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Where We Spend Our Money

Today all across America churches received tithes and offerings and some churches had a response and others didn’t.

All across America churches are hurting financially. Times are tough as people have lost jobs and are unemployed and tithes have declined.

We do our best to pay our bills, buy groceries, buy gas which keeps going up and etc. I have noticed though that we will buy things we want and we still go out to eat but our tithes still decline.

What does this say about our love for God? Let’s look at some statistics of where we spend our money from the website listed below:

www.generousgiving.org

Pets: In 2007, it is estimated that Americans will spend over $40 billion on their pets.

Weight Loss: It is estimated that by 2010, Americans will spend over $60 billion on weight-loss programs.

Wow; that is a lot of money on pets and weight loss so how much do we give to the church:

Few Support the Church: Only one-third to one-half of U.S. church members financially support their churches.

Tithing: 9% of American “born-again” adults tithed in 2004.

Sunday Offerings: The average amount of money given by a full or confirmed member of a U.S. Christian church in 2004 was $691.93. This comes to an average of $13.31 per week.

WOW: Do you see what I am seeing? We care more about pets and weight loss that we do our local church. Listen to me I am not saying it is wrong to care about our pets and to try to manage our weight.

What I am saying is there are people dying and going to hell right outside of our church doors and we are spending our money on pets and weight loss instead of tithing to our churches.

We have our priorities all mixed up. There are poor people everywhere and I am not just talking physically poor but spiritually poor. If we are not tithing how can our churches minister to them? What does this say to God? My pets and my weight loss are more important than you….. Wow

What ever we love is what we spend (give)  our money to.

I have a question for you: Where does love start? God yes God it starts in Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

God is the beginning of love; He is love so how can we not give back to Him? It is His money anyways.

People need help; they are in need:

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)

We need to love with actions (our tithing) to our church and to God so we can spread the Gospel.

Where are your priorities? Who is first in your life?

Let’s do our part and help a brother in need.

Keep it real

Todd

 

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Giving Daily

Why don’t we? Why won’t we? We should; we could. We will because we love Jesus.

Let’s give this year. What can we give?

Our Time: We give our time to our families, our jobs, our children. What is stopping us from giving our time to God?

Give Him time in His Word; time in prayer with Him.

Our Service: We give our service to organizations; to our child’s sports teams. What is stopping us from giving our service to God?

Give Him service by helping at church whether it is greeting; serving in the nursery; serving in hospitality and etc. Serve Him.

Our Tithes: We give our money to our families; to stores; to movie theaters; to our hobbies and etc. What is stopping us from giving our money to God?

Give Him a tenth of what we earn. It is His anyways. He can multiply what we give so it can be used to further His Kingdom.

This world is full of takers; let’s go against the grain and be givers.

Check out the article below

Keep it real

Todd

A taste of Christ’s extravagant love

How can any of us who have tasted the extravagant love of Christ be stingy with our resources? Doesn’t His compassion toward us make us naturally disposed to help those in need? If we see someone who has a need that we can meet, how can our heart not want to help them? Won’t we love the fatherless, and the widow, and the shut-in, and the homeless, since we know that we once were fatherless, estranged from the Father, disabled, and headed for eternal separation from God?

— J. D. Greear

Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

(Nashville, Tn.: B & H Publishing, 2011), 133

via Of First Importance | Living each day in the good of the gospel.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Truly Saved

It has been quite some time since my last post as a lot has been going on. I have been thinking recently on what it means to be truly saved. To be truly committed to God and what does it look like in our lives? 

I have a few observations I would like to share:

If I am truly saved I shouldn’t have to be reminded to serve in my church and to give of my tithes; it would be natural to me.

Truly saved means I am the church every day not just on Sunday.

Truly saved means I feed in God’s Word daily.

Truly saved means I am praying for, praying in and through every thing I do.

Truly saved means surrendering my ways for His ways.

Truly saved means I want to tell everyone about the hope I have: Jesus.

Truly saved means loving the Creator of the World more than the World.

Truly saved means I live forever with God in Heaven.

So my point is: Can people tell that I am Truly Saved by the way I am living?

What about you? Are you truly saved?

Keep it real

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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