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FREELY RECEIVED - FREELY GIVEN

Mark 11:15 "And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves."

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There's an epidemic sweeping,
Across the land…today;
Not of physical magnitude,
But, a spiritual malady.

In olden days…called money-changers,
In God's temple…sold their wares;
Still, today it continues,
And, nobody seems to care.

Acceptable behavior to nearly everyone,
All done in the name of God;
Hiding behind a cloak of deceit,
Why don't we think that odd?

Chills and thrills…we look for,
We run here and we run there;
In search of bigger…better "miracles",
We get caught in their snare.

With their hands out,
And larger collection plates;
For their services…we'll gladly pay,
Hook, line, and sinker…we swallow the bait!

Scripture says we've freely received,
And, those gifts…we must freely give;
Pass on to those around us,
Not off of us…should they live.

Money-changers…still among us,
'Though wearing a different disquise;
Feeding off of our need,
O LORD…please open our eyes.

Money-changers…everywhere,
Not just in God's temple;
On television…radio…tapes,
Their strategies are just more subtle.

For, if they truly did receive,
One or more of God's gifts;
Then, freely they would…in return,
Also, freely give.

And, if their gift is truly,
Truly from our LORD;
They'd not make merchandise,
Of what they'd received from God.

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Dec. 27, 2000

Aimee Love
(LHG)


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