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1/12/13 6:27 P

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Shirley, I pray that the two who need deliverance will look to God and be set free.

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1/12/13 4:55 P

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I do agree that people are sometimes hungry due to no fault of their own and I do believe alcoholics and dope addicts need our help but not enablement.I know almost first hand as 4 close family members were caught in that trap.2 were delivered by the power of prayer and 2 more say they believe in Jesus but still need special prayer for delivirence.IMHO

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1/12/13 4:08 P

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Having spent about five years of my younger life as full time staff in the ministry of Teen Challenge, I can assure you that drug addicts and alcoholics need our help, our mercy, our attention, our grace, too. By that I do not mean that we should give them cash, enabling them to further their destructive behaviors. There are still practical ways we can help them and as we pray for them God will surely lead us and direct us so we can extend His hand toward them.

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1/12/13 3:32 P

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There are many hungry and need help who are not alcoholics or drug addicts That is a common excuse not to help Help because it is pleasing to God Never forget the parable about the sheep and the goats

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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1/12/13 3:24 P

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You are so right! I am so glad that early in life so early I can't even remember that it was more blessed to give than to recieve.I remember one thing in particular.Daddy told Mother that any time a hungry person knocked on our door Mother was to feed him but have him stay outside though in a comfy spot on the porch.Give only food though never money as it might go for alcohol.Now sometimes it's homeless women and children too and drugs are worse than the alcohol.So sad but I still give to the Salvation Army and church pantries to help the hungry. emoticon

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1/12/13 3:10 P

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This is a very important lesson. I want to point out, though, that the verses before Luke 6:38 pertain not only to giving of material possessions to others. It talks about giving love, giving mercy, giving whatever the opposite of passing judgment is (some would say grace and I would agree). We can give in SO many ways. We absolutely should tithe and give offerings to ministries, churches, missions, so many worthwhile charaties as God leads us. There is SO much more to give. Let us give to one another richly. Much love to you this day, beloved teammates.

Missy

God Loves A Cheerful Giver


2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 NLT You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."

We all tend to like those similar to us. God is a giver, so it is only natural for Him to especially appreciate people who are givers.

JOHN 3:16 NLT "For God loved the world so much that he gave . . ."

1 TIMOTHY 6:17b NLT Their trust should be in God, who richly gives . . . .

Cheerful givers are not the only people God loves -- God loves the whole world. So the verse probably means God loves for people to give cheerfully.

Let's think about what kind of a person is a cheerful giver.

It takes both faith and love to be a cheerful giver.

If you don't care for others, at best, you might occasionally give reluctantly when it benefits you in some way. So cheerful and continued giving is a sign of love and evidence you care for others.

Faith is also necessary to be a giver. Without confidence that you will have enough in the future, it is unlikely you will give cheerfully.

Faith pleases God. God always encourages faith and tells people not to fear.

God also loves to see people blessed. And according to God's Word, the person who gives has blessings headed their direction. For God says that if we give, it will be given unto us again.

LUKE 6:38 NLT Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full -- pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."

Because God desires abundance for us all, He is pleased when we give because He knows giving is a key to receiving. It is the law of God: in the measure we sow, we shall also reap.

Giving is love in action. Giving is proof of love. Love is not something we can see. But we can see what love produces: giving.

SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to be a cheerful giver.

from adevotion.org

~Missy~

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