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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Things Are Tough All Over

February 4

(1 Chronicles 29:11-16 NIV) "Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. {12} Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. {13} Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. {14} "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. {15} We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. {16} O Lord our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you."

(Malachi 3:8-10 NIV) ""Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings. {9} You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me. {10} Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.""

(Mark 12:42-44 NIV) ""But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. {43} Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. {44} They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on.""

Many times when people are asked to give to the church, their reply is, “I just don’t have any more to go around.” That excuse won’t cut it with God as long as we are spending money on dining out, sporting events, fancy coffee, candy bars, huge soft drinks, hunting, fishing, beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and overpriced movies. As long we are still forking it over for the “fun” stuff, we have no credibility with Jesus when we try to get by on the cheap in regards to His Bride, the church. In actuality, our giving to the Lord seldom has anything to do with the economic times we live in -- it has to do with the priorities of our heart and our attitude toward money. The big question is, “Whose money is it -- mine, or God’s?” Consider moving God up a notch in your budgeted giving, because frankly, He belongs clear at the top. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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