Contributed on Nov 2, 2003
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)
OPEN: In 21ST Century Christian Magazine a mother told this story: Our 3 year old daughter was in the habit of giving half of her 2 quarter allowance to God each week. One Sunday we were out of town, so the next Sunday, we gave her an extra quarter to teach her about “making up” our giving when ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2003
This passage is perhaps one of the greatest texts on giving known to preachers... but it is also one of the most difficult, raising questions many of us would just as soon avoid.
OPEN: Back in 1995 (“Bits & Pieces” pamphlet) I read the following story: Every February on George Washington’s birthday, the late newspaper columnist, Frederick C. Othman, used to visit the West Wing of the Smithsonian Institution, look at a certain statue there among the antique printing ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2003
What does the Bible say about the "tithe" and is it required of Christians today?
OPEN: Gordon Wood of Ellison Bay, Wisconsin told of the time he tried something different in his church’s worship service. “Instead of preaching at the end, I did it first, with music, the offering, and Scripture reading afterward. As I stood behind the pulpit, I could see people getting ready ...read more
Contributed on Nov 24, 2003
Ananias & Sapphira died because of the way in which they gave their offering... what did they do wrong?
OPEN: (I opened with an old Camp Song which I sang at the beginning of the sermon) Ananias and Sapphira got together and conspired a plot to cheat the church and get ahead They knew God’s will but didn’t do it tried to cheat the Holy Spirit Peter prophesied and then they both dropped ...read more
Contributed on Nov 29, 2003
The Law came thru Moses, Grace and truth thru Jesus. What was the difference?
OPEN: Back in the 70’s the Police Dept. of the State Connecticut had a regulation, a law that after the 1st snowfall each vehicle in squadron had to have chains on its tires. One day after a particularly bad winter storm, a woman called into the police to report an accident where a state Trooper’s ...read more