THE TITHE IS THE LORD'S!
Or THE TITHE, GOD'S PLAN OF CHRISTIAN GROWTH
AND CHURCH FINANCE
Dr. Miles Seaborn
INTRO. One of the most interesting things of life is
to note the reaction, different kinds of reaction that
people have when we begin to talk about money. It
seems that most of us, no matter rich or poor, never
seem to have enough of it and would like to have more
ILL. I am reminded of the preacher who was
asleep one night when a burglar broke in at the
midnight hour and began to rifle through the
personal belongings of the preacher. The
preacher awakened and confronted the burglar and
the burglar drew out a gun and pointed the gun at
him and said, "If you move, you are a dead man.
I'm hunting for your money." The preacher said,
"Amen, let me get up and turn on the light and
I'll help you look for it, too."
Most of us feel like we don't have enough of it and
we're hunting for more of it almost all the waking
hours of our life.
God's word has much to say about money and so this
morning we want to talk about God's way and God's plan
of Christian development - church finance.
ILL. Not long ago I read a story of a Roman
Catholic priest who had decided it was time to do
away with the bingo and the raffles and the
carnivals and the other means of raising money
and go back to the tithe. He was asking all his
parishioners to tithe. It received nation-wide
publicity as it was a new scheme or a new
promotion or a new idea.
This has been God's plan and God's idea since the very
beginning of time that man should give in proportion
as God has blessed him. Our God is a God of law and
grace, but always a God of order!
First of all, He is a God of cosmic law. - Genesis
1:14 says the planets move in their orbit with
Second, He is a God of natural law. - Genesis 1:11
reminds us the seasons, without flaw, produce
everything after ...
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