Gifts and the Gospel

I am speaking tonight at a dinner held at our church for the volunteers who serve with Angel Tree ministries. I am excited about the work that has been done and that is being done through this ministry. As a church, we challenge members to purchase gifts to give to needy families during the Christmas holidays. Gift giving is a Biblical concept because God, based on His nature, is a Giver. He gives gifts to men. Jesus, when He walked this earth, He gave gifts to men, with a very specific purpose. The purpose of giving is to open the door to the message of the Gospel. When Jesus did things for people, when He met their pressing needs, He immediately followed up the good deed with spiritual teaching.

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Covenant Lesson 6: the Oneness of Covenant

As we continue our study of Covenant, we have arrived to one of my favorite lessons, the lesson about the Oneness of covenant. In covenant, 2 become 1. This lesson will demonstrate what it means for 2 to become 1 in covenant. If you have been following this series, here is a quick review of what we have learned so far over the course of the past 6 weeks.

  1. Covenant Lesson 1
  2. Covenant Lesson 2
  3. Covenant Lesson 3
  4. Covenant Lesson 4
  5. Covenant Lesson 5

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God and Money

I taught this lesson a couple of weeks ago during a marriage counseling session and I have been invited to teach this once again tonight, in a different setting.

It has been said that, “if you want to know who your god is, look at where and how you spend your money“. Many people have been taught that money is evil. It is based on a misunderstanding of the Word of God. I will demonstrate, “the root of all evil is _________ ?”. How did you answer that? Did you say money? The actual passage is, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” which is found in I Timothy 6:10. Money is not evil. Money is just a tool that God uses to teach us. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Let’s take a look at how God uses money to teach us and what does He want to teach us. Continue reading

Giving according to the righteousness of God

As I prepare to teach my staff this Wednesday on the importance and value of giving as a person who lives out the righteousness of God, I want to share some of those ideas with you here so that I can think through the subject and present it clearly. In order to better understand the subject of giving, I would like for us to read a few passages of Scripture.

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Christians and Poverty (social justice)

During the previous election cycle, I spoke with many people about voting for Christian values and unfortunately, many no longer consider pro life and pro traditional marriage as “the most important” or “only issues”. When confronted with what the Bible teaches on the subject, the most frequently used argument is some form of social justice. Are Christians not supposed to take care of the poor and needy of society? Did Jesus not do that when He ministered on this earth? Does Saint James not speak about taking care of widows and orphans? Continue reading

The Importance of Giving as a Christian

dollar-sign There is much debate in our day and time about “giving”. Some people feel that those who have are obligated to give to those who do not have for the sake of equality. Usually those who preach this doctrine want to give other people’s money to the needed but not their own. Take Obama for example. He wants the American public to spread the wealth yet he himself gives less than 1% of his income to charity. What a great example of hypocrisy seen here. I will not go political in this post even though I would like to sometimes. I want to talk about the importance of giving if you are a true follower of Continue reading