Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Recently, I spoke with a guy who struggled with this verse. He was a Christian. And he gave to his local church. But he admitted that his giving wasn’t always cheerful. He didn’t give begrudgingly. It just wasn’t cheerful.
This is a guest post by Phil Bartuska. Phil is a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
in Wake Forest, North Carolina and is in the process of obtaining a M.Div in International Church Planting. He and his wife, Becca, have one child, Mark. You can follow him on Twitter at @phil_bartuska
Do you have some reservations about going on a short-term mission trip?
Maybe your pastor has told you that you should consider going on a short-term mission trip as a step of obedience to following Jesus. But you think, “I just don’t have the time right now,” or “I don’t have $2,000 laying around.” These feelings are understandable, but many times the excuses just fall short.
We are almost six months into 2017. Time flies, right?
If you are like most, you’ve probably drifted away from your New Year resolutions. In fact, prior to reading this, you may have forgotten that you had set a few goals to begin with.
God is the creator and owner of everything. Yet, the Bible reveals that God does the unfathomable with His resources—He entrusts them to us.
The all-knowing God hands over His resources to us to steward for Kingdom advancement. He allows us to participate in His mission.
Online giving continues to grow in popularity. In many churches, the option has been normalized for some time now, and they are now testing the waters of text giving.
But online giving isn’t for everyone. I have had plenty of conversations with godly men and women who struggle with idea. And that is okay. In fact, let me suggest that some of you should not give online. In this post, I lay out three signs that online giving may not be right for you.
Of course, there are many good reasons why individuals choose to use the church’s websites to give. Online giving is safe, convenient, and consistent. Church members like knowing that they no longer have to worry about whether or not they remembered to bring their checkbook on Sunday. Their tithe was already taken out of their bank account.
Class of 2017,
Congratulations! You made it. You did the homework assignments. You completed the group projects. You wrote the papers. And you passed the exams. Now you are officially a college graduate.
For many college graduates, the next step is diving into a career. If this is you, here are a few tips to get you started: