Tithing. What is it? Is it necessary?

Tithing is the training wheels of giving. It is the spiritual discipline that leads to the overflow of free will giving. By holding everything we cherish (family, friends, finances, etc) loosely in our hands we are acknowledging that it is not ours but instead a gift we have been entrusted with by our Creator.

“There is no telling what can be accomplished in our generation if we, too, may but catch the joy of contagious giving. Not only would we be empowered to spread the gospel around the globe, but we would be enabled to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the sick. Like our forefathers who founded great centers of Christian education, established countless hospitals, and funded myriad relief organizations, we might yet leave an indelible mark on our generation. For only when the training wheels of tithing come off will the world of free will giving become our playground.” – From Is the tithe for today?-Christian Research Institute 

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A wealthy man died and went to heaven. Saint Peter met him at the pearly gates, and after making sure his name was in the book of life, Saint Peter said, “let me show you to your eternal home.” They walked through the pearly gates, down streets of gold, and past dozens of giant, beautifully-designed mansions. The first few were about the same size as the rich man’s earthly home, but then they grew bigger and bigger, and his excitement grew as well. Finally, at the end of the street, Saint Peter stopped in front of a small, run-down wooden shack, and gestured to the man to enter. Shocked and more than a little dismayed, the man said, “But what about all those mansions? Surely there’s one for me?” Saint Peter replied, “I’m sorry, but really…I did the best I could with the money you sent.”  – CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM SAINTS AMONG US

Authentic Generosity by Guest Rev. Louise Green