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Giving as an Act of Worship

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Sermon shared by Jeff Strite

November 2003
Summary: What are we declaring when we give our weekly offering to God. Powerful insights are given by Solomon to his son. (A couple of families changed their giving practices as a result of this sermon)
Audience: Believer adults
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a money back guarantee. If you have never tithed before now’s your chance to try it out with no risk whatsoever. We as your leaders believe so strongly in this concept that we are willing to trust that God will supply as He has in the past.

I’m challenging you to at least tithe for the next few weeks and see if God will do what He’s promised in Proverbs 3. Now there is a stipulation on this. You must make sure you submit your tithe in the form of a check of in an envelope so we can trace it… And then, after a period of time that you feel is appropriate, if God hasn’t met your expectations, you talk to our treasurer and she’ll cut you a check for the amount you tithed.

CLOSE: Now, my closing illustration deals with something other than “planned giving” but it’s it shows how faithful God is in matter of money. How many of you are familiar with a concept known as a “Faith Promise Rally?” (Get response) For you who don’t understand the concept, many churches use it in supporting their missionaries. During the “Rally” Christians are challenged to make a “Faith Promise Pledge” that – in essence – is a promise to give a specified amount of money to missions ONLY if God supplies it above and beyond their ordinary income.

A few years back, Harry Reinfelder attended a Faith Promise Rally at his church, and decided to give a certain amount of money. His immediate first notion was that even if God did not give him the extra money, he would be able to pay it anyway.
After further thought, he decided that his philosophy went against the whole concept of faith giving - giving back to God - so he made a faith promise of "thousands of dollars," and determined "it had to be from God."
His promise set the wheels in motion for God to perform a series of events that would exceed his wildest dreams.
Reinfelder made the pledge in the fall, and months later God still had not supplied the money. His wife Nancy thought the money was supposed to be paid monthly, but Reinfelder told her if God wanted them to pay it, He would provide first.
In the spring, however, his faith promise became reality.
Reinfelder and his wife owned and operated a resort on Munuscong Bay in Michigan’s upper Peninsula. One day Reinfelder received a call from the Michigan Outdoors television program, asking if they could do a show from the resort with Reinfelder.
After the crew arrived, Reinfelder was delayed and couldn’t take them out until long after the generally accepted fishing time. A he was getting ready to go fishing, "something told me to get a salmon net," which is a larger net than what he had originally prepared.
Reinfelder used light tackle and no steel leader, and a walleye fishing lure. A short time later, "I hooked into what I thought was a snag. At the same time, I heard the cameraman turn the camera on."
What he thought was a snag, turned out to be a 50 inch muskie. After playing the fish for 5 to 7 minutes, a very unusual thing happened, "the
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