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First Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church is a christian community working together to share the good news of the gospel to residents and visitors of the city of Chicago. Through a network of church leaders, event gatherings, training events and resources FGBMBC is committed to God’s word as we give him all the Glory.

To enable this to happen there are people and ministries in our community pushing this common vision. All this requires is time, investment and application of the gifts God has given to each of us.

Why Give?

The greatest example of giving comes from John 3:16, “For God so loved he world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” We are not asked to give anything for our salvation, it is received by faith, according to Ephesians 2:8-9. However, Jesus gave His life for our sins.
Acts 17:25 says, “He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Everything we have comes from God.
We are commanded to give. “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38.
We will be held accountable for our giving. “So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12

A Look at ‘Giving in America’

The Smithsonian introduced display cases that look at how the spirit of giving time and money shaped America. Giving has been a unifying thread in U.S. history from the early days with volunteer militias and collection plates in churches to today’s charity runs and crowdfunding efforts. The museum places volunteer work alongside financial initiatives in the context of the nation’s achievements. Appropriately, gifts from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund the exhibit.

Another feature is a rotating display in D.C. of letters from signers of the Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. The current display features letter from David Rockefeller, Warren Buffet, Judy Faulkner and others.

The idea for the initiative grew out of the museum delving into the history of business in America for its recently opened innovation wing, according to Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs David Allison. “The role of philanthropy kept coming up,” he said, but there were space concerns. “It made us think that we should do more on that topic.”

By Dyanne Weiss

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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Edward Jones

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Minister Leon

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

Minister Lewis

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