The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

The Divine Pattern of Acceptable Worship—Part 2

As mentioned in our previous article on acceptable worship , it is alleged by some that worship is a matter that God has left unregulated. Given O. Blakely, of the Independent Christian Church, adamantly argued this position in his debate with Alan E. Highers in Neosho, Missouri in April, 1988. Blakely contended that "in no case did they [the apostles] ... read more »

Exploring the Concept of Priesthood

The theme of priests and priesthood is prominent within the Scriptures. One is first introduced to the concept of a priest in the book of Genesis, and the role lingers until the sacred canon closes. The office of the priest is mentioned some 700 times in the Old Testament, and approximately 80 times in the New Testament. It is obvious ... read more »

The Corinthian Church – Confidence or Coercion?

Paul "boasted" about the Corinthian church. He lived there for a year and a half, "teaching the word of God among them" (Acts 18:11, ESV). He was confident in their agape (dedicated) love for the Lord's work. A large cooperative effort was underway. Paul encouraged support for impoverished Christians in Jerusalem. The Corinthians' interest was known by Paul, but a ... read more »

Does John 6:37 Teach Calvinist “Predestination”?

"Please explain John 6:37.Who are those 'given' to Christ?Does this mean that they were selected by God before the foundation of the world, and are 'elected' - irrespective of their personal obedience?" The passage under consideration reads as follows: "All of those whom the Father gives me shall come unto me; and him who comes to me I will in ... read more »

Does 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Constitute a Binding Pattern?

This is an era of turbulent change-both in society, and certainly in the church. Increasingly, points of teaching, long cherished, are coming under critical dispute. One such controversial issue appeared in a recent article titled, "The Collection for The Saints," published on a blog called Voice. The gist of the piece, by a sincere, intelligent young brother, is this. Paul's ... read more »

Luke 11:13 — Asking for the Holy Spirit

It is common knowledge that members of the Pentecostal sect believe that God is constantly pumping miraculous surges of the Holy Spirit into them in response to their prayers. With hands uplifted, they beseech, "Lord, send the power just now," which petition is usually followed by violent jerks somewhat resembling an electrocution. One of the passages employed to buttress this ... read more »

A Lesson from the Leech

There are some things that never say, "That's enough." Agur, the son of Jakeh (see Prov. 30:1), sets before our minds this idea of "insatiable things." The leech has two daughters: give and give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough" - Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, ... read more »

Training Children for Financial Responsibility

Our children are born into a financial world of income, taxes, loans, creditors, investments-and even church contributions. Sadly, few are prepared to take the challenges of managing their finances at all, much less according to biblical principles. Note some staggering statistics: Eighty-five per cent of divorced couples indicate financial problems were a contributing factor to the erosion of the marriage. ... read more »

May Christians Observe Holidays?

Is it wrong for Christians to celebrate some of the holidays popular in our society-like giving gifts at Christmas time, allowing children to go trick-or-treating at Halloween, or hunting eggs at Easter? In considering this issue, several things should be kept in view. A practice may have originated under certain circumstances but, eventually, have lost that significance-either in whole or ... read more »

Be Still and Know that I Am God

"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). God's people are commanded to "be still" in this verse. The imperative gives a solemn duty to those in a covenant relationship with God-Israel in the Old Testament, but today, it is given to Christians (cf. Galatians 3:26-29). What Does It Mean? What does it mean when God's own are ... read more »