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I bought my first car in 1990. It was a Pontiac GrandAm. It had a 13 gallon gas tank. I remember filling up once and the price of gas had just gone over $1.45. I stood at the pump and wondered how I was going to be able to continue to pay for gas at that insanely high price.

Fast forward to 2003. We bought a used 2000 F150 with a 24 gallon gas tank. I used to love to run the gas tank down to fumes and then fill it all the way to the very top. No clue why...I just did. But around 2008 I gassed up once and the total was over $120. At the time, most gas pumps automatically shut off at $80. So at one fill up I made 2 payments; one for $80 and one for a little over $40. That was the last time I purposefully ran the gas tank down to fumes. It didn’t change how much gas I used, but I never again had to pay that huge bill at one time.

Enter 2022. Ouch! The price of everything is going up. Many are wondering if they can pay for gas, put food on the table, or cover the rent. These are very real concerns, and are not to be taken lightly. However, I will remind us of two things. First, economies are cyclic. They go from good to bad and everywhere in between over time. I was always able to gas up that Pontiac. And we still drive that same F150. Over the long term, things tend to equalize economically. Just not as fast as we’d like.

Second, and far more importantly, God promises to meet our needs. We may not get all of our wants. We may even have to redefine “wants” and “needs”. But God still tells us 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (Matt 6:26 NLT)

One way He provides is through the AHBC 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Twice a month the church gives away as much food as we can. It helps stretch family budgets by allowing them to spend less on groceries so that they have more money for other gasoline.

If you want more info about the Food Bank, please call the church office at 244-2474.

And if you want some help finding other ways to stretch your family budget, you can contact me or Frank Sweet Via the church office .

Will you take the next step? Your decision…make it a good one.

God Bless

Pastor Leroy


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