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Christmas: The Spirit of Giving

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

In all of our giving, don’t forget that God gave first, to us. He gave His only Son, Jesus (God saves); Emmanuel (God with us).

In all of our relationships, don’t forget that God sought a relationship with us first. That is what we celebrate today: the arrival of God’s gift, His Son, on earth; God reaching out to us.

Merry Christmas!

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Is Giving Always Good?

When I first approached this topic in Three Kinds of Poor, I knew what I wanted to say, but really didn’t know the best way to go about it. The result was an article that I thought was weak. The original intent was to provide an extended definition of who the poor were and weren’t as opposed to an argument supporting a point of view, but it didn’t work very well. I posted it anyway, which turned out to be a blessing. I had a good discussion regarding the topic, and was pointed to another article that had been posted a day later. I decided the article would have to be rewritten. This is the rewrite.

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Taxes Are Not Charity

There’s a lot of discussion about helping the poor through government programs. We’re told, if you’re a Christian you will support helping the poor through welfare, and if you don’t, you aren’t a real Christian. While I understand the argument, it’s never sat well with me. I think that’s because it doesn’t take the discussion deep enough. It’s a surface argument, a jab, for one group of people to get another group of people to feel bad for their position. This is the first in a small group of articles I’m planning on the deeper subject of Christian giving and welfare, and I think the best way to start is by answering the question: what is Christian giving?

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