A main focus for your giving should be
your local church and ministry staff.
Read the following verses. Think
and pray about the verse that applies the most to your life.
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap
a material harvest from you?…Don’t you know that those who work in
the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at
the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way,
the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should
receive their living from the gospel.
1 Timothy 5:17,18
Pastors who do their work well should be paid well and should be
highly appreciated, especially those who work hard at both preaching
and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it
is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”
1 Corinthians 9:10
Christian workers should be paid by those they help. Those who do
the plowing and threshing should expect some share of the harvest.
Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by
2 Chronicles 31:9-13
Hezekiah asked the priests about the heaps; the chief priest,
answered, “Since the people began to bring their contributions to
the temple of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and plenty to
spare, because the LORD has blessed his people, and this great
amount is left over.” They faithfully brought in the contributions,
tithes and dedicated gifts.
Be careful not to neglect the Levites (ministers) as long as you
live in your land.
No church ever has a money problem,
only a faithfulness problem.
Unexpected Bonus Fulfills A Faith Promise
Every year my church
invited people to make an annual faith promise to help support missions.
One year, I felt prompted to make a $750 faith promise. When the year
was almost over, I discovered I'd only given $250 towards my $750
commitment. I was a salesman and I'd gone a whole year without any
sales! A few days before the last $500 was due on my faith promise, my
boss asked me to come to his office. Since I hadn’t sold anything all
year, I was sure I was going to get fired. Instead, my boss gave me a
$500 sales bonus check for all my hard work and the cheerful attitude I
always displayed. I was amazed! I got a $500 sales bonus and I hadn’t
had a sale in a year! I drove to the church rejoicing as I took the $500
the LORD miraculously provided so I could fulfill my faith promise.
This is a true story in a series of radio spots by Brian Kluth of
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