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GIVING

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In Japan a pet supplement manufacturer, B&H Lifes has introduced a luxury item for cats. Japanese cat owners can now purchase a nonalcoholic wine for their cats. It doesn’t have alcohol but it does have plenty of catnip. “B&H suggest owners use it to celebrate holidays or birthdays with their feline companions.”

When people have money to spend on luxury items for their pets they should seriously consider the example of the Macedonian churches. They gave more than they could spare to meet real human needs in their world. Perhaps we should take another look at the way we spend our own resources. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

World, November 30, 2013, p. 19

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (NKJV) Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: (2) that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. (3) For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, (4) imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. (5) And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

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