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Copr. Bruce N. Cameron, J.D., 1996.

LESSON 7 THE ELDERLY AND WIDOWS OF THE CHURCH

INTRODUCTION: HAVE YOU WORRIED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF OBLIGATION YOU HAVE TO THE POOR? THE PLIGHT OF THE HOMELESS IS A HOT TOPIC THESE DAYS. YOU READ ALL SORTS OF ARTICLES ABOUT THEM IN THE WASHINGTON POST AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS. IN LINE WITH THE POST THE WIFE OF THE EDITOR OF THE REVIEW CAME TO TALK TO US A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT SHE WAS SUGGESTING THAT WE TROT DOWN TO DC AND HELP THE HOMELESS THAT I AM SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL SEEN IN DC. WHEN I SUGGESTED THAT BEFORE WE ALL RUSHED DOWN TO DC SHE MIGHT CONSIDER PAUL'S WRITINGS THAT WE ARE STUDYING TODAY, SHE ESSENTIALLY ASKED ME WHAT KIND OF NEANDERTHAL I WAS. BECAUSE I TRAVEL QUITE A BIT IT IS FAIRLY COMMON THAT SOMEONE WILL ASK ME FOR MONEY. IT REALLY BOTHERS ME WHETHER I SHOULD GIVE MONEY, SO SOMETIMES I DO AND SOMETIMES I DON'T. SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL WITH ME WERE KIDDING ME NOT TOO LONG AGO THAT I GAVE MONEY TO THE PANHANDLER WHO SAID, "GOD BLESS YOU" AND DIDN'T TO THOSE THAT DID NOT SAY THOSE "MAGIC WORDS." THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT PAUL'S ADIVCE TO TIMOTHY ON HOW WE SHOULD TREAT OTHERS IN THE CHURCH AND I WANT TO ESPECIALLY LOOK HOW PAUL SAYS THE CHURCH SHOULD DEAL WITH THOSE IN NEED.

I. HOW TO TREAT OTHERS IN THE CHURCH.

II. HELPING THOSE IN NEED: WIDOWS

III. NEXT WEEK: STUDY THE REST OF CHPT 5. WE WILL DISCUSS CHURCH LEADERS NEXT WEEK.

THAT THEY BREAK IS TO GOD.)

III. NEXT WEEK: STUDY THE REST OF CHPT 5. WE WILL DISCUSS CHURCH LEADERS NEXT WEEK.