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Cirrhosis of the Giver
By Steve Higginbotham
January 28, 2004
It's a dangerous world out there.
We read of one epidemic after another, from AIDS, to SARS, from
tuberculosis to the flu. To say the least we need to take
precautions. However, let me warn you of one more epidemic,
whose beginning literally dates back to the beginning.
This malady has plagued Christians
for generations. It is a condition that seems to render one's
hand immobile when reaching for one's wallet or purse while the
collection plate is passed. Interestingly enough, this strange
affliction does not immobilize people when reaching for their
wallet or purse at the shopping mall or sporting event.
I don't know if this illness has an
official name yet, but some are calling it "Cirrhosis of the
Giver." Be careful you don't catch it!
"But this I say: He who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully
will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes
in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a
cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
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