Whenever I talk about tithing, people get nervous and uncomfortable. One reason for our discomfort is that few things reveal the truth of our character the way our money does. But that’s another blog for another day.
I want to talk to those people who want to give something, but don’t know how. So, let’s talk about how to get started.
First, the basics—God owns everything. God made everything—therefore, He owns everything.
Second, our God is good, faithful and generous. Tithing is how we give thanks and praise for both of these realities.
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Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, has become so important to our economy that many businesses opened on Thursday so the crowds could get a jump on all of the sales. The news reporters showed us video of happy shoppers pushing their over-stuffed carts out of the stores and into the parking lot. The message is obvious: the more you buy, the happier you are. Really? Is our nation’s...more
According to most psychologists, January is a difficult month for most people. Not only are the days shorter, colder and the nights longer, but Christmas is such a disappointment. Think about that. The best news the world has ever heard is now a let- down for us. Promises of “good news of great joy” just never seem to get to us. And if they do, they don’t stay long. Why is...more