It actually happened in a Sunday School class of boys long ago. The teacher asked each lad to quote a Bible verse as the offering was taken. One said, "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver." Another said, "Blessed is he that considereth the poor." A third boy blurted out, "A fool and his money are soon parted." The world says you are a fool to give. God says you are a fool not to give!

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.