Why We Believe in Helping Those With Less

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We know that we can’t do it all – save the entire world, that is, on our own. In fact, we believe that it’s God who will do it, but that we get to be used in the work, and that gives us purpose. Purpose is the reason we’re still here, and we’re glad to have the chance to be used, according to our conscience and God’s truth.
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Deuteronomy 15:4-11

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However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today. For the Lord your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

 

If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

 

Proverbs 14:21

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21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

Proverbs 19:17

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17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.

Proverbs 21:13

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13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.

 

Proverbs 22:9

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The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.