Contributed by Jim Kane on Oct 3, 2002
Derek Kidner points out that an offering is "a gift of
Contributed by Jonathan Busch on Oct 28, 2002
"The trouble is that too many people are spending money they haven’t yet earned for things they don’t need
Contributed by Clark Frailey on Nov 10, 2002
ILLUSTRATION: If only Interest Rates were so good.
Before you whip out that plastic, remember, most people don’t handle these little debt detonators very well. The fact is, nearly 75 percent of Americans who use credit cards make only the minimum payment each month. At that rate (minimum
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 10, 2002
William Boice once wrote:
"-- Dear Lord, I have been re-reading the record of the rich young ruler and his obviously wrong choice. But it has set me thinking. No matter how much wealth he had, he could not -
ride in a car,
have any surgery,
turn on a light,
hear a pipe
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
When you go to a doctor for your annual check-up, he or she will often begin to poke, prod, and press various places, all the while asking, "Does this hurt? How about this?" If you cry out in pain, one of two things has happened. Either the doctor has pushed too hard, without the right sensitivity.
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 Don Mcclain on Jan 22, 2003
In 1998, Americans spent more money on legalized gambling (approximately 50 billion) than on recorded music, theme parks, video games, spectator sports, and movie tickets combined (39.9 billion).
Contributed by Ron Crow on Jan 27, 2003
A man called at the church and asked if he could speak to the Head Hog at the Trough. The secretary said, “Who?”
The man replied, “I want to speak to the Head Hog at the Trough!”
Sure now that she had heard correctly, the secretary said, “Sir, if you mean our pastor, you will have to treat him
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 Matthew Rogers on Dec 10, 2001
Charles Paul Conn writes about an actual experience one man had in the Deep South. He says, “When I lived in Atlanta several years ago, I noticed in the Yellow Pages, in the listing of restaurants, and entry for a place called the The Church of God Grill. The peculiar name aroused my curiosity
I just recently read a story about Benjamin Franklin when he was a young boy. He had just turned seven years old when his friends and family gave him some money for his birthday. It was a pocketful of small coins. The story does not say exactly the amount he was given. Like most all children, he
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 Mike Harris on Sep 24, 2002
Gallop poll recently: 64% of all couples argue over money issues….
And … this is also the #1 cause for all divorces…
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
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
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Aug 22, 2004
The story is told of a boy whose Dad took him to a play one Saturday night and spent a lot for the tickets. Afterwards the Dad talked about how good the play was an how it was worth every penny. The next morning coming home from Church the mother asked the Father what he thought of church. And the
An American, British and Filipino pastor got talking about giving money to God. The American pastor says: "when God tells me so, I just empty my wallet in the collection plate." The British pastor is quite impressed with this impulsive but charitable attitude of his American colleague and is
Contributed by Greg Buchner on Nov 7, 2004
S. Trett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A restaurants, nearly 1,000 restaurants that generate $1 billion in sales – still teaches Sunday School every Sunday – still has all corporate-owned
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