The real value to giving.

W. E. Vine, The Church and the Churches:

Love and devotion to God! That imparts the real value to giving. And this perhaps serves to explain why no command as to the amount is laid down for believers. To obey a command stating the amount or proportion would be easy, but what exercise of heart would there be? Where would the motive lie? Loyalty would be superseded by mechanical religion. Love would be replaced by formalism. Both individuals and local churches would lose their sense of the high motive which should inspire in the offering a loving response to the love of the great Giver Himself. (Fincastle, VA: Scripture Truth Book Company, n.d. .)

Vine was born in 1873. Plymouth Brethren

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined…

This just blows me away. To think that even this is nothing compared to what will be shown and experienced by those who know and love God.  As the Bible says…

“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”   — 1 Corinthians 2:9  (ESV)

The Aurora from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

GOD-O-NOMICS

God-o-nomics from DanStevers.com on Vimeo.

Good job Dan! Great points.

For as you demonstrate here by Jesus’ words, God’s way is the antithesis of the world’s, His way doesn’t abide in the world system nor agree with it.

1 Timothy 6:10 (New American Standard Bible)
“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. “

No slaves to grace His throne

Allistair Begg’s “Truth for Life” e-mail today was wonderful and I wanted to share it with you.  Here, Spurgeon illustrates well our cheerfulness in the presence of God.

Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving Him at all; they bring the form of loyalty, but the life is absent. Our God requires no slaves to grace His throne; He is the Lord of the empire of love, and would have His servants dressed in the uniform of joy.

The angels of God serve Him with songs, not with groans; a murmur or a sigh would be a mutiny in their ranks. That obedience that is not voluntary is disobedience, for the Lord looks at the heart, and if He sees that we serve Him from force, and not because we love Him, He will reject our offering.

Service coupled with cheerfulness is heart-service and therefore true. Take away joyful willingness from the Christian, and you have removed the test of his sincerity. If a man be driven to battle, he is no patriot; but he who marches into the fray with flashing eye and beaming face, singing, “It is sweet for one’s country to die,” proves himself to be sincere in his patriotism.

Cheerfulness is the support of our strength; in the joy of the Lord are we strong. It acts as the remover of difficulties. It is to our service what oil is to the wheels of a railway carriage. Without oil the axle soon grows hot, and accidents occur; and if there be not a holy cheerfulness to oil our wheels, our spirits will be clogged with weariness.

The man who is cheerful in his service of God proves that obedience is his element; he can sing,
Make me to walk in your commands,

It’s a delightful road.

Reader, let us put this question–do you serve the Lord with gladness? Let us show to the people of the world, who think our religion to be slavery, that it is to us a delight and a joy! Let our gladness proclaim that we serve a good Master.

What a blessing.

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First Fruits

Often the difference between Tithes and First Fruits are misunderstood.  Actually the whole issue of giving is misunderstood.

Whenever “first fruits” are mentioned in the Bible it is not meaning 10% of your earnings, but rather it is another matter altogether. Actually most believers will be stunned to know that it’s not about money at all!

Dr. Russ Kelly details in a short answer the difference  in the Yahoo Tithing Study Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tithing-Study/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tithing-Study/message/3726

Tithes Were Not the Same as First-fruits

“The first-fruit was a very small amount of the first crop harvest and the first-born was the first offspring of animals. The first-fruit was small enough to fit into a hand-held basket (Deut. 26:1-4, 10; Lev. 23:17; Num. 18:13-17; 2 Chron 31:5a). First-fruit and first-born offerings went directly to the Temple and were required to be totally consumed by ministering priests only inside the Temple (Neh. 10:35-37a; Ex. 23:19; 34:26; Deut. 18:4).”

Come on in to join us and learn the truth about tithing from God’s word.