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What is Tithing?

By David Flowers | 27 November 2020

Tithing is usually thought of as giving a tenth of your income or profit to the church. Some question whether Christians today are still meant to give to the church and some question the amount. Here is what the bible says about tithing and what that means for us today.

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Tithing - What it Isn't

By David Flowers | 30 October 2020 | Comments (2)

"Ugh, you’re not going to tell us we should give our money to the church?” said the guest at our newcomers’ dinner as he tucked into his second helping of apple pie and ice cream. His features tussled between the sweet delight of dessert and the unsavoury thought of tithing.

Tithing is the Jewish/Christian tradition of giving back to God the ‘first fruits’ of our income or profit as a happy act of worship. It is usually calculated as 10% (tithe comes from an old English word for tenth) and is given to your local church. Sometimes we mistakenly think of tithing as something which it is not.

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What to do With Extra Lockdown Money?

By David Flowers | 20 July 2020 | Comments (1)

This pandemic has been a strange experience. Whilst some of us are struggling more than ever financially, others of us find that we have more at our disposal. No more train fares, no more filling up with fuel, no more sandwich lunches in the local café, no more impulse purchases, no holiday, no theatre or cinema tickets – for once we have more money than month; our bank balance is actually going up!

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Giving, When the Church is Poor

By David Flowers | 19 June 2020

 

I believe that people give because they carry the image of God – they have in them a divine piece of DNA which radiates grace. Rationally, it seems foolish for people to give £30,000,000 to a commercial fund-raising site because Honorary Colonel Sir Tom is walking up and down his garden. But when we see a need, and are inspired by a person, our default is an urge to give. Even if we often find reasons not to give, (I’ll do it later, I haven’t got enough myself, I don’t know how to give) there’s something in us that wants to join in with the generosity.

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The Fear of Loss

By David Flowers | 6 May 2020 | Comments (3)

 

We’re into our seventh week of lockdown and although we know there are still good things happening, we’re also aware of a murkiness filtering across the media and social landscape. Blame, anger and, perhaps most of all, fear. A fear which sometimes lies secretively just below the surface of those other emotions.

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FAQ: How to Give Without Guilt (part 2): Give to everyone who asks of you?

By David Flowers | 14 August 2019

In Giving Without Guilt #1, I suggested 4 practical steps for working out how to choose where to give so that you can say ‘no’ without guilt – knowing you have already said ‘yes’ to your God-given giving priorities.

But doesn’t Jesus tell us to, 'Give to everyone who asks of you'? (Luke 6:30) I have heard of folk who operate on the principle of giving to anyone who asks - for anything.

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FAQ: How to give without guilt (pt. 1)

By David Flowers | 19 June 2019 | Comments (2)

 They call them ‘chuggers’: people whose role in life is to connect you to your giving guilt. They are so happy to see you as you wander through the spending centre abstracted from thoughts of giving. And if you choose to sidestep the chugger, you'll trip over a beggar, cross-legged by the cash machine. A few lonely coins in the cup contrasting shamefully with the tenners shooting from the ATM. Then there's Pudsey on the TV and the latest funding request from the DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) or a worthy cause at church.

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FAQ: Why should I give?

By David Flowers | 21 February 2019 | Comments (2)

 

This is going to seem a bit like mum saying “it’s for your own good” as she tips cod-liver oil down your throat - but one of the main reasons for being generous is that: giving is good for you! It may be good for the recipient too, but, believe it or not, you benefit most from being generous. You really do. Here is the main reason why: giving breaks the power of money.

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FAQ: How much should I give? (What proportion of my income should I give?)

By David Flowers | 14 August 2018 | Comments (1)

 

Before we can answer that question we have to agree on one key biblical principle: God owns it all. King David acknowledges this after he and his people have given generously for the building of the temple, “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:14.

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FAQ: What is biblical stewardship?

By David Flowers | 18 July 2018

Although “stewardship” sounds like a bible word, it isn’t. But it is a bible concept. The concept is twofold – there’s stewardship of what’s been given particularly to you and there’s stewardship of everything else. Stewardship is the way we look after things – not the way we own things. We are stewards, or trustees, or custodians – of something that belongs to someone else but which has been put into our charge. Stewards are not owners, they are guardians.

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