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"Let’s face it, I’ve been to the pinnacle of what secular utopia has to offer. All right? It’s just this kind of … everything. I’ve got money, fame, this, that, and the other and it’s all been like … here, here you go. …And when I was younger I got my proboscis out and dipped it into the font and sucked it up. All right? It didn’t matter; there wasn’t enough. It wasn’t good enough, it’s not good enough. It leaves you empty. The more you eat the emptier you get." Mel Gibson, interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Primetime (Order the DVD of this interview here).
If Jesus spoke about money four times as often as he spoke about faith or prayer, why do Christian bookstores carry four times as many books on faith and prayer as they do on money? Phillip Yancey, Christianity Today, February 4, 2002
All you are unable to give possesses you. André Gide (1869–1951)
As we give, we live. Sidney Greenberg
Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874–1960)
Go break to the needy sweet charity’s bread; "For giving is living," the angel said." And must I be giving again and again?" My peevish and pitiless answer ran. "Oh no," said the angel, piercing me through, "Just give till the Master stops giving to you." Unknown
God has given us two hands—one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing. Billy Graham (1918– )
God will not merely judge us on the basis of what we gave but also on the basis of what we did with what we kept for ourselves. Erwin W. Lutzer (1941– )
It is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich. Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)
More important than length of life is how we spend each day. Maria A. Furtado
The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. Our charities should pinch and hamper us. If we live at the same level of affluence as other people who have our level of income, we are probably giving away too little. C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)
The world asks, "How much does he give?" Christ asks, "Why does he give?"  John Raleigh Mott (1865–1955)
There are three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. Grudge giving says, "I hate to," duty giving says, "I ought to," thanksgiving says, "I want to." The first comes from constraint, the second from a sense of obligation, the third from a full heart. Nothing much is conveyed in grudge giving since "the gift without the giver is bare." Something more happens in duty giving, but there is no song in it. Thanksgiving is an open gate into the love of GodRobert N. Rodenmayer
There is no portion of our time that is our time, and the rest God’s; there is no portion of money that is our money, and the rest God’s money. It is all his; he made it all, gives it all, and he has simply trusted it to us for his service. Adolphe Monod (1800–1856)
Those who give much without sacrifice are reckoned as having given little; those who give from all their living are reckoned as having given much. Without that basic understanding, we’ve missed the purpose of giving—and we’ve missed it by a mile. Erwin W. Lutzer (1941– )
Unless you and I commit ourselves to concrete plans for increasing our giving, I’m afraid God will come one day and find that we have all died from suffocating luxury. Eva Den Hartog
Use everything as if it belongs to God. It does. You are his steward.  Unknown
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965)
What you give to humanity you get back. Bread cast upon the waters is much more wholesome and nourishing than pie in the sky. Melvin Jones (1879–1961)
Whoever is capable of giving is rich. Erich Fromm (1900–1980)
A Pastor’s work, if it is to have lasting effect, is truly and ultimately God’s work. Without God’s intervention, the Pastor’s work is without transforming power. It is similar to what Carol Cymbala describes in preparing the Brooklyn Tabernacle choir for worship. “So week after week, we open our hearts to him, eagerly waiting, painfully aware that if God doesn’t come to meet us, we will never accomplish our purpose.” Carol Cymbala, He’s Been Faithful
“If you really want God to use you, then you have to be willing to follow him into uncomfortable places and to do things that you simply can’t do on a natural level.” Carol Cmybala, He’s Been Faithful
 
 
 
 
 
 
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