MORE BULLETIN BITS ON TITHING
Seven Short Articles on the Benefits of Tithing
“Now it came to pass at noon one day that an editor was a guest of a certain rich man. The lunch was enjoyed at a popular restaurant. The waiter was very efficient. The food was good.”
“Now when the end of the meal was at hand, the waiter brought unto the host the check. And the host examined it, frowned a bit, but made no comment.”
“But as we arose to depart, I observed that he laid some coins under the edge of his plate. I know not what denominations the coins were; howbeit, the waiter who stood nearby smiled happily (which, being interpreted, means the tip was satisfactory.)”
Now this parable entereth not into merits or demerits of tipping. But as I meditate on the coins that become tips throughout our nation, I begin to think of tips and tithes. For it is now suggested that the proverbial tip be more than a tithe, lest the waiter turn against you.
As I continue to think on these things, it comes unto me that few people who go to church treat their God as well as their waiter. For they give unto the waiter a tithe or more, but unto God they give whatever they think will get them by.
Verily, doth man fear the waiter more than he feareth God? And doth he love God less than he love the waiter? Or doth the waiter do more for him than his God?
Tipping And Tithing
By: Dr. Harold G. Basden
Published by: Section on Stewardship
The United Methodist Church
Once upon a time there was a man who had nothing and God gave him ten apples. He gave three apples to eat. He gave three apples to trade for a shelter from the sun and rain. He gave him three apples to trade for
clothing to wear. He gave him one apple so that he might have something to give back to God to show his gratitude for the other nine.
The man ate three apples. He traded three for a shelter from the sun and rain. He traded three for clothing to wear. Then he looked at the tenth apple… and it seemed bigger and juicer than the rest.
He knew that God had given him the tenth apple so that he might return it to Him out of gratitude for the other nine. But the tenth apple looked bigger and juicer than the rest. And he reasoned that God had all the other apples in the world… so the man ate the tenth apple… and gave back to God… the core.
God has given you enough apples to supply your needs – plus one with which you may show your gratitude to Him. The choice is yours. Will you return to God the largest and juiciest of your apples – or only the core?
Once Upon A Time…
Published by: Neibauer Press, Warminster, PA
Teenagers, as both young and very important members of the church, may often have heard the word “tithe.”
It comes from an old word, but there’s really nothing new about it. It simply means “tenth.” Tithing is taking a tenth of your weekly allowance or earnings and giving it to your church towards God’s work. This is one way of thanking God for the blessings he has given you… a warm home, loving parents, interested teachers, and a helpful church. At the same time you are helping the church to do many things for others in the world who suffer from hunger, illness and lack of education and faith. Your tithe acknowledges His bountiful goodness.
The idea of tithing is very old and is important in the Bible. Jesus teaches us that we are stewards of God, placed on this earth to do good in His name. Giving part of our weekly earnings to the work of God is a very
satisfying way of showing our gratitude for the skills and talents He gave us.
As small as your allowance might seem, you, as a young adult, will find happiness in giving your tenth. Whatever you give helps in many important ways – running the church, youth fund, church school, missions in North America and overseas.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can help so many good causes with such a small amount of money?
That’s why many Christian teenagers are learning the joys of tithing.
Teens Can Tithe Too
Published by: Neibauer Co, Inc. Jenkintown, PA
Today, even millionaires keep track of where every dollar goes. They can’t afford not to. And neither can you!!!
You know how much you paid in taxes last year? The oil and electric bills? And you have all your cancelled checks from the bank to establish WHAT, WHERE and HOW MUCH. It’s a matter of record. Good!
But what about the money you dropped into the offering on Sunday? Those bills and coins mount up. Have you wondered whether or not you dare claim $250 or $500 without being able to show Uncle Sam the receipts? Well, you can make that a matter of record, too.
Of course, God is keeping the important record. The idea of faithful giving stems from Old Testament times and continues to riddle Scripture throughout 2,000 years. God entreats us to understand what is truly important in our existence, because this life is merely preparation for the life to come. “…give to those in need. This will fatten your purses in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no rips or holes in them. Your treasures there will never disappear; no thief can steal them; no moth can destroy them. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.” Luke 12:33,34
Your church office offers a simplified system of recording your weekly contributions by the use of church envelops bearing personal identification. Satisfied users of church envelopes have testified to a feeling of privacy and dignity in giving never before experienced.
Personal envelopes are available at your church. Take advantage of this effective means to claim legitimate tax exemptions in these days when every dollar counts. You may find you’re giving less to the IRS and saving WHERE IT REALLY COUNTS.
“So Jesus said to them, “Well, then, pay to the Emperor what belongs to him and pay to God what belongs to God.” Matthew 22:21 (T.E.V.)
Make All You Can… Save All You Can… Give All You Can…
Published by: Neibauer Press, Ivyland, PA
-Stewardship puts the Golden Rule in business in place of the rule of gold.
-Not how much of my money must I give to God, but how much need I use for myself?
-“I will place no value on anything I may have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.”
-The kingdom of God can never be established by raising money, but it can never be extended without raising money.
-Give, not from the top of your purse, but from the bottom of your heart.
-The unconsecrated wealth of Christians is the greatest hindrance to the church’s progress.
-Jesus teaches that a man’s attitude to the Kingdom of God is revealed by his attitude to his property.
-Earning maketh an industrious man; spending, a well-furnished man; saving, a prepared man; giving, a blessed man.
Children often give some dear possession to those they love and take it back again. Too many Christians act this way toward Christ. They ask Him to consider all their possessions as His; but they determine how much to give without asking Him what He desires.
I have never seen nor known a long-faced tither. All I have ever known wear smiling faces. The sources of all real happiness is within us. “The life of God in the soul of man” is the best definition of religion I have seen. If tithing develops that life until it shows in our faces can we afford to neglect it? -Thomas Kane
Published by: Neibauer Press, Warminster, PA
Christ’s fingerprints are not visible
But if they were, would you
and yours be marked as His?
Without these identifying marks,
however, there other valid
signs of Christian stewardship.
One of these is time.
You cannot fingerprint time.
Have you given full measure of
your time when needed?
One of these is ability
You cannot fingerprint ability.
Have you realized your full
potential in His name?
One of these is your use of resources.
If your fingerprints were visible on your fingerprints
were visible on your contributions,
would you want to be identified?
Have you given full measure –
For God so loved the world that He gave.
Christ’s Fingerprints Are Not Visible.
Published by: Neibauer Press, Co. Inc., Jenkintown, PA
-I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger. Thank you.
-I was naked, and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
-I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health.
-I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God.
-I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.
-You seem so holy; So close to God. But I’m still very hungry, and lonely, and cold…
Publishing by: Pflaum Publishing Co.