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“It Is Not the Size of the Gift”
 
You are invited to read the following verses.
 
Mark 12:41-44
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
42 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.”
 
 
As a boy, I learned the principle of tithing. My parents taught my sisters and me this principle.
 
As I read the account of the lady who gave all she had, I thought perhaps this is what I was supposed to do.
As I have grown in my faith, I believe the Lord has shown me the principles of New Testament giving.
 
The tithe is still a guide for my giving.
 
I also consider what the Holy Spirit said through Paul.
 
 
1 Corinthians 16:2
2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. NIV
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. NIV
 
I challenge you to think about what you give and the reason you give. I trust these scriptures help you as they have helped me.

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