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Story of old man who couldn't enter the gate of heaven until he let go of a handful of dirt.
A true story.
One day our church secretary was in the office by herself. She could see a "bag-lady" walking up the sidewalk to the front door of the church.
She didn't want to deal with her as she was all alone, so she tried to get up quickly and lock the door.
Just before she reached the lock, the lady opened the door, so our secretary welcomed her in. The lady sat down in the secretary's office and carried on a conversation. All the while the secretary was hoping she would just come to the question of asking for money so she could respond "no" and end the time together.
In conversation, the "bag-lady" said she was a member of the church, but hadn't been out for years and thought it was time she came in and made a donation. She reached in her "bag" and pulled out a check-book and wrote a check for $5,000.00. Make's me smile every time I think of it.
A story about giving to meet the needs of the receiver and not the giver.
My brother, David, is an outstanding stewardship leader. He has a very commendable record in helping people become generous.
I knew our parents were generous, but I didn't know how much they gave to church. He recently told a story about our dad, Harold Hoffman, who was a farmer near Storm Lake, Iowa.
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