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Invest in God’s bank

18-19Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life. Very good friends of ours have a Down syndrome son, […]

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A Coke, 2 litres of milk, a pie and 2kg of cake flour

It’s Sunday and my stomach is tied in a knot about all the work that needs to be done in the coming week. After church, I decided it would be nice to braai some sausage and chat to my family around the fire. But no one had their wallets with them. My son said he […]

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A coat against the cold

Jakkie writes from Namibia: The previous Crossroad message reminded me of a day shortly after I opened my shop. It was a Tuesday, mid-way through the month, sales had been pathetic and I was feeling very low. Then I got a call from a guy and immediately realized that he wanted something from me. Although […]

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Free naartjies for you

Philippians 4:10-20 The people who helped Paul were also suffering hardship, but there was a huge promise for them: 19You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our cell group fetched a bin full of naartjies from a […]

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The one who gives will receive in abundance

Philippians 4:10-20 Let’s take this bull by the horns: Do you give to others? How often do you give? (See if you can read right to the end! There’s a promise waiting.) It’s not easy to face this on an empty stomach. Still it is essential to force ourselves from time to time and do […]

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A giving heart

Philippians 4:10 Paul is in jail and the congregation he is writing to has sent him a present. He is so grateful: 10I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had […]

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Grateful for my hosepipe

We read in Chapter 9 how Paul was teaching the people of Corinth about giving. He gave good advice like: 5I want you to have all the time you need to make this offering in your own way. I don’t want anything forced or hurried at the last minute. Or like: 7I want each of […]

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Giving is not the issue

I don’t know why this happens, but if you  have a sore toe or finger you keep bumping it against things. Or someone touches that sore spot. The you want to go through the roof. I suspect it’s the same when you talk about giving, money and gifts. People get easily upset when you talk […]

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It’s good to do well

It’s always important that every member of a team do his or her part. It’s no use the Springboks having the best and fastest backline and the biggest and roughest frontline, but at the lineouts the hooker’s throw-ins are not straight so that the opponents win the ball. And in the scrums the hooker is […]

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With an open hand and tears in your eyes

My friend and I were sitting on the stoep having a chat. We had moved from people who found it difficult to give to stories about people who cannot stop giving. I wondered out loud whether people who give easily were happier people. As he left he summed up the evening’s conversation with a simple […]

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