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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
OCTOBER 7  2018
FLOYD PIERCE
OCTOBER 14 , 2018
TIM VAN RYN
OCTOBER 21, 2018
RICK PETRONE
OCTOBER 28, 2018
RICHARD COOLEY
NOVEMBER 4, 2018
PHILIP DOSSETT
SPEAKERS IN OCTOBER
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it
tendeth to poverty.” (Prov. 11:24)

The Holy Spirit here lets us in on a delightful secret. It is contrary to all that we would expect and yet
invariably true. The secret is this: the more you give, the more you have. The more you hoard, the less
you have. Generosity multiplies itself. Stinginess breeds poverty. “What I gave, I have; what I spent, I
had; what I kept, I lost.”

It doesn’t mean that you will reap the same coinage that you sow, that the faithful steward will become
financially rich. He may sow dollars and reap souls. He may sow kindness and reap friends. He may sow
compassion and reap love.

It means that a generous person reaps rewards that others cannot know. He opens his mail and learns
that the gift of money he sent met a critical need at just the right time and in exactly the right amount. He
learns that a book he bought for a young believer was used by God to change the whole direction of a
life. He hears that a kindness he showed in the Name of Jesus was a link in the chain of that person’s
salvation. He is deliriously happy. His joy knows no bounds. He would never trade places with others
who seem to have more than he.

The other side of the truth is that hoarding leads to poverty. We really don’t get pleasure out of money
that is lying in the bank. It may delude us with a false sense of security, but it cannot provide true and
lasting enjoyment. Any meager interest that the money may earn is peanuts compared with the thrill of
seeing money used for the glory of Christ and the blessing of our fellow-men. The man who withholds
more than is meet may have a large bank balance but he has a small joy balance in this life and a small
credit balance in the bank of heaven.

Today’s verse is intended not only to set forth a divine principle but also to issue a divine challenge. The
Lord is saying to us, “Prove it for yourself. Make your loaves and fishes available to Me. I know you
intended to have them for your own lunch. But if you turn them over to Me, there will be plenty for your
own lunch and for thousands of others. You would feel awkward to eat your lunch while those around
you were just sitting, watching you eat. But think of the satisfaction of knowing that I used your lunch to
feed the multitude.”

We lose what on ourselves we spend
We have as treasure without end
Whatever, Lord, to Thee we lend,
Who givest all.

—Charles Wordsworth

Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on
O
ctober 28, 2018 for the Family Bible Hour
service at 11:00 a.m. Richard and his wife
Nancy have fellowshipped at Grace Bible
Chapel from childhood. They have two adult
children and two grandchildren. Richard is a
graduate of Bob Jones University and a
retired art teacher.  He  teaches in our adult
Bible class that is currently studying in T
he
Gospel of John
. He and his twin brother David
take part in our singing groups. Richard is
also an avid golfer.