Giving What One Desires To Give by Johnny Hunt

Johnny Hunt
1 Chronicles 29:1-9
November 10, 2002

One of the most informative, instructional, and
inspirational passages in all of scripture is found in
the 28th & 29th Chapters of this book. David and his
people were confronted with a challenge that was
similar to the one facing us. They had an OPPORTUNITY
to build the House of God and we have an opportunity
to build the Kingdom of God. They faced an
opportunity and moment of a lifetime and God's hand
was upon them.


According to the National and International Religion
Report, the average Mormon gives over 7% of his or her
income to the church. That's more than any orthodox
Christian denomination. What's more, the wealthiest
20% of American Christians give a smaller portion of
their income to their church than the poorest 20%.
Those in high income brackets give an average of 1.6%
of their income annually. Those in the low bracket
give 3.4% annually.

Dr. J.H. Jowett said, "Ministry that costs nothing
accomplishes nothing."

Dr. Roy Lauren tells of a Christian businessman
traveling to Korea, "In a field by the side of the
road was a young man pulling a rude plow while an old
man held the handles. The businessman was amused and
took a snapshot of the scene. 'That is curious! I
suppose these people are very poor,' he said to the
missionary who was interpreter and guide to the party.
'Yes,' was the quiet reply, 'those two men happen to
be Christians. When their church was being built,
they were eager to give something toward it; but they
had no money. So they decided to sell their one and
only ox and give the proceeds to the church. This
spring they are pulling the plow themselves.'

The businessman was silent for some moments. Then he
said, 'That must have been a real sacrifice.' 'They
did not call it that,' said the missionary. ' ...

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