All posts tagged: giving

Giving is Much More Than Money

–written by Jean Daniel Many years ago upon getting her weekly allowance, a little girl asked her father, “Daddy, how do you tithe a nickel?” She had been taught to tithe her money, but later learned it also meant giving of her time, money and personality. How does that apply to you? Personality: Does your Christian spirit come across through your smile, your words, your actions to your family or to strangers?  When my children were young, I accidentally recorded our conversation while preparing dinner. Later when playing it back, I was appalled at the manner in which I spoke to my kids. What would God’s recording of your comments and behavior toward others reveal? Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5, NIV Money: You know that you are supposed to tithe your money, but is it given with a tight fist or an open heart? Teach your children while they are young to tithe their money and they will give with eagerness and serve as an …

Managing to Give

Have you ever fantasized about being filthy rich? I have, especially when I go to sporting events. I think to myself, “Most of the guys on this field are millionaires. Some sports stars make $25M a year.” I consider how much I could do if I had a lot of money, whether thats helping people, giving to the church, or spending it on myself. My guess is most of us wouldn’t be any different with our money if all of a sudden we were millionaires. We have all been given a portion of God’s kingdom. If I can’t manage the $60K that Kelli and I have been given, why would He give me more? Jesus gives an example of this in Matthew 25. In short, the Parable of the Three Servants is a story about a master who goes on a long trip. Before he goes, he calls his servants together to give them portions of his money to manage while he’s gone. He gives each of them different amounts based on their abilities and then …

The “G” Word

My dad worked for a home building company that moved their management frequently. Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Georgia. I lived in all these states before I was twelve. Five different elementary schools and two different high schools when it was all said and done. It was that last move as a family though that made a huge difference in my life. As we were unloading the moving truck a neighbor boy came up to me and asked “What’s your name?” “Help me unload this truck and I will tell you,” I said. So Donnie jumped right in and helped. Donnie and I became good friends. One day his mom asked if my three other siblings and I would like to to go to church with them. My folks said yes and off we went. And the next Sunday and the next and then Wednesday nights. Soon my folks started taking us and then going with us. Then one Easter Sunday, my whole family was baptized into Christ! All because Donnie and his mother were personally generous with their time and passion for …

This Week For Sunday

The Gospel calls us to live generously. If you’re like me, you’ve struggled with this. Many of us don’t mind giving advice, our opinion, or the road-rage-glare when someone cuts us off in traffic, but when it comes to giving “our” money, we can be far less generous. Earlier this year, Kelli and I both experienced some heart change in the area of financial generosity. We were blowing through money like crazy and had no plan except to spend it. We were also struggling financially. Having enough of that, we decided we needed to change. We got on a budget and God revealed to us how much He had been giving us all along that we were just throwing away. Through the process of learning how to manage what God has given us, we no longer give out of obligation, but because Jesus has changed our lives and we can’t help but give back to him. I know we tend to get a little antsy when generosity or money is brought up in church, but why? Why do …

God Provides

Kelli and I have been married for 5 years now. For most of our marriage, we have complained about not having enough money, living paycheck to paycheck. Liam, our oldest son, came along in year three of our marriage and finances only grew tighter.  “Man,” I thought, “now we really don’t have money.” Apparently, we didn’t understand how babies are made and out popped Levi 18 months later. We decided to take a step of faith and Kelli quit work to be home with the boys. “Seriously, can we get anymore broke?” It seemed like every time we complained about being broke, we became broker.  In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says, “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they?” (NLT)  I had read and heard that 1,000 times over. However, I felt like God wasn’t providing for me. In hindsight, God trying to get my attention. Not only were we being forced to truly rely on God …

Giving as Worship

When we hear the word “give,” especially in the church it seems, the first thing that comes to mind is MONEY with a waterfall of thoughts… How much money do I need to give?  Why do I need to give money? Where is my money going? Am I not giving enough money? I can only give this much money. Sorry, I don’t have any money to give. Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT) Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (NLT) Christ has given us the ultimate gift by making the ultimate sacrifice.  We have received eternal life!  Knowing this, we should seeing giving as a privilege.  Are you viewing your giving in the shadow of the cross?  Give with the right motives. Give because God has given us …