Contributed on Mar 1, 2014
Our giving as an act of worship flows from the grace we have received as redeemed people.
“I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”  We want to worship ...read more
Contributed on Oct 2, 2016
Enjoyment of what we hold is the gift of God.
ECCLESIASTES 5:18-20 THE GIFT OF GOD “Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2014
We Christians want to please God in all things. Even in the act of giving, we want to please Him. The Apostle to the Gentiles provides instruction designed to ensure that we please Him in this act of worship.
“In this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, ...read more
Contributed on May 2, 2014
Paul provides guidelines for administering the gifts entrusted to the congregation.
“Thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2014
Planning our giving is taught in Scripture; it permits us to anticipate our worship.
“It is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I am sending the brothers so that ...read more
Contributed on Jul 4, 2014
Paul quotes a proverb that is instructive for believers as they bring their gifts before the Lord.
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2014
Paul's discussion of the benefits of Christian giving is discussed.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2016
As Christians, we are called to administer the grace of God in a wise manner. The message explores the scope of our assigned responsibilities.
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”  For many years, it has been my practise to preach a stewardship message at least once in each calendar month. This ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2016
Materialism ensures that we can never fully enjoy the blessings of God
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or ...read more