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Saeed Richardson
 
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It’s like the guy you may have seen, that acts like a gentleman, sweet and loving, taking a lady out to a nice dinner, and a romantic evening, only so he can get “something” out of the deal. Instead of doing all these things out of the sincerity of his heart, he’s really just putting out some money so he can get what he wants. And he gets mad and throws a temper - an often times destructive temper resulting in violence - because he didn’t get what he wanted. He’s trying to pay for “services rendered” - last time I checked that’s called prostitution.

This is gonna be a tough question, but are we trying to prostitute our worship, our prayer, our time in fellowship, our participation in church, or even our tithes and offerings - paying for services with our time, our talents, and our treasures- just to get something back?

 
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Imagine you are on your way to church one Sunday morning. You have had a more difficult week than normal. You are physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. You realize that you are running on fumes and are looking forward to getting your tank filled up so you can face the world again Monday morning. You are particularly excited about the worship service because you know we will be observing the Lord’s Supper, which is always a special service. But when you pull into the parking lot you quickly notice that it is already full, and you have a difficult time finding a place to park. But even though you have to park over in the field you are still excited about being here and are looking forward to what God has in store for you today. You notice that there are a lot of people standing outside on the steps and you wonder what is going on. When you get a little closer you realize that a couple of tables have been set up outside and that people are waiting in line for some reason. You also notice that people are writing checks and converting them and the paper money they have into silver coins. You wonder what is going on and ask the person in front of you what up. They inform you that the members of the Finance Committee recently made the decision to have everyone start using a new type of Church currency for the tithes and offerings. You wait patiently in line and sure enough when you finally make it to the table you are told that you need the new church currency in order to make an offering. So you take out a $20 bill and lay it down on the table and the person at the table takes your money and gives you a $10 church coin in return. When you finally get through the front door you immediately notice more tables and more lines. At one table you notice some people are buying hymnbooks, while others are simply renting them. At another table you discover that they are selling communion bread for $5.00 and a cup of grape juice for $7.50. The longer you stand there the madder you get. You make a vow right then and there to never miss another business meeting again and to do your best to see that heads would roll over this. If you can imagine an experience like this and how frustrating it would be, then you can relate to how Jesus must have felt when he entered the temple courts during Passover to worship the Heavenly Father. Let’s read this passage of Scripture together.

 
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When the Immanuel Baptist Church first called Pastor Waite he quickly made his way to each home. Letting people know that he wanted to know anything about the people that would be helpful in his ministry. It wasn’t long before the new pastor knew most of the church secrets. When it came to getting his own way, he wasn’t hesitant to remind members about their shortcomings which he kept written down in a large appointment book that he carried with him. The members of the church knew that others in the church family had been talking to the pastor. Finally they decided to call a special meeting to discuss dismissing the pastor. The church quickly divided into two hostile camps. For four weeks Pastor Waite simply kept the board from announcing the special meeting. Offering envelopes began to contain more than tithes, little messages like, "Waite no longer." began to appear, as well as "Give the pastor more time." Those who supported the pastor began to sit on the right & those who opposed him moved to the left side of the sanctuary. Finally after 4 weeks of not being allowed to announce the meeting to discuss dismissing the pastor, one of the deacons stood up in the service made his way to the pulpit & started to speak. "This is to announce a special congregational assembly for this afternoon to discuss Pastor Donald Waite." Suddenly he couldn’t be heard, because the pianist & organist who had both sided with the pastor began to play as loudly as possible. Pastor Waite began singing loudly into his lapel mic & some of the congregation on the right joined him. Before the second verse could begin the deacon pulled the power cord for the organ while another deacon shut the piano lid. The deacon by the pastor tripped over a mic cord & fell. He thought the pastor had pushed him and when he stood up he hit the pastor squarely in the nose. In an instant most of the church was out of their seats moving to the front punching & shoving. Many started to the front to break up the free for all, but when their side began to lose got involved in the fight. One of the deacons finally knocked the pastor down. The fight only when the police arrived. The judge called upon to rule in the case was Jewish and knew several of the men because he played in the religious softball league. He told them, "No charges will be pressed at this point, but I urge you to work this out within your own church. Your Jesus Christ may allow this sort of thing in His followers, but the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will not permit fist fights as a regular part of church."

 
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The Rich Family in Church
by Eddie Ogan

I’ll never forget Easter 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy was 12 and my older sister Darlene was 16. We lived at home with our mother, and the four of us knew what it was to do without many things. My dad had died five years before, leaving Mom with seven school kids to raise and no money.

By 1946 my older sisters were married and my brothers had left home. A month before Easter the pastor of our church announced that a special Easter offering would be taken to help a poor family. He asked everyone to save and give sacrificially.

When we got home we talked about what we could do. We decided to buy 50 pounds of potatoes and live on them for a month. This would allow us to save $20 of our grocery money for the offering. When we thought that if we kept our electric lights turned out as much as possible and didn’t listen to the radio, we’d save money on that month’s electric bill. Darlene got as many house and yard cleaning jobs as possible, and both of us babysat for everyone we could. For 15 cents we could buy enough cotton loops to make three pot holders to sell for $1. We made $20 on pot holders.

That month was one of the best of our lives. Every day we counted the money to see how much we had saved. At night we’d sit in the dark and talk about how the poor family was going to enjoy having the money the church would give them. We had about 80 people in church, so we figured that whatever amount of money we had to give, the offering would surely be 20 times that much. After all, every Sunday the pastor had reminded everyone to save for the sacrificial offering.

The day before Easter, Ocy and I walked to the grocery store and got the manager to give us three crisp $20 bills and one $10 bill for all our change. We ran all the way home to show Mom and Darlene. We had never had so much money before. That night we were so excited we could hardly sleep.

We didn’t care that we wouldn’t have new clothes for Easter; we had $70 for the sacrificial offering. We could hardly wait to get to church! On Sunday morning, rain was pouring. We didn’t own an umbrella, and the church was over a mile from our home, but it didn’t seem to matter how wet we got. Darlene had cardboard in her shoes to fill the holes. The cardboard came apart, and her feet got wet. But we sat in church proudly. I heard some teenagers talking about the Smith girls having on their old dresses. I looked at them in their new clothes, and I felt rich.

When the sacrificial offering was taken, we were sitting on the second row from the front. Mom put in the $10 bill, and each of us kids put in a $20 bill. As we walked home after church, we sang all the way. At lunch Mom had a surprise for us. She had bought a dozen eggs, and we had boiled Easter eggs with our fried potatoes! Late that afternoon the minister drove up in his car. Mom went to the door, talked with him for a moment, and then came back with an envelope in her hand. We asked what it was, but she didn’t say a word. She opened the envelope and out fell a bunch of money. There were three crisp $20 bills, one $10 and seventeen $1 bills. Mom put the money back in the envelope. We didn’t talk, just sat and stared at the floor.

We had gone from feeling like millionaires to feeling like poor white trash. We kids had such a happy life that we felt sorry for anyone who didn’t have our mom and dad for parents and a house full of brothers and sisters and other kids visiting constantly. We thought it was fun to share silverware and see whether we got the spoon or the fork that night. We had two knifes that we passed around to whoever needed them. I knew we didn’t have a lot of things that other people had, but I’d never thought we were poor. That Easter day I found out we were. The minister had brought us the money for the poor family, so we must be poor.

I didn’t like being poor. I looked at my dress and worn-out shoes and felt so ashamed, I didn’t even want to go back to church. Everyone there probably already knew we were poor! I thought about school. I was in the ninth grade and at the top of my class of over 100 students. I wondered if the kids at school knew that we were poor. I decided that I could quit school since I had finished the eighth grade. That was all the law required at that time. We sat in silence for...

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K. Edward "Ed" Skidmore
 
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A few years back, a Galveston church had a Tithing Demonstration Sunday for its members. On a designated Sunday everyone was asked to give a tithe of one week’s salary. They urged everyone … whether or not they usually tithed … to give a tithe that one time.

As you could imagine, the offering that Sunday was the largest ever given. In fact, it was 6 times the usual offering. The aftermath was even more exciting. Many who had never tithed before changed their attitude and decided if they could do it once, they could do again.

By the end of that year giving was up almost 3 times what it had been before the demonstration. The enthusiasm was up ...

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BUT A RECENT GALLOP POLL COMMISSIONED BY THE SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD SAID, “FIFTY NINE PERCENT OF 3700 PEOPLE RANDOM SELECTED WHILE LEAVING 217 CHURCHES BELIEVE, THEY COULD STAND BEFORE GOD ON THEIR OUR OWN MERITS, AND THAT IN THE END, GOD WILL BE FORCED TO GRADE US ALL ON THE CURVE ANYWAY.” PERHAPS YOU HEARD ABOUT THE 26 YEAR OLD KOREAN GRADUATE STUDENT WHO WAS STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE, H. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHO WENT OUT TO MAIL A LETTER, BUT BEFORE HE COULD GET BACK TO HIS APARTMENT, HE WAS ATTACKED BY A GANG OF VIOLENT TEENAGERS LOOKING FOR MONEY TO GO TO A DANCE, AND THEY ROBBED AND KILLED HIM, WHILE A DOZEN PEOPLE WATCHED AND DID NOTHING I. THIS YOUNG MAN HAD BEEN A MODEL SON AND A EXEMPLARY CHRISTIAN AND THOSE WHO COMMITTED THE CRIME, 1. WERE CONTEMPTIBLE DIRT BAGS. 2. THIS YOUNG MAN’S WIDOWED MOTHER, HAD EVERY RIGHT TO BE FILLED WITH HATE AND ANGER FOR THEM, BUT REMARKABLY, SHE WASN’T J. THE MEMBERS OF HER CHURCH IN KOREA, TOOK UP AN OFFERING TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR HER TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES, SO THAT SHE COULD HELP THOSE WHO HAD COMMITTED THE CRIME AGAINST HER SON. K. WHEN THE YOUNG CRIMINALS WERE TRIED, FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO DEATH AND LIFE IN PRISON, SHE GOT DOWN ON HER KNEES BEFORE THE JUDGE AND PLEAD FOR THEIR LIVES TO BE SPARED AND THOSE ANIMALS STARTED WEEPING LIKE BABIES, AS DID THE POLICEMEN WHO HELD THE YOUNG OFFENDERS IN CHAINS. L. THAT GRIEVING MOTHER, BECOME A CHRISTIAN, BECAUSE YOU AND I, THROUGH OUR TITHES, PAID A SALARY TO A SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONARY, WHO GOD LED TO SOUTH KOREA. M. SHE WAS LIVING OUT WHAT PAUL SAYS IN EPHESIANS 4:31-32, “GET RID OF ALL BITTERNESS, RAGE, ANGER, BRAWLING AND SLANDER, ALONG WITH EVERY FORM OF MALICE. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ONE ANOTHER, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, JUST AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU.” A. SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR -- WAS AN EVENT THAT OCCURRED ON MARCH 5, 1938, WHEN THIS NATION NEEDED A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND ASSURANCE B. PEOPLE ACHED FOR THE STRENGTH TO GET PAST THE ECONOMIC DEVASTATION THEY’D EXPERIENCED, AND THEY LONGED FOR THE FORTITUDE TO FACE THE PERSONAL, CHALLENGES THAT LAY AHEAD. 1. THAT’S WHY MILLIONS STOPPED THAT SPRING DAY TO LISTEN TO ONE MAN SPEAK. C. IT WAS THE UNMISTAKABLE VOICE OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, SPEAKING ON THE OCCASION OF BEGINNING HIS SIXTH YEAR AS PRESIDENT. D. WITH THIS COUNTRY COMING OUT OF AN ECONOMIC DEPRESSION AN...

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