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 The Joys of Being Poor — Poor in the Spirit

  Only by looking at it with biblical eyes will anyone appreciate how being poor in any way, shape or form becomes a blessing. In the world’s view it is the rich who are blessed because they have plenty. But Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 5:3 (NIV), “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” points to something so much more important than material possessions—our spiritual standing before God. Growing up in church, you may have…

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Going Beyond Tithing : The Call for Radical Generosity

  We’ve covered a lot of arguments both for and against tithing in our discourse on the topic of giving. One thing we have clearly established is that a Christian’s money and possessions cannot be separated from his pursuit of and obedience to God. Randy Alcorn, a popular American author and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization, writes: “Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said is related to money and possessions. Our Lord made more reference to money…

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Poverty: A Spiritual Issue

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Poverty: A Spiritual Issue

  Poverty is a pervading issue that plague millions of people around the world. It involves a labyrinth of issues usually linked with bad economies, scant finances, and scarce resources. In 2000, world leaders resolved to eradicate all forms of poverty in the world by 2015. It was manifested in the Millennium Development Goals that many nations pledged to achieve. Targets were made and millions of dollars were funnelled through development programs aimed at lifting people out of poverty and…

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The Downside of Affluence

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The Downside of Affluence

  We can see many Christian individuals who are wealthy and grounded on the Rock, on their faith in God. However, there are some who seems to have forgotten their humble beginnings, much worse, they have forgotten the Giver of their wealth. In Deuteronomy 8:18 the NIV says: “But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is…

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Tithing Today

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Tithing Today

To tithe or not to tithe? This remains to be among the top questions Christians ask today. We want to obey and honor God in our lives -- we read the Bible, we pray and go to church, try to be and do good to others -- all pretty straightforward.  But when it comes to honoring God with our money, we hit a snag. All of a sudden, all these questions about the biblicality of tithing, its relevance to modern-day…

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Deliverance From Poverty

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Deliverance From Poverty

  Because of sin, man has been living in a state of poverty. But even in man’s sinfulness, God’s love for man never faltered. He continued to love man because He created man to have a personal and loving relationship with Him (Genesis 3:21). So before He sent man out of the Garden of Eden, God promised to send a Redeemer that will bring man back to Himself. This promised Redeemer is Jesus and He took man’s poverty (sin) to…

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

If tithing is such a difficult subject to understand, given the varying and often polarizing views about its biblicality and modern application, it is even harder to preach about. The fact is, it’s probably even suicidal for a pastor to preach on tithing! It is risky at best and a pastor stands to lose members and their much-needed contribution to support the church if they do not agree. On the other hand, there is the real danger of being too…

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Did Jesus Tithe ?

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Did Jesus Tithe?

  Did He or didn’t He? That is the million dollar question! Of course he tithed! Jesus was a Jew, and tithing is basic to Jewish theology! Many people are quick to assume that simply because he was raised in a Jewish home—and one that strictly obeyed Jewish practices and traditions, and because he lived during the time of the Law, then Jesus must have tithed. Also, because Jesus rebuked the Pharisees about their manner of tithing as recounted by…

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tithing in the new testament

In our previous discussions, we have established that tithing was mandated by God and was required of his people in the Old Testament. With that said, the next question then would be whether God still required it of believers in the New Testament. The most interesting thing about the concept of tithing under the New Testament is its almost virtual absence. Of the numerous teaching of Jesus, we find only four passages which actually mention the word "tithe.” Matthew 23:23…

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Obey God with Money

As a child, did your father ever gave you an allowance for school that you used to buy candy or a toy instead of lunch? At the time, maybe you thought the toy was worth skipping a meal for. Maybe the candy, the colorful assortment of bubblegum, lollipops, and fruit-flavored chewies, felt more exciting than a lunch plate. No matter how trivial the consequence, the heart of the matter is that you did not use the money your father gave…

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