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Success is not getting the most you can, but giving the best you can!

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One makes a living by what he gets; he makes a life by what he gives.

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It you put money in the bank, it grows…put it in the Lord’s Work & you grow.

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Once, when Mr. LaGuardia, the famous ex-mayor of New York, was presiding at a police court, they brought a trembling old man before him charged with stealing a loaf of bread. He said his family was starving. “Well, I’ve got to punish you,” said Mr. LaGuardia. “The law makes no exception, and I can do nothing but sentence you to a fine of ten dollars.” Then he added, after reaching into his pocket, “and here’s the ten dollars to pay your fine. And now I remit the fine.” Then, tossing the ten-dollar bill into his famous outsize hat, he said, “Furthermore, I’m going to fine everybody in this courtroom fifty cents, for living in a town where a man has to steal bread in order to eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines, and give them to this defendant,” The hat, was passed, and an incredulous old man, with a light of Heaven in his eyes, left the courtroom with forty-seven dollars and fifty cents.

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Yes, I tithe, and I would like to tell you how it all came about. I had to begin work as a small boy to help support my mother. My first wages amounted to $1.50 per week. The first week after I went to work. I took the $1.50 home to my mother and she held the money in her lap and explained to me that she would be happy if I would give a tenth of it to the Lord.

I did, and from that week until this day I have tithed every dollar God has entrusted to me. And I want to say, if I had not tithed the first dollar I made I would not have tithed the first million dollars I made. Tell your readers to train the children to tithe, and they will grow up to be faithful stewards of the Lord.

–John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

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When we give to God we are taking the gift out of one of His hands & putting it into the other.

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By practicing the grace of sharing, a person is storing up treasure for himself. Gifts are investments.

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A giving Saviour should have giving disciples.

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As you have done unto others, so will the Lord do unto you. Empty your pockets!

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Faith’s way of gaining is giving.

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Giving is true having.

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A rich man said to his minister, “Why is it everyone is always criticizing me for being miserly, when everyone knows that I have made provision to leave everything I possess to charity when I die?”

“Well,” said the minister, “let me tell you about the pig and the cow. The pig was lamenting to the cow one day about how unpopular he was. ‘People are always talking about your gentleness and your kindness,’ said the pig. ‘You give milk and cream. But I give even more. I give bacon and ham–I give bristles and they even pickle my feet! Still no one likes me. I’m just a pig. Why is this?’ The cow thought a minute, and then said: ‘Well, maybe it’s because I give while I’m still living.’”

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Teofilo (“Friend of God”) said to Christobal (“Christbearer“), the new convert in the little mission chapel in Cuba:
“Christobal, if you had a hundred sheep, would you give fifty of them for the Lord’s work?”
“Yes, I would.”
“Would you do the same if you had a hundred cows?”
“Yes, Teofilo, I would.”
“Would you do the same if you had a hundred horses?”
“Yes, of course.”
“If you had two pigs, would you give one of them to Him?”
“No, I wouldn’t; and you have no right to ask me, Teofilo, for you know I have two pigs.”
“If there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not” (2Cor.8:12).

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A.A. Hyde, a millionaire manufacturer, said he began tithing when he was one hundred thousand dollars in debt. Many men have said they considered it dishonest to give God a tenth of their incomes while they were in debt. Mr. Hyde said he agreed with the thought until one day it flashed upon him that God was his first creditor. Then he began paying God first, and all the other creditors were eventually paid in full. If a man owes you money, it would be wise business policy on your part to encourage him to pay his debt to God first.

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