True Charity - Replacing Flypaper with Freedom

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Is it is possible that in our effort to help the poor, we may in fact be encouraging those conditions responsible for creating their poverty? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301623198
About Mike Melin

Mike Melin is a life-long businessman, having owned and operated a furniture factory for many years. Currently, Mike and his wife Sherrel operate a small insurance agency.

Mike's true passion is encouraging other people to take their own next step of faith in their relationship with God. He and his wife are the founders of Melin Ministries, Inc., a teaching ministry dedicated to helping people apply the Word of God in a very practical way to their daily lives.

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Review by: Tony Killion on Dec. 18, 2012 :
This is a great lesson on how to really help those who are caught up in generational poverty,and those who have become dependent on a free hand out. This book should be required reading for every government official.
Please read it.
Thank you Reverend Melin for your insight into this ever growing problem in American society.
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on Nov. 30, 2012 :
I read this in a single sitting. It was hypnotic; I literally couldn’t put it aside without finishing it. And it has my highest praise.

Mike Melin makes a brilliant, Christian case for casting off the veil over our eyes as it concerns poverty, for “poverty” as the world defines it is a mirage. True poverty is poverty of the mind – the identity – the soul.

One way to summarize the message of this indispensable little book is that the world, in assessing “what we’re doing to help the poor,” resolutely totes up material inputs while ignoring characterological outputs. But “help” of that sort literally imprisons the poor in true poverty. It does nothing to make the poor man other than poor, and gives him additional reasons to remain so!

The legions of darkness sing a very sweet song in our ears: “Help the poor! Don’t trouble yourself about their characters. Just cut them a check.” And as Reverend Melin writes, it will be their helpers among us who’ll howl loudest when we turn from that path and resolve instead to free the poor man from his true poverty: the conviction, whether conscious or not, that he cannot or should not try to help himself, and must become comfortable in his dependence upon other men.

With God, all things are possible...but look: God is no longer welcomed at the charity-kitchen table! And we wonder why, with all the largesse our society showers upon the “needy,” their number always grows.

Thank you, Reverend Melin.
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