I have heard it said that Bible knowledge without Bible experience is a waste. For me, it is in the "doing" of the Word of God that brings me life, joy, and purpose.
Who wants to only know about worship without having sweet fellowship with the One we worship?
Who wants just to know about healing theologically without being used by God to pray for the sick and see results?
Who wants to only read about Joseph bringing solutions to the famine in Egypt without helping the hungry in our own city?
As a result, I would like to ask the Body of Christ in Manatee County to mobilize and heed to a call to action:
Help feed the hungry through an organization with a far-reaching, proven model that operates with excellence: The Food Bank of Manatee.
While the local church has been guilty of not working together and reinventing the wheel under their own banner, I invite churches of Manatee to unite with a "Kingdom Purpose." This simply means taking up anextra offering between now and the holidays to go toward the Food Bank of Manatee.
We would make a huge impact upon this great need. Our joint effort would give God the Glory and the church of Jesus Christ would be a greater witness and a source of salt and light by simply working together as one Church.
Here are three ways you can get started right away:
n Pastors, please put a Food Bank barrel in your church.
n Take up an extra offering for the Food Bank.
n Individuals, please ask your employer to put a barrel at their workplace. The Food Bank will deliver and then pick up the barrel once it is full; all you need to do is call.
In 2012 the high demand for food during the summer months has left The Food Bank shelves empty. To exhibit the severity of this need, here are some recent statistics from the Food Bank's website:
Food distributed as of July 2011 was 1,968,000 pounds, compared to 1,437,000 pounds at the same point last year. Recent statistics showed that almost 25 percent of families in the Bradenton area reported an inability to provide enough food for their kids.
There are more than 1,500 homeless children in the Manatee school system, and at least 1,000 more who are not school-age or not reported. These children are most at risk for the dangers of malnutrition.
The Food Bank of Manatee is reaching out to the community for help as its supplies are almost depleted. Organizations are being asked to donate nonperishable food items and money to purchase food.
Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at The Food Bank of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave. E, Bradenton.
Businesses who want to arrange for a food collection barrel can call 941-747-FOOD (3663) or visit www.foodbankofmanatee.org.
All contributions are tax-deductible.
"Taking Jesus a Meal" -- Jesus said He was hungry and you gave Him something to eat (Matthew 25:35-40).
My prayer is that this article transcends into an epistle of love that produces transformation in our hearts, lives and our community.
That's the Kingdom Perspective!
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 825 9th Street West just across the street from Turner Donuts in downtown Bradenton. Call 941-776-0026 or visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org for more information.