Strand Strong
February 12 , 2018

Here's a phrase we hope you'll consider this week: give and take. We think of it as something that benefits all parties involved. Making mutual concessions. Something fair for everyone. But sometimes we can feel like we're on the short end of the stick; doing most of the giving or having more than a fair share taken from us.

Depending on the translation of the Bible you use, you can find more than 200 verses that contain both words, give and take. Some are comforting, and others can be pretty frightening. One thing you can always count on, though; if God is involved, we never get the short end of the stick.

And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will wake away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 11:19, NLT
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And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35, NLT

The Words of Christ teach us to give, but He also teaches us to receive. In our next newsletter we'll take a deeper dive into that. Until then, we hope you'll consider joining us for an upcoming retreat . We believe you'll receive a real filling, enabling you to give from the overflow. (James 1:17 & 1 Peter 4:10)
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