Truth About Tithing — 5 Minutes — Francis Chan Crazy Love

2 Corinthians 8:9

Christ’s Example

8 I am not making a demand, but I am testing the sincerity of your love in comparison to the earnestness of others. 

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 9:5-15 New International Version (NIV)

So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

Psalm 112:9

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 9:9 Psalm 112:9

Reflections & References

[1] https://bythisallwillknow.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/ive-become-rich-through-the-poverty-of-jesus/

The Lord’s Holy Habitation and Dwelling Place: Publicly Praise His Presence! — Psalm 26 #2

Psalm 26 NLT

A psalm of David.

Declare me innocent, O Lord,
    for I have acted with integrity;
    I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me.
    Test my motives and my heart.
For I am always aware of your unfailing love,
    and I have lived according to your truth.
I do not spend time with liars
    or go along with hypocrites.
I hate the gatherings of those who do evil,
    and I refuse to join in with the wicked.

I wash my hands to declare my innocence.
    I come to your altar, O Lord,
singing a song of thanksgiving
    and telling of all your wonders.
I love your sanctuary, Lord,
    the place where your glorious presence dwells.

Psalm 26:6-8

Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners.

    Don’t condemn me along with murderers.

10 Their hands are dirty with evil schemes,

    and they constantly take bribes.

11 But I am not like that; I live with integrity.

    So redeem me and show me mercy.

12 Now I stand on solid ground,

    and I will publicly praise the Lord.

references & reflections

[1] https://womenlivingwell.org/2018/07/good-morning-girls-resources-psalm-26-30/
[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YssTAErT7Lo

Food Miracle #2 “Feeding of the 4,000” — Few Fish and 7 Loaves of Bread

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

Matthew 15:29-39

29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”

34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.

Questions About Breaking Breads?

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/bread-of-life.html
[2] https://www.gotquestions.org/daily-bread.html
[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-eat-flesh-drink-blood.html
[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/breaking-of-bread.html
[5] https://www.gotquestions.org/bread-of-the-presence.html

REFERENCES & REFLECTIONS

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feeding_the_multitude
[2] https://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2016/05/multiplication-prayer-matthew-14-17-21-loaves-fishes/
[3] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-7/
[4] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-6/
[5] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/kingdom-of-heaven-secret-seed-words-5/
[6] http://www.pottypadre.com/providing-for-our-need-not-our-greed/
[7] https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/Feeding-of-the-Four-Thousand-and-Feeding-of-the-Five-Thousand-Compared

Crowns Hillsong — Worship Music

My Wealth is in the Cross!

Lyrics: Crowns Hillsong Worship

There is a hill I cherish
Where stood a precious tree
The emblem of Salvation
The gift of Calvary

How is it I should profit?
While He is crucified
Yet as His life was taken
So I was granted mine

My wealth is in the cross
There’s nothing more I want
Than just to know His love
My heart is set on Christ
And I will count all else as loss
The greatest of my crowns
Mean nothing to me now
For I counted up the cost
And all my wealth is in the cross

I will not boast in riches
I have no pride in gold
But I will boast in Jesus
And in His Name alone

My wealth is in the cross
There’s nothing more I want
Than just to know His love
My heart is set on Christ
And I will count all else as loss
The greatest of my crowns
Mean nothing to me now
For I counted up the cost
And all my wealth is in the cross
Yes all my wealth is in the cross

And when I stand in glory
My crowns before the Lord
Let this be my confession
My wealth is in the cross (hallelujah)

My wealth is in the cross
There’s nothing more I want
Than just to know His love
My heart is set on Christ
And I will count all else as loss
The greatest of my crowns
Mean nothing to me now
For I counted up the cost

And all my wealth is in the cross
There’s nothing more I want
Than just to know His love
My heart is set on Christ
And I will count all else as loss
The greatest of my crowns
Mean nothing to me now
For I counted up the cost
And all my wealth is in the cross

Yes all my wealth is in the cross
My wealth is in the cross
Yes all my wealth is in the cross (hallelujah)

Songwriters: Michael Fatkin / Scott Groom / Benjamin Hastings
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