Giving

Today, I have two testimonies about God providing. The first one comes from someone I have been doing some budget counseling with, and they are wonderful sweet people. I’m so very proud of their hard work and commitment. The husband just told me about the blessing they recently received. This is what I recall from […]

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Putting money is the offering plate can be a difficult thing for many people to do. It isn’t easy to part with money, when we have so many needs and wants in life. Giving regularly often begins with letting go and trusting. Even if our hearts aren’t totally into it, God then often blesses us, […]

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A good friend of mine, sent me an email recently about giving, that I thought might be encouraging.  He has lived good stewardship, and gotten back on his feet financially, after deeply digging out from a failed business venture. “I was looking at our tithe last year and it was indeed 10% but given our […]

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A friend recently emailed to me this story about how God used him to bless someone. One Sunday afternoon when I was 22 years old, I sat down with my girlfriend at a nice airport restaurant while waiting on a flight. Travel activity was low that day, so the restaurant was all but empty. Our […]

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Here is an excellent story about a man who gave his last two dollars to bless someone else. He learned several lessons, and you will to. As a middle school teacher my voice is usually my craft, without it I am already defeated in a classroom. One Friday I was beginning to lose my voice […]

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Have you seen the story of the $0 tip note left by pastor Alios Bell and a rude comment to the waitress, a few days ago in the news? If you have ever worked in a restaurant, as a server, bar tender or host, you prefer to not work Sundays. Christians have a reputation of […]

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Here is a cool idea: consider adding a new category to your monthly budget for ‘special giving.’ While doing some budget planning with the program we use–YNAB, or You Need a Budget–I noticed that for some months throughout the year we gave to various causes. This was in addition to our regular giving. This got me […]

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This email, “A Little Girl’s Gift*,” from Joni Eareckson Tada (quadriplegic www.joniandfriends.org) was forwarded to me yesterday, and I thought it was wonderful. A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16 When I wheeled up to the cashier’s counter in the airport gift shop, […]

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A recent Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class attendee asked me if Dave recommends suspending tithing. Here is my response. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class is concluded with the final lesson “The Great Misunderstanding.” In this lesson he highlights the importance of giving and faith. However, it seems as if some people interpret Dave  as advocating […]

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A lot of Christians think that we should never put God to the test thinking of the following Bible verses: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” Deuteronomy 6:16:  “Then the devil took Him to the holy city and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are […]

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For this morning’s devotional, I am using an excerpt from The NIV Stewardship Study Bible: “God created both soul and body, and the resurrection of Jesus shows that he is going to redeem both the spiritual and the material. Therefore God is concerned not only for the salvation of souls but also for the relief of […]

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Have you ever had something that you really wanted and were getting ready to purchase, and instead of doing so you gave the money to some needy person? Have you ever considered taking a prized possession and selling it, and give the money to an institution that you believe in? A friend of mine down […]

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Billionaire David Rubenstein today made a $7.5 million donation to repair the Washington Monument, damaged from last summer’s earthquake, the government will pay the other $7.5m.

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Great story in the Columbus Dispatch about poor people giving to the poor. People in a inner-city ministry, many of who are homeless heard about an extremely poor leper colony in Africa, gave abundantly out of what little they had. Sometimes it seems we can be inclined to not to give abundantly until our own needs and wants […]

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Luke chapters 9 and 10 appear to be busy times for Christ; Jesus sends out the twelve and the 72, He feeds 5,000, is transfigured, and is doing other preaching and healing. Although these events may not have happened in as close proximity of time as they appear, I think the stories flow from one […]

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Wonderful quotes about giving from C.S. Lewis, the best Christian apologist of the 20th Century. I found these very challenging. Charity–Giving to the poor–is an essential part of Christian morality…I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we […]

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An interesting question to contemplate, I think. Humans often look at what we don’t have. We see the gap, the glass half full. The 5th verse of Psalm 23 finishes with “my cup runneth over.” Let’s see, what did God give me? Many verses describe that he gives each human life, breath, the earth and […]

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