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In the Congo, poor people who have nothing to give when the Church offering is taken will dip their hand in the offering plate to symbolize the giving of themselves. There’s also a story of a little crippled girl with a crutch who came to church and saw everyone place their offerings in the offering bag. She had no money on her but wanted to give to God so much, that she gave the usher her crutch!
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UCLA sociologist, James Wilson, has observed an interesting fact about city life: The crime rate escalates on those streets where broken windows are not repaired. His study showed that the failure to replace windows makes an announcement to the public by saying the standards have been lowered and authority has been abandoned. Wilson sees such practices of disrepair as an invitation for further crime without the threat of adverse consequences. What is true on the street is also true in the church. If we allow sin and unscriptural practices to go unchecked, we are be inviting destruction into the Lordís church.
The giant sequoias of California have very shallow root systems. A tour guide pointed out that their roots extend just barely below the surface. It sounds impossible because we all know trees need deep roots to withstand drought and wind, but sequoias are most unique. They only grow in groves where their roots intertwine and their limbs interconnect with each other. When strong winds blow, they hold each other up. (Readers Digest, May 1989, pg. 48)
This is the way the church is designed. Without the help of other...
Charles Spurgeon frequently visited Monaco which had been a gambling resort for years. Spurgeon, of course, was not a gambler, but he enjoyed visiting the grounds of the Casino of Monte Carlo and walking through its lavish gardens. Spurgeon thought the gardens were some of the most beautiful in the world. One day after a conversation with a friend, Spurgeon determined that he would never go there again. The owner of the casino had said to Spurgeonís friend, "You hardly ever visit my gardens anymore." Spurgeonís friend replied that since he didnít gamble it would not be fair of him to continue to enjoy the beautiful gardens without making some contribution to the casino. The owner encouraged the friend to continue visiting because he would lose customers if the friend quit visiting the gardens. He said, "There are many people who donít ...
Others have prejudices, but we have convictions.
Others are conceited, but in me itís self-respect.
Others are social-climbing snobs, but with me itís just trying to get ahead.
If you are unyielding about your views of Scripture, thatís just plain stubbornness; but in me, itís contending for the faith.
When you spend time on your personal appearance, itís vanity; in me, itís just making the most of my God-given assets.
In you, itís impatience; while in me, itís "have you noticed how annoying everyone is?"
In you, itís touchiness; but in me, itís sensitivity.
In you, itís self-righteousness; while in me itís amply justified, because I really am right.
In you, itís worry; in me, concern.