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As people begin to struggle with the downturn in the economy, Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle, Texas is attempting to help. The pastor has told the people, when the offering plate comes by, if you need money, take it from plate.

The church has given away $500,000 in just two months. They have helped single moms, widows, a local mission, and some families behind on their utility bills. The day they announced the take-from-the plate offer, they received their largest offering ever.

Pastor Toby Slough says, “In these economic times, we can’t be so into church business that we forget what our business is, and that is to help people.”

--USA Today, May 19, 2009, p. 3A. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Luke 6:38 (NLTse) Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

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