April 9/2017

God, Money, and True Riches...

getting honest about tithing and money

 

Generosity speaks volumes to the world.

Unbelievers witnessed the generosity of the early Christians. The early Christians loved each other deeply and cared for each other by making sure everyone was taken care of. What happened was that these believers enjoyed favour of all the people. There was something attractive about running counter-culture to the self-centered materialism of the day.

Acts 2:45-47 says, "The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

The Bible is clear that our example of generosity can be a tool for evangelism. What a refreshing alternative in a day and age where many only look out for themselves.

 

Thanks for giving today.

April 2/2017

God, Money and True Riches…

getting honest about tithing and money.

Martin Luther- “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “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. - Matthew 6:19-24 (NIV)

Jesus always had two kingdoms in mind. He spoke of two treasuries, two perspectives and two masters of those two kingdoms. This gives us two options that demand one choice. If we choose God’s kingdom we have the right perspective. However, choosing neither still puts us in the wrong perspective. We have only one choice and that is to serve the Lord faithfully with our finances.

 

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