I can't stay long. But, wanted share this with you all and get your comments. (Be gentle, please, work has been grevious this week...) In the past I have been an ardent supporter for disavowing the ‘tithe’ entirely. For me tithing represented ‘The Law’. And, you were either ‘under Law’ or ‘under Grace’. Period. Recently, however, I discovered that after several incremental increases in my giving I was actually exceeding a tithe. It was at this point that I had a sudden inspiration. Which I would like to share with you. The Curse of the Law, or, the curse in general, is done away with ‘in Christ’. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that all the promises of God are yea and amen ‘in Christ’. If the curse is done away with, and all the promises are yea and amen, then, I propose, that while the curses associated with the Law are done away with ‘in Christ’…. The blessings remain. To be sure, if we seek to obtain righteousness by the ‘Works of the Law’ we alienate ourselves from Grace. But, what if we are fully trusting in God’s Grace through Jesus Christ. What happens if we still do works of the Law? If we are not doing them to gain Forgiveness, Righteousness, or God’s Mercy… The blessings associated with obedience to the Law remain as yea and amen promises to the believer. One further thought I had was that The Glory of God being manifest to all of creation means that even sinners get some benefit from being in God’s Creation. The rain falls on the just and the unjust comes to mind. However, there is a ‘lens of Grace’ over the Believer that focuses God’s Blessings on the believer. This can be a very good thing provided the believer is making an effort to remain in the ‘focus’. Consider that when a lens focuses light from its outer perimeter to a focal point below it also creates a shadow that is darker than the ambient light. The higher the quality of the lens, the higher the magnification level the darker the shadow. Grab a magnifying lens and go outside on a sunny day and try it. You’ll se I’m right about the shadow. Now, I don’t want to create a legalistic atmosphere. But, I have to wonder if some of God’s people who aren’t enjoying God’s Blessings have but themselves to blame by not striving to stay in the center of God’s Focus. But, while we can apply this easily and safely to ourselves, before we apply it to others we need to remember Job and the rebuke his ‘comforters’ got. What ‘could’ constitute a ‘Lens of God’s Grace’. Well, one thing that comes to mind is having a church home, being committed to that church home, and, supporting it whole heartedly. Part time support of ‘God’s Lens’ in your life may lead to part-time ‘Focusing’ of God’s Blessings as a result of having a church home. To be sure the ‘quality’ of the various ‘Lens’ varies greatly. But, all Churches made up of Born-Again Believers Focus God’s Grace and there is an advantage in seeking the focal point (or Vision) of the home church. As I was re-reading Malachi 3 I also got a gentle rebuke in verses 13-15 as I had come perilously close to fully committing this ‘sin’. ‘Stout’, at least to me, means beating up on God with ones words when things go wrong. I am reminded that He is able to handle it… But, like the ‘stout’ match in Robin Hood there is always a bit of embarrassment when you go in the ‘drink’ for a dip. Verse 16 follows with an additional promise to those that regain their ‘fear’ (respect and awe) of God and remember Him and speak well of Him. Just a few disconnected thoughts.