The Reason for Christmas

It’s more than just a great time of year It’s time to catch up with family and friends, share a meal together, have a break from work and give gifts to those we love. It’s also a time we are bombarded with marketing, Christmas jingles, Santa and many other seasonal “stuff” – so much so we tend to …Read More

Dowerin Field Days – WA’s Biggest Rural Event

Vision Radio was on the air at Western Australia’s biggest rural event – the Dowerin Field Days. Many of our listeners in the region know that this two day event is ‘smack bang’ in the wheatbelt, and around 156 kilometres north of Perth. It’s a two hour scenic drive from Perth along what is known …Read More

Brexit, Turkey, Israel and the Last Days

Join Kameel Majdali for Biblical insights into current events during his Understand the Times regional tour of Australia. Be like the “sons of Issachar” who understood the times and knew what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). Be informed on what’s happening with Israel, Turkey, Iran, mass migrations to Europe and the rise of populist politicians …Read More

Today's Word For Today reading

The Principle of Reciprocity

‘God has heard your prayers and knows about your gifts to the poor.’ Acts 10:4 CEV

Up until this time the Gospel had been preached exclusively to the Jews. But all that was about to change: ‘One afternoon at about three o’clock, Cornelius had a vision. He saw an angel from God coming to him and calling him by name… “God has heard your prayers and knows about your gifts to the poor. Now send some men to Joppa for a man named Simon Peter.”’ (Acts 10:3–5 CEV) As a result of Cornelius’ prayers and generosity, he became the first Gentile to hear the Gospel and be saved. What a payoff!

God hears the kind words you speak to others when they’re hurting. He sees your sacrificial giving when you can least afford it. By doing what you’re doing, you’re paving the way for God to help you. He’s storing it all up so that in your time of need you’ll have a rich account to draw on. A lady was praying about starting a pet-grooming business but she couldn’t afford to advertise. So she went to her local animal shelter and volunteered to groom the pets to increase their chances for adoption. Interestingly, the harder she worked, the more her own business grew by word of mouth until she ended up with more clients than she could handle.

You say, ‘Does that mean if I don’t help others God won’t help me?’ Thankfully, no! God’s love is unconditional. But when you say ‘no’ to an opportunity to give, you miss out on an opportunity to receive. The principle of reciprocity is simple: when you’re generous with others, God promises to be generous with you. (See 2 Corinthians 9:6–8)

SoulFood: Num 1–2, Luke 5:27–39, Ps 100, Prov 3:7–8

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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