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Old 03-06-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: kS.
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Hank was a typical young, "on fire", good-hearted Christian. He evangelized, loved people and God; he was kind, meek and giving of his time, talents and money to others.
Over the course of the next few years, he fell in love with his bride to be, got married and then 3 1/2 kids came along. They bought a nice, big 4 bedroom house to make into a home, and later a mini-van to haul the rug-rats in. Bills started to pile up, school expenses, the cost of gasoline, food, clothing all began to rise steadily. Then of course there were the property taxes, car insurance and tags, medical bills, utilities and little Hugo needed braces.
Hank began to give less and less of his time and his money... just too little of each to go around, you know- same with you? I mean you've got to prioritize right?
More years pass, inflation soars, the dollar loses value and then one day Hank's plant closes. Something about saving tadpoles or minnows or something. He takes a mediocre job for much less pay 'cause that's all there is quite frankly. Welcomed to real life man.
By this time the cares, worries and bills of this world have shut down his giving and hardened his heart toward the poor. Is this this the same little boy, now grown and married, who used to cry at night in bed in the dark over the starving children of Africa and India?
Life's problems have a way of hardening our hearts... that's just the way it is until Jesus returns to run the show. Hard-hearted Hank's life is a mirror to some of our own lives. God knows our income and bills; our lives; He knows our hearts. I read some where that if you make over 35,000-40,000 (not too sure) a year you are among the top 10 (?) percent of the wealthiest humans on the planet. This puts things into perspective doesn't it? If you think you don't have enough money to go around what about those even less fortunate than yourself?
Brothers and sisters, we are called to be charitable people even when those around us with much, much more give much, much less. If you honor God's command in His word concerning giving and charity, He will honor you. If every Christian reading this would give $5 or $10 dollars a month to feed the poor we could make a difference in people's lives.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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There are many ways we can give of ourselves to help our fellow travelers and yes, money is certainly an important one.

Time, patience, understanding, tolerance, are other gifts - among many - that we might find at our disposal if the dollars are tight.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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2.18 billion X $5 = ??
Joint Heir, do you ever speak at your church?
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:28 PM
 
Location: kS.
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2.18 billion X $5 = ??
Joint Heir, do you ever speak at your church?

I'm more of a writer than a public speaker. However there seems to be an extremely limited outlet for Christian writers. Truth be told, I have been accused many times of talking too much

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Old 03-08-2014, 04:04 AM
 
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Sure Jesus knows people heart and He also knows if people are sowing into a fruit of charity in the spirit for treasures in heaven ............ Jesus also knows that the ministry of people is first their immediate family and sowing into their lives for their the purpose of Lord Jesus ..............So if people can sow into the starving people of the world than they should do that to Jesus and His name .............And People need to pray and ask for a lead to what is God plan and His provision to put a seed of charity for people to give ............ See the care of this world can come and people can loose faith as there is no time for the purpose of God , so prayer is a must to keep the devil out how can keep people too busy on thing which have no meaning and pray for a plan of Jesus for His lead in the spirit which will make things easy in their lives .......... See there is no condemnation for people who sow or do not sow that comes from Jesus Holy Spirit who we are all called to mimic , as Jesus has a plan and if Jesus does not have a plan that people know than they need to seek His face and get into His plans and lead of the spirit of Christ ..
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Joint heir with jesus -

Amen, and considering that Christianity has more than a billion followers, it begs the question as to why there is anyone starving on the planet. Perhaps some of us have more than we really need.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:44 AM
 
Location: US
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Hank was a typical young, "on fire", good-hearted Christian. He evangelized, loved people and God; he was kind, meek and giving of his time, talents and money to others.
Over the course of the next few years, he fell in love with his bride to be, got married and then 3 1/2 kids came along. They bought a nice, big 4 bedroom house to make into a home, and later a mini-van to haul the rug-rats in. Bills started to pile up, school expenses, the cost of gasoline, food, clothing all began to rise steadily. Then of course there were the property taxes, car insurance and tags, medical bills, utilities and little Hugo needed braces.
Hank began to give less and less of his time and his money... just too little of each to go around, you know- same with you? I mean you've got to prioritize right?
More years pass, inflation soars, the dollar loses value and then one day Hank's plant closes. Something about saving tadpoles or minnows or something. He takes a mediocre job for much less pay 'cause that's all there is quite frankly. Welcomed to real life man.
By this time the cares, worries and bills of this world have shut down his giving and hardened his heart toward the poor. Is this this the same little boy, now grown and married, who used to cry at night in bed in the dark over the starving children of Africa and India?
Life's problems have a way of hardening our hearts... that's just the way it is until Jesus returns to run the show. Hard-hearted Hank's life is a mirror to some of our own lives. God knows our income and bills; our lives; He knows our hearts. I read some where that if you make over 35,000-40,000 (not too sure) a year you are among the top 10 (?) percent of the wealthiest humans on the planet. This puts things into perspective doesn't it? If you think you don't have enough money to go around what about those even less fortunate than yourself?
Brothers and sisters, we are called to be charitable people even when those around us with much, much more give much, much less. If you honor God's command in His word concerning giving and charity, He will honor you. If every Christian reading this would give $5 or $10 dollars a month to feed the poor we could make a difference in people's lives.
One's family comes first...You sound like a prosperity preacher...
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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2.18 billion X $5 = ?
Ten-billion, nine-hundred million.
For 3 billion people?

Approximately, three dollars; and 64 cents per person.

Last edited by Jerwade; 03-08-2014 at 06:59 PM..
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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If you honor God's command in His word concerning giving and charity, He will honor you.
How about we do it because feeding people who are hungry is the right thing to do?
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:41 PM
 
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I am an Atheist, and I make a bit more than the number in your post. I do anything I can to be charitable, to help those in need. I definitely don't want to start controversy in your (christianity) forum, but remember that many people do the same thing because its the right thing to do, just as the above poster stated.
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