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In the book Faith Set Free, Pray for Yourself with Reckless Abandon, Pastor Will Davis Jr. encourages believers to rise above mundane experience and find the abundant life Jesus makes available. According to Davis, one of the important areas is giving. He says generous giving is a reminder that our soul cannot be satisfied by anything material.

Davis writes, “Generous giving launches an all-out assault on materialism’s death grip on your soul. It helps you push back against the cultural mantra of ‘more’ and reminds you that your hope lies in Christ, not in your stuff. Giving is your way of declaring that the things you own will not own you. It’s your declaration of independence from the oxymoron of financial security, and your declaration of dependence on the creating, life-giving God.”

--Will Davis Jr, Faith Set Free, pg 76, Copyright 2009, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing

Group. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Acts 20:35 (HCSB) “In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

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