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GIVING TO OTHERS

 Deuteronomy 14:28-29 “‘28 At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town. 29 The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.’”

 IS CARING FOR OTHERS

 I love the fact that the Lord had a plan from the beginning for us to meet the needs of those who lead us spiritually, as well as the less fortunate (aliens, orphans and widows).  It is just sad that we don’t do a better job of it in the church or individually.

I serve on the board of a ministry called AMG International.  AMG stands for Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel.  It was founded in the 50’s by Dr. Spiros Zodhiates.  One of the most recent ministry opportunities that has been given to AMG is the refugee ministry in Greece, where thousands of refugees have come trying to get into Europe.  What an opportunity to live out these verses.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Our children, for the most part, love to give to others.  How many times has your child asked to give something to the person beside the road with the sign in their hands?  We adults are the ones who get hard-hearted and look the other way.  Kids look AT the person and want to help.

In this case, they are teaching us.  We need to listen to THEM.  They are living out these verses.  Whether it is assisting an Iraqi refugee in Greece or a homeless vet in Chattanooga, we need to do as the Lord leads and not fear.  Give of your blessings.  I promise you will be blessed so much more.

Lord, all I have is Yours.  Direct me to give in the way You want me to give.  Help me to hold all I have with an open hand.

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