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March 30 Day Tithing Challenge; pt.3

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Note: This PP is a little longer than normal but please take time to read it.

Memory Verse:

“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.” Malachi 3:8

 A study published in 2008 calculated what funds could be generated for ministry and missions. “In Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money, Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snel analyzed the average annual income of Christians in the United States who were committed enough to their faith to attend church services at least twice a month and calculated that in the year 2005, that group earned in excess of two trillion dollars. Based on that extraordinary number and comparing it to the amount already contributed to charitable causes annually by that same group, research showed that a tithe of after-tax income would result in an additional $46 billion per year in giving.” (Horner).   

 In other words, if those Christians who are only half-way committed to their faith (attend church at least twice a month) would tithe, there would be an additional $46 billion that could be used in missions and ministry. Just imaging if those Christians who are fully committed (by church attendance) to their faith would tithe, how much ministry and mission could be accomplished in our community and in the world.

 March is our month for the 30-Day Tithe challenge. If you are not currently giving a tithe (10%) to the church, use this month to test God (Malachi 3:10).  

 Prayer Points:

  • Gracious Lord, draw me to greater faithfulness to You in my giving. Remind me that wealth is measured more in what I give away than what I keep for myself.

March 30 Day Tithing Challenge; pt. 2

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March 30 Day Tithing Challenge; pt. 2

Memory Verse

"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." 2 Corinthians 9:6

 Compare your hunger for God with your hunger for other things. Wilbur Reese wrote a book titled, $3 - Worth of God. He stated in the book, "I would like to buy $3 - worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of Him to make me love [other people]  or pick beets with a migrant worker. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth." Similarly, far too many of us only want a tiny bit of God which is clearly reflected in the amount (or lack of) we give to Him.  May we take an exciting step forward by giving to God 10% of our income.

 

March is our month for the 30-Day Tithe challenge. If you are not currently giving a tithe (10%) to the church, use this month to test God.

 Prayer Points:

   - Saving Lord, move me beyond giving You my leftovers. Move me beyond giving You my peanuts. Remind me, always, that if I sow bountifully, You will be abundantly faithful. 

 

March 30-Day Tithing Challenge; pt. 1

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March 30-Day Tithing Challenge; pt. 1

Memory Verse

“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.” Proverbs 15:16

 Far too often, Christians opt for seeking great treasure and the trouble that comes with it rather than seeking the contentment that only God provides and to be blessed with a healthy fear of the Lord. One reason Christians do not tithe (10%) their income is that they consider the American dream a priority over what God commands. Pastor Al Jackson said in a chapel address at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY “The greatest obstacle to the Great Commission is not our doctrine, or the willingness of candidates to go, but the American dream.  Either we invest in earth, or we invest in heaven. The American dream is to have whatever I want when I want it.” We show what we value most by not tithing.

 Seek the Lord about tithing over the month of March. If you are not currently tithing (10%) your income, choose now to take the step of faith by prioritizing God in your budget.

 Prayer Points:

  • Everlasting Father, You have given Your only Son for my sins. Help me to sacrifice to You. Remind me that my finances are safe and secure in Your hands.  

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