Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "giving"

Why You Should Tithe To Your Church

One of the hardest message a pastor is tasked with giving is the message on giving. I don't like talking about giving at our church. I don't like urging people to give. But giving is clearly a concept that runs through the Scriptures. And if we don't talk about, we miss an opportunity to learn and discover the joy it brings. And I'm not simply talking about giving of time or giving to worthy charities (which you should do). I'm talking about giving consistently, faithfully, cheerfully to your local church. I'm talking about the word we hate to use: tithe. Yes, we know we are not under the law and we don't have to tithe. Yes, we know 10% is not a legalistic number. Yes, we understand that tithing won't get you any closer to Heaven than giving nothing. Yet for a Christian, redeemed, rescued, sanctified, and called--tithing is important. Here are three compelling...

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Satan’s Hidden Tax

I wrote this for my weekly devotional (published at Crosswalk.com and also Clash Entertainment):  It was almost midnight and I was nearly finished filing my income taxes. I had finished my federal return and was now almost done with my state return. I live in Illinois and typically the state portion of my taxes is a snap. But the one thing you have to know about living in Illinois is that our fine Land of Lincoln loves to tax things. And sure enough, as I was nearly to the end of the Illinois return, up pops up a new tax, one I had not heard of in the news. Its creatively titled the “use” tax and it goes like this. If you were smart enough to make a big purchase in another state where there is no sales tax, then Illinois wants a piece of that action. So you’re required to put...

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Why You Should Tithe

If you wanted to start a heated argument among Christians, just bring up the subject of tithing. Some say that tithing was a principle reserved only for Old Testament law. Others say that tithing is antithetical to grace. I hear all those arguments, but still, I think it's good practice to be a regular giver. I can't tell you, with integrity, that tithing is a specific command of God as prescribed in the Bible. But I can tell you that it's a habit of wise, mature, Bible-believing, Christ-following Christians. This is a discussion that could fill several books (and it has), but I've found three reasons why tithing is vital to the growth and discipleship of every believer. 1) Tithing demonstrates commitment to the body of Christ. We live in an age when Christians are spiritual free-agents, hopping from church to church and shopping for a Sunday experience as they would a new car....

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