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Since Warren Buffet urged them, 138 billionaires have now promised to give 50% of their wealth to charity. Buffet said he hopes America, which is the most generous society on earth, becomes even more generous over time.” Research shows that on average people who earn less give more to charity. Some Christians, who consider 10% to be just the minimum, give as much as 40% to support God’s work, even though the average church donation is less than 3%. It is refreshing to read what Barnabas did to help poor people in his day. We find this in Acts Ch. 4, “There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.” Luke later describes Barnabas as “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith.” Unlike Ananias and Sapphira, who in their pride sold a field but kept part of the money while claiming to donate it all; Barnabas was a good man, eager to support God’s work. May we all strive to be like Barnabas.

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