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"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." (Luke 6:38 NASB)

 If I give some money to the Lord, he will give more money back to me? Is tithing a chance to "strike it rich?"

 Culture is making us drunk on the dream of becoming rich. Magazine readers hope for the prize patrol to drop by their house with a multi-million dollar prize. Game Show contestants compete for ever increasing sums of money.   For many, the trip for a gallon of milk includes an extra dollar for a chance to win big in the lottery. When will it stop?

 As I was drinking a bottle of diet ice tea recently, I noticed some writing on the inside of the bottle cap. It said, "You haven't won anything, but if you put water in this cap and put it in the freezer you can make an ice skating rink for fleas."

 Very few people get something for nothing. Most of us feel lucky if we get a quality bottle of ice tea for our dollar, whether it comes with a skating rink for fleas or not. The bottom line is, if you write a check for $200.00 to the church today, the bank is going to deduct $200.00 from your checking account when we deposit it. 

 Besides, why do we necessarily have to interpret the word "blessings" as money? Mother Theresa was a blessed woman, but she wasn't rich. God doesn't promise to make you rich; His promise is to bless you.

 What are the ways that God is blessing you for being obedient to return at least a tenth of what He’s given to you back to Him? 

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