GOD FIRST LOVED US SO HE GAVE.

WE LOVE HIM, SO WE GIVE.

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, 

that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  

John 3:16

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The first lesson in giving

the keys to becoming a faithful giver

by elder charles domingue

When was the last time you sat or kneeled quietly in God's presence and asked Him, "Father, what would you have me give to my church this week/month/year? Father, How can I share your love through my giving?" The truth is, most of us do not approach our giving in this way, but the truth is, we should.


The greatest gift we could ever receive came from a very generous God! "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." One question that comes to mind is, "If God gave His most valued possession (His only begotten Son) because He loved me and wanted me to have everlasting life, how generous should I be in my giving to God to show how thankful I am?"


The answer is, "I cannot be generous enough." Knowing this, God established a minimum standard of giving called the tithe. Giving a tithe is giving the first 10% of all that God gives me back to Him through my church. 


"Honor the Lord with the first fruits of all your income." Proverbs 3:9


So the first lesson on this journey to living in God's will in my giving is that giving a tithe (10%) is a way of expressing thanks to God for all that He has done for me in the past, especially through His Son Jesus. It is an act of thanksgiving and worship.


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becoming a faithful giver

tithing testimony by davida connor

What do you believe the tithe is?

I believe the tithe is giving 10% of my wages back to God. (Genesis 28:22/Leviticus 27:32)


What prompted you to begin tithing?

I didn’t begin tithing immediately after becoming a member. I didn’t think it was something I could afford. During a Faith Tithe challenge in early 2017, I thought it was time to step out on faith. I’d been hearing these amazing things God was doing in the lives of others and I wanted Him to show up for me too.


Do you find it difficult to tithe? If so then why?

I do find it difficult to tithe. There are times when I’m not sure if bills will be paid on time or if I’ll have enough gas to make it to work. Early in my tithing journey, I stopped tithing alI together. I just wasn’t confident. So I decided to give it another shot, but not tithing my whole 10%. I started again, but this time had my tithe automatically deducted from my bank account via the Pushpay option found in our app. There have been times where I paid my bills first, which caused my payment to fail. This happening made me feel like a bad Christian. I felt like maybe I wasn’t praying enough or that God wasn’t going to bless me because I wasn’t a good enough tither. I am going to keep going though! This is a journey that I must and will conquer!


Have you noticed any changes in your life since you began tithing?

I have noticed that I stress less over money (don’t get me wrong, I still find myself stressing; I just do less of it). I remind myself often that I am blessed beyond measure and that God has promised to meet my needs as I faithfully give (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). So even when things look bleak, I know my kids and I will be alright. That’s what tithing has done for me.

PRIORITIZE GOD IN THE PRESENT

THE KEYS TO BECOMING A FAITHFUL GIVER

BY ELDER CHARLES DOMINGUE

Last week we established the first lesson on tithing as an act of thanksgiving for what God has done for us in the past. He has given us everything we have and we especially thank Him for the gift of His son and the hope that comes through trusting in Him. So from a spiritual perspective (a heart perspective), being thankful for God's blessing is one key to becoming a faithful giver. 


"Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness (Psalm 107:8)"


We also explored a practical key to becoming a faithful giver - budgeting. This begs the question, "If I budget for the offering, how am I showing faith?" It is our faith in God that compels us to budget the tithe (10%) knowing that He will provide anything we lack because of our faithfulness, indeed He promises to provide abundantly. 


"And try Me now in this, "Says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10)."


Tithing is not only thanking God for what He did in the past, tithing is also a way to prioritize God in the present. I have found that I can go further with nine-tenths and God's blessing, than with ten-tenths on my own. So, prioritizing God in the present is another key to becoming a faithful giver.