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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



14Yet it was good of you to shares in my troubles. 15Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20To our God and Fatherd be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

4: 15   What makes money so magnetic and giving it away often so stressful? Money insures we can get what we need. It gives us stature and represents our day-to-day security. Giving money away puts our work and our futures at risk. Not every charity deserves your attention, and you’re wise to scrutinize missionary appeals as well. But once you’ve determined that a project honors the Lord, don’t hold back— give generously and joyfully. Like the Philippians, you’ll be establishing an eternal partnership.

4: 17   When we give to those in need, it not only benefits the recipients but benefits us as well. It was not the Philippians’ gift but their spirit of love and devotion that Paul appreciated most.

4: 19   We can trust that God will always meet our needs. Whatever we actually need on earth he will always supply, even if, like Paul, it is the courage to face death. We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort and pain. We may not get all that we want. But by trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS using our resources to help those in need and in support of the churches and people doing GODS will by supporting needed areas of Gods work being done. by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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