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April 27th, 2007

Daily Bread - Deuteronomy 15:1-23

Daily Bread

Title: Generosity - why is it important?
Deuteronomy 15:1-23
Key Verse 15

This passage tells the people of Israel to be generous to those around them. Why? Verse 15 explains that it is so they might remember that they were slaves in Egypt, but that it was God who redeemed them. They should remember who they are and who they were and the salvation of God so they will not become too proud or haughty to give and help others.

The Israelite people were told not to hoard up all the good things God has given them. Truly, these are gifts from above and not of their own power. Thus, with God's heart, they were asked to love and help those less fortunate around them. They were commanded to give freely with a generous heart. If they don't, they are merely coveting that which God has given them and become like the evil Vinedressers in Luke 20:9.

Likewise, Christians should remember who we are. We are sinners and mortals whose very life is not of our own design. All we have here in this life and all that is being stored up in the life to come are amazing gifts. We should therefore be joyful! We should therefore have the heart of God - a heart that was so generous that He gave His one and only Son. We should never boast of having anything, except Christ. We should freely give because we have freely received.

One Word: The reason to give is love

Holy ground, ...and Truly

Tonight, Tunde said something interesting. He said he was going to approach the study of Scripture with awe because it is holy ground. Holy ground. Like Moses taking off his sandals. I should also have this reverence for God's word, even though it is so easy to take for granted when I have a bunch of copies laying in various parts of my room. Ah, how wonderful is the word of God! I have only begun to taste its sweetness and to grow in knowledge of the one who gave it.

In other news, my Delerium remix CD came in the mail today! Waii~ I am currently listening to it, drinking soda, and enjoying a peaceful hour. This is the set of remixes of the song Truly. It is a really nice combination of styles and it makes me want to buy more Delerium music! ^__^ Even the cover artwork alone is worth the price.

One of my fellowship members tonight was surprised to hear that I am a techno person. I suppose I am not the kind of person someone would normally associate with techno^^ I can't dance, but I enjoy how the songs build up...they ebb and flow like a current. Then they nudge you off a peak and let you fly! There are strong elements of texture, weight, and motion that can be conveyed. It sort of pushes your imagination and tests your patience. If you wait and linger for a while on the edge of a theme, you can come across some pretty beautiful moments.

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