Tithing/Giving

Godliness and Giving

Some define "godliness" as "God–likeness." Others describe it as "behavior which displays the character of God." It is evident from these brief definitions that godliness is the manifestation of God’s presence and character in one’s life. The godly life is one which takes God into consideration in all areas of life. Whatever is being done, is done with a consciousness of God and His will. God is holy and this is to mark the godly believer. (1 Pet. 1:15) God is ri...

Beggars

Which country in the world has the most Christian beggars? Perhaps some would suggest India with its six hundred million people, many living in extreme poverty. Others might suggest underdeveloped nations of African or South America. Few would suggest the United States. Is not this country the most affluent nation in the world? Christian beggars here? And yet through the mails and media, such as radio and television, the public is constantly bombarded by pleas for money. Pledges, faith promis...

Biblical Tithing

What we do with that which God has entrusted to our use is of the utmost importance to God. The concern of the Lord regarding our financial giving is demonstrated by the sheer weight of scriptural references. One out of every six verses in Matthew, Mark, and Luke has to do with money. Of the 38 parables in the New Testament, twelve have to do with the use of money. We must take seriously God’s plan for giving in the Bible, for God is serious about it. However, some have concluded that...

Which is Greater

"... whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?" Matthew 23:17     The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day taught that if a man swore by the Temple, he wasn't necessarily obligated to do what he promised. But if he swore by the gold of the Temple, then that was a different story. He was bound by that oath. They made the same false distinction between swearing by the altar and swearing by the sacrifice on it. The former oath could be broken; the l...

Giving

Touch a man's wallet and you have touched a nerve. When Jesus challenged the rich young ruler to part with his money it struck a nerve. The young man apparently did not realize the grip his money had upon him until he was confronted with giving it away. (Lk. 18:22-23) So it is with many of us. We do not always realize how much we trust in riches, and how much importance we place on money. Money gives us a sense of security; however, Scripture would teach us that riches have wings, and really pro...
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