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'Tis Better to Give, But Give Some More

Wumingren Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 8:42 AM
An excellent prayer, my friend, and I join you in the name of Jesus. We have been tithing only for the past three years, after many years of budget adjustments to accommodate a bit more, and a bit more, toward the goal of giving the tithe. Each one percentage point we added seemed like a burden, until three years ago, when my wife (our family's CFO) just went all in, jumping from about 4% to the full 10% on one fateful, or should I say faithful Sunday morning. God's promise was fulfilled, as our finances improved dramatically and the additional 6% had no negative impact on our budget. I dare say giving the tithe unleashed blessings that had all along been available to us, had we just been faithful from the start. Now we are giving beyond the tithe, and not just money, but also time and energy in a number of charitable operations. Brother, it feels good to be obedient to the Lord!
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Wumingren Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 12:38 AM
I lived in Taiwan for almost a decade as an expatriate. I learned that the Chinese have what they consider the Golden Rule. Their Golden Rule is a passive version of the West's Golden Rule. In the West, we say, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." A very active rule in contrast to the Chinese passive rule, which states, "Do not do unto others what you would not want them to do unto you." So, nobody does anything for anybody else. They are not big on adoption of orphans. They are not big on donating blood or organs. They are not big on animal welfare. They just basically don't go outside of family or comfort zone. I was teaching English when, outside I heard a loud crash. It was just break time, so I ran downstairs to see what had happened. There was a head-on crash between a sedan and a truck, and the driver of the truck had blood spurting from a head injury. Gawkers were standing around doing nothing, so I rushed to the man and applied pressure to the wound to stop the blood flow. Eventually, the police showed up and took over the first aid. I went back up to my classroom to be met by the wide-eyed stares of my students. They asked what happened, and I told them. Then they murmured and clucked disapprovingly. They don't have a Good Samaritan Law and they told me to never, ever render aid again, because I would then be liable for that person's situation. That was awfully enough to know, but I was immediately aware that if that had been me lying there spurting blood, I would have bled out and died, with a couple dozen gawkers watching and saying how sad it all was.
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Wumingren Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 12:26 AM
Most liberals push for government handouts, and then think they deserve approbation. Since they see themselves as the givers of government welfare, they feel that they've already "given at the office." They see no need to take any money out of their own pockets, because, after all, that's what the government is for.
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Wumingren Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 12:22 AM
Jeff says statistics show that more New Englanders participate in giving than elsewhere, but the amount of their giving is far less per individual than elsewhere. I suspect that the explanation for that is simply that they claim the "standard deduction," the highest amount allowed without proof of receipts or documentation. It's a "gimme," and so long as they stay under the limit, no IRS audit is ever required. Thus, lots of people "give," but their "giving" must be in small amounts to avoid scrutiny. I have no respect for liberals and I do indeed believe that they are just that cheap.
Yes, but the root of the problem is the GOP losing members to third parties to begin with. The GOP is committing suicide and blames the guys who built the building or the bridge from which they're jumping.
I don't know. Imagine Michelle asking, "Does this dress make my buttt look big?" Barak telling the truth will make his lips look like he took an elbow during a pickup game of B ball.
The Leftists all knew who he was and they got their man into office. They all cheered when he talked about redistributing the wealth. The socialists, communists, Marxists, and fascists bristle when you call them what they are, not because they aren't socialists, communists, Marxists, and fascists, but because they don't want to be exposed for what they are, just as pedophiles want to remain anonymous in order to continue preying on children.
The question I have is: Does Obamacare have access to every citizen's private information, regardless of whether they have registered on any exchange? Do the exchanges represent an open door to identity thieves seeking to capitalize on access to all information the government holds on every citizen? I worry that even though I have no desire to register with Obamacare, the government has not adequately protected information in any of its massive databases, but due to the extreme vulnerabilities of Obamacare exchanges, bad elements could gain access to everything through the Obamacare portal.
Michael, if De Blasio is elected and succeeds in raiding the Central Park fund, please do a follow-up story. Of particular interest would be (1) a comparison of donations before and after his piracy, (2) a comparison of the Central Park environment before and after his piracy, and (3) a comparison of the the environments of ghetto parks before and after his piracy.
They'll only be wonderful to me if they stay out of politics.
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