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What Can You Afford?

widowsmiteLeaving for another day the topic of where, the question of how much to give God is a major struggle point.

Jesus had a simple solution. Seeing a poor widow put two small coins into the offering he said,

“All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford” – Luke 21:4 (Message)

How much do you think you can afford to give God? Then give a bit more.

Can you afford to give God five (5) percent of your income? Good, give him six (6).

It will seem like a stretch at first, it’s supposed to, but eventually with God’s blessing you’ll be able to afford it. That’s the time to give eight (8) or ten (10) percent. When that becomes easy give fifteen (15).

There are those who give most of their income to God and live very well off the rest because God blesses a cheerful giver. They don’t do it overnight, just one bit more at a time than they can afford.

fritz.

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Some people find analogies everywhere. Not being a fan of “Haunted Houses”, myself, I can still appreciate how some learn from almost any experience. Don Miller, author and blogger, relates what he learned leading a group through a local “Haunted House”

Donald Miller

“The trick to leading a group through a haunted house is knowing the scary stuff can’t actually kill you. The management won’t let them.

It’s the same with all the scary stuff we have to deal with, all the fear of abandonment and loneliness and wounds we have to address. They aren’t allowed to kill us. Sure we might feel some fear, and a lot of it. But in the end (even if it kills our earthly bodies) we don’t die. We just come through the other side with a knowledge we faced our fears, and we got out of that haunted house alive, our screaming and giggling friends in tow. — Don Miller 09/23/2011

Jesus said scary times are coming — and today’s news makes it seem like they are here! But Jesus also told his followers how to lead through scary times — by looking up and knowing we are closer than ever to our hope.

Be not terrified … there shall not an hair of your head perish … Men’s hearts [shall be] failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken … [but] when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:9, 18, 26

Remember your hope, they can’t kill us. The management won’t let them.

— fritz@langgang.com
Read Don’s Post here
Read Jesus’ Post here

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“…and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls.” – Luke 21:16b-19 (KJV)

That’s curious – How can a person die yet not a hair of the head perish?!

Either this is an idiom for saying everything will turn out all right for the believer (good to know in a time of crisis), or it tells us two (2) other important things:

1) We need to adopt a broader viewpoint on life than the current one which starts at birth and ends when we expire (Matthew 10:28-30);

2) God cares more about our physical bodies than we give Him credit for (Romans 8:11)(Job 19:26).

– fritz

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