. Know the difference between love and true love? One little girl said, “Love is when your Mommy reads you a bedtime story. True love is when she doesn’t skip any pages.” God doesn’t skip.

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