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The heart of the Giver...

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The heart of the giver makes the gift precious. Never has this proverb proven more true than in Jesus Christ, "who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Galatians 1:4-5—NIV) Sometimes as we paddle through the troubled waters of life, we wish we could read God's mind. We want to know what He's up to, what His plans for us might be. But Paul's opening words in his letter to the believers in Galatia make it clear that  even when we can't read God's mind, we can know His heart, His heart of love toward us. God loved the world—each of us—so much that that He sent His Son, Jesus, "who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age." Despite ever changing circumstances with unclear and confusing causes, "the will of our God and Father" is and remains unchanged: "to rescue us from the present evil age." To Him "be glory for ever and ever! Amen."

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The Greatest Gift Imaginable

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God does not just give you "things" He gives you something far greater; He gives you Himself, the greatest gift imaginable. The security supplied by this gift is designed to eliminate all fear. God speaks to you as He did His dear friend Abraham: "Do not be afraid. I am your shield, your very great reward.'" (Genesis 15:1—NIV) Focus today on your relationship with God and His gift of Himself and not on the "things" that He so generously supplies you with. Worship the giver; don't just appreciate His gifts. It is here that you will discover true contentment, peace, joy, security and life.The Greatest Gift Imaginable

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