“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom from Scripture:
Proverbs 11: 24-26
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
Acts 20: 32-35
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Remember that this wisdom from Proverbs may be some 3,000 years old – and still true! The passage in Acts is part of Paul’s farewell speech to the leaders and elders of the church in Ephesus.
Lord, help us to overcome selfishness and self-centeredness in our daily walk with you. Let us find ever new ways to serve and give and become more generous. Have mercy on those who hold back to hoard and can’t find the joy in sharing what you have first given us. May they find what will make their lives truly rich. Amen.
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B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)
BASIC offers an informal setting for conversations about God and the Bible. Hosted in various homes of our church members, B.A.S.I.C. meetings are meant to bring people together around our Book of Faith in a setting that is conducive to fellowship and sharing. There will be refreshments offered by the hosts.