Our Church, the Storehouse

IN "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583) Mrs. Eddy defines "Church" in part as follows: "The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle. The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race."

Sometimes the workers in our churches are confronted with the need of supply or the means for carrying on the work of the Christian Science movement. There may seem to be a shortage or lack. The questions then arise: What shall be done? Is it not for the members and those interested to take care of it? But how? Perhaps the answer will come, Increase our contributions. And that is correct; it is what each one must do. Sometimes, however, mortal mind argues, It is imposible to do so, since we are giving as much already as we can. But is that true? It may seem true if looked upon only in terms of money. But is money all that is required? On page 595 of Science and Health we find the definition of the word "tithe" given, in part, as "contribution; tenth part; homage; gratitude." The church being "that institution, which affords proof of its utility," it must have a storehouse of abundance, abundance of the understanding of Truth and of Love, to meet every need.

We recognize that tithe or contribution does not mean money alone. We must, therefore, bring more than that. When we remember that all we have is God's, and that we are asked to give so little in return, surely each one of us can do his part! In one of our hymns we read, "God's promises are kept;" and there is a wonderful promise in Malachi which reads, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." It does not say just one tithe, but "all the tithes"!

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September 25, 1926

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