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St. Andrew Kim Taegon,
Paul Chong Hasang,
& the Korean Martyrs

1 Timothy 6:2-12
Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20
Luke 8:1-3

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in god we trust

"There is, of course, great gain in religion — provided one is content with a sufficiency." —1 Timothy 6:6

There are many who have careers in religion. Praise God for these people who faithfully spend their lives to build up the Church! Jesus says that the laborer in His service is worth his keep (Mt 10:10; 1 Cor 9:14). St. Paul even notes that those in religious service who lead and teach well deserve to be paid double (1 Tm 5:17). However, those who gain from the Gospel must be vigilant to conduct themselves in a way that no one would suspect them of only "being in it for the money" (see 2 Tm 3:2).

Our specific call at Presentation Ministries (PM) is to offer the Gospel free of charge. Like St. Paul, we all receive no salary, so those who can't afford it can receive the Gospel (see 1 Thes 2:9). God will provide for our needs when we serve the Gospel for the sake of the truth. The Gospel of the cross demands great personal sacrifice. We believe God will supply all that we need when we serve Him and spread the Gospel in truth (Phil 4:19).

This is part of the reason why PM does not charge subscriptions or set fees for our publications, such as One Bread, One Body, and other services. We trust God to supply our financial needs as long as our hearts are completely set on spreading His Word. Like St. Paul, we do not want to personally gain from our service of the Gospel, lest we be accused of serving God for personal gain (1 Cor 9:15-18). May the Word of God continue to spread and increase! (Acts 12:24)

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, thank You for those who donate to PM and thus enable many to receive teaching about Your Word.

Promise:  "If we have food and clothing we have all that we need." —1 Tm 6:8

Praise:  St. Andrew heroically lived for God by travelling many miles to pursue his vocation and by heroically dying for his God.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 2013

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