Looking at Giving through the Windows of Heaven (6 of 6) by Ken Trivette

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Looking at Giving through the Windows of Heaven (6 of 6)
Series: Looking Through Bible Windows
Ken Trivette
Malachi 3:8-10


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I. THE LAW OF GIVING GOD REQUIRES! A) The Procedure of Giving B) The Place of Giving C) The Purpose of Giving II. THE LACK OF GIVING GOD REBUKES! A) How Surprising This Lack of Giving B) How Serious This Lack of Giving III. THE LIFE OF GIVING GOD REWARDS! A) The Proving of God in our Giving B) The Promise of God for our Giving

1) I read about this crumbling, old church building that needed remodeling, so the preacher made an impassioned appeal, looking directly at the richest man in town. At the end of the message, the rich man stood up and announced, ''Pastor, I will contribute $1,000.'' Just then, plaster fell from the ceiling and struck the rich man on the shoulder. He promptly stood again and shouted, ''Pastor, I will increase my donation to $5,000.'' Before he could sit back down, plaster fell on him again, and again he shouted, ''Pastor, I will double my last pledge.'' He sat down, and an even larger chunk of plaster fell hitting him on the head. He stood once more and hollered, ''Pastor, I will give $20,000!'' This prompted a deacon to shout, ''Hit him again, Lord! Hit him again!''

2) One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate. A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she g ...


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