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Here’s an interesting story I read on CBS news about a man who was charged with a felony for spending $80,000 that was accidentally deposited into his bank account.

Lesson of the day: don’t spend “found money”. You can and probably will be charged with “felony theft”. If you do find a huge sum of unexpected money in your bank account that you have no idea where it came from, it’s probably a good idea to call up your bank. Not only is it illegal to spend that money, it’s downright immoral. It’s just like finding a wallet on the ground and not turning it in. It’s just wrong.

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14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NKJV)

Isn’t this an interesting verse? It says that “those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” So in others words, preachers should be in full-time ministry, not part-time ministry. Now I’m in no way a pastor or a preacher; I’m just a Christian with a view. But I believe that preachers should be living off the tithe and offering of the church. Not all of it, but they should be compensated for the Lord’s work in some way. I don’t like it when I hear about so many pastors who are struggling and just barely making it.

They have such a huge spiritual responsibility and they shouldn’t have to struggle. They are responsible for our spiritual well-being. Just remember that next time you give in church. You’re giving to God, and He will bless you for it!

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10 So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”

11 He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

Luke 3:10 (NKJV)

The Bible teaches us to share what we have with those who are less fortunate. We have to be taught this even as a kid, don’t we? Because as a kid, we don’t know how to share our toys. It is not in our nature to share. That’s why we teach children to share, and that’s why God wants us to share with those who don’t have much.

We have a responsibility as Christians and those who are blessed to clothe the poor and feed the hungry. There are more than a billion people living on less than a dollar a day in this world we live in right now! Aren’t you fortunate to be making even minimum wage. Try living on less than a dollar a day. Be thankful for what you have and know that there are people who live in extreme poverty every day. We in the U.S. are so blind to the struggles of others. Know that you are blessed!

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11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Matthew 7:11 (NKJV)

From the Life Application Bible:

Christ is showing us the heart of God the Father. God is not selfish, begrudging, or stingy, and we don’t have to beg or grovel as we come with our requests. He is a loving Father, who understands, cares, and comforts. If humans can be kind, imagine how kind God, the Creator of kindness, can be.

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17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD—

and he will repay you!

Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)

Look at what this verse is saying. If you help the poor you are lending to the Lord. Not only are you lending to God, you also will be repaid because God said it! So in other words, if you give to the poor, feed the poor, help the poor, God will see it as a loan to Him and He will do everything in His power to pay you back. Isn’t God’s Word amazing!

If you follow His Word, you will be rich, spiritually, physically, financially and more! That should encourage you any day!

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22 “While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Winter and summer,

And day and night

Shall not cease.”

Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)

God Himself established seedtime and harvest and “while the earth remains” God promises that it will continue. Sowing seed and receiving a harvest is a Biblical principle and if you follow Biblical principles, it will produce in your life. This is not only talking about physical and natural seedtime and harvest as in farming but in spiritual terms as well.

If you sow seed into good ground, it will produce a harvest in your life, “some 30, some 60, and some hundred-fold”! God will meet your need when you sow a seed. This is a principle that you can count on and have faith in. So next time you sow a seed, remember that it is a spiritual law and you will receive your harvest! So expect your harvest today!

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9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)

From the Life Application Bible:

There is no evidence that Jesus was any poorer than most first-century Palestinians; rather, Jesus became poor by giving up his rights as God and becoming human. In his incarnation, God voluntarily became man – the person Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, Jesus was subject to place, time, and other human limitations. He did not give up his eternal power when he became human, but he did set aside his glory and his rights.

In response to the Father’s will, he limited his power and knowledge. Christ became “poor” when he became human because he set aside so much. Yet by doing so, he made us “rich” because we received salvation and eternal life.

What made Jesus’ humanity unique was his freedom from sin. In Jesus we can see every attribute of God’s character. The Incarnation is explained further in these Bible passages: John 1:1-14; Romans 1:2-5; Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 1:1-3.