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FROM THE PULPIT

As a kid, our family struggled financially, and as a result, I rarely got an allowance. But when I did, I was taught to give some of it back to the Lord. I heard regularly about the tithe (10%) but when I got a quarter, it seemed easiest to give a nickel back to Jesus — that’s 20%! When I started babysitting, I tithed. When I got an adult job, I tithed. I still remember the first time, as a college student, when I gave over $100. That was over 40 years ago, yet I fear half the people in church today have ever given a check that large. I feel sorry for them. They’ll likely never know the joy of giving.
Columnist Chris Brekke says praising the deceased at a funeral can be a dicey affair when one isn't sure how the family feels about the departed.
A proactive antiwar mindset just needs to start in each indivisible home. Our children need to understand the pursuit of peace, from the playground to the edges of the world, as being among the highest values.
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