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Finding Christ in the Beggar, Finding Christ in the Chalice This Catholic article reflects on poverty and hospitality from John Chrysostom's words, "If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice." Resource type: Image | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Ann R. Morrill 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: F. Willis Johnson 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Jeff Anderson Start a Conversation About Giving Don’t just give another stewardship sermon. This article suggestion research into religious giving indicates that Christian leaders should broaden the conversation and talk to people about the meaning of their life and work. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: David P. King 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Alfred Hanley 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. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: The Banner | Author: David A. Vroege Paul's Expectations of Generosity "True generosity requires us to give to those in need and make a place for them in our gatherings." Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Kelly D. Liebengood The Limits of Philanthropy "Time to end the charitable tax deduction." Resource type: Article | Source: Commonweal | Author: Fran Quigley 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.... Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher | Author: David J. Lose 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Steve Rushin Full Text Hymns on Charitable Giving The Blessings of the Pious and CharitablePD
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Charitable Giving Increases An illustration by Karl Taro Greenfeld describing that American giving has increased, appropriate for Matthew 25:14-46. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Karl Taro Greenfeld Charity Today Versus During the Depression In this illustration related to tithing, research shows the decline of the percentage of charitable giving from personal income. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Time (12-09-02); submitted by Bill White 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today 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. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Patricia Hunter Why Give? Confronted with her own disillusionment, Antonia De Boer explores the reasons why Christians support international development and relief efforts. Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Antonia De Boer Homilies Giving Encouragement in the Faith Encouragement in faith is necessary for our lives. These four homilies offer encouragement in the face of different kinds of trials: Greed, hopelessness, resistance to Christianity, and the difficulty of holiness. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Fadi Auro Doing Good Works for God In this devotional on Matthew 6:1, Mark D. Roberts considers what it means to do good works for God, suggesting the greatest reward in this life is knowing that we have delighted the heart of God. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D Roberts Will a Person Rob God? How can the finite rob the infinite? How can the one who has given all things to his creatures by robbed by those same creatures? John W. Meister preaches on giving and tithing in Malachi 3. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) | Author: John W Meister
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