No Greater Love on Valentine’s Day

heart.jpg

Here’s a bonus Valentine’s Day Verse:

13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 15:13

As you go about your day on the “day of love” remember that the greatest love was when Jesus came to this earth, died for our sins, and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life in heaven and abundant life here on earth! Jesus is love!

Verse of the Day

holy-bible.png

Here’s today’s verse of the day:


8“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10Bring 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 a 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;

Malachi 3:8-11 (NKJV)

This is the classic Bible passage on tithing in today’s churches. Many people aren’t taught correctly on tithing or aren’t taught at all. The word “tithe” literally means “a tenth”. Generally, tithe is 10% of your income given to your “home church” where you’re being fed spiritually. Offering is anything that’s above and beyond the tithe. This can be given to your home church or to any other ministry as an offering to God. This is not about being legalistic and religious. It should be out of worship that you give to God. Whether it be singing, time, or money.

It’s just that “where your treasure is, there your heart is also”. Where you spend your money shows where your heart lies. This passage talks about robbing God by not giving Him tithes and offerings. If you have the perspective that God owns everything anyway, and all He’s asking for is ten percent, it turns out to be a great deal. 100% of your money doesn’t go as far as 90% of your money that’s blessed by God.

This principle of tithing comes with it a two-fold promise. That God will “open up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing” and that He would “rebuke the devourer…that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground”. In other words, God is going to bless you. He’s going to make sure that you’re taken care of. And He will also bless your labor and work which is what is implied by “the fruit of your ground”. The work of your hand will not go in vain and it will produce in your life!

So next time the offering plate, bucket, etc. is passed around at your church, remember the two-fold blessing that accompanies the tithe and offering! God Bless!

Verse of the Day

holy-bible.png

Here’s today’s verse of the day:

1And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3So He said,“Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;4for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

Luke 21:1-4 (NKJV)

I love this story about the widow and her 2 mites. It’s one of the best examples of giving in the New Testament. This verse is especially important because it’s Jesus speaking. This widow gave a seemingly insignificant amount into the offering. One mite is worth about a half-penny today. So she basically put one penny into the offering! If you put in a penny into your offering at church, they might look at you funny!

But think about it. Jesus said that the widow “put in more than all”. How is that possible? She “only” put in a penny’s worth. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus looks at your circumstances and your heart in your giving. He knows ifyou’re giving out of abundance and just “tipping God” or giving out of poverty. Just remember next time you give, that it’s not necessarily the amount that you give but the motivations and intent of your heart. Remember that God loves “a cheerful giver”!

Who is The Millionaire Next Door?

Here’s an interesting book that I’ve read recently:

0671015206_01__aa_scmzzzzzzz_.jpg

The Millionaire Next Door
From Library Journal
In The Millionaire Next Door, Stanley (Marketing to the Affluent) and Danko (marketing, SUNY at Albany) summarize findings from their research into the key characteristics that explain how the elite club of millionaires have become “wealthy.” Focusing on those with a net worth of at least $1 million, their surprising results reveal fundamental qualities of this group that are diametrically opposed to today’s earn-and-consume culture, including living below their means, allocating funds efficiently in ways that build wealth, ignoring conspicuous consumption, being proficient in targeting marketing opportunities, and choosing the “right” occupation. It’s evident that anyone can accumulate wealth, if they are disciplined enough, determined to persevere, and have the merest of luck.  Highly recommended. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 It’s a very interesting study into the millionaires of America. They’re not what you may think or see on the “Fabulous Life of the Rich and Famous”. I’ll have my own full review in a little while. In the meantime you can purchase this excellent book:
The Millionaire Next Door

Verse of the Day

holy-bible.png

Here’s today’s verse of the day:

6Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NKJV)

Many of you may have heard the saying, “Money is the root of all evil”. Some of you may have known that it came from the Bible, and some of you may have not. But what it actually says is, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” The Bible doesn’t say that money is bad in of itself. On the contrary, money is necessary for life here in this world. Our world is based on a financial system.

It’s only when you begin to love money and put the pursuit of money before God that it becomes evil and sinful. Anything that gets in the way of you and God and hinders your relationship with Him, should be purged out. We go back to priorities and focus. Is your focus on God or is it on your job, friends, or even “church”. Remember, Christianity is all about a relationship with Jesus, not necessarily “church” or religion.

So always keep in mind that having money and lots of it is fine…just don’t let it get in the way of your relationship with God. Here’s an interesting little poem about money that’s so true (it’s one of those things that your co-workers e-mail you all the time):

Money can buy a house but not a home.
Money can buy food but not an appetite.
Money can buy a bed but not rest.
Money can buy a book but not knowledge.
Money can buy a clock but not time.
Money can buy medicine but not health.
Money can buy position but not respect.
Money can buy blood but not life.
Money can buy sex but not love.
Money can buy insurance but not safety.
Money can’t buy everything.

Hopefully that gives you a perspective on the role of money in your life.