Celebrate a Festival to God
Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me. Exodus 23:14
Perhaps few Christians can appreciate God’s three-fold imperative to the children of Israel recorded in Exodus 23:14-16 as much as farmers and ranchers. God’s people are told to celebrate the Feasts of Unleavened Bread, Harvest and of Ingathering. All three of these festivals are directly linked to the annual cycle of agricultural life that remains with us to this day.
God has been very good to the practitioners of agricultural science living in the “breadbasket of the world” in recent years. Outstanding crop yields, higher commodity prices and rich productive soil have enabled rural America to avoid many of the dire consequences of the weakened national and international economies.
There is a great way by which modern farmers and ranchers can celebrate a festival to the Lord by making gifts of commodities to support God’s work at Concordia University, Nebraska.
Gift of Grain: Outright Gifts of Commodities
Farmers and ranchers can direct the administrators of their local farmers cooperatives or grain buyers that they want to give 100, 500, or 1,000 bushels of corn, wheat or soybeans to Concordia.
There are certain federal and state laws that must be complied with as one makes these gifts of grain, but the use of this gifting mechanism can be a marvelous way to express gratitude to God for his blessings and a way to address certain tax implications. We urge you to speak with your tax and financial advisors before you make your gift to understand how it may apply to your situation.
The land of a rich man produced plentifully and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?”
And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’”
But God said, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (Luke 12:19)