Giving Thanks: The Blessing of Biblical Tithing




By: Pastor Robert Oh




Dedication


This book is dedicated

with many thanks and love

to Pastor Samuel and Esther Choe,

my spiritual parents.


Pastor Samuel nurtured me spiritually

like no other father

and Esther Mom interceded for me

with fire and tears

like a mother who gave birth.


To them I am forever grateful.



Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Why should we tithe as Christians?

Chapter 2: Why should Cambodian Christians tithe?

Chapter 3: The Origin of Tithing

Chapter 4: The Where and How of Tithing

Chapter 5: The Blessing of Tithing

Chapter 6: Questions & Answers on Tithing



Introduction


Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down,

shaken together, and running over, will be put into your bosom.
For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:38


It’s not about money – but it’s about faith.


I was fed up with all the interviews I was doing in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.  Many of the Christian leaders and pastors were certain that their churches could not become financially independent because of so many legitimate and logical reasons:  we are too poor, we are under communism, we are culturally, socially and politically made that way.  As I was researching for my PhD proposal at Oxford Center for Mission Studies (University of Wales, England), all I heard were certainties on how it was impossible for them to become financially independent.


Finally, at my last interview in Vietnam, I met Pastor H.  He was a young pastor in his thirties, with fire in his eyes and confidence in his tone of voice.  As I opened  the interview with the comment, “So, I heard that it is very difficult for Vietnamese churches to become financially independent at this time…,” he questioned me back right away, “Who told you that?”  “Well, just about everyone I have met so far,” I responded.  Pastor H told me an entirely different story.  For the last five years, he has been planting churches in Vietnam and out of 20 or so churches about 80% of them are already financially independent. “But how?” I asked.  To that he smiled and simply pointed to the Bible and said, “What does the Bible say?  It tells Christians to tithe.”  He explained to me that when his new church has more than ten families, one local pastor receives a full salary based on the average economic standard of that village.


I was so surprised to find such a pastor, and I was even more surprised that answer was so simple.  “What does the Bible say?”  It is not a economical, political, cultural or social issue. But do we really believe the Bible to be the Word of God and are we as Christians willing to live according to the ways of God mandated in that Book?  I realized it was not about money, but it was about our faith in God and His ways.


I pray that this book will change your life. 

If you are tithing already, then you will be able to confirm that and will be pleased to know that you are on the right track.  If you are not a tither, this book is for you.  Are you a Christian?  Do you really want to please our Lord Jesus Christ?  And do you want to live by the Bible, the Word of God?  Then read on, you will become a better follower of Christ at the end of this book.


Tithing is a solution to most of Cambodian Christian churches’ financial problems.  If every professing Cambodian Christian would tithe, every congregation would be free of financial worries and could begin truly to be “the salt of the earth.”  Churches would no longer struggle to pay their bills: pastor’s salary, electricity, ministry fund, and even mission fund.


How are we doing now?

Larry Burkett, a well-known authority on business and personal finance in America, who wrote more than seventy books on the topic of finance, says that most Christians in the world give far less than one-tenth of their income to work done in the Lord’s name.  It is sad to note that at this point of time when we have so much prosperity and more blessing than any other time in history, we are not giving back to the Lord.


It is no wonder our non-Christian community is not impressed with the churches because we as the body of Christ have not commanded their attention and respect.  When we as Christians do not support the work of God according to the Biblical mandate, then it is not surprising that the world does not respect us.  If we say we love God, but do not respect His ways and not support His work, then the world would not respect either us or God whom we say that we serve.


The world wants to SEE what we really believe.  Talk is cheap!  We can talk all night about how wonderful God is and how committed we are to Him, but until the world sees that we are serious about our faith, they won’t be impressed.  Larry Burkett is correct in that “the tithe was established as a physical earthly DEMONSTRATION of man’s commitment to God.”   Christians must demonstrate what we believe and show the world that we are serious about what we believe. And our act of giving does that.


Getting the most from this book. 

This book, Giving Thanks: The Blessing of Biblical Tithing, is designed to take you on a six day journey on the teaching on tithing. I wrote this book with you in mind.  I have been praying for you that as you read this book you will become a source of blessing by giving thanks and become a tither. 


You can read this book as a personal devotion or use it as a small group discussion material in your church.




FOUR FEATURES TO HELP YOU

At the end of  chapters one through five, you will find these features to help you.


An insight to meditate on. True learning takes place by repetition.  Repeat the nuggets of truth from each day throughout the day.  Out of that continuous reflection, the insights will become yours to keep.  “The meditation of my heart shall give understanding.


God’s Word to ‘heartify’.   Do not just memorize God’s Word.  Once memorized, put it in your heart – that’s what ‘heartifying’ the Word is.  In French, the word ‘heart’ is the organ that thinks.  The psalmist was right when he said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.


Let Us Pray! These suggestions will coach you to pray more effectively about what you’ve just learned. 

Applications. You must act on what you learned.  The application points will help you to clarify and apply the truth to your life.  “He is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does.






Chapter 1: Why should we tithe as Christians?


Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house,
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 blessing that
there will not be room enough to receive it.
Mal. 3:10


There is only one primary reason for tithing - because it is biblical, and then there are three other secondary reasons for tithing.

1.What it will do for the work of God on earth.

2.What it would do for God in heaven.

3.What tithing does for us.


Ultimately - the Bible says to tithe.


Why we as Christians must tithe?  Because it is biblical.  All other reasons, whatever their advantages may be, are be considered secondary


The Bible says, “Don’t Rob God.” 


That’s what the Bible says about tithing. Malachi was a prophet sent by God to confront His people with the fact that they had turned from Him.  As could be expected, they denied it.  They thought God had deserted them, for they claimed to be obeying Him.  But they worshiped only when it was convenient.  They gave to God, but their animal sacrifices were sick and blemished.  Prophet Malachi struck at the heart of the issue when he asked, “Will a man rob God?  Yet you are robbing Me!  But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’  In tithes and offerings”. The evidence was presented in the fact that God’s storehouse was not full.  Their lack of giving proved they had turned away from their source of blessing.


It is not only an Old Testament covenant.  Apostle Paul amplifies the point of giving to us: “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.”  Larry Burkett argues that “a lack of giving is an external material indicator that spiritual changes need to be made.”  Because “giving the tithe is the outward sign of inner commitment.  It is material surrender prompted by spiritual surrender.”  Martin Luther, the great reformer said that until your money bag repents, it isn’t a true repentance. 


The Bible says it clearly both in the Old Testament and the New Testament – Give tithe to God so that His storehouse will be full and as a result you shall receive bountifully as well.  It is a biblical way of God to finance His church so that His body can share the good news to the ends of the earth.  God who gave us the great commission also had a worldwide strategy for us to carry out that task.  Tithing was His strategy to finance His great commission work.


Three Secondary Reasons for Tithing:


What it will do for the work of God on earth.


Let us look at Malachi 3:10a.  “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.” God tells His people to return to Him what is rightfully His – namely, the tithe – so that there will be abundance in His house.  That was His original plan for the church.


There is nothing more disgraceful than a church that struggles financially simply because its people will not tithe.  There is nothing more shameful than an underpaid minister who is a spiritual leader of community and who is forced to live below the average financial level of the community.


There is not a church in the world today that should have any financial problem if all its members would tithe.  In most cases, if every member were to tithe, the minister would not only receive his “double honor” but the church would always have money to pay for its material and ministerial needs.  Not only that, the church could start to support their mission efforts with abundance.


We won’t be tithing in heaven.  There won’t be any soul-winning in heaven.  We cannot do anything in heaven to receive more blessings eternally.  What we do for God we must do now.  What we give for God’s Kingdom we must give now.  Think what could be done for Cambodian churches if every Cambodian Christian begins to tithe right now.


What it would do for God in heaven.


Tithing pleases God because it is done in faith.  Tithing is not about money, but it is about our faith. Our sacrificial giving of tithe makes God very happy!


Tithing never comes naturally.  Sometimes the struggle to begin tithing may seem as painful as Abraham’s struggle to give up Isaac.  We don’t want to give up what belongs to us – our house, our cell phone, our motorcycle, our money or our relationships.  But when God claims any of these as His, we should not ask any question, but obey Him.  If we do not have faith that it is what God requires, then we cannot give it up.


Tithing is about confirming that all things belong to God.  That means we are simply managers of what He has entrusted to us and He can take them back any time He wants. Yet, many Christians seem to cling to their money as their primary source of security.   They are serving money instead of God.  God warns us about that - “No one can serve two masters. . . You cannot serve both God and money  God is not pleased with such people.  When His children only trust Him and depend only on Him, by putting their faith only in Him, He is pleased.  It is impossible to please God without faith.


Henry Crowell’s Example.

I found this moving story and want to share it with you.  It makes the point about how we are to live and focus our lives to please our God – our maker.

Henry Crowell, founder of Quaker Oats Company was a faithful tither. God wants the giving and the tithing to come from the heart. In 2 Corinthians 9:7 we find the following verse: "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." After his death, his family found a card on his desk. It was written 40 years before, and he had carried it in his pocket through the passing decades. On it, he had scribbled his soul's philosophy: If my life can be always lived so as to please Him, I'll be supremely happy.

He lived as a happy man and pleased His Lord tremendously.  What a life well lived!


What tithing does for us.


Why should we give the tithe to God?  Because tithing is one way to find great spiritual release.  Sooner or later Christians come face to face with this matter on giving and the failure to walk in obedience results in a greater bondage than ever.  But when one enters the life commitment of tithing there is a great spiritual release and also a release of financial blessing.  God has a way of blessing us materially so that the 90% we keep for ourselves after the tithe goes far beyond what that 100% would have purchased.  How can this be?  But God never failed to demonstrates this to me personally and so many others who are faithful tithers. 


Tithing is for our own good.

Tithing is a sure way to one’s own spiritual growth.   It does something for you spiritually.  After you start giving God a whole tithe, you will only ask, “Why did I not start tithing sooner?”  It does something for you that cannot be explained in terms of just emotional and material returns. 


Pastor Kendall states the following about tithing:

It sets you on a course to become more than you have been – more what God wants you to be, more of what you are naturally capable of being.  Tithing is so essential to your development as a Christian that nothing will be its adequate substitute.


Why is this?  Because ‘money’ is an accurate measurement of one’s faith – money talks!  Tithing is God’s way of wanting to see His children show their gratitude to Him.  Until we are regularly and faithfully tithing there is something defective about our life as a disciple that will not be replaced by obeying all other commands.  The attitude of gratitude – giving thanks – is a biblical mandate and only true response to God’s grace, by which Jesus came and died for us on the cross.


Larry Burkett argues for the following:

A family that finds itself unable to make a commitment of a tenth of its resources to God should realistically examine its spending and living habits.  Perhaps that will require a critical examination of spiritual values as well.  God never intended for everyone to give the same amount or in the same way, but each should give bountifully and cheerfully.  The tithe is a testimony of God’s ownership; thus, it is meant to be individualized.”


Pastor Owens Smith, in his book, The Tither is the Greatest Benefactor, states that “Tithing as a Christian duty”:


Abraham demonstrated it – “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.  And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all. Gen. 4:18-20


Jacob continued it – “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Gen. 28:22


Moses confirmed it - “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S. It is holy to the LORD.  If a man wants at all to redeem any of his tithes, he shall add one-fifth to it.  And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD.  He shall not inquire whether it is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; and if he exchanges it at all, then both it and the one exchanged for it shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.’ ” Lev. 27:30-33


Malachi commanded it - “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house… ”   Mal. 3:10


Christ commended it - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others (Tithing) undone.”    Matt. 23:23   


Believers profit by it - “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes (as a result of tithing), So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts.     Mal. 3:11


God’s work is advanced by it - “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside (Tithing), storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”  1Cor. 16:2


God’s people are blessed by it “try Me now in this (Tithing),” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Mal. 3:10


Small Group Discussion:


An insight to meditate on

Tithing is a biblical way of giving thanks back to God.

We don’t want to rob God by not tithing.

Ultimately, tithing becomes the source of blessing for us.


God’s Word to ‘heartify’

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house,  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 blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.   Mal. 3:10

Let Us Pray!

Prayer of repentance – Lord, I don’t want to rob you of your tithe.  Please forgive me for not giving thanks back to you. 

Prayer of faith – Lord, I want to please you by demonstrating my faith by tithing.  Help me Lord to act on my faith.

Prayer of blessing – Lord, grant us the blessing that comes by giving thanks back to you.  Let me be a giver than a taker, for it is more blessed to give than receive.

The Cambodian Believer’s Tithe Declaration prayer:  Based upon Deuteronomy 26, this prayer declaration is to be prayed over your tithes as you worship the Lord in giving. 

“Father God, in the name of Jesus I confess this day that I have come into the inheritance which You promised to give me.  I have come into the land which You provided for me through Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of Almighty God.  Jesus, as my Lord and High Priest, I bring the first fruits of my income to You and worship the Lord God with it.  I rejoice in all the good which You have given to me and my household.  I have obeyed Your voice and have done according to all that You have commanded me.  By faith I know that You have opened the windows of heaven above me and are pouring out on me your abundant blessings.  Lord, I thank You that the enemy has been rebuked and Satan became helpless in my finances.  I praise and thank You for the privilege and benefits of tithing.  This is my confession of faith in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”


Applications

Make a decision to become a tither now.

Share your decision with someone you love and trust.

Start today – if you cannot give the whole tithe yet, decide on the time that you will require to give the whole tithe.

For example, if you want to start by giving 30% of tithe, try it for three months.  Let’s say you make $100/ month – then the whole tithe should be $10.  But give $3 the first three months.

Then, give 60% of your tithe the following three months.  So, from the 4th month, you should give $60/month for next three months.

Ultimately, give the whole  tithe to the Lord.  Now, you can give $10/ month – the whole tithe unto the Lord. 
* Test and see how God will bless you and your family because of your giving unto the Lord.


Chapter 2: Why should Cambodian Christians tithe?


“The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses
and in all to which you set your hand,
and He will bless you in the land
which the LORD your God is giving you.”
Deut. 28:8



Cambodian Christians must tithe.


It is more blessed to give…

I already stated the following, but it is worthy to be repeated: Tithing is a solution to most of Cambodian Christian churches financial problem.  If every professing Christian in Cambodia would tithe, every congregation would be free of financial worries and could begin truly to be “the salt of the earth.”  Churches would no longer have to struggle to pay their bills like their pastor’s salary, water and electricity, and the ministry of the church but even contribute to the mission fund.


Cambodia must become a giving nation as soon as possible.  That is the fastest way to be blessed.  Jesus Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”   Apostle Paul is very passionate about communicating this truth to all his fellow Christians in the book of Acts.  But why?  Because he witnessed that a place, a church or a city that learned to give more than receive became more prosperous at the end.


Even in America, we as a nation went through some tough times.  During the major depression in Pastor Oswald Smith’s time, many people in need came to the church office everyday to ask for financial help from the church.  This is what he reports:


The church gave aid to hundreds of people and Pastor asked all those who came if they had been faithful to tithe when they had income.  In all his experience, no one who came for help had ever been faithful with the tithe.  Pastor concluded that God took care of those who had faithfully tithed.”


Give vs. Receive

Pastor Kendall states: “I can either give it to God in a deeply spiritual act of worship, or He can collect it from us.”   This is true at a personal level or a national level.  When we refused to give of His blessing, He will collect it from us somehow.


I heard from a Korean missionary friend who early in his Christian life did not want to give whole tithing unto the Lord.  So he hid $350  that month and did not offer it as part of his regular tithe.  In the coming week, he and his family went to the beach for a picnic and they started collecting certain clams – which is illegal in America.  After a while a helicopter went by them, and soon a state policeman came and arrested him.  It was a public humiliation in front of his family when the court ordered him to pay a fine of $350.  Later he said, “It’s better to give to God voluntarily, than for Him to collect from you.”  This may be an extreme example of how God can collect from us, but the principle still remains to be true – God will get what He wants at the end.


The Holy Spirit will convict us to give.

Tithing should never become a law.  If you give because you are forced to give, then it isn’t  true giving.  Ann Nicholas argues that “We must learn to trust the Holy Spirit in what to give as we purpose in our heart.  If we listen carefully, He will instruct us.  We should not give because of fear of men, traditions of men or what someone thinks we should give.” 


Tithing is giving thanks back to God for all that He has done for us.  It is out of this gratitude that we give, not out of obligation or fear.  Let’s say that a father gives ten cookies to each of his children.  All of the children are excited,  happy and thankful.  Now the father says, “May I have one cookie from each of you?”  Some children say, “Sure Dad, they were all yours anyway.”  And the others say, “No way, they are all mine!”  This father still loves all his children, but he will have favored ones.  You see, God favors grateful children, too.   That’s why the Holy Spirit will convict us to give back with cheerful heart – it moves the heart of God to shower his favor upon us.


Some followed the conviction of the Holy Spirit and prospered.

Even a non-Christian writer, Paula Ryan writes the following: “Many other industrious and prosperous business leaders practiced tithing, including the Colgate, Kraft, Templeton and Heinz families.   William Colgate learned about tithing from an old riverboat captain.  Colgate ultimately tithed 50% of his annual income and his bookkeeping records were marked “Account with the Lord.”


How amazing is it that even a non-Christian recognizes this about tithing?  When people are focused about giving, Lord will give them so they can become channels of that giving.  So as people learn this principle of giving, they realize you cannot out-give God.  God always gives more to you than you can ever give back to God.  It’s an amazing phenomenon.


Some even give 90% of what the make - Paula Ryan states, “In fact, some people who tithe eventually discover they can effortlessly give away 90% of their income and live comfortably on the remaining 10%.  John D. Rockefeller experienced this joy.”


Pastor Samhwan Kim of Korea also makes the following observation in his book, Rejoice in the Lord:  “All the wealthiest men of the world were Christians.  J. D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) and Carnegie (1835-1919) were tithe-giving Christians who followed Jesus as Lord and Savior.  They gained much of the world’s wealth and used them for God’s work all over the world.”   If you visit New York in America, you can see how one man literally changed the city, the country and the world, because he committed himself to give than to receive.


Pastor Samhwan Kim makes the following observation about Rockefeller:


The primary reason for tithing is to see if we live God-centered and God-honoring lives or self-centered lives.  Rockefeller, who became a millionaire at age 33 and became the wealthiest man of the world at age 53 kept the principle of the tithe and all of his descendents keep the principle of tithing today.  One must not think to himself that since I earned this money I can spend on anything I want.  God has given you that fund, you must learn to give back to Him His tenth which belongs to Him.


Israel became prosperous through this tithing principle.

Pastor Samhwan Kim, in his book entitled Nothing More Precious Than the Church, also comments on how Jews have become a prosperous people by observing the principle of tithing:  “We must honor the principle of tithing.  The Jewish nation treats this principle seriously and the government manages the fund.  For example, during the harvest, a machine is designed to pack every tenth part with a special wrapping so it will be treated separately.”  


One who does not tithe is considered ‘unclean’ and ‘outsider’ by Hebrew tradition:  “How do they identify an outsider?  Called in Hebrew am haares, someone who does not tithe meticulously or who eats his household meals in a state of Jewish uncleanness.”   For the Jewish community, giving the tithe has become a way of life.


Ann Nichols states the following about Jewish community in USA:


Please observe the prosperity of the Jewish community, particularly in the USA.  They are indeed prosperous not only because of their skills in knowledge, finance, etc., but perhaps also because of their attitude about helping the poor.  At this time (2006), there were 189 Jewish fund-raising groups in the United States.  Also according to the article, Jews consider giving to charitable causes, a calling, not a chore.

What about Cambodian Kingdom?

Are we ready to become a prospering nation?  Then individually we have to make a commitment to become a tither for His Kingdom first.  The Lord will make Cambodia a prospering nation and she will become a giving nation.


Based on the Democracy study of Cambodia in 2003: “Cambodians report that their economic situation is improving.   41% of Cambodians feel their personal economic situation has improved.”   Their feeling is justified because over all, the economy is growing at a fast pace.


Grant Curtis reports that the five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan outlining the Royal Government's overall development objectives seems to be working -  to achieve  “a fair, just, and peaceful society and, through acceleration of the rate of economic growth, to raise the standard of living of all Cambodians." 

He further states the following:

Cambodia had begun to attract the type of long-term, productive investment that would contribute to job creation and further economic growth. Whereas much foreign direct investment in the UNTAC and immediate post-UNTAC periods had been concentrated in the natural resource and service sectors, particularly the hotel and tourism sector, as of 1996 there was increased investment in the agricultural, agro-industry, and manufacturing sectors. Besides several large-scale projects, including a number of electricity generation plants financed by the private sector, there were many smaller investments geared to the local and export markets.

The Lord is blessing Cambodia economically now.   An important question is what we are going to do with the coming prosperity.  Cambodian Christians have to be ready to share and not become selfish with material blessings God is going to give to this nation.

Protection against selfishness.

The greatest need for prospering Cambodian Christians is a system to protect them from the selfishness that comes from prosperity.  The average prospering Cambodia Christians will become self-willed and self-centered as a result of their comfortable living, the increase in their socio-economic status, and the power and prestige they receive by having financial abundance.  They won’t see any reason to share either their wealth or their talents to help improve the lives of those less fortunate than them.


A selfish person becomes his or her own worst enemy in number of ways.  Pastor Owens Smith shares the following:


First, his selfishness prevents the Holy Spirit from imparting him with the gifts of the Spirit, which include “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,” and self-control.  Without these gifts, the individual tends to be self-centered, self-willed and always unhappy.  Also, he tends to have a negative attitude and pessimistic outlook on life.


Second, selfishness robs a person of the gift of love, which is the greatest of all gifts.


Third, it deprives him of the blessing of giving cheerfully.  Those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly.


Fourth, selfishness will retard the individual’s growth and development.  It will reduce his wealth because it will prevent the Holy Spirit from imparting him with the spiritual gifts.


Fifth, selfishness will prevent the individual from honoring God with his money.  In doing so, he deprives himself on the abundant blessings that God promises cheerful givers; that is, He will meet all of our needs and open the windows of Heaven and “pour out a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”


Finally, one’s selfish nature will separate himself from God; thereby, depriving himself of the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.  As mentioned earlier, the selfish person is apt to rely on scientific knowledge more than the wisdom of God.  His selfish nature will not allow the Holy Spirit to instruct him in spiritual things. 


I pray that Cambodia Christians will learn to become giving people – both to their needy communities and other countries all over the world.


Pastor Norman Robertson gives this wonderful “Beatitudes of Tithing” and I want to share it with Cambodian Christians:


Blessed are the tithers, for they are obeying one of God’s fundamental laws.

Blessed are the tithers, for they are partners with God.

Blessed are the tithers, for they are helping to extend the kingdom of God and establish His covenant on the earth.

Blessed are the tithers, for they aren’t guilty of robbing God.

Blessed are the tithers, for the windows of heaven will open to pour out upon them financial and material blessings.

Blessed are the tithers, for they are the ones who become cheerful givers, beloved of God.

Blessed are the tithers, for they have divine protection from Satan and the devourer cannot touch their finances.




Small Group Discussion:


An insight to meditate on

Cambodia has to move to become a tithing nation in order to become the source of blessing.

You can be part of  that movement by becoming a tithing Christian.

The Holy Spirit will convict us to become a giver because it is more blessed to give than to receive.


God’s Word to ‘heartify’

“The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” Deut. 28:8


Let Us Pray!

Prayer of repentance – Lord, we as Cambodians have not been a ‘giving nation’, and we repent of that sin. Please forgive us for being content with being a ‘receiving nation.’

Prayer of faith – We want to step out in faith and start tithing in our church and we want to become a tither as soon as possible.  Help us to become a giver rather than a receiver.

Prayer of blessing – Lord, I want to become a source of blessing.  Please use me and my family to bless others who are in need. 

Applications

Make a decision together as a church to give the tithe and set a percentage goal.  For example, we want 50% of our church members to give the tithe to the Lord by end of this year.

Pray together as a church so that your church will become financially independent as more tithers are raised up.

Share your decisions and goals with other Cambodian Christians, so they too can become a source of blessing.





Chapter 3: The Origin of Tithing


“The best of all first fruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind
from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s;
also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal,
to cause a blessing to rest on your house.”
Ezek. 44:30


The principle of tithing existed before the Law.


What does it mean?

The word tithe in Hebrew is maser and in Greek dekate.  It literally means “tenth.”  So, it is one tenth portion of anything that we can give back to God in thanksgiving.   Money, talent, time and anything that is precious to us.


Larry Burkett defines the tithing as follows: “The tithe serves as an external, material testimony of God’s ownership of the material and spiritual things of our lives.”


After the word appears in Genesis it occurs twenty-eight times in the Old Testament.  It appears in two references in the New Testament: in Matthew 23:23 and in Hebrews 7, where it describes Abraham’s relationship to Christ by drawing a parallel between Abraham’s tithe and his acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty.


Even the Columbian Encyclopedia defines tithe as a traditional philanthropic ideal of Christianity, “which holds that one tenth of a person's income should go to charity … that distribute private wealth for public purposes.”

Professor Jon Choi’s view on tithing:


It existed before the Law of Moses:  It started with Abraham, the father of faith.


Abraham:  Gen. 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.  And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.


Then it was carried down to the next generations: 


Jacob:  Gen. 28:20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God  and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."


Then it was established in the Law of Moses much later:


Lev. 27: 30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”

Num. 18:21 “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting.”


It continued even after the Israel’s exile period:


Mal. 3: 10-11 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty.”


Also, it was lived out in the New Testament period:


Tithing is mentioned by Jesus Christ Himself as a part of the practice of the Mosaic Law.  “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices-- mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-- justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former (Tithing).”


Jesus says it clearly here that, “Yes, you should not neglect justice, mercy and faithfulness.  But you should also not neglect giving the tithe.”


The key point about the origin of tithing.


It is that the practice of tithing started before the law.   It is not about law and obligation but it is a crucial reminder for me that everything I have belongs to God and that I’m just a steward of God’s money, resources and relationships.  Giving tithes to the Lord also reminds me each time that money is not “my master.”   Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. . . You cannot serve both God and money   Tithing is our act of faith demonstrating that God– not money-- is the master of our lives. 


Don’t turn tithing into a theological argument.

The choice we have about tithing is not about arguing whether it is from the Lord or not.  It is from the Lord and it is biblical.  So, it should be, “Do I obey or disobey?”  But some want to argue about it still.


Professor Russell Kelly argues that “Tithing is now a spiritless Mosaic Law.  Tithing turns a good Christian into a fearful legalist who is afraid of the wrath and curse of God if he does not “pay up.”   I disagree with him on two points. 


First, it isn’t part of the Mosaic Law.  As I have shared already, tithing starts before Moses made it into law, so claiming it to be just part of the Mosaic Law is false.  


Second, if something isn’t working, don’t throw it away – fix it.  Don’t do away with a strategy God gave us for His church to sustain itself and grow strong to reach the world with His good news.  If it became spiritless, then put the spirit back.  If it became lifeless, then put life back to this wonderful opportunity for us to say ‘Thank you’ to God.


If ‘loving God’ is now a spiritless command of God and has become legalistic, do we say, “Ah, it’s spiritless and lifeless, let’s do away with ‘loving God’.”  We wouldn’t do that.  In the same way, we need to honor the God-given challenge for us to thank Him with our tithe and offering.



Small Group Discussion:


An insight to meditate on

The tithe means literally giving ten percent back to God – so give it back to Him with thankful hearts.

I need to accept tithing as God’s way of blessing me and try my best to practice it.

Do not turn tithing into a theological argument – the choice is either to obey or disobey. 


God’s Word to ‘heartify’

“The best of all first fruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.”   Ezek. 44:30

Let Us Pray!

Prayer of faith – Lord, now I understand the true meaning of tithing.  I will try my best to give back the whole ten percent of all that you have given me each month.

Prayer of blessing – Lord, I want my tithe to bless my church, my leaders and eventually be used to bless others in other villages and countries.

Applications

Take some time to reflect on The best of all first fruits of any kind…”  Giving back to God is not just about amount, but our heart attitude toward the giving.  Do I give back to God the best of all my first fruits, finance, talents, time of any kind?

Share with someone what is the best of all first fruits in your life.

Make a plan to give those back to God with hearts full of thanksgiving.


Chapter 4: Where and How of Tithing


So let each one give as he purposes in his heart,
not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful
giver.
2 Cor. 9:7


Where should I give my tithe? 


In Malachi 3:10, Lord tells us to “Bring all the tithes into the storehouseve.”  But in order to bring our tithes into the “storehouse,” it is necessary to determine what exactly the storehouse is in today’s context?


In biblical times it was a physical place where the Jews delivered their offerings of grain or animals.  A storehouse had specific functions according to God’s Word:


First, we give to feed the tribe of Levi (Numbers 18:24-29).  Second, we give to feed the Hebrew widows and orphans living in the Hebrew cities (Deuteronomy 14:28-29).  Third, we give to feed the Gentile poor living in the Hebrew cities (Deuteronomy 14:28-29).


Your Local Church is your storehouse for your tithe.

Is today’s ‘storehouse’ equivalent to the local church?  Yes.  R. T. Kendall makes a strong argument:


When the Mosaic Law made tithing legal and binding on Israel, it was the Levitical priesthood to whom tithes were to be paid. (Num. 18:21).  Tithes, therefore, should be solely and exclusively for the work of the gospel.  When a Christian gives his tithes, or any part of them, to non-(local) church organizations – no matter how valuable or useful to society they may be – that Christian robs the (local) church, and therefore God.”


I agree with Kendall about this, because you should support the ministry and minister who make it their profession to nurture you and pray for you.  The basic rule is, I need to give my tithes to the church that I attend each week and call it my home church, then above and beyond tithe I can make it as offering unto the Lord.


As Pastor Robertson Norman reaffirms this point by stating: “You should give your tithe to the place where you and your family worship the Lord.  It is in your local church that you and your family receive spiritual food, help, and strength.”   The underlying  principle is to bless those who bless you.


Other offerings can go to non-church organization.


Larry Burkett argues that you can give a portion of your tithe to an organization that really functions as a church:


Few churches today truly operate as storehouses, providing for the needs of the sick, elderly and orphaned.  Therefore, to the extent that a church lacks in a specific area of ministry, a portion of the tithe should be given to individuals or parachurch organizations that are “filling in the gap.”


But Larry Burkett argues for this because he really believes that giving ten percent is the minimum, and not the maximum.  He writes that “it was never intended that we should all give the same, but we should give according to our abundance and our convictions.  The tenth was considered the minimum.”   So, in reality, you should give your ten percent to your local church and rest of percentage can go to worthy organizations that help to to spread the gospel all over the world.


How should I tithe?

One, do it cheerfully.  The Bible teaches us that - “let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”  If tithing is giving ‘thanks’ back to God, how can we not be cheerful and smiling as we give this offering unto the Lord?


The only time we will give grudgingly is when we feel that what we are offering to the Lord belongs to us, but God is forcing us to give.  God won’t be please with such offering.  First, recognize that all things belong to Him.  There isn’t one thing that we have God did not first give to us.   So, if you are going to give to the Lord anyway, give cheerfully.  Sometimes not only ‘What’ we give but ‘How’ we give is important.


Two, give tithe first.  Don’t spend all you have and wait until you have left over, because usually there won’t be any left over.  Jewish people teach the following: “The basic principle (of tithing) is that, when the produce is suitable for use by its owner, then it becomes subject to tithing and may not be used until it is tithed."   The key point here is that until it is tithed, you cannot use the rest.  Jews were certain that tithing first is an important aspect of giving to God.


Even in the case of the offerings made by Cain and Abel this point is evident.  “Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord” whereas Abel “brought the firstlings of the flock and of their fat.”  The Lord received Abel and his offering but was not pleased with Cain’s.  Don’t give God left-overs from your finance.  Give Him the first fruit of your earnings, and He will be pleased with you.  This principle applies to giving God the first hour of your day by observing early morning prayer.

Small Group Discussion:


An insight to meditate on

The local church I attend is where I should give my tithe.

I should give my tithe to the Lord cheerfully with a heart full of thanksgiving.

I must give God the tithe first before I start using the fund, trusting that 90% that’s left will cover all my monthly needs.


God’s Word to ‘heartify’

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:7


Let Us Pray!

Prayer of faith – Lord, I want to give first the ten percent before I start using the rest for myself in faith.  You will meet all my needs with the remaining 90% of my income. 

Prayer of blessing – Lord, I give this tithe to my church so she can use it to bring the good news to our community and other countries.

Applications

Set a goal to tithe and share with your pastor, so he can pray for you.

Start giving a certain percentage of tithe – and increase it as time goes by.

Observe and record how God bless you and your family as you tithe to the Lord.




Chapter 5: The Blessing of Tithing


A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Prov. 13:22



You will be first to be blessed by tithing.


Reward is great.

Honoring God with your tenth – obeying the principle of the tithe – will put you in a right position to receive His blessings.  If you tithe, you are taking dominion in the financial realm.  You have a right to claim what is promised in Malachi 3, and you are now in the position to be free from financial bondage of the materialistic world.


“The rewards of tithing are described in Malachi 3:10-11, where God promises to pour out a blessing and keep the devourer away.”   The Word of God says the following in Malachi 3:10-12: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, 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 blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.  And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the LORD of hosts;  And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.”


If you fill my storehouse then I will fill yours.

Malachi tells us to bring our tithe to His storehouse, then the Bible says, “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”


Imagine how you are giving to God using your hands, and God returning the favor with His hands – the very hands that created the heavens and earth.  You can give and give and give to the Lord, and in one stroke, He can give a thousand times more than you gave up to that point.  When God promises that He will fill your storehouse personally, then you cannot lose on that deal.  His ways are always greater and His rewards are always so much more than we can receive in this world.


But don’t do it for reward.

There are many who feel they are entitled to God’s blessings because they tithe.  The truth is that our works, including tithing, can never make us worthy of His blessings.  Following the Law cannot bring God’s approval into our lives.  It’s not in doing but in being.  Christ has already made us worthy by dying on the cross in order to make us free from sin and righteous in the eyes of the Father.  We have been made worthy of His blessings because of who we are, not what we do.”


Don’t turn it into a law.

Don’t turn our Lord Jesus into a religious figure.  In the same way, don’t turn tithing into a legalistic law. 


Larry Burkett argues, “Is Tithing legalism?  Although the tithe is mentioned in the law, no punishment was indicated for not tithing.  There is a consequence (the loss of blessings), but there in no punishment from God for not tithing.”   I agree.  There is no punishment indicated for not tithing – You won’t be punished, but you just won’t receive the abundance of God’s goodness as you would if you give him back your tenth with thanksgiving in your heart.


Tithing gives us healthy perspective. 

The story of Job is a clear and striking reminder that no one, no matter how powerful, has a permanent hold on anything in this world.  Suddenly stripped of his many possessions, Job pointed to his mortality as the undeniable evidence of God’s controlling ownership:  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.”


Curse vs. Blessings

Curses in our lives have to be broken before the blessings from the Lord come to us.  We have to get the vessels of our lives to be clean so the anointing and God’s blessing will flow through them.  It is a simple principle, but sometimes overlooked by an individual or even by a country.


21 Days of Prayer_-- Using Scripture to break the Curse of poverty:

Use these Scriptures daily for next 21 days to break the curse of poverty.  You cannot give what you do not have.  In order to become a giving person, we must learn to receive from the Lord. Each day, recite these verses and meditate on them.  Use them as a part of your quiet time material.  Share them with your Christian friends and reflect on them.  Discuss how these verses can be lived out in your life and the lives of others.


Day 1: He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. Prov. 10:4


Day 2: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”  2 Cor. 8:9


Day 3: “So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” Neh. 2:20   


Day 4: He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, To set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory.  “For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and He has set the world upon them.   1Sam. 2:8


Day 5: The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Prov. 22:7


Day 6: Praise the LORD!  Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Psa. 112:1-3   


Day 7: And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:19


Day 8: The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Rom. 8:16-17


Day 9: Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.   1Tim. 6:17   


Day 10: “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deut. 8:18   


Day 11: As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.    Eccl. 5:19


Day 12: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep -  So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.      Prov. 6:10


Day 13: Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.   Mark 11:24


Day 14: And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: Deut. 28:2


Day 15: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, 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 blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. Mal. 3:10


Day 16: So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2Cor. 9:7


Day 17: Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD,  And in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psa. 1:1-3


Day 18: The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Psa. 34:10


Day 19: He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given. Prov. 19:17


Day 20: When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.  How much better to get wisdom than gold!  And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Prov. 16:7, 16, 18


Day 21: By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.   Prov. 22:4


Small Group Discussion:


An insight to meditate on

I will be the first to be blessed as I tithe unto the Lord.

But I won’t give tithe to be blessed.

I don’t want to give legalistically, but out of a thankful heart – giving back what God already gave me.


God’s Word to ‘heartify’

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Prov. 13:22


Let Us Pray!

Prayer of faith – Lord, I pray Prov. 13:22 into my life.  I pray that my children’s children will receive inheritance I will build up in this life.  Lord, you will prosper me as I give back to you faithfully and cheerfully.

Prayer of blessing – Lord, I want to give more than receive, for it is more blessed to give than to receive.  Break the curse of poverty from my family and my country as I learn to become faithful tither.

Applications

Start setting a goal for you and your loved ones to start on 21 days of prayer to break the curse of poverty.

Each day, pray the scripture and share with someone you meet – and help them to break the curse of poverty as well.

Share it with your family and loved ones regularly and see how God bless you and your loved ones.


Chapter 6: Questions & Answers on Tithing


Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  
Psa. 37:4


Do you have any questions?

I am sure you have at least one or two questions about tithing.  If all the questions have to be answered, then I would have to write a book many times this size.  What I will do in this last chapter is to anticipate questions you might have and reproduce some questions I have got from many books on this topic and answer them.


1.Q: Why do so many Cambodian Christians not tithe?

Some Christians do not tithe because they simply have not been taught to tithe by their pastors.  Many of these pastors do not teach on tithing because they themselves were not taught.

Some Christians do not tithe because of a misunderstanding of the place of God’s law in the Bible.  They think it is part of the Old Testament law and therefore they do not have to keep it.

Some Christians do not tithe because they refuse to do so.  Sometimes, despite knowing the principle, they don’t want to give back the tithe due to rebelliousness or selfishness.


2.Q: What are some good reasons for tithing?

Giving should be an expression of a deep spiritual commitment and an obedient heart. 

Give out of grateful hearts.  Give because you really want to give back to God.

Give out of conviction that it is from the Lord and the Word of God teaches us to give.


3.Q: What are some bad reasons for tithing?

Giving in order to receive.  Then, it just becomes a means to gain more for yourself.

Give out of fear.  There is no more condemnation in Christ Jesus.  Don’t do anything in your Christian life out of fear!

Give to impress others.  When you show off with your offering, you have already received your reward on earth.  You may impress them but you won’t be able to influence them.


4.Q: Can I be saved even if I do not tithe? 
A: Yes, of course.  The New Testament scripture does not say that you are cursed if you do not tithe.  To say that person is cursed for not following the Law of tithing is a false claim.  Even if we do not tithe,
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).”  But do we then stop tithing because of that?  Of course not.


5.Q: What if one cannot afford to tithe? 
A: The answer is we cannot afford not to tithe.  Who can afford to rob God?  You have to rearrange your financial situation so you can tithe unto the Lord.  It may take some planning and financial sacrifice on your part, but you must give tithe a priority in your financial life.


6.Q: Should teenagers or even children tithe? 
A: Yes, if they have incomes or allowances.  The best time to learn is when you are young  and what’s learned at early age will form a good habit.  Good spiritual discipline is very important in Christian walk.


7.Q: Isn’t there a danger of being legalistic with tithing? 
A: Yes, when you start thinking that tithing counts for righteousness.  It does not.  You are saved and accepted by God regardless of whether or not you tithe. 


8.Q: If I have not been tithing, it means I am “behind” in my tithes.  This means I am deeply indebted to God.  Should I pay back tithes? 
A: No, begin now.  When God forgives, He forgets.  Confess your sin of not tithing.  Accept your forgiveness.  Don’t look back and go on.


9.Q: What should I do if I don’t have money to give this week? 
A: Remember, all of your money belongs to God.  Giving to God is not negotiable.  You must discipline yourself to give God first then live off of the rest of the money you have.  And see how God multiplies what you have after you gave to God.  He will never disappoint you.


10.Q: Why isn’t there a command to tithe in the NT? 
A: Everyone in the New Testament context knew about tithing and it was part of their lives.  


11.Q: I have debts, and I fear that I won’t be able to get out of debt – should I still tithe?
A: You must give the tithe as part of getting out of debt.  By tithing, you are empowering God to multiply what you have, so you will be able to get out of debt quicker than done naturally. 


12.Q: If I pay my tithes, will God meet my needs?”
A: Yes,
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19) & “For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2Cor. 5:7)   Read the following verses again -  Malachi 3:10-11, Psalms 37:25, Matthew 6:33.


13.Q: If I have no money left, how can I tithe?” 
A: God never said that He wanted our leftovers.  He said He wanted our first fruits.   You give first then spend what’s left over.  Read Proverbs 3:9-10.


14.Q: Should the poor be encouraged to give? 
A: Yes.  Jesus used as an example the widow with only two mites, Luke 21:1-4.  He took the opportunity to show that He honored and encouraged giving – even by the poorest person.  God is not impressed by the size of the gift, but by the spirit of the giver.”


15.Q: What is the difference between tithes and offerings? 
A: The difference is that with our tithes we
pay to God and with our offering we give to God.  Matthew 23:23 Jesus said to the Pharisees “For you pay tithes.”   Luke 6:38 “Give and it shall be given unto you.”  You give first.


16.Q: What does the scripture mean by “storehouse”? 
A: It is the place where we regularly receive our spiritual food.  In Israel, the temple was the central place of worship.  Under the New Covenant, the local church is the place of regular worship.


17.Q: If I tithe, should I expect an increase in God’s blessings? 
A: Yes.   Psalms 37:25 “He created all the earth’s wealth for the prosperity of those that do His will.  No good thing is withheld from them that walk uprightly.”


18.Q: What will happen if I don’t give? 
A: We cannot expect to receive.  Luke 6:38 “Give and it shall be given unto you.”  If we don’t give we are keeping God’s hands tied.  Nothing times nothing equals nothing.  When we give offerings, then we open the purse strings of heaven, so God can give back.




















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