While most everyone knows, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” precious few are aware that it was Jesus who made that expression famous and even fewer are convinced it is really true (Acts 20:35).
Receiving, after all, contains a blessed feeling that is impossible to deny. Giving to the government through taxes and fines hardly feels like a blessing, at least until we think about our national defense and infrastructure. In the Bible, however, giving becomes a matter of faith–whether it is providing for one’s household, giving alms to the poor or providing for the saints and proclamation of the gospel. The custom of the earliest churches of Christ was to provide for a weekly collection, on the first day of the week, which just happened to coincide with the weekly atonement memorial of the Lord’s Supper. Continue reading » Jubilee
No doubt you have heard the following story in one form or another:
The pig and the chicken walked down the street together. Every restaurant they passed had signs in the window advertising, “Ham and Eggs.”
“See,” said the chicken, “We’re famous.”
The pig grunted. “For you,” he said, “a plate of ham and eggs is just a cackle. For me it’s the supreme sacrifice.”
In a more concise form it is observed that when it comes to such a breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed!
Continue reading » Editorial: Commitment of Biblical Proportions
Is there anyone who does not know it’s wrong to steal? Yes! Everyone can be fooled into thinking something is okay that is actually stealing. It is a serious matter and a real temptation and danger for Christians in any age.
Time is not only the most precious resource; it’s also the most stolen.
Continue reading » Steal No More
Our Lord serves as a wonderful example of sacrificial giving. Though divine, he gave up his position in heaven to dwell on earth as a man, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). Of this action, Paul told the Corinthians, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
God’s command to give “as he may prosper” (cf. 1 Corinthians 16:2), allows His children to follow their Lord’s example of sacrifice. Such sacrifice enriches us spiritually even as we contribute to the Lord’s cause. We have received so much, it is only proper that we give back a portion of that with which we have been blessed. Continue reading » Giving