for a drought on your fields and hills - a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olives and all your other crops, a drought to starve both you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get."

It does not pay to play - my brothers and sisters - it does not pay to play church - it does not pay to play with Almighty God - why? Because everything belongs to Him - we just have "His Stuff" on loan; and, each and every one of us will be held accountable to Almighty God for what we have done with "His Stuff"!

The Old Testament Prophet Malachi, in Malachi 3:8-10 (NLT), tells us: "Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated Me! But you ask, ’What do you mean? When did we ever cheat You?’ You have cheated Me of the tithes and offerings due to Me. (vs. 9) You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating Me. (vs. 10) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. ’If you do,’ says the Lord Almighty, ’I will open the windows of Heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let Me prove it to you!’"

Why not be a "true" Christian worker - why not eradicate or do away with all of the wrong - why not be faithful in the giving of your time, your talent, and your money to promote the work of Almighty God in His "House of Prayer"? It’s not my work - it’s not your work - it’s not our work - it is His work and we need to be about our Father’s business! We certainly will not be sorry for making that decision - why? Because Almighty God has promised that it will go well with us - and, the "Good News" is this: Almighty God never breaks His promises! Unlike mankind - both male and female - Almighty God will do exactly what He says He will do!

The late great American evangelist, William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862 - 1935) once said, "The church is not a dormitory for sleepers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front-line trench [in the battlefield of spiritual warfare]." The late great English essayist, critic and reformer, John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) once said, "When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece." The late great German poet and dramatist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) once said, "I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving...to act is easy; to think is hard..."!

The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:8 (NLT), tells the church at Philippi and us: "And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

In John 3:16 (KJV), the Apostle John records Jesus, the Christ, saying: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life." It is because of