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Series: From Good to Great
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
May 18, 2003
1. Story of thief and the Dum Dums! Michael Brown, 33, was arrested in Marked Tree, Ark., in January and charged with burglarizing the lobby of the Marked Tree Bank after security cameras caught him hauling away a clock radio, a CD player, and a handful of Dum Dum suckers. The next morning, according to the "Arkansas Democrat Gazette," police followed a trail of Dum Dum wrappers down Frisco Street and into the mobile home park where Brown lives. 2003. There is a whole website dedicated to the escapades of criminals entitled, "Dumb Criminals."
2. I could have entitled today's message: "Don't Be a Dum Dum!" God knows all, sees all, judges all, yet we steal from Him!
3. Let's read together our key passage from Malachi 3:8-12.
2. THE COMMAND TO TITHE (3:10)
1. Who? Whole nation.
1. It is said that 20% of the people give 80% of the money. Furthermore, A
Barna research study back in April 2000 found that only 8% of Christians
give 10% of their income or more.
2. This was an instruction from God for everyone.
3. It is not just for the older members. It is not just for the prosperous, wealthy. It is for teenagers. I learned to tithe by giving a tenth of what I earned mowing lawns as a small boy.
4. I have asked our church office to prepare offering boxes for my children.
5. Someone might object, AThis was for the nation of Israel and the Old Testament era. We are no longer under the law.@ To this I would say a couple of things.
1. Jesus affirmed the practice even during the New Testament period. (Matthew 23:23) You never read anything like, "You have heard that it was said to you, 'Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse! But I say to you, Five percent will do, or even two'" (John Piper @ sermoncentral.com on Malachi 3).
2. Will love and grace do less than law?
2. What? Whole tithe (and off ...
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