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Amy Raper: Hospitality is love in action

Hospitality is “meeting the needs of others through the use of one’s resources, specifically in and through the context of the home. Hospitality is love in action. It would also say that hospitality is not limited to the realm of home. Anyone in any situation can exercise hospitality simply by meeting another person’s need (whether they be physical, emotional or …

An Amazing Multi-Tasker: How a CGA Works for You

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) allows you to accomplish two things at once: making a significant gift and helping meet your income needs. How it works: Once you establish a Charitable Gift Annuity, the payout you receive regularly is locked in at this rate, no matter the condition of the stock market, making this the perfect time to establish your …

Jeremy Taylor: Comfort Generously

He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:10-11 Black Saturday. Long before merchandisers affixed that label to the Friday after Thanksgiving, leaders in church history named it as such because on …

Philip Graham Ryken: Sowing to the Spirit

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all …

IRA FAQ: Marsha Stevens

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian directly to a qualified charity (payable to that charity). QCDs can be counted towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year, if certain rules are met. In addition to the benefits of giving to Cru, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, …

Alphonsus Liguori: The Love of God and Attachments

“If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has tried to bring you out of your sinful life, to break your attachment to the things of earth and draw you to His love.” …

Eric Fleshood: Receiving the Kingdom

I remember well the acute anticipation I felt leading up to my wedding day. The knowledge that I would receive a great gift: the person with whom I shared so much joy would be my wife. I was filled with a longing, a spiritual energy, and a happiness that anyone could see on my face. In the meantime, there were …

George Herbert: What will you desire this year?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33 Many people have …

Kent Millard: 100 Percent

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor …