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Almsgiving.

Almsgiving.

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BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD

" Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said,
It is more blessed to give than to receive." — Acts xx. 35 (R.V.).
BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD

" Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said,
It is more blessed to give than to receive." — Acts xx. 35 (R.V.).

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ALMSGIVING. BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD " Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." — Acts xx. 35 (R.V.). St. Paul is on his third missionary journey, re-turning towards Jerusalem. At the end of a most touching and tender address to the elders of Ephesus, the Apostle says, " Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." St. Paul is here quoting a saying of the Lord Jesus Christ's, probably familiar to those who heard him, a saying of the Lord which, though not recorded in any of the Gospels, yet had been remembered, and handed down from one to another. The words have an application far more extensive than the single case of almsgiving. Nevertheless, to-day I shall con-fine myself to that Christian practice, for it is a Christian practice of exceeding value. ALMSGIVING. 203
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For my pattern to-day ^ I have chosen the poor widow of whom we are told that, on a certain occasion, she put into one of the alms-boxes in the Temple at Jerusalem two mites, which make a farthing. And certainly the beautiful story of what is commonly called " the widow's mite " is a very interesting and a very instructive one. The story refers to an incident which took place on the Tuesday in the week which we call Holy Week. Our Lord is at the Temple at Jerusalem, and there for the last time. He has been speaking many words, and some of them severe enough. But His last words when leaving the Temple for the last time are very gracious. And here one word by the way. Whenever we leave home, whenever we leave the room, let our last words always be gracious. The concluding words of our New Testament are, " The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all." Leave persons and leave places with a gentle word, a gentle action. A man I know well enough goes off to his night work in the coal pit, but never without saying, as he leaves home in the evening, "Good-night, all." Leave with a gentle word ; leave with a gentle action. Neither literally nor metaphorically " slam
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the door " as you go out, lest, as often happens to men in risky situations, there be no returning. ^ This sermon and the next were the third and fourth respectively in a Lenten series entitled, Patterns for Christian Practice. 204 ALMSGIVING. Our Lord's last words, when leaving the Temple for the last time, are very gracious. But to return. It was the Tuesday before the Crucifixion. Our Lord had gone and sat Himself down over against the treasury, and He observed how the people put money into the treasury. Our Lord was sitting near to a place where there stood thirteen brazen vessels, shaped like trumpets, into which those who visited the Temple put their offer-ings ; and these thirteen trumpet-shaped vessels were labelled according to the purposes to which their contents were respectively appropriated ; but all, more or less, for Church expenses, for maintaining the Temple and its worship. They were placed in the wall, or against a wall, that bounded one of
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