God And The Collection Plate (2 of 5) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Tape 401222, CT ;69

"GOD AND THE COLLECTION PLATE"
I Corinthians 16:1,2

Last Sunday, after the message on "How to Make the Most of Your
Money," I went home and read the morning paper. The headline of Ann
Landers' column was: "MONEY IS A CURSE FOR LOTTERY WINNER." I
couldn't believe it; she preached my sermon! It was unbelievable.
Among other things, she told about this woman who had won a lottery
and afterwards people wanted to borrow money from her. She lent it to
some, but they got mad at her afterwards when she wanted it back
before they wanted to pay up. Of course I talked about lending money
last week.
She said, "My mailbox can't hold the begging letters for 'worthy
causes,' I made the mistake of quitting my job and I miss it." She
goes on to tell all her miseries since she's made all this money.
Then she said, "I've started this letter five times, but never
finished. Today it's going in the mailbox. A lot of folks out there
need to know that money can be a curse. It surely changed my life for
the worse." Signed: "Happier Before"
Ann wrote back.
Dear "Before":
Thanks for sharing your story. It's right out of
O'Henry.
I thought, you can't beat that for timing! That's what she said, I
promise you!
Now, let's turn to this passage of Scripture in I Corinthians.
Now concerning the collection for the saints. As
I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you
also. On the first day of every week, let each
one of you put aside and save as he may prosper
that no collections be made when I come.
To help you understand the background of this story, Paul has just
ade hiis magrnificent disco-urse an the resurrection, in chapter 15.
Chapter 15 is a tremendous passage, telling us what's going to happen
to our bodies when we're given new ones. Now, suddenly, he's writing
a letter, and he doesn't break it ...


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