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Adding Community to Generosity (and How to Get the IRS to Chip in) 60 19. The Mixed Blessing of Being Taken Seriously 63 20. Connecting the Congregation to the Budget 67 21. Trying Too Hard 70 22. A Contradiction in Terms 73 23. Love Those Phone Calls 76 24. Crippled by the Little Things 79 25. They Just Don't Get It 82 26. Firstfruits Family Evangelism 85 27. It Really Works 88 28. Self-Interest and Morality 91 29. Disposer of Human Remains 94 30. Remember Who You are 97 31. In the Right Place at the Right Time!

Near Wassau late that evening I traveled through a heavy thunderstorm, emerging on the other side into the darkness of a cloudy sky. Earlier that month the odometer on my old car had turned over 200,000 miles. For the past several weeks I'd had trouble with the alternator belt slipping. Then the battery would run down if I drove with the lights on. So I decided to stay the night in Wassau. I got off the bypass at an exit surrounded by well-lit motel signs. 95," parked the car, and walked to the office to register.

Then we can turn to the more technical aspect of the "how" question. For most of us, the "how" of our charitable activity consists of individually making simple cash contribu- Page 61 tions to persons or institutions. But I have recently discovered that cheerfulness in giving is multiplied when we join others in passing on Christ's generosity. We have long known that giving things rather than cash can multiply both the fun and amount of our charity. Farmers who give commodities to a charitable gift fund avoid federal, state, local, and self-employment taxes on the sale of those commodities (greatly increasing the gift since those taxes can often approach 50 percent).

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