OPEN: Hey, good morning and welcome to STAG, I'm Jack. We're studying the alabaster box today, continuing our investigation into giving. Believers need to know what God expects of them. Bottom line?" Jesus said, "Give your best." Any non-believers out there, we'll be done here in about an hour. But first--->

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ALABASTER BOX: Every one of the four Gospels contains a story of a woman anointing Jesus. Two of these accounts mention an alabaster box as the container of the ointment. Because these stories are widely separated from each other, but contain many similarities, people have tended to lump them together and think of them as the same event. They also will say that Mary Magdalene is the woman in each account. As we'll see, this isn't so.

Some of this will be familiar, but needs to be part of the picture. Why is giving so important? Communion, alone, won't save us. Praying, alone, won't save us. Fasting, alone, won't save us. And all the rest of our faithing acts are situation oriented, which results in many misses of faithing opportunities. We don't' recognize them as opportunities to trust God.

The clearest way to confirm the presence of the Holy Spirit is consistent, proper giving. You can't keep giving God's way for years without help from the Holy Spirit. No, you can't. I said proper. Sure you might consistently put $20 in the plate for ten years. What about the other 24% of what comes in? Proper giving is up, even above, 25%. And let me add that this also helps us keep what God intended us to keep. He didn't intend for us to give more than the tithes and mandated offerings.

The hardest thing for ANYONE to give is their money. When some Christians say that everything they have comes from God, and they don't tithe, they must be thinking that their money came from some place else.

You can see a side by side harmony of the four accounts on my web site. Just look for the Alabaster Box in the Transcription section of the radio archive.

Matthew 26:6(p35)
1-2 days to Passover
3-Simon the leper
4-a woman
5-alabaster box
6-ointment=perf oil morou
7-poured on head
8-Disciple saw-waste
9-Poor, poor always
10-for burial
11-Gospel + AB

Mark 14:3(p62)
1-2 days to Passover
3-Simon the leper
4-a woman
5-alabaster box
6-spike-nard morou – nardou
7-break – head
8-“some”, indignant
10-for burial
11-Gospel + AB

Luke 7:36(p80)
1-no time frame
2-at Nain, Galilee 60 mi from Jerus
3-Pharisee, Simon
4-city woman
5-alabaster box
8-Pharisee “sinner”
9-Jesus’ parable
10-Jesus forgives

John 12:1(p129)
1-6 days to Passover
3-pound spike-nard morou – nardou
4-annoint feet
5-wipe with hair
6-Judas waste”300p
7-“my burying”
8-poor always

John 11:1(p127)
1-Mary of Bethany
3-wiped feet w/hair

The woman with the alabaster box is a very important and almost completely neglected part our faith Walk. Jesus commanded his disciples to present this event to others as they brought them the Good News of God's coming kingdom on earth.

A word about the Gospel. There are two main Gospels for Believers. There's the good news that Jesus resurrection opens the door for God to re-establish contact with humankind through their acts of trust in Him. That's the Gospel about Christ. Then there's the Gospel of Christ. That would be the Gospel that he preached. It is also the Gospel that he commissioned his disciples and Paul to preach. This is the Gospel of the Kingdom.

So, Jesus said, in both Matthew 26 and Mark 14, that where ever his Gospel was preached they should also "tell what this woman has done."

Let's stop here just a second and compare Matthew and Mark for this command.

Mat 26:13 Verily281 I say3004 unto you,5213 Wheresoever3699, 1437 this5124 gospel2098 shall be preached2784 in1722 the3588 whole3650 world,2889 there shall also2532 this,3739 that this woman3778 hath done,4160 be told2980 for1519 a memorial3422 of her.846

See how closely Mark lines up with Matthew.

Mar 14:9 Verily281 I say3004 unto you,5213 Wheresoever3699, 302 this5124 gospel2098 shall be preached2784 throughout1519 the3588 whole3650 world,2889 this also2532 that she3778 hath done4160 shall be spoken of2980 for1519 a memorial3422 of her.846

You probably couldn't hear much of a difference, if any, they are so small.

Matthew says "in", and Mark says "throughout" the whole world. Matthew adds, "shall" to Mark's "this also." And the last change is the word "told" in Matthew is rendered "spoken of" in Mark. One would think that someone was doing some copying here. And one would be right. It is a well known fact that many passages from Mark have been lifted out by Matthew and Luke in their books.

Briefly, Mark is considered as the first written of the Gospels, followed by Matthew then Luke. Mark wrote his Gospel at the feet of Peter. Essentially, it was Peter's work that Mark transcribed. This is not to invalidate Matthew or Luke in any way. It's not like they copied the whole book of Mark, added a few extra paragraphs and signed their names. God doesn't work that way.

Let's get back to the alabaster box. First off, this was a kind of perfume holder, more than not it was a small glass vase. One commentary related it to such as was used by prostitutes in their trade. Another thing that needs defining is the ointment used. This vessel can take different forms. It doesn't have to be a box or vase. The Greek word used for ointment means "perfumed oil," unspecified. This too, like the box, is more of a generic

. For clarification, we'll have to look at all four accounts of this kind of anointing. The other two are in Luke and John. It's easy to lump all four accounts into the same event. This will immediately open the door to the old criticism that the Bible has inconsistencies and contradictions.

The best I can make of it is that there were three different events. But some of the crossover parts tend to link the four. Matthew and Mark are the same event, while Luke and John are two additional and different events. We'll see that in a minute.

Because of the confusion wrought by incomplete study, many believe that the Matthew and Mark accounts are the same as the event in John. This is easy to do because they both take place in Bethany and John clearly says that Mary (Magdalene) was there. Another point of confusion is between the Luke account and John's. Both the stories have Jesus feet being anointed, not his head, as in Matthew and Mark. Plus, both women in Luke and John wipe Jesus' feet with their hair. Two more small points: Matthew, Mark and John all include Jesus saying that the anointing was for his burial. And John echoes the Mark account's price of the ointment, 300 pence.

Now, for the things that separate the accounts, we'll look at the time frame first. Matthew and Mark say "two days before the Passover." Luke contains no time frame, but places the anointing some 60 miles north of Jerusalem in a town called Nain, up in Galilee. But John states in the first verse of Chapter 12, that is was six days before Passover.

Either Peter or John had it wrong, one might say. Consider the fact that John and Peter were the top two disciples. Jesus singled out Peter more than once and John was his "Friend", who "laid on Jesus breast" at the Last Supper. They were also present with Jesus at the mount of Transfiguration; quite an honor. I see no reason to not include them in all three of the anointing events. At this point the Luke account doesn't apply. He got his information from his traveling with Paul. He wrote his book only a few years after Mark wrote his Gospel. So it's not likely that he had much of the other writer's work to go on. And if he did, the Nain account would seem not to be included by the other writers. There are only three small similarities in Luke, a woman, the alabaster box and the ointment. The Luke account cannot be mistaken or connected to the other three, even if one could force the Matthew, Mark and John accounts into one.

So we get a little deeper, we see that the Matthew and Mark accounts take place in different locations than John's story. Yes, the three all take place in the town of Bethany, but John talks about Mary, Martha and Lazarus' house, whereas the other story is in the house of Simon the leper. Clearly, different locations. Further, Mary anointed Jesus' feet, not his head, as in the other accounts. And yes, she wipes Jesus' feet with her hair, unlike the Luke woman who washed his feet with her tears. This fact also helps clarify that Mary Magdalene is NOT the woman from the town of Nain. Some have offered that the Nain woman, being a prostitute, so was Mary. Mary Magdalene only appears in the John account.

Another difference to be noticed is the alabaster box itself. It doesn't appear in John. There, Mary brings a pound of spikenard, evidently not processed into an oil.

Neither of the Luke and John accounts contain the command by Jesus to his disciples, even though Matthew and Mark both included talk about the "waste" and having "the poor with you always."

I have no explanation why all four accounts don't contain Jesus' command. They all deal with his being anointed. The part about being for his burial isn't in Luke, which helps separate that account from the others. But the disciples were there at all four, and yet, no commanding Luke and John.

Perhaps the time frame had something to do with this. Purely speculative is the idea that because Matthew and Mark occur only two days before Passover, Jesus' was including the command in his "final instructions" to the disciples. This time frame also clarifies that the Luke account is a different event. They would have been hard pressed to do all the things told of them if they had to come down sixty miles from Nain up in Galilee.

Back to the main point of the study, Jesus' command:

Mar 14:9 ….Wheresoever3699, 302 this5124 gospel2098 shall be preached2784 throughout1519 the3588 whole3650 world,2889 this also2532 that3739 she3778 hath done4160shall be spoken of2980 for1519 a memorial3422 of her.846

Even if Matthew got this from Mark, God's inspiration was in it. God was repeating Himself through Matthew.

What's the importance of this? It surely has lost any importance it might have had. I grew up in the church and have attended a few churches and Bible studies and watched TV preachers enough to be able to say that nobody talks about the alabaster box. Dr. Scott is the only one I've ever heard mention it. Why don't preachers follow Jesus' command and "tell what this woman has done?" Because it connects directly with giving. The alabaster box was tantamount to sacrificing the best lamb. That ointment was one of the prized possessions back then. It was very expensive. It was giving the best one had. This is an oft-repeated message in the whole Bible. Give God your best.

But please be aware that this was in the category of the burnt offering. The burnt offering is presented as the highest form of offering to God. It's completely a free will offering. It isn't connected to the forgiveness of sins, like some of the other offerings. It doesn't come out of one's tithes.

We may not be commanded to give the best thing we have, above our tithes and mandated offerings, but our teachers have been commanded to tell us about it. The information gives us yet another way to honor God and faithe.

Why isn't the alabaster box taught? Fear and fraud.

Fear and fraud are the two main ways giving is dealt with in most churches and especially on TV. I bet you already have an opinion about giving as "taught" on TV. That'll mostly be in the Fraud category. One night I even saw one guy urge the watchers to put a $1000 dollars on their credit cards and they would get back much more from God. Some of the ways that TV preachers try to get your money is downright criminal. And then most of them "skim" some off the top by asking for donations. If it's a donation, then they don't have to pay taxes on the income. But you probably knew that already.

On the fear side of the issue of giving we find those preachers that are afraid to bring up the subject. There are many congregations that hardly ever hear about tithing. I have never heard any preacher talk about the mandated offerings, such as Firstfruits. I suspect that most of these preachers have been taught out of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. Those individuals who are too fearful to accept the message of giving also use this passage.

If these folks would only include ALL of Paul's admonishing to the Corinthians, they'd find that he did indeed tell them that they should be giving to the teacher. They only want to validate I Corinthians 8:12, where Paul says that he wasn't taking money from them. They conveniently avoid talking about his later command that they have their offerings ready every first day of the week, and especially when he tells them in the next two verses, 13-14, that God has ordained such giving. They also skip over the first eleven verses where Paul makes the case that he eminently qualifies for getting their offerings. We also have to add II Corinthians 8:7-9. After defining the indwelling of the Spirit in the Philippians as "Grace", he says that the Corinthians' giving is proof of the indwelling of God's Spirit. People will also avoid Paul's instructions in everyone of his other letters. His says repeatedly, give to the teacher.

Let me bore you with these references. You can look them up, I won't read them. Galatians 6:6; I Corinthians 9:13; Hebrews 13:7,16; Romans 15:27; I Timothy 5:17-18; II Corinthians 8 and 9; Philippians 4:1020; Hebrews 10:34; Hebrews 7:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Philemon 19.

I'll show you an individual treatise in individual fear. This is straight from an email I received.


"My teachers were my grandmother, and my mother. I don't have a problem supporting people who deserve to be supported. I DO have a problem if the money is buying air-conditioned dog houses, gold icons for display or in the case of the RajNeesh (in Oregon about 1988), a fleet of Rolls Royces.

I give to the people that I believe need help, or who ask. I don't try to judge their position, character or circumstance. However, if I find that what ever I have contributed has gone to "partying" I won't help again. (I'm not Rockefeller, and I do have a limited amount of disposable income, so I like to think that I give in the right places, when it's needed. (I'm also NOT a saint I just try to do what I can). As a hairdresser I often give free haircuts to people who have lost their job, or have been sick, single mothers, kids that my kids bring home. All you have to do is tell me you need it and I don't charge. (I do give people the chance to work it off if they want doing some silly chore that I would normally do myself).

As an entertainer, I do a benefit dinner for the Shriner's Children Hospital, (for free), and other benefit dinners for people in need. I do NOT sing for free if they are making a profit.
The Catholic church started the inquisition with the murder of people like the Cathar, who believed they could be close to God ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME even if they had nothing to offer but themselves and their service to God.

Everything is always about perspective. I think that Bill Gates support of the poor and donations to help the needy are a Christian act. I do not feel the same about those who claim to be religious leaders and use their profits to wear Armani suits, have tv shows, and a "posse" like other "stars".

Brimming over with self-righteousness, isn't it? That's the diversionary cover for not giving. The message is, "I'm such a really good person that how I give is OK with God."

It's interesting. When we can't refute a Truth we don't like, we turn to character assassination. We try to make out that the messenger is bad so we can dismiss the message. It's just the opposite in this case. We can't accept the Truth, so we build ourselves up to look like we are OK in avoiding the Truth.

The Truth is, God said give. He tells us how much, where, how often and even throws in a few extras for us to take advantage of. In the new testament, God reinforces the giving idea with the command to tell about the alabaster box.

People who have been well taught understand the two main reasons for giving. Those are surrender first, and edification of the Believers second.

Let me go slow here.

My focus is only on confirming God's reality and the Truth of the Bible. For that reason, I don't get way into most subjects. Even with the Lost Tribes, I've only done a lot of introductory work. I've always called myself a "surface researcher."

All these different fields of study have only one thing at their core, God's reality. Someone once admonished, "Pick a subject, and study the God out of it." God is at the bottom of these subjects. The problem researchers face is getting more into the subject than God. They wind up working for the work instead of working for God.

You'll find this born out on my Bible Code page. I've got the software. Never really used it. Once I concluded that the code did indeed exist, I ended with showing other people how it worked and giving them enough information that they might go look it up themselves.

I'm mainly about faithing. And faithing is all about God's reality and what He's told us in the Bible.

Christianity is a hard walk. That's why so many only talk their way through it. They're too afraid to do it God's way instead of their way. Surrender of Self is most difficult. Our "cross"?, is our Ego.

People say they walk and talk with God all day. But they couldn't even say the world "Tithe" if they had a mouthful of money. Some of those will defend their non-giving like that email I just read.

I've already said there are frauds out there. But this person protested too much. He was using it as a dodge so he could maintain control of "his" money. If questioned, I bet he'd say that everything he had came from God. He likes getting it but not doing what God said to do with it. He had the "Rich Young Ruler" syndrome.

And I blame most preachers for this guy's ignorance. Christendom has gotten into some of the most devious ways to raise money. "Get into orphans," was what a famous preacher told my teacher many years ago. This guy was thinking way past need, into greed.

God set up only one way to finance His Ministry. He laid it out very clearly in Bible; how much, where to, and when. It's all there. If taught properly, a believer will be setting aside 25% of his/her life for God. That means what we'd call giving it away. Giving away 25% of our substance and even time.

And the only way to get around all the fear of not having enough left is to KNOW that God is real and does what He says in the Bible. One can't reach that knowing without a lot of study, and constantly refreshing the idea with new study. It's the only way God can use us to get His work done.

Our support helps our teacher get God's reality out there. Our study helps others learn more about God, thereby refreshing their knowing. It's a wonderful system that God has set up. If only all believers were taught aright, there would be no need anywhere in the church.

That is the other main point about giving, edification of the Body, as it outlines in Ephesians four. It says there that God gave the Church, the Body of Christ, gift ministers for their edification, building up, completion. But then just a couple verses down it tells how that is the same job of the believers, the ones who are being built up by the ministers. The objective of the whole process is clearly stated as ending in all the believers and ministers being changed to beings like Jesus.

That happens only through the implanting and accumulation of God's spirit in our bodies. Eventually, God will give us enough Spirit to transform us into immortal, Christ-like beings. It says that those immortals will be "better than angels."

God's system of financing this edification has always been the same. It has always used the same amounts of support. It has always told to whom the support must be given. Our friend above, who gives to charity is robbing God to do it, if it's taken out of their tithes. I seriously doubt that giving a $1000 dollars to Amnesty International will give me a better understanding and "knowing" about God. It may help with my surrender work, but I'm sure that the person we're talking about wouldn't give anything to AI if they had a small income. In God's system, your gross income isn't taken into consideration, only the percentage of your gross. Big gross, big tithe. Little gross, little tithe. God did it that way so that everyone might be able to faithe on His word to supply their needs.

We have no options on where to give. There's only one place. The place where we learn about God. If you have two or three people that you've learned from, then split up the support between all three, giving proportionally as you have been taught.

Before going on, I need to remind that giving and especially tithing is not an Old Testament phenomenon. The other main dodge to tithing is that it was done away with for the New Testament. This is founded on the erroneous idea that tithing was part of the Law, and the Law was done away with. Which came first, tithing or the Law of Moses? Tithing is first mentioned in the story of Abraham after the victory he won over the conquerors of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Abraham takes communion with his spiritual teacher Melchizedek, who was Shem. Then he tithes to him. Jacob also mentions tithing in a vow to God. Tithing, in the bible, was 400 years before the Law.

Both Matthew 29:3 and Luke 11:42 contain Jesus' words to the Pharisees. They were tithing on all their little stuff, but on the big things they were using the money for self-gain. Jesus says to them that they were right to tithe.

Again, we are not in control of the money. We have no options as to how much or where to give it. Tithing is the only way that God has mentioned. So this must be carried through into New Testament giving. What, those Old Testament folks had to give back up to 25% of their income, but the New Testament people can give two bucks and be OK? There's only one Boss, and it ain't us.

This is a brief rundown on the percentages called for in the Bible. The first tithe is the 10% of the whole. The second tithe is 10% of on what's left from the first. It's the one that finances our three yearly trips to have the party for/with God (the 3 feasts at Jerusalem), Deut 12:6; 12:17-18. I know it doesn't say "second", but it's confirmed many places as the 2nd, and logically, it has to be different than the first. One book I have says that the split was 5/6ths for the party and 1/6 to the Levites. The third tithe is Deut 14:28-29. It's instructions, AGAIN, are different, and therefore it's not to be confused with the first or second tithes. These multiple tithes explain why the plural is used so many times, as in Mal 3:10 "all the tithes". When you add Firstfruits and corners (the gleaning of the corners of your field by the have-nots), you're getting up toward 25%.

First tithe is 10% of the gross (not your net)
Second tithe is 10% on the 90% that's left. [19%]
Third tithe is 3.33% of the gross( that comes out of the Second tithe every third year) [22.33%]
Firstfruits offering is 1/52 of the gross-1.92%; the first week's pay of the year. [ 24.25%]
Corners is close to 2%. [26.25%]

The total of just those above comes to 26 1/4%

Now wait! Don't use the dodge that many use by saying there's no way you can give 25%. Some use that as an excuse to give almost nothing, not even 10%. God looks at the heart, right? Well, ask your heart how much to start with. Be careful to recognize the very first amount that pops into your mind, though. If you take anything later, it'll be colored by your rationalization. What your heart tells you may look too big, but when it's from God, it'll be do-able. I was on a five-year schedule to reach 25%. But it only took me two years, because I learned that I was taken care of. I jumped from 10% to 20% and then left the plan to go up 1% a year after that and went right up to 25%.

Well, now the question? Does your giving line up with God? When was the last time you told some teacher that you've been enlightened on a certain God subject, learned something about God or been reinforce in your belief that He's real and keeps His word? How much help did you give that teacher so that the word would get out to others? How much of your income have you used to promote the learning of others through your own study? How many times a year do you validate God's existence by keeping your version of the Feasts?

God is a Giver. He gave His Son. Jesus is a Giver. He gave his life. The message of giving is equal to that of Christ and salvation.

If you do a little study on the Tabernacle, find that what the people gave in the form of the Showbread is listed on an equal level with the Ark of the Covenant. Dr. Scott used to point out that God talks more about giving than any other subject, Old or New Testaments.

Lastly, I have to say that our giving is not, contrary to Televangelists, so that we get stuff back. The "seed money" idea that's promoted by many preachers, even those not on TV, is ego-oriented. It contains almost no idea of surrender or helping others find out about God. The message clearly is, "The more you give, the more you get." Everybody likes that message. Bit it's twisted around. The message really says, "The more you give, the more you get to give."

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

If you're going to be a Christian, you'll have to one God's way. You'll prove the genuine-ness of God's Spirit in you by the way you give. Tat's what Paul told the Corinthians.

I got sucked into the YouTube the other night and came across many videos that were saying that tithing wasn't for the New Testament Church. They went on about there being no evidence in the New Testament to support tithing. Maybe none had read the book of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 23. 23, BTW, is the symbolic number for death. In other words, death is connected to this message, one side or the other; depending on how full your glass is.

I'd like to take that verse apart and show you what Jesus was saying in Greek. But first I want to walk through some logic.

These guys who couldn't find any tithing in the New Testament were trying to prove a case against tithing. Why, I have no idea. Giving is the core of the Christian Walk. Anyway, they'd go on about Jesus not saying anything about tithing and one referenced something about Jesus statement of "laying up treasures in heaven." That was supposed to prove something. I didn't hear anything about the second most repeated message in the writings of over half the New Testament. Paul. You can't find a letter in which he didn't admonish his followers to give their stuff to their teacher. After the Kingdom and Christ, Paul taught giving. He not only taught, but in one place say he COMMANDED the folks of Galatia to give. Anyone want to argue the other side of that?

OK, step one? Both Paul and Jesus taught giving. Step two? There must be a standard of giving that is outside of human determination. Where will we look for how much to give? We may be very reluctant to take our model from the New Testament Christians. They sold everything they had and gave it all. On the other hand, won't there be some who would try to justify giving only one fiftieth of their income? Are we to be allowed to ride the winds of imagination, determining our giving by some inspiration? What if that inspiration comes once a year. What then? Twenty in the plate, or even a hundred? Five hundred. Yeah, that's starting to feel better. "OK, just to make sure, seven hundred dollars. Boy, do I feel good! I only make 53 grand a year, you know."

Hmmm. How much is 700 of 53,000? ONE SEVENTY-FIFTH! ! ! ! ! Does that sound like Christian giving to you? I think were in a lot of trouble if we rely in the least way on our gut feelings to tell us how much to give. That goes for giving too much, as well as too little.

Besides, isn't it most common for the one commanding the giving to set the rate? There are very few places now days where one can haggle over the price of something. "How much is that?" $50. "No, I won't give you more than $30." Would that work at Wal-Mart? You want to get something from someone, you pay the price they set.

What have we got? We're supposed to give. We need an objective non-personal standard to govern our giving.

Now is the time to look at Jesus' confirmation of tithing. I'm not going to address the many sided argument that tithing was done away with as part of the Law. No more Law, means no more tithing. I want to let Jesus tell us that tithing is a binding necessity in our, or anyone's Walk with God. It was the same for the Old Testament as the New. God didn't change, and neither did His parameters for living a life trusting Him.

As you knew, the Bible is the place to find out what God has set for giving. Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 23:23:

This is my own little form of translation. I go through the verse, noting the definitions of the words. Then I transport those definitions into the verse. The verse becomes very long, but now I'll have a much better understanding of what the writer said. Here's my trans-substitution of Matthew 23:23:

"Grief will be with you, scribes and Separatists, stage-acting dissemblers! The reason being, that you pay a tenth of mint and anise and cummin, and have sent forth the burdensome, grave portions of Right living, like Justice, compassion and trusting God. It is necessary and binding that you tithe God's increase and that you don't send forth justice, compassion and Trust in God."

I don't know about you, but that sounds to me like God's Mouthpiece said we were supposed to tithe. At the same time, it confirms Paul's teaching on giving. Now we know how much. And again, that's another whole area of study, outside of the Box. That is. The Alabaster Box.

If you're going to be a Christian, you'll have to be one God's way. You'll prove the genuine-ness of God's Spirit in you by the way you give. That's what Paul told the Corinthians.

The alabaster box shows that God deems giving very highly. And when that giving is based on something He has said, it becomes a trusting act. Those acts are the ones for which God has promised to put His Life Force into our bodies.

As Dr. Scott always pointed out, "If you're not tithing, you're not saved. That's hard to hear, huh? But that's another way to understand what Paul told the Corinthians. He said that the Philippians' ongoing, 11 year support of him proved that they had the spirit in them. One can't continue tithing year after year without help from the Holy Spirit. We're just too survival oriented. We get afraid we won't have enough.

Thanks for listening today. I'll be back here on March 3rd. I trust you'll be there too.

In the mean time, S.T.A.G. is a comfortable place to talk about this or any other subject. We're at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number there is 707 923 ALLY-2559. Or on the web at Lots of past shows there on the Archive, too.

I don't know what you heard today. But what I said was, God has work He's given Believers to do. That work is financed by the Believers. And He's promised that by supporting the Work, we will be taken care of here, AND rack up points in heaven.

And I can testify that it works. Because God is Real and does what He says.

This is Jack, Bye.

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