Sermons on this topic in English and Dutch have been added to the Old Paths Archive.
Let us be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God.
Trouwe rentmeesters van Gods geheimenissen moeten wij zijn.
I pray that the Scriptures presented in this lesson will help us all fulfill our responsibilities as stewards of God.
May the Lord bless you richly.
In 1 Timothy 6:9-17, the apostle Paul warns against the dangers of money. Money is the number one source of problems among married couples, and it is the number one desire of a great number of people today. Let us now notice the admonition of Paul against the dangers of money, and let us heed his admonition to avoid this perilous wile of the devil (cf. Eph. 6:11, 17). Continue reading
Steve Preston says, “When trying to determine how much our contribution should be we may get a starting point from the Old Testament.” He makes reference to Israel’s tithes. His recommendation is one I also make, to use the Old Testament as a floor, thinking that a Christian, who has so much more of God’s full grace to be grateful for, shouldn’t settle for less.
In the church of God, we all recognize that the New Testament sets no given amount or percentage. (Many groups have yet to learn this truth.) So when we attempt to answer the question of how much one should give, or even more personally, how much I should give, we enter the realm of expediency.
Are Steve and I on the right track? How do you approach teaching on giving, and especially on how much? Maybe you have a better approach.
Steve Preston writes the BibleTalk email twice a week. His email today is titled, “The More You Have …” Here’s the first part of it:
The first job that I ever had was as a bus boy in the local seafood restaurant. And perhaps the first lesson of business that I learned there was the fact that the more one knows, the more that is expected of him. It didn’t matter that everyone was paid the same hourly wage. If your regular job was as a prep cook but you also knew the work of a fry cook, then there were some nights you were expected to function as a fry cook.
Our heavenly Father operates on the same basic principle; the more you know, the more you are expected to do. Consider what Jesus says in Luke 12:48: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more”.
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I have an article coming Tuesday on Forthright about my plans for the New Year. I hope you will read it. The new year is a gift from God and like anything that comes from the Father, we are commanded to be good stewards of this blessing.
Today is Black Friday, so called because it puts retailers in the black. I know one guy who’s parked in front of an electronics store, hours ahead of opening hours, in hopes of a good buy.
So what’s on your twice-checked list for Black Friday? Is the day a sign of the affluent times? Will the economic crisis change the way people approach Christmas this year? How do Christians deal with the temptations to consume?
By the way, anybody know what the header picture is?