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Theology of Money

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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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God’s Funding Method

We know that God is the owner and therefore, the provider of everything that is needed to fund His Kingdom work on earth. However, He uses people to mobilize His resources and accomplish His purposes. The book of Nehemiah makes a great case study for God’s funding method. God was pleased to use Nehemiah to organize one of the biggest capital campaigns: a building plan to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem. Have you ever been involved in a huge…

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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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Measuring Fundraising Success

  Traditional fundraising measures success in terms of meeting targets: amount of money raised, return on investment (ROI), increase in giving and donor data base. All these are not bad, but if these are the only measure of success, then we are merely transactional and not transformational fundraisers. A transformational fundraiser shifts from transaction fundraising to transformation fundraising. They are the first to be transformed in their mindset about the giver of resources—God—and the fundraiser’s role as sower of seeds…

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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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A Biblical View of Money

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew6:24 Money is the number one competitor of our devotion to God. The Lord knows that the love of money and material things can easily distract our attention and focus on God. That is probably why there are more verses in the Bible that speak about…

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God wants to bless us

Whether you believe it or not, God wants to bless us. He does not just want to, He loves to! God's heart is to lavish us with His goodness. He delights in blessing us. As a loving Father whose pleasure is to shower His children with good things, God wants us to experience the fullness of His greatness. He floods our lives with overflowing goodness that flows down from His throne of grace. He sweeps us away in His river…

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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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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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Is God first

As Christian we know that God is asking us to put Him first in everything. In fact, we usually quote Jesus when He says “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”. – Matthew 6:33 We know that we should put God first and often pretend that we do it, but, do we really? Especially when it comes to money. I once heard a pastor make a very harsh but…

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