Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Giving, part 2

In addition to orphans and widows, we are to give to the starving and naked.

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17

This includes people in other nations. Paul spent part of five chapters (1 Corinthians 16, 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, Galatians 2:10, and Romans 15:25-28, raising money from Galatia, Macedonia, and Achaia for the poor people in Judea.

We are to give to the poor near by and far away.

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