Search ResultsSolving the Riddle of Comfortable Guilt Article on giving by Patricia Snell Herzog. Most of us admit that our giving behavior does not match our personal or our religion’s ideal of what it should be. Why do we have this comfortable guilt? Paul's Expectations of Generosity - Study Guide Study guide for a lesson about Generosity. True generosity requires us to give to those in need and make a place for them in our gatherings. Liturgical elements and discussion questions included. Start a Conversation About Giving Faith is the motivator for people's giving. David King shares his findings from research on religious giving, encouraging church leaders to broaden the conversation and talk to congregations about the meaning of their life and work.... Solving the Riddle of Comfortable Guilt - Study Guide Study guide for a lesson about generosity. Most of us admit that our giving behavior does not match our personal or our religion’s ideal of what it should be. Liturgical elements and discussion questions included. Money and Mission In this essay, William Willimon argues that since mission is the largest factor in charitable giving, churches should focus less on how much money they need and instead focus on how they can fulfill their mission. David Giving Uriah the Letter These 19th century sketches by Joseph Mallord William Turner are rough copies of several paintings, including Jacob Adriaensz Backer's 1960 depiction of 2 Samuel 11:13, "David Giving Uriah the Letter." Stupid giving: The offering as a complete sacrifice F. Willis Johnson reflects on the realities of giving for churches with predominantly financially challenged members - where the situation of the "widow's mite" (Mark 12:41-44) is common. When Spouses Clash on Giving This article by Jeff Anderson discusses how couples can harmonize their views on financial giving by connecting with each other, adopting similar worship preferences, developing spiritually, addressing financial differences, and learning gratitude for God's blessings. The Widow’s Mite Giving is necessary for our parishes to survive, but it is also a necessary act that promotes spiritual health, sanctification, and blessing. The Grace of Giving David Vroege unpacks what it means to give graciously and offers practical suggestions for how we can practice graceful giving during the offering portion of our worship services. Charitable Giving Increases An illustration by Karl Taro Greenfeld describing that American giving has increased, appropriate for Matthew 25:14-46. Full Text Hymns on Charitable Giving The Blessings of the Pious and CharitablePD
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See more hymns... Basketball's Manute Bol Gives Back to Sudan Steve Rushin's story of charitable giving by NBA player Manute Bol can illustrate scriptural teachings on generosity, illustrating Proverbs 21:13 and Proverbs 19:17. Rethinking Stewardship In this sermon starter on the Widow's Coin, David Lose wrestles with whether stewardship means giving of our resources as we are able, taking care of those in our community...or both. The Limits of Philanthropy "Time to end the charitable tax deduction." The Widow’s Mite No matter our means, we are all called to give generously, even sacrificially, to the work of God. God sees the true measure of our generosity, let us open our hearts and ours wallet to Him.... Should Congregations Tithe? A reflection on church giving to "missions" that suggests when the topic at hand is money, the conversation seems especially prone toward pious platitudes and self-justifying half-truths. Tithing: On learning contentment and cheerful givng Tithing is hard, especially during times of financial turmoil. But it's one way of showing that we recognize we are only stewards of what we have, and to give back part of it. Philanthropy Is Everyone's Business A sermon illustration about charitable giving trends in the United States of America. Philanthropy is gaining popularity in mainstream culture. Why Give? Confronted with her own disillusionment, Antonia De Boer explores the reasons why Christians support international development and relief efforts.