The Daily Challenge
by D. E. Stribling

Holy Gifts

Those Crazy

They Gave out of their poverty, to help others who were suffering; and became a standard for churches even today.

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"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be
destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming."
2 Peter 3: 10-12a  NIV

Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate  
in all you do.  
Philippians. 4:9

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, 
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
(NIV) Rom 12:2

When the Apostle Paul was anticipating the offering for the poor Christians in Jerusalem, 
he wrote to the Christians in Corinth,  urging them to excel “in this grace of giving.” 

   Paul’s famous line about sowing was in regard to sharing with others.  When you help other people you will be given more, so you can SHARE MORE.  God gets into this process.  He is all giving, and when His people demonstrate this trait of His, He is there.

   Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. "As it is written: ‘He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’"

   God is honored when the community sees our amazing generosity toward people's needs 
   "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" 
2 Corinthians 9 - 10 (NIV).

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