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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Now is the time to GIVE!

Sisters and brothers I know many of us are barely making ends meet and keeping things together. When we look at our economy and our personal financial situations we feel that we can not spare one red cent! This is why now is the time to give more than ever, as God is always giving us. We must give now, not just in monetary terms but also of our time, prayers, love and compassion. I hear you already saying give to the beggar? Yes! Give to thee non-for-profits? Yes! Give even to the school bake sale, Girl Scouts? Yes & Yes! Then give to the church to? YES. Even more so give to the soup kitchen, give away some clothes, toys, dvd's jewelry give! The world needs it, God wants us to heal the land and it starts with our giving!

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (NRSV)

If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought, thinking, "The seventh year, the year of remission, is near," and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the LORD against you, and you would incur guilt. Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, "Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land."

Thought for the day- What are you giving, how has God called you to give?

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