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Bob Blackley of Winston-Salem, N.C. has discovered a great way to celebrate his birthday. For the past three birthdays, his 57th, 58th, and 59th, he has stood on a busy street corner holding a cardboard sign that read, “I have a job. I have a home. Could you use an extra $5?” He gives a five dollar bill to everyone who responds. This year he gave out $800. He has increased the amount by $50 each year. Blackley says “I don’t care what the recipients do with the money. If it puts a smile on their face, it’s theirs. That’s what life’s all about—smiling.”

I don’t know that smiling is what life is all about but Bob Blackley has learned a Biblical secret--it is more blessed to give than to receive. -- Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell.

The Week, September 19, 2014 p. 4

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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