We Give Thanks Unto The Lord God Almighty

We give thanks to the Lord God almighty!

 

In this autumn season, we can slow down and enjoy the beauty of the colors of change. It is a good time to reflect on all that God is and what He does for His children.  We praise You, God!

 

 

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Should we tithe during the pandemic?

Should we tithe during the pandemic?

Tithing was introduced by God at the beginning of his relationship with mankind.  We find in Leviticus 27 the rules for offerings and tithes set up by God himself.

Lev 27:30,31 ERV  “A tenth of all crops belongs to the LORD. This means the crops from fields and the fruit from trees—a tenth belongs to the LORD.   So if you want to get back your tenth, you must add one-fifth to its price and then buy it back. ”

In these passages we find a tenth of all our increase is to be given to the priests in our case, the local church we are members of.  If for some reason the person had to take the offering back, he owed 5% interest over the tithe when it came time to pay it back.

Gen 26:1 -5 ERV  Now there was a famine. This was like the famine that happened during Abraham’s life. So Isaac went to the town of Gerar, to King Abimelech of the Philistines.   The LORD spoke to Isaac and said, “Don’t go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I commanded you to live in.   Stay in this land, and I will be with you. I will bless you. I will give you and your family all these lands. I will do what I promised to Abraham your father.   I will make your family as many as the stars of heaven, and I will give all these lands to your family. Through your descendants, every nation on earth will be blessed.   I will do this because your father Abraham obeyed my words and did what I said. He obeyed my commands, my laws, and my rules.”

Gen 26:12-14  ERV  Isaac planted fields in that place, and that year he gathered a great harvest. The LORD blessed him very much. :  Isaac became rich. He gathered more and more wealth until he became a very rich man.   He had many flocks and herds of animals. He also had many slaves. All the Philistines were jealous of him.

We see in the above passage that Isaac was living in a time of famine, tolerated by the Philistines, yet he planted fields anyway.  He sowed what seed he had, and the Lord brought the increase.

Many say that was for the Old Testament only, not for the New Testament.  Let’s look at some New Testament verses.

Matthew 22:15-21 we see Jesus being tempted by the Pharisees.  They ask him if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar or not, being that they were Jews, not Romans.  He asked for a coin and then asked whose picture was on the coin. He told them to give to Caesar what was due to him and to God what belonged to Him. It was obvious that tithing was still being done by the Jews as they did not argue about that.

Luke 6:38  ERV “Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”

Luke 18:12  I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of everything I get!’ (they were tithing)

Paul admonished the churches to give from their heart, not as a religious act.  It is our choice to give from our hearts or to hoard the money.

2Corinthians 9:6-12  TPT Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest.  Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity!   Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.   Just as the Scriptures say about the one who trusts in him: Because he has sown extravagantly and given to the poor, his kindness and generous deeds will never be forgotten.   This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First, he supplies every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it so that the harvest of your generosity will grow.   You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.   The priestly ministry you are providing through your offering not only supplies what is lacking for God’s people, it inspires an outpouring of praises and thanksgiving to God himself. ”

Paul also got to the root of our giving life, it is one of our own conscience.

Galatians 6:5-10 TPT   Every believer is ultimately responsible for his or her own conscience.   And those who are taught the Word must share all good things with their teacher; a sharing of wealth takes place between them.   Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest.  The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self – life into this natural realm, you can expect to experience a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.  And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!   Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of faith!

In answer to the question, yes we should still tithe

Most of us have been affected in some way during 2020.  Some with loss of jobs, health, homes, even loss of life in our families.  It has been hard for all of us.  Businesses closing, no usual normality of life has caused great stress on all of us.  Yet, the Lord has not changed.  He always responds to our giving.  When Isaac was placed in a land of famine, he sowed anyway, from what he had.  God blessed him and actually made him rich!  Does that happen to all of us?  No, only to those who consistently give to God and others.  Increase is born out of a giving heart.  Our giving opens doors for harvest to meet our own needs.

Now to the practical.  God knows what we have in our bank accounts.  He knows what our responsibilities are to other people and what bills we have to pay.  He is not asking us to neglect our responsibilities.  He is asking us to give what we can.  If we have no extra money, we can still give our time to help others.  Maybe we can help around the church building to save them money on cleaning or repairs.  We can pray for our brothers and sisters in our church.  We can help the members when possible.

There are many churches that will have to close their doors if we don’t continue to tithe.  Even if it is less than usual, we can still give our best to the local church to keep them going.  We are family, and families should always stick together and help each other.  Those of us who can afford gasoline can offer rides to those who are not able to even afford that convenience.  Let’s challenge ourselves to be the best givers we can be.

Father God, we ask that you bless our tithes and offerings.  As you did with Isaac, do for us.  We give freely, out of a heart filled with thanksgiving to You for our provisions.  We know you will bless us as that is who You are.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray, Amen.

Welcome to All Our International Visitors

Welcome to all our international visitors

It is an honor to have you come and visit our website.  We pray you are blessed by something you find here.  We realize there are Christians all over the world, so we have brothers and sisters everywhere. We want to follow Jesus, who died for all, lives to intercede for us and is coming again to take us to be with Him in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:1-5 Easy-to-Read Version 

We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be the kind of home people build here. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever. But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home. It will clothe us and we will not be naked. While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life. This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come.  No matter your circumstances, please remember the Lord Jesus died for all mankind.  There are no special people chosen to receive Him as Savior.  All you need to do is say yes to His invitation and salvation comes into your life.  He will help you through every crisis, every painful place, and every loss.  My own life is a testimony of that fact.  Through every loss, sickness, and painful place, Jesus has brought me through.  He will do the same for all you call upon His name.

John 3:16-18 The Passion Translation 

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.  17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!18 So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son.

Romans 10:8-13 Easy-to-Read Version

This is what the Scripture says: “God’s teaching is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” It is the teaching of faith that we tell people. If you openly say, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. 10 Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved.  11 Yes, the Scriptures say, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 12 It says this because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all people. And he richly blesses everyone who looks to him for help. 13 Yes, “everyone who trusts in the Lord will be saved.”

 

Let Wisdom Flow Like a Brook

Let wisdom flow like a brook

Proverbs 18:4 The Passion Translation 

Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook—
like deep waters that spring forth from within,
bubbling up inside the one with understanding.”

Wisdom is so important in our everyday lives.  We make decisions all throughout the day.  Without wisdom, we keep making the same mistakes over and over again.  Wisdom added to the facts we have gathered about any subject completes the understanding of it.

God grants us wisdom freely through the Holy Spirit any time we need it.  I have been a wisdom seeker for many years.  I made so many mistakes due to a lack of wisdom and understanding about a lot of life’s issues.  After the Lord started releasing wisdom to me, the mistakes grew less and less.  Do I still make mistakes?  Of course, I do, they have gotten less and less because I stop and ask for wisdom when I need it instead of going ahead without thought and falling on my face.

Pray for wisdom for your own needs today.  The Lord God gladly releases it to you.  One of my favorite verses in the Bible is James 1:5-8.  May it bless you today.

James 1:5-8 The Passion Translation 

5″ And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace. Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. 7–8 When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable.  Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?”

Praying for the Nations

Praying for the Nations

There are many Bible verses concerning the nations of the world.  God created mankind, and he cares very much about all of them.  Those that have accepted Jesus Christ of Nazareth as Savior, have entered into a covenant with God, through the payment of the Cross of Jesus.  We who are believers are scattered all over the world.  We come from every nation and tribe.  It is important that we pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world.  We are all one Body in Christ, and we need each other’s prayers and unity of spirit.

We also need to pray for those who have not heard of Jesus The Christ so they too may have an opportunity to be a part of God’s family in Christ Jesus.  The promised end-time revival is at hand, we must not forget those in other lands that have not heard, or have been misled by half-truths about who Jesus really is.

Let us look at the Bible for some clarification.

Psalms 67  God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.   That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.   Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.   O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.   Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.   God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalms 72:11  Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

Psalms 72:17  His name shall endure forever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

Psalms 117:1-2  O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever. Praise ye the LORD.

Isaiah 2:1-4  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.   And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:2-3  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.   And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Zechariah 2:10-13  Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.   And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.   And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.   Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Matthew 24:4-14  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.   And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.   Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.   And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.   And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.   And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.   And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Romans 16:25-27  Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  To God, only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen

We need to pray for the brothers and sisters around the world, that they may be able to endure persecution,  keep the faith, be restored in body and spirit, and for peace to be their foundation during these trying times.   We need to pray for lost souls to hear the Gospel of Christ Jesus and receive Him as Lord.  It is a privilege to be called to intercede for each other.  We can count it a blessing from God to be a part of His family care team.

Pray for All People
1 Timothy 2:1-8  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.   For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;   Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.   Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.   I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Here is a link to a list of the known countries in 2020.  You may download and print it if you like so you can pray over a specific nation in more depth.  2020 All Countries in the World

All the Nations in the World 2020

 

God is Redemptive

god is redemptive

John 10:10

The devil came to:

steal       kill       destroy

Jesus came to give:

Life       Abundant Life

redemptive – adjective (Oxford Dictionary)

~       acting to save someone from error or evil

redeem – verb (Webster’s 1828 online dictionary)

~       to purchase

~       to regain possession of a thing

~       to rescue, recover, deliver

Every thing God does is redemptive.  God desires us to be like Him.  He wants us to keep others from error and evil.  We bring understanding of how to prevent the devil from trespassing in their life.

Presenting Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life helps to establish a person in  abundant (overflowing) life.  (See John 14:6)

When an opportunity presents itself whereby we can be redemptive, there are 4 keys that will help us know what to do:

Exalt God

Declare the Promises of God

Establish the Person/People (teach them in God’s way)

Let the Person/People Experience God’s Presence (by testifying about God’s personal love and relationship with you)

Be redemptive ~ Give to others Jesus’ abundant life.