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When you pray, about your giving to the Church, does God prompt your heart?  Are you sensitive to His prompts?  Every now and then God allows you to see that you have a greater ability.  God may challenge your heart with a prompt to give an amount that will cause your faith muscle to be strained.  Remember the impoverished Macedonian Christians did not have much financial ability to give.  But their faith ability carried them through in giving a powerful gift to the famine-ravaged Judeans.  (Hebrews 11:6) “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

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Jesus was teaching the people about the hypocrisy of the scribes.  He described them as lusting for recognition, seeking the best positions, stealing from the helpless, yet making a pretense of being religious (Mark 12: 38-40).  Sitting in the women's court where the offering receptacles were located (2Kings 12:9), Jesus used one woman as an example.  The comparison is spectacular.

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When my giving impacts my lifestyle it gets my heart’s attention.  And when my giving gets my hearts attention it will get God’s attention too. Singing a worship song is not necessarily worship, and neither is writing a check.  But when the heart engages in a meaningful way through a praise song or a hymn, it becomes more than just singing.  Friends when the heart engages through a gift that matters, it becomes more than just writing a check.  What about you?  Do your gifts engage your heart in worship?  Do your gifts influence your lifestyle?

  

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