Help! I Am Not a Cheerful Giver

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.

5 Things to Know When Raising Support for a Short-Term Mission Trip

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.