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11/12/2013

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A Time To Give


"We give thee but thine own, what-e'er the gift may be; All that we have is thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from thee.
May we thy bounties thus As stewards true receive, And gladly, as thou bless-est us, To thee our first-fruits give.
"

William W. How 1858

"Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of the week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made" (1 Cor.16:1-2). When churches assemble on the first day of the week, there are blessings that await each of us. Singing praises to the Lord, praying, and partaking of the Lord's Supper are an important part of that blessing. Another part that I am afraid many cheat themselves out of is the giving part. No one will be cheated out of this blessing when they realize two important things... Giving is worship.... Giving is praise... The giving part of our worship and praise is not some appendage that was added in to the other parts. It is not as if we gather to worship and then... Oh yeah.... That giving thing... Giving is an integral part of our worship to God and not simply a small appendage that we must deal with. Christians should not give because they have been brow-beaten into it. They should not give because a preacher has put them on a guilt trip. Money ought to be freely given just the same way that our songs and prayers are given. The same way one opens his or her heart in prayer or song, should be the way that they put their money into the collection plate. Our money ought to be given in praise of our Lord who is the fount of every blessing. Our giving should be viewed as a part of our praise and worship... It should be viewed as an expression of the love and closeness we feel to the God who has given us life. When the Israelites of the Old Testament gave animals to be sacrificed, they were not to be some after-thought. They were to be the best that the person had.... There were to be no blemishes... Maybe we're not getting the full blessing out of worship that we should, if we are not giving back our first-fruits to God. Instead of a verse, I used the words from an old song today. Though the words were written over 150 years ago, they still ring true.. "We give thee but thine own, what-e'er the gift may be. All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord from thee."

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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