Category Archives: Giving

Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?

Author Lafcadio Hearn was known for his books about Japan. In particular, his collections of Japanese traditional stories and legends were very well received. One such story involved a Japanese farmer who owned a valuable rice field that covered a … Continue reading

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Being a Godsend

An article in the¬†USA Today¬†newspaper told the story of a couple who boarded TWA flight 265 in New York to fly to Orlando and see Disney World. Thirty minutes into the flight, the woman, who was was almost seven months … Continue reading

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The Truth About Church

One day a man called a pastor to say he wanted to join the pastor’s church. The man was quick to point out, though, that he didn’t want to attend services every week, study the Bible, pray, visit, evangelize, give, … Continue reading

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A Lesson Learned From a Poor Widow

Monetarily speaking, the greatest giver of all time was not a rich industrialist who made his billions and then contributed a portion of his wealth to philanthropic efforts. Instead, it was a poor widow who placed two small coins in … Continue reading

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Do It Now

Here’s a true story. A church in San Antonio, Texas, committed to a fundraising drive to build a new building. On a chosen Sunday morning, a special offering would be taken up to help toward reaching the monetary goal. Each … Continue reading

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Should a Christian Tithe?

Allow me to begin with a list of prominent preachers, pastors, theologians, Christian apologists, and Christian authors, ranging from the early days of the church up through today. Here goes: Justin Martyr (AD 100-AD 165): early church apologist, founder of … Continue reading

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Jesus: The Cosmic Santa Claus

“The Jesus You Know” series (post #5) I was licensed to preach in October of 1992 and formally ordained into the ministry in February of 1993. Upon my ordination, I began my first pastorate. This means that I’m in my … Continue reading

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