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Sunday, September 12, 2010

One word on giving to the needy

This will be brief. I'll let the Bible speak for itself.

Matthew 6:2
“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)

I have emphasized one word, twice. Enough said.

Thanks for reading.


Weekend Fisher said...

Excellent. Thank you.

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Weekend Fisher/Anne.

God bless you.

i am Grateful... Kerry i am. said...

Good emphasis Martin. Great in fact. Thanks for the reminder.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Kerry!

atlibertytosay said...

This passage is one reason I don't give into offering plates. Rather, I mail or donate online or elsewhere.

I have a tendency to look around at church during "the passing of the plate"

I see others looking at "others" as if to say, "Look what I'm putting in the plate, and you aren't."

One thing we never emphasize enough is that a good church is also "the needy".

Martin LaBar said...

Many churches have envelopes. That way, no one (except whoever counts it) knows if it's 50 cents or 500 dollars.

Checks work the same way.

Thanks, atlibertytosay.