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Hey Omaha!

Come join us for our first fundraiser of the year! Take your family or your small group out to eat! Come anytime during these hours and mention The Pillar.If you don't have time to stay, take it to go!  Drive through! (Deliveries not included in the fundraiser).

The professors will be there for you to pick their brains!

 

 
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HEY TEXAS! 

We're coming to you in March!

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Dr. Donnell Moore- Director of Contextual Biblical Leadership

GOD’S (AGAPE) LOVE: MISSION POSSIBLE

Love is a very powerful word given to us by God and often exploited by humankind.

The most common forms of love used in the 21st century are Eros, Storge and Philia; not necessarily in that order. However, these forms of love pale in comparison to Agape or the love of God. While the word love is generally considered an unconditional action toward a person, place or thing, rarely do people, places, or things get unconditional action on a consistent basis, therefore, it becomes manipulative and exploitative. When love is used to manipulate or exploit, it us usually said in jest and not as a point of fact.   

However, love as characterized by God (Agape) takes on an entirely different meaning, especially in the scripture. In scripture, we know that God’s love is unconditional and unwavering; it is intricately tied to God’s mission for God’s people: redemption, salvation, eternal life. As we accept God’s love, we become agents of God in fulfilling God’s mission throughout the world. Our mission, if we choose to accept it, is to embrace the love of God that is found in Christ Jesus, and give it away to as many people as possible as often as we can.

There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth. It sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth; Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus; Because He first loved me. It tells me of a Savior's love, who died and set me free. It tells me of His precious blood, the sinner's perfect plea. It tells of One whose loving heart, can feel my deepest woe. Who in each sorrow bears a part, that none can bear below.

Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus. Because He first loved me.


The Semester has Begun!

"Welcome back!" and "Welcome!" We have 13  new students this semester.  Returning students, say "hi" to them on Slack.  Also, for the locals, if you see them at Jimmy John's on the 26th or another social function, make sure to meet them!

 

 

“I always look forward to my classes!  The format and the content of each class is encouraging, enjoyable, and valuable for my personal walk and my ministry effectiveness.  I look forward to continuing my education at The Pillar.  I know it is developing me into a stronger and more passionate disciple of Jesus and minister of the Gospel!

Thank you for being a Pillar Partner and making my education possible!  I believe it is a worthy investment into the growth of God’s Holy Church.

            Sincerely,

Joshua Harris (Church Planter in Little Rock, Arkansas)


How to Make Being a Pillar Partner Work in Your Budget

Often, when people think of giving, they think it's something that needs to be done in large sums and so it is not for them.  

With a little planning, it can fit into most everyone's budget, and it doesn't have to break your bank account.

Every bit makes a difference and is truly valued.  When you put all the little gifts together, it becomes a big gift and can really help with our scholarship needs.

According to a study cited in the book Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, people who spend $5 on someone else reported being happier than those who spent $20 on themselves.

What if you really want to give but feel strapped for cash?  You can sit down at the beginning of the year and decide how much you can afford to give according to your budget.  Then, make a monthly pledge or recurring gift through our secure website.  Doing it this way spreads it out through the year and most likely you won't even notice the difference.  

Giving can also provide tax benefits.  Tax reform at the end of 2017 increased the limitation for the deductibility of cash contributions as a percentage of taxable income.  Gifts of appreciated assets, like stocks or real estate continue to provide a "double dip" for a donor by allowing a charitable tax deduction and avoiding tax on any capital gains that would have been realized if the assets were sold.

No matter what you give, you will be helping students be able to come debt free!

You can make a difference.