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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas - A Good Time for Giving

Christmas is coming soon, and many people are focused on shopping, buying gifts, decorating, and getting together with friends and family for meals and concerts and church events. 
Sure, those of us that are Christians remember that Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus (not that He was born on that date really).  We can celebrate who He was and the reason He came. 

We know that it's not just about getting gifts, and certainly we know it's not about Santa...even if a guy did exist who was kind to those in need.  (There's nothing magical about that!)
God has so blessed us with His Son, and that's what we want the world to know.

One thing that some people forget (and I know that's not all of you) is that there are people who do not have as much as even some of the poor amongst us here in the U.S. and in many other countries.
I thought I'd share some links of organizations who help out needy people for those who are interested in ways to give and show Christ's love to the "least of these" this Christmas season.

I'm also including a link for people to be able to give to a project that is helping save lives and giving the Gospel as well.  That one is not about monetary poverty, but about trying to save lives in another way. 

Action International

Children's Hunger Fund

Last, but not least... please do not forget the unborn children.
Giving to help give the Gospel and save the preborn babies is a way to help the least of these in a different but important way. 
"180" Movie has already been used to save lives and I think I've seen at least two postings about people who have said they repented and turned to Christ.

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:34-40 NASB

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