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Sacrifice

 

“Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on'” (Mark 12:43-44).

In our giving of money, resources, time, and self do we really sacrifice?  Edgar A. Guest wrote:

Sacrifice

When he has more than he can eat
To feed a stranger’s not a feat.

When he has more than he can spend

It isn’t hard to give or lend.

Who gives but what he’ll never miss

Will never know what giving is.

He’ll win few praises from his Lord

Who does but what he can afford.

The widow’s mite to heaven went

Because real sacrifice it meant.


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Disaster Makers

“. . . Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that the gods made with hands are no gods at all” (Acts 19:26).
A parking ticket rankles the Christian whose innocence is challenged.  After all, when we speak of persecution of Christ’s followers, it’s beyond our imagination that those early disciples could be arrested, dragged before a mob and ordered to deny the One God . . . or else!

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Shameless Begging

“Son of David, have mercy on me!…I want to regain my sight!” (Mark 11:47, 51).

When a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was passing by he cried out for mercy to receive his sight. “Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ (Mark 11:48).


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