Why Give?

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Why Give? employs a powerful and gripping metaphor for giving-that God created us to be like rivers. Devries points out that the Bible begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation with a picture of a river. "We are born again to be rivers" he explains, with life flowing in and out of us. Devries points out that our living and giving provides seven wonderful things to the world around us: the gift of Christ's presence, the power of Christ, the provisions of Christ,the perfection of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, ...

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Overview

Why Give? employs a powerful and gripping metaphor for giving-that God created us to be like rivers. Devries points out that the Bible begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation with a picture of a river. "We are born again to be rivers" he explains, with life flowing in and out of us. Devries points out that our living and giving provides seven wonderful things to the world around us: the gift of Christ's presence, the power of Christ, the provisions of Christ,the perfection of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the comfort of His eternal reign, and the comfort of Christ's return

In these 40 days of daily meditations, Devries also make the case that giving unlocks God's infinite resources. If we give in order to get for ourselves, we succumb to the heretical "prosperity" doctrine. Instead, Devries explains, we give in order to get in order to give even more! The result of this kind of giving is joy-becoming more like God, experiencing sympathy for others, discovering God's infinite resources, feeling a renewed joy within, following Christ's example, connecting with the grace of God that inspires more giving and joy, and motivating others to give.

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John Devries, is the founder of Mission India, a Christian organization dedicated to transforming India for Christ in partnership with Indian beleivers through Children's Bible clubs, adult literacy classes, and church planter training. While the book does display the Mission India logo on the back cover and contains a few references to mission work in India, Why Give? stays clear of sounding anything remotely like a commercial for the organization, and instead stands on its own as a fresh, practical, and inspirational look at Biblical stewardship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978855178
  • Publisher: Project Philip Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/3/2013
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John F DeVries - Grand Rapids

Dr. John DeVries is a pastor and the founder of two ministries:, Project Philip-a domestic discipleship and Bible distribution ministry, and Mission India-the largest and fastest growing missionary enterprise today in the nation of India. DeVries is the author of many books and Bible study materials that have been used around the world. He has actively trained church planters and pastors in many different countries and has initiated prayer movements in India's 28 states. John and his wife Atts live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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"God told Adam and Eve that if they disobeyed and ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the principle of getting would replace giving, and they would surely die. Concern for self first of all separates us from joy, from life, from growth. They would dry up like a stagnate pond. If the principle of getting governed their life, they would become like the Dead Sea-a sea that has only an inlet and no outlet, that holds everything and gives nothing. God created us for the purpose of revealing his generosity. We are primary recipients of God's gifts, not for the purpse of holding them, but for the purpose of becoming rivers of blessing to others."

-page 30

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