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There is No Keeping Track or Adding Up Involved...God Just Gives To You!!

Deuteronomy 26:1-4 New International Version

Firstfruits and Tithes 26 When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2 take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name 3 and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” 4 The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God.

Thursday - March 10

There is, moreover, another false worship. This is the greatest idolatry that we have practiced… and is still rampant in the world. All the religious orders are founded upon it. It involves only that conscience that seeks help, comfort, and salvation in its own works and presumes to wrest heaven from God. It keeps track of how often it has made endowments, fasted, celebrated Mass, etc. It relies on such things and boasts of them, unwilling to receive anything as a gift of God, but desiring to earn everything by itself or to merit everything by works… just as if God were in our service or debt… What is this but to [make] God into an idol… and to have set ourselves up as God? (Martin Luther, The Large Catechism).

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