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Giving That Prompts Greatness

Eric A. Snyder, Minister

Farwell Church of Christ

October 21, 2001

A wealthy older gentleman had just recently married a lovely young lady, and was beginning to wonder whether she might have married him for his money. So he asked her, "Tell me the truth: if I lost all my money, would you still love me?" She said reassuringly, "Oh honey, don’t be silly. Of course I would still love you. And I’d miss you terribly."

Money can change your attitude and who you are as a person

I heard about a farmer who called the office of Wayne Smith asking to see “The Head Hog at the trough.”

The receptionist said, “Sir, if you’re talking about our Minster, you may call him Evangelist or Minister, but I don’t think it would be proper to refer to him as the “head Hog at the trough.’”

“Well, all right,” the farmer said. “I just sold a few sows and was going to donate ten thousand dollars to the building fund, so I was hopping to catch him.”

“Oh, just a minute, sir.” The receptionist said, “I think the big pig just walked in!”

There is a story about a guy who came to church with his family. As they were driving home afterwards he was complaining about everything. He said, “The music was too loud. The sermon was too long. The announcements were unclear. The building was hot. The people were unfriendly.” He went on & on, complaining about virtually everything. Finally, his very observant son said, “Dad, you’ve got to admit it wasn’t a bad show for just a dollar.”

Average annual income in India is $1000 a year

Average annual income in Afghanistan. $800 a year

Wealthiest nation on earth

Americans are taken care of.

1/2% of our population controls 40% of our nation’s wealth.

Why does God bless Christians? The same reason He blessed the Jews, part of the promise was that all nations would look to you and see that you are taken care of very nicely. Is it because they share the wealth.

So the question this morning is: Does your giving reflect greatness?

- A Barna research study back in April 2000 found that only 8% of Christians give 10% of their income or more.

According to statistics, in American Churches the breakdown of giving looks like this:

20% of members Give 80% of all funds

30% of members Give the other 20%

50% of members Give nothing – ever!

I don’t know if that’s true here I doubt it, and I hope it isn’t

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, said, “Get all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” We say “Get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the lid.”

Martin Luther said, I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given into God’s hands I still possess.

The roof of the church hall of a little Swiss church, at the turn of the 20th century, was falling down. So the members of the church held regular prayer meetings in the hall after the service to pray for funds to repair the roof .

There was an old man, known to be very tight with his money, who used to attend and sit near the back of the hall. He could sneak out just before the collection plate came round at the end of the prayer meeting.


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