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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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The Poor Give More

  (an upside-down world!) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. (2 Cor. 8:2-4) The Macedonian church were the first to respond with their gifts to the troubled church in Jerusalem. They were not…

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Reward for giving

Whenever we give gifts to our neighbor, do we sometimes think and expect to be rewarded for  doing a good thing? As Christians, we need to understand what it means to give graciously and willingly to people especially to those whom God leads us to bless. We need to realize that what we are giving to them is not necessarily ours. We are merely conduits of these blessings. We are stewards of what God gives us. Yes, God expects us…

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STEWARDSHIP

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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EDITOR IN CHIEF

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In this day of age we’re bombarded by choice, and never before have we had so many choices about what we can spent our money on. I think Jesus words can provide us with a very healthy perspective. He once said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in the field. When a man found it, he hid it again and then in his joy went and sold all that he had and bought that field.” - Matthew 13:44…

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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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A life of integrity

In a world of compromise, it is difficult to find people who will stand and fight for their conviction and what they think is right. It is now rare to meet people of integrity. The Scripture gives examples of people who have exhibited integrity during their time. David was known as a leader who shepherded His people with integrity of heart (Psalm 78:72). Job, despite being tested and losing everything he had, remained committed to God and therefore did not…

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What does true generosity looks like? Most of us naturally tend to think that they are reasonably generous. In fact I’m yet to meet anyone that says, “Hey I’m really stingy!”. But are we really generous? And to that matter, what does true generosity really look like? Let’s start by considering the greatest act of generosity that we know. The bible says (in John 3:16) that “God so love the world that He gave His one and only son”, for you and…

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