Tonight on the news (and someone may know more about this than I learned), there was a story about a Baptist church -- I think somewhere in the South -- which is helping its members get out of debt. When I heard the lead-in, my first thought was "Oh no! Another scam!" It's not. The pastor saw that people were tithing even when the couldn't pay all their bills. So he announced a plan. The tithes each week would go to pay off the debts of one family in the church. Provisos were that credit cards had to be cut up and financial counseling classes taken. The cameras were there as this week's family was announced. They were stunned. The man said this is the first time in his life he has been out of debt. Evidently the pastor simply listens to the Holy Spirit regarding which family should get any given week's monies. In the meantime, tithing has gone UP, and there is money left over from paying off debts for normal church expenses and some other church supported things -- I assume missions and such. I was totally impressed. It's people caring for people in the Lord's name. And, by the way, only members of the church qualify ... When I compare that little church with the Crystal Cathedral, the Vatican, etc. etc. ad nauseum, I am really, really happy for a church that is NOT building buildings but people instead. God bless them!