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Tithing On A Gift

Published: February 25, 2021 (Originally published: February 12, 2009)
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I know many questions have been answered about tithing, but I have one more. If you receive someone else’s money for you to use for a certain reason, is that something you shouldn’t tithe on? I do not feel obligated to do so, and tithing on it would not be done joyfully (which probably answers my own personal question). I agree that you should tithe on your gross income (because it is all money you’ve earned, you’re just giving money to the government for programs you will benefit from in the future). But if you receive money someone else has given you for a specific purpose, would it not be improper to give their money to something they did not intend it for?


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Psalm 47

Published: February 26, 2021 (Originally published: January 18, 2011)

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth! He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.


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Psalm 46

Published: February 25, 2021 (Originally published: January 11, 2011)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.


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The Book of Esther – Something Hidden

Published: April 19, 2017 (Originally published: March 1, 2015)

The Book of Esther is the story of how the Jews in Persia were delivered from an extermination order in 473 BC.  This resulted in the establishment of the Festival of Purim, celebrated by Jews around the world every year since. But there is also a hidden story woven into the text that New Testament Christians will find to be especially meaningful.  Read the story of Purim and discover its hidden meaning as Esther herself might have revealed it.


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When Will God Intervene?

Published: February 26, 2021 (Originally published: February 10, 2009)
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Though I was raised in a “Christian” home, my father was abusive during my entire childhood. I would see him in church, raising his hands in worship and praying for others, since he was a deacon in the church, then he would then beat me and my siblings in between services. I always prayed to God to change my daddy, but He never did.

As an adult woman, I have had anger and bitterness towards God, though I have several times gone to HIM for a relationship. I don’t think I have ever felt God- A few weeks ago, I finally submitted and have been daily worshiping and praying, for I don’t simply want God in my life but want Him to be the CENTER of my life. Reading “The Shack” by William Young was so amazing and I felt like that book was written to reach a place in my heart I had closed off since Childhood. However, I am personally being challenged- my partner has been hiding his prescription drug use and alcohol use from me. He has begun a spiral towards hell and all I can do is pray. BUT my question to you is this.

I feel as if my life and those of people I love are all subjected to others FREE WILL. God CAN intervene but will never force, or stop evil from happening. So again, I am at mercy of others. When does God come into the picture? I hope I am making this clear enough for you. Even though I have known of a God my entire life, I am only now getting to KNOW GOD. To have this challenge with Michael so soon into my new faith has been hard. I lost a dear friend to suicide August 14th of this year. Michael has the same voices in the basement, telling him that he is no good and has nothing to offer. When will God ever intervene? I read somewhere in the Bible that God can change the hearts of people. Please if you can, explain. I try to remain strong and loving towards God now.