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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…

Related: Episode 18: Eager to get rich

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Are You Happy

Have you ever been asked if you are happy with your job, your business, your relationships, and life in general? What was your answer? You probably let out a big “Yes” or a half-hearted “Well, for the most part” or maybe an outright “No!” Well, no one has a perfect life. We all want something better—a higher paying job, a bigger house, a more successful career—but the reality is, we can’t have it all. So if you’re waiting to get…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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  There is a saying that goes like this: “Mistakes are meant for learning, not for repeating.” Probably most of us, if not all, have experienced repeating the same mistakes of others. But is it really necessary for us to repeat others’ mistakes for us to learn our lesson? Can we not learn from their wrong decisions and spare ourselves from going through the guaranteed pain and the consequences of those mistakes? For us to further understand this, it would…

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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…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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The Biggest Danger to Your Relationship with God

  Jesus himself said in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Is not money a good thing? Isn’t it important? Indeed, money is essential. In fact, we cannot live without it. We work hard to earn money. Money is our medium of exchange for goods and services. We need…

Related: The Downside of Affluence

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Should You Borrow to Buy a Car

  For most people, a car is considered the second biggest expense after housing. This four-wheeled product of human ingenuity has become a sure-fire status symbol and a consistent part of every working adult's wish list. The automotive industry is spending billions of dollars on traditional and digital advertising to entice you in getting their newest sedan, SUV, or truck with a small down payment and an affordable monthly fee. Thus, you come to the crux of the matter: Should…

Related: Episode 19: Have you saved for a rainy day?

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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…

Related: Five Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

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Practicing Stewardship and Budgeting

  Each year, the cost of living goes up, prices of basic commodities rise, and stretching your monthly income often seems harder. Not to mention those unseen, unavoidable expenses like health emergencies, car maintenance, home repairs, your child’s school project, and the list goes on. As they say, budgeting is the single most important part of financial management and good financial stewardship. The Investopedia website gives a very accurate definition of budgeting, “It's making sure that you're spending less than…

Related: How to regain control of your cash

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The Link to Identity and Money

Many people do not realize that their identity—or in some sense, their personality—is more powerful than they think. In fact, Rock Thomas in his book, “The Power of Your Identity” says that “these beliefs form part of your self-image (identity) and ultimately affect how you behave and the decisions you make. Can you start to see that your identity is the nerve center or control tower of your actions?” Your identity or personality, of course, includes the way you deal…

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