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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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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Stop condemning people with Galatians 6:7-8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption

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That’s not what the Apostle Paul preached. That’s not the subject of the letter to the Galatians. It is inconceivable that the Apostle Paul would throw in a verse that justifies hateful condemnation of anyone in the final paragraph of a letter arguing against the false law-keeping doctrine of the Judaizers. Consider this brief outline of the Letter to the Galatians…

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The law of unintended consequences: the unexpected dark side of good intentions

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“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry –Robert Burns There are always unintended consequences to our plans. The best intentions can have unexpected side affects. Sometimes the side affects are Continue reading The law of unintended consequences: the unexpected dark side of good intentions

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Who is the chief, or foremost, sinner?

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Towards the end of his life, the Apostle Paul wrote a pastoral letter to Timothy. In this letter, he gave amazing instructions, commands, encouragements, warnings, and personal testimony. He revealed that he was a sinner. Not just any sinner, he said he was the chief, or foremost sinner. This is completely contrary to the common perception of a devout, pious, holy man of God. What did he mean?

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What about born again?

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During the early months of Jesus’ ministry, an influential member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus at night to seek assurance that Jesus was from God. But, Jesus, reading his heart, answered the hidden problem. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLT) Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to Continue reading What about born again?

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Is circumcision required for salvation?

The Bible describes 2 different religious rituals of circumcisions. The first is the physical circumcision as a visible sign of the Old Testament covenant between God and Abraham (and all of Abraham’s descendants), which is not required for salvation. The second is a spiritual circumcision, which was preached, prophesied, and practiced in the Hebrew scriptures. Spiritual circumcision is required for salvation. If you are surprised or offended, I hope you will be like the noble Berean’s, who “received the word with all readiness of Continue reading Is circumcision required for salvation?

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Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley

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Please consider adding this highly recommended book to your library. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to a behind-the-scenes edition of the Bible. It is a great place to start understanding the Bible. Halley’s Bible Handbook was born out of Henry H. Halley’s conviction that everyone ought to read the Bible daily. From its first edition, a small give-away booklet of 16 pages, it has grown into a 864-page “almanac” of biblical information, used regularly by hundreds Continue reading Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley

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