Why Tithe? (5 of 5) by Roger Thomas

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Why Tithe? (5 of 5)
Questions About The Church
Roger Thomas
Malachi 3:6-12; Matt 23:23; 2 Cor 9:6-12
November 18, 2001

Introduction: I want to talk about money today. That sound you just heard was hearing aids being turned off and minds closing!?! Unfortunately, there is some truth to that. Often we have very strong reactions to the discussion of money anywhere, but especially at church. Some have the perception that money is all that many churches are interested in.

Just the other day, someone called the church office. When Kelly answered the phone, the man said, "I want to talk to the Head Hog at the trough." Kelly was a bit taken back. She replied, "Sir, if you're talking about Mr. Thomas, you may call him the preacher or the minister, but I don't think it would be proper to refer to him as the "head Hog at the trough."" "Alright," the man said, "But I am a farmer out south of town and I just sold a bunch of sows and was going to donate ten thousand dollars to the church, so I was hoping to catch him in." "Oh, just a minute, sir," Kelly responded, "I think the big pig just walked in." Just kidding! Nobody could make that kind of money on hogs!

On the other hand, there is the story about the guy who came to church with his family. As they were driving home afterwards he was complaining about everything (a sure way to guarantee that your kids don't go to church when they grow up!). He said, "The music was too loud. The sermon was too long. The announcements were unclear. The building was too hot. The people were unfriendly. And the new family sat in our pew!" He went on and on, complaining about virtually everything. Finally, his very observant seven year old son said, "Dad, you've got to admit it wasn't a bad show for a dollar!"

Seriously, I do want to talk about money today as we continue a series of Frequently Asked Questions about this church. There might many questions regarding money asked from time to time. If the q ...

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