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A Farmer’s Sacrificial Gift

Remember the beautiful story of the widow’s offering, told in Mark 12 and Luke 21? Jesus watched as the the rich people at the temple tossed large sums of money into the offering basket. But he was most impressed with the woman who had very little, and gave two small coins. Knowing this was all […]

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Kingdom Math is Different

I’m quite sure that my daughter’s teacher has a goal in mind for the new year. As dad, I share the same goal – to see my daughter firing off times tables without hesitation. She’s been working on them for a couple years, but she still doesn’t know them cold. So we’ll be heading out to the […]

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Getting Over Guilt-Trip Giving

This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed […]

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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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Helping Our Kids Relinquish Their Stuff

Giving can be so hard. Just ask my daughter… The Realization This week my wife and I realized we have kids’ play things  stashed away in closets – toys not used in years by our daughters.  As we took an inventory, it was pretty evident that our girls had outgrown the dolls, games and other […]

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Giving myself is the hard part

I’d like to introduce you to a few thoughts from Jay Link, an advisor to stewards for more than 20 years. Below, is a segment of his blog about Mother Teresa and our dedication to serving others.   Mother Teresa: A miserable failure and yet . . . “By our materialistic, American standards, Mother Teresa […]

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Devotional Day 10: Bring Up Your Kids to Be Compassionate (#fhbloggers)

And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” – 1 Kings 19:20 (ESV) Elisha was leading a pretty average life when Elijah found him in […]

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A heart for giving

Today’s lesson: How to nurture a heart for giving Materials needed for today’s lesson: Skittles “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill Verse of the day: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. […]

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Exuberant daughters

“. . . it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.” – 2 Corinthians 9:5, NIV Dad to daughter – “. . . and when you do that, it’s obvious that, at that moment, you don’t care about your sister. It says, loud and clear –‘I don’t care what you […]

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