2 Chronicles 2:10-11,

10  “The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and

now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the

temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.  11  There I have placed the

ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”

2 Corinthians 8:1-7,

1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has

given the Macedonian churches.  2  In the midst of a very severe trial, their

overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  3  For I

testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.

Entirely on their own,  4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of

sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.  5  And they exceeded our expectations:

They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to

us.  6  So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to

completion this act of grace on your part.  7  But since you excel in everything—in

faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have

kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

1. GIVE OURSELVES FIRST TO THE LORD

2. GIVE OURSELVES TO OTHERS

3. EXCEL IN EVERYTHING

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