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A One-Hundred Fold Return

  • Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 ESV

    The visiting speaker who had ridden in on a bus was in need of money and had delivered a great message. He was humble and I felt like his heart was in the right place. I had already paid my tithes for the week but I looked in my wallet and I had forty dollars, so I placed it in his offering basket. He prayed that the Lord would return everything given, one-hundred fold.

    Within a few weeks, someone came up to me and gave me four thousand dollars. It was just someone that I had met by working on their house and they said, I feel like we should help you. That was exactly a one-hundred fold return on my giving, from forty to four-thousand.

    Today there has been so much excess and greed in the church that to mention giving is almost taboo. A lot of the ground is contaminated. I had given to many speakers before, but this one was good ground. Jesus said Give and it will be given to you. The measure that you give determines what comes back to you. Even though you may have little to nothing, God can show you who to give to. Remember the widow that only had two mites, yet had given more than everyone else (Mark 12:42).

    Gods love is unconditional, but His blessings are not. When reading through the Bible you will find many statements like If you will do this then it will go well with you. You dont have to give us money or go to church, just follow the Lords guidance and give as He tells you. One thing about math is that a one-hundred fold return on zero, is zero.

    Prayer: Father, I know that your word tells me to give. I pray that you will show me who you want me to be a blessing to, and that you will guide my giving from this day on, in the name of Jesus.

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Valerie  King
Valerie King Amen!
July 2, 2015
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Karen Pietrantonio
Karen Pietrantonio How very true it is, that for a pastor to mention giving or tithing is not widely accepted by church goers! We are blessed to have a pastor that refers to the Bible when he mentions giving... and those messages can be convicting. As believers, we should be generous and "cheerful givers" (2 Corinthians 9:7). Thank you, Pastor Dion, for this wonderful message!! 
July 2, 2015
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd Amen!   Thank you for this reminder.  God should be first in our hearts & minds. 
July 2, 2015
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
July 2, 2015
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Thank you Pastor Todd for a great message. I pray that the Lord will continue to use you with his word. 
July 2, 2015
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Carmen McCall
Carmen McCall Amen!  Obedience results in blessings!
July 2, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
July 2, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams TO GIVE TO GOD IS TO GIVE TO YOURSELF FOR GOD HAS SAID THAT IF WE GIVE IT WILL BE GIVEN UNTO US I CHOOSE TO TRUST GOD'S WORD.....
July 2, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I do believe if God is prompting me to give, He will reward me. It might not always be money, it could be my time. I know by being obedient God will bless me.
July 2, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins Amen!!
July 2, 2015
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Monica Donald
Monica Donald Amen. Thank you. I have struggled with this area of my life
July 2, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Back to the bible study....I often pray for discernment, then I do what the lord say do........When  God starts talking, peace is not mines until I listen............
July 2, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield My problem is: I tend to donate to the wrong charities! Last month, I donated a whopping eight dollars (That's all I could spare on my fixed SS income) to an unnamed Catholic organization. Yesterday, the leader lambasted me because I insisted that, although gays should NOT call their union "Marriage", they certainly have a legal right to a recognized partnership. Well, I may have lost some friends, but I wish they would have at least had the decency to answer my question:"WHAT WOULD JESUS THINK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT DECISION TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE?" But not one person replied.And I suppose I can't hold my breath waiting for an answer. Love and blessings, Kathy
July 2, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen
July 2, 2015
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider This is excellent! My husband and i try to give in secret but sometimes that isnt possible.  We try to give after praying for discernment so that we are "sowing on good ground" but sometimes you just give and hope it is right.
July 2, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady If our giving is done cheerfully the Lord will  increase the return. There are many ways to give. We can give monetarily or give  of ourselves. The Lord is only concerned with our heart condition as we give. Do we do it out of habit , grudgingly  or do we give generously and happily?
July 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Sometimes that's indeed all we can do, Julie :). I think if it is greatly important in one way or the other, the Lord can and will show you! He has shown us both ways, but it isn't something that occurs all the time. At other times, we give when we think the ministry is worthwhile and just pray to hear if there is anything wrong with it. 
July 2, 2015
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Keeba Souto
Keeba Souto My husband and I were talking about this devotional this morning. God is so good. He lined up the right people for him to run into. Thank you God for your grace and favor.
July 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Carol, attitude is very important! Also yes, there are many ways the Lord may call on us to give. I believe Dion is talking about money there because it's a subject that has been abused in the modern church.
July 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd If a ministry is attacking you, that's probably a good sign to give somewhere else :)! One thing I'd love to see more of is the body of Christ loving and respecting each other, even when they don't agree. I feel very blessed by the people here at RHM, because as far as I have seen, people have been able to express themselves without being vilified. As far as the "what would Jesus think" question, to be honest, I'm not a fan of that kind of thing. More often than not, the answer would be one to promote a personal or political agenda, and I don't think I can speak for Jesus anyway :). Sometimes, I could say what "I" think that Jesus would think, but that's of pretty limited value :).
July 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Kay, there's nothing more valuable than hearing His voice!
July 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Agreed, Twila! Though Dion and I have certainly been called to give money, He's just as often required us to provide some of our time. That's at least in part because it's something we value a lot ;-).
July 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Bev!
July 2, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Thank you for a wonderful message.  May God bless you and your wife Pastor Todd.
July 2, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!  This is a great message Pastor Dion.  I don't think it matters who you give to, God knows what is in your heart and why you are giving.  If you are moved to give to someone, do it out of the goodness of your heart without expecting anything in return. 
July 2, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza It is better to give than to receive as the saying goes. GOD i offer you of what I have. HOLY SPIRIT guide Me in knowing who needs help for as little as I have I offer them all to you  AMEN
July 2, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Yes Sylvia, I like when people can have different points of view in a respectful manner. It is about sharing and giving our point of view....They call it learning and growing.....Hot topics....So hot sometimes Pastor has to do a whole other lesson....you gotta love it...
July 2, 2015
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oscar rosas
oscar rosas Amen. I always wonder when someone asks am I doing them a favor or helping their wrong. May god know my intent is only for good and may he guide their way.
July 2, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Great blessing you received!  I know we tithe, give to different Christian ministries. And offerings.  This to me is what He asks.  I see in other ways how we get blessed and that gives a "holy giggle"
July 2, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin LOL...I have never heard of the holy giggle.....I like that....
July 2, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Thank you God for allowing pastor Todd to deliver this message. God please am asking you to show me who I need to bless and guide me with my giving from this day from now on. 
July 2, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Well said Karen 
July 2, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen sometimes I feel like that when I give 
July 2, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen Beverly God should be first in our lives at all times 
July 2, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley LLike the way you cover this message about giving 
July 2, 2015
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Agnello Sagar
Agnello Sagar Amen!!!
July 3, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Thank you Pastor, a nice reminder. I especially love the prayer of course. You always have such a powerful yet simple prayer for us, Thank you for that.
July 3, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  You can't beat God giving, no matter how you try.
July 3, 2015
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Angela Williams
Angela Williams Lord that you for your word .Teach me how to give and who to give to I'm. A giver but dont know who to give too please help me. So i dont miss my assignment. You have given me.
July 3, 2015
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Angela Williams
Angela Williams Lord thank you for given pastor Todd this message to teach your people how to give and give from your heart.
July 3, 2015
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Denise Delgado-Brown
Denise Delgado-Brown Giving is Gods way of showing us how to be a blessing to others
July 3, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Thank you Ioriann, it is how I feel....:)
July 3, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful prayer.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, we must give from love.
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Deleted Member Amen, what an awesome desire to let God be the one to guide you to bless others.
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Deleted Member Amen, we need to have an attitude of gratitude, we should always feel grateful when Jesus ask us to give of ourselves or money or helping out others, in whatever way, because without Jesus we wouldn't have it anyway, our all belongs to Him, so we are just giving out of the abundance God has already blessed us with. I always want to be open to hear and obey and give and do whatever God wants from  me. Carol, you are a true blessing in the words that you share. Thank you for letting God use you. 
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Deleted Member I think many times Monica, many of us struggle with this area, its not because we don't want to give of our money or time and talents, but its just something that satan tries to keep us burdened down with. We can give from the heart and let Jesus do the rest. He will guide us to give what He wants us to, if we truly put our trust and faith in Him, He will guide and direct our footsteps. Just know He loves you so much and He cares about anything that troubles you. Just give it to Jesus and let Him handle this struggle. He will take care of it for you.
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Deleted Member Amen, Twila, I don't have lots of material things, but I sure love to pray for others or just be there to listen, I may not can give much, but truly I must say God has given me His all.
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider One of my favorite things to give is gift cards from local restaurants or stores, and small items from a local small business.....the gift cards either come from the small business or are purchased from a local parochial school fundraiser. Either way it feels like a double blessing...one for the small business and one for the person that receives the card or gift! 
July 6, 2015