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  August 01, 2010
THE UNKNOWN GIVER

Read: Matthew 6:1-4
When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. —Matthew 6:3
Bible in a year: Psalms 57-59; Romans 4

I don’t know about you, but I tend to enjoy getting credit when I do stuff for others. And I don’t think I’m alone in appreciating thank you cards and words of gratitude. I also know, however, that there’s something to be said for anonymity. This must be a good way to give, because Jesus endorsed it. That’s why I was impressed with a gift that arrived anonymously on our front porch one day. We had been out of town; and when we returned, there stood several flower pots—each holding a blooming sunflower. We knew the reason—they were left on our doorstep on the birthday of our late daughter, Melissa, who loved sunflowers. Someone was telling us, “We remember Mell.” By giving anonymously, they focused completely on our family rather than on themselves. Imagine a world in which we all gave generously and selflessly. Jesus mentioned secret giving in Matthew 6. He said, “When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret” (vv.3-4). Realistically, we can’t always give anonymously. But our giving should always be marked with the same spirit of selfless humility and God-directed charity. Give as ’twas given to you in your need, Love as the Master loved you; Be to the helpless a helper indeed Unto your mission be true. —Wilson Self-sacrifice is the true measure of our giving.
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Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness

"And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.

"Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."

Acts 10:42,43 NASB

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He said, "You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations--starting from here, from Jerusalem!

You're the first to hear and see it. You're the witnesses.

Luke 24:46-48 MSG

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Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

This is the "stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Acts 4:10-12 NKJV
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