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Bernard Taggert Swain

This parable reminds us to keep pride from spoiling our giving.


  • Concept: Bernard Taggert Swain is a very wealthy man. He is always faithful in paying his obligated tithe of 10%. Yet, he is unhappy that his tithe, so much larger than all others, goes without special recognition. So, he sets out to rectify this. Here is a story that admonishes us to not allow our pride to intrude on our giving.
  • Story Origin: Original
  • Setting: A mythical village
  • Precept(s):
    • When we seek the praise of men for our good deeds, we have received our thanks in full. When we do our good deeds in secret and not for the praise of men, God will reward us.
    • Giving and generosity to the poor are ordained by God to keep us from becoming the prisoner of our possessions.
  • Key Bible Verse: Matthew 6:1-4 Be careful, do not do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So, when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.


  • Written and Narrated by Dana Buck
  • Devotional Thoughts Narrated by Kim Pratt
  • Produced by Beneath Blue Skies Productions
  • Music Credit: “Luminous Rain” by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0 license


Sew Powerful Parables will tickle your funny bone, touch your heart and offer you a new way to experience God’s truth. Jesus often used parables to communicate His most important messages. Dana Buck picks up that tradition in a poetic, rhyming style that makes listening easy and enjoyable. All ages will love these stories full of memorable characters, insightful lessons and just plain fun.

After retiring from a 38-year career with the Christian non-profit organization, World Vision, Dana Buck now devotes himself full time to writing, speaking, and mentoring. His Sew Powerful Parables continue to grow in popularity as they charm audiences, readers and listeners. He is a Charter Board member for the nonprofit organization Sew Powerful, where he lends his expertise to further their mission of combating extreme poverty by training, equipping and empowering women and girls in the developing world. Dana resides in the greater Seattle area with his wife Grace and their neurotic cat. They have two children, Jared and Alyssa, and Alyssa is married to son-in-law, Ivan. No grandchildren yet, but Ivan and Alyssa do own and share their beautiful grand-dog, Odin. Reach Dana with comments or suggestions at