What about tithing? What is a tithe? Are tithes required?

The Widow's Mite (Le denier de la veuve) - James Tissot. This image was uploaded as a donation by the Brooklyn Museum, and is considered to have no known copyright restrictions by the institutions of the Brooklyn Museum.

The tithe comes from the Mosaic Ten Commandment Law Covenant between God and the Children Of Israel who were rescued from bondage in Egypt. This law of tithing is very specific. But, there are a ridiculous number of ways to interpret these passages: from not donating anything, excuses for donating too little, reasons for not donating one-tenth, requirements for donations of the whole one-tenth, or shaming into donating fifteen percent or even way more. The Bible truth is the Mosaic Ten Commandment Law required the children Continue reading What about tithing? What is a tithe? Are tithes required?

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101 Bible Verses to Make Personal

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Here are my personal favorite and most powerful verses from a life-long love of reading the Holy Bible. I tried to narrow this list to 101 verses, I really did try, but every time I considered removing a verse it caused me to keep it and add another, so the list kept growing. And, even now, there are dozens and hundreds of verses I want to add. If I’ve forgotten your favorite or most important verse, please add it to the comments Continue reading 101 Bible Verses to Make Personal

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101 Proverbs about Money

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The Bible has the answers to all of the problems in life. Please read these 101 Proverbs about money. If you are having financial problems, write down 10 verses that apply to your situation and put them into practice in your life. By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his Continue reading 101 Proverbs about Money

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Count your many blessings and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

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Sometime life’s trials are too difficult to understand. Sometimes life’s troubles are too hard to bare. Sometimes life’s pain is too much to tolerate. When those times come, look to the LORD… I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD himself Continue reading Count your many blessings and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

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A critical review of a disappointing Ben-Hur remake

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The 2016 remake of Ben-Hur disappoints in almost every way. The story line had too many heroes vying for attention without enough development to make us care about any of them. The CGI graphics were way overdone for a movie that was supposed to be about real life. We can suspend disbelief for live action super-heroes, but not for mere men. The resolution denied the experience of any reasonable person who has ever dealt with longstanding anger issues. The only redeeming thematic feature of Ben-Hur Continue reading A critical review of a disappointing Ben-Hur remake

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Christian vs. Jewish Ten Commandment Law

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My favorite verse in the Bible for witnessing to Jewish people is… Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’ (Zechariah 8:23 JPS) Because I worship the God of Abraham, Issac, and Continue reading Christian vs. Jewish Ten Commandment Law

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Christian vs. Government Authority

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There used to be a commercial for Hebrew National hotdogs that claimed they had a better product because “They answered to an even higher authority.” It was a silly commercial, but I still remember that tag line. I have endeavored to make it the tag line for my life. No, I can’t do something that is illegal, immoral, unethical, improper, or dishonest, because I answer to an even higher authority. This should be true of all Christians. God requires Christians to submit to the Continue reading Christian vs. Government Authority

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Your Life Matters To God

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These things have been on my heart for a long time, but the events of the last few weeks have prompted me to write. Please forgive me if I accidentally misspeak and needlessly offend anyone. Every life is precious to God. No matter who you are, or what you have been labeled, or what you have experienced, or how you have been treated, your life matters to God. He loves you. He is concerned about you. He wants to bless you. Continue reading Your Life Matters To God

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Don’t hate anyone who God loves and don’t love anything that God hates

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Many sermons have been preached on who to love, who to hate, what to love, and what to hate. Many articles have been written on who to love, who to hate, what to love, and what to hate. For me, it all boils down to a simple principle… Don’t hate anyone who God loves! Don’t love anything that God hates! My goal toward others is to not hate anyone who God loves. This is a very simple principle because God loved the Continue reading Don’t hate anyone who God loves and don’t love anything that God hates

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A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children

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A father adopted a dozen children from different countries, from different tribes, and from different kindred. He loved them all and they all loved him and they all loved each other. Two or three were more scholastic than the others. Two or three were more athletic than the others. Two or three were more musical than the others. Two or three were more travelers than the others. Two or three were more homebodies than the others. They all loved each Continue reading A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children

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