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Help Your Congregation Win Financially

Do a survey in your congregation. Ask them to name five things that they currently struggle with and I am sure that one of them is financial strife. Credit card debt. Student loans. Mortgages. Utility bills. Different names—the same problem. Lack of money. As a pastor, you have a fantastic opportunity to help your congregation win financially and overcome lack through Biblical and practical teaching. Here are some ways: 1. Preach on Biblical Finances You have a captured audience that…

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What Malachi Says About Tithing

When it comes to the subject of tithing, the most quoted reference is Malachi 3:9-10 (ESV) which reads, “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until…

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The Purpose of the Tithe

It is important to note that throughout the Scriptures, two kinds of giving are consistently taught: compulsory—required or mandatory giving (as to the government in the form of taxes) and voluntary—when giving to God (as an offering) and to charity. The misunderstanding stems from the nature of the Old Testament tithes. Israel then had a theocratic government with the Levitical priests acting as the civil government. One of the purposes of the tithe then was to: Fund the priesthood. These…

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The Concept of Firstfruits

Along with the principle of tithing is that of "firstfruits." They go hand in hand. In Proverbs 3:9, the Israelites were commanded to “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops.” But what exactly are firstfruits? Leviticus 23:9-14 institutes the firstfruits offering. The people were to bring a sheaf of grain to the priest, who would wave it before the Lord. A burnt offering, a meal offering, and a drink offering were also required at that…

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Where is Stewardship in the Bible?

Make a quick Google search of the word stewardship and several similar meanings may come up: Stewardship means the management or care of something, particularly the kind that works. If your company is making money, there's probably been careful stewardship. The conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. Definitions of the word stewardship are all over the internet as much as it can be found across several books in the Bible.…

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What is the Tithe?

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What is the tithe

Of all the topics on money, the tithe is probably still the most controversial in the Church today. Many people argue that it no longer applies, that it is just an Old Testament concept, while others believe it is still relevant and continue to practice it today. But before we delve into the theology of tithing, let us first understand what the word means. Simply put, the word tithe means “tenth,” but let us go deeper and look at other definitions.…

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The Freewill Offering

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The Freewill Offering

We briefly discussed in an earlier article the two kinds of giving taught in the Scriptures: one is compulsory or mandatory such as to the government in the form of taxes, while the other one is voluntary, such as when giving a freewill offering to God. To differentiate the two, we have to look closely at how the two concepts are expressed. In the Old Testament, we often read of the tithe in conjunction with the act of “bringing,” “taking,”…

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Characteristics of God’s Steward on Earth

Now, it’s time to put all your stewardship principles into practice. It’s easy to talk about how to honor God with your worldly possessions or how to live within your means and keep out of debt, but actually doing it may be another story. Like most Christians, you know that nothing you have today actually belongs to you. Yet, it remains a struggle to live everyday grasping the biblical truth that God has entrusted you with your talents, money, business,…

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Biblical Stewardship: The Foundation of All Generosity

Generosity is the overflow of the stewardship mindset that says God owns it all and I am only a steward of the resources in my hands, including my life. This truth has far-reaching implications in the way we live our lives and how we use the resources entrusted to us including money, possessions, our work, our business, and everything else we have. God bestows material blessing to his people so that they can help those who have less in this…

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