Contributed by Ken Pell on Dec 11, 2011
GIFT GIVING SHOULD BE PERSONAL AND RELATIONAL
Have you ever seen the episode of "Friends" where Joey and Chandler wait too long to buy Christmas gifts? They end up having to buy gifts from a gas station.
They give Rachael wiper blades and an air freshener. When Rachel
Reported giving to the local church by Barna Research group
• Six out of ten adults (61%) gave money to one or more churches in 2000, a small decline from 1999 (66%).
• The average church donor contributed a mean of $649 to churches in 2000, down from the $806 in 1999.
• Nearly one-quarter
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 30, 2003
Reformed Bible scholar Dr. Bruce Lockerbie urges ministers to “stop saying ‘I’m OK, you’re OK’ and start
Contributed by Ronald Keller on Apr 6, 2003
I remember hearing of a man who was deeply in debt. The bill collectors called constantly. One in particular was extremely harassing. The man finally told the bill collector: “When I cash my pay check, I put the name of all my creditors in my hat. I shake the hat. Then I reach in and randomly
Contributed by David Dykes on Apr 10, 2003
Fifteen years ago, I was serving as pastor in Alabama and our church was in a capital stewardship campaign to raise money to build a new building. There was one particular lady in our church who was a widow. Her husband had left her a lot of money, and she had a lot more than she really needed. She
Contributed by Joel Vicente on May 27, 2004
A College student had the following message on his dorm answering machine:
"Hi! This is Fred. If it's the phone company, I sent the money. If it's Mom or Dad, please send money. If it's the financial office, you didn't loan me enough money. If
Contributed by Denn Guptill on Nov 29, 2004
R.G. LeTourneau said “I shovel money out, and God shovels it back ...
From Stories for Preachers: The pastor of a local church decided to take drastic action on stewardship: he hired an electrician to wire the pews. The next Sunday he said, "Today is Stewardship Day. We will be making our pledges publicly, in church, this morning. Who will pledge $50 a week?" As he
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 25, 2005
A man had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. He could receive little company and was to avoid excitement. While in the hospital a rich uncle died and left him a million dollars. His family wondered how to break the news to him with the least amount of excitement. It was decided to ask
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Jun 20, 2005
A wealthy man was taking a cruise when suddenly the announcement came that the ship was sinking. The man took his sack of gold coins around his waist and jumped overboard trying to swim to safety. Unfortunately, the weight of the coins
Contributed by Jim Kane on Sep 4, 2005
Do you know that at one point ‘pew rental’ was a common custom in the church? It was one of the ways, if not the chief way, to raise money. It was like paying admission.
I did a short Internet search and found several articles on the subject including one about church in Australia that mentioned
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Sep 24, 2005
“God can have our money and not our hearts, but He cannot have our hearts without having our money.” (Disciplines of a Godly Man, R. Kent
Contributed by Jason Cole on Feb 23, 2004
Martha Berry was a lady with a vision to help children. She began a school for poor children. She had no books, no building and no money. But she had a dream. She went to Henry Ford to ask for a donation. Mr. Ford reached into his pocket gave Martha Berry a dime. Most people would have been
Contributed by Denn Guptill on Apr 28, 2003
Old country preacher was met one day by a member of his congregation who asked, “Preacher if salvation is free, how come you’re always asking for money?” Good question, maybe one you’ve asked yourself. The preacher responded by saying “Salvation is free, as free as the water
Contributed by Sean Harder on Dec 9, 2009
THE USE OF GOD'S GIFTS
How much did Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys spend on the New Texas Stadium? 1.15 billion dollars. They joke that there is a hole in the top of the stadium so that God can watch his favorite team play. I’m not so sure Mr. Jones doesn’t believe that.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
Thats what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you always feel
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity, for the essence of