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  •  When I was about 8 I think, I asked our (2+ / 0-)
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    Sunday School teacher if our tithes (I was also one of the ones taking the offering plate around each Sunday) were for God or for the preacher.  She replied immediately that our tithes were for God at which point I asked why the preacher asked for "love offerings" when his budget was a bit tight.

    Later, I did meet a man who would qualify as a "man of God".  He had taken an old church which had been abandoned and worked to restore it personally.  He worked a full day every day on the line and then returned home to work on the church and to build a congregation.  Deluded? perhaps, but he still remains in my mind as someone who embodied what the Gospels really were getting at

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