You Must Give

“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”–Proverbs 11:24-25.

“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we must become”–Henry Martyn.

“We’re used to hearing about giving during the holiday season. But generosity isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. It’s best to think of generosity as a habit or a lifestyle. Especially since researchers have discovered a paradox—those who give receive back in turn. . . . [A] generous lifestyle can increase your happiness, health, sense of purpose, and personal growth”–Michael Hyatt.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread. He is ever giving liberally and lending, and his children become a blessing”–Psalm 37:25-26

“Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man–His Son, and the gift of man to God–when we present our bodies a living sacrifice”–Vance Havner.

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins”–Matthew 1:21.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this”–Isaiah 9:6-7.


  1. Elaine Cunningham
    Dec 22, 2017

    I enjoy your devotionals very much.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Nancy Robbins
    Dec 22, 2017

    Merry Christmas to you and Martha and your wonderful family. Praying His joy and blessings on all of you this year.

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