Deep Thought: How much to “give”?

Sal: I didn’t start “tithing” or giving an offering to my local church until my college days (it wasn’t 10%, but whenever I swore-that’s another blog..lol!) when I became a “Christian”. I really never was taught on this topic from a Biblical perspective. It took me awhile to start giving 10% and knowing it’s the Lord’s as He owns everything anyways. It’s like giving it “back” to Him showing Him our gratitude of His blessings…

Bible

What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe? .gotquestions.org
“…Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.

After the death of Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, the New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says gifts should be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving. ..”
What Does the Bible Say About Giving 10 Percent? – OpenBible.info openbible.info
What Does the Bible Say About Tithes And Offering? – OpenBible.info openbible.info
What does the Bible say about Christian tithing?


“Published on Jun 25, 2013

The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says it is to be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving. The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the church. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5). Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10 percent of everything they earned and grew to the Tabernacle/Temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent, not the 10 percent which is generally considered the tithe amount today. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system. The New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. Paul states that believers should set aside a portion of their income in order to support the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).”

-Finances

Dave’s Advice on Tithing and Giving, from daveramsey.com
“…So why does He ask us to give 10% to Him? Tithing was created for our benefit. It is to teach us how to keep God first in our lives and how to be unselfish people. Unselfish people make better husbands, wives, friends, relatives, employees and employers. God is trying to teach us how to prosper over time.

Many people have observed that after they stopped tithing, their finances seemed to get worse. In the Book of Malachi, God promises that if you do not rob Him of your tithing, He will rebuke your devourers and protect you.

If you cannot live off 90% of your income, then you cannot live off 100%. It does not require a miracle for you to get through the month. I think that if you sit down and look at your budget, you will see that you can make it while giving at least 10%. Read the Bible and take from it what you will, and if you tithe, do it out of love for God, not guilt…”
Wife And I Disagree On Tithing

-Teachings

Todd White – Financial Blessing & Living a Holy lifestyle

-Testimonies

Financial Blessing Testimonies: Man Proves God’s Promises True By Remaining Faithful in Giving Despite Money Problems By John Leuven Lasan on December 13 2016 09:32 PM citizenoracle.com

One of the most common things that we hear people say is that God moves in “mysterious ways.” And this proves true in every aspect of people’s lives, which can only make sense because once we understand that His ways are higher than ours, we will be able to appreciate how God surprises His people with the way He works, be it with a financial blessing or any other aspect of our lives. For example, let us take the testimony of Richard and Lynn and see how being true to God has given them so much more than what they expected.”
When You Bless Others It does Come back: My Testimony How God blessed me. , from youtube.com
“Published on Apr 22, 2013

The Bible still is true, when you do something for someone else God truly does give back in a double portion. I just wanted to share my testimony of what happened to me. When I needed God’s Help he was there right on time. Angels truly do encamp around us. God is So good. He gave through for me.”
Imagine Living Life Debt-Free!
With a garden and an orchard in their back yard, Frank and Gail Smith are experts at growing a variety of fruits and vegetables.
“With a garden and an orchard in their back yard, Frank and Gail Smith are experts at growing a variety of fruits and vegetables.“We have peaches and cherries and apricots and plums,” says Frank. “The mandarins and the pomelos, which come off in December, are just – they’re to die for.”They know getting a good crop depends on how much they put into it.”

Sal: I currently give 10% of my pay check (ft-job) to the local church and then give an offering (extra-from pt-job or other financial blessings) to missions or community needs.

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Deep Thought: How does the “enemy” use fear tactics?

During past wars, nations would use “fear” tactics (e.g. Now Hear This: Radio War Propagandists, neatorama.com ) to bring the enemy’s (e.g. devil’s puppet) moral down as party of psychological warfare. For example, Japan would use radio propaganda (e.g.
Hear a broadcast from the Tokyo Rose, Japan’s World War II radio propaganda disc jockey
dangerousminds.net) to discourage the U.S. soldiers during war.

Politics

Politicians: Truth or Scare?


“Published on Oct 31, 2016

Scared or clowns lurking this #Halloween? Fear-mongering politicians scare me more:”

Forget Ebola The Only Thing That Americans Have To Fear Is Republican Fear Mongering By Rmuse on Sun, Oct 26th, 2014 at 10:38 am politicususa.com
“..
In America’s National Anthem, the last line in the refrain claims this country is the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” but it does not apply to a large segment of the population suffocated by irrational fear robbing them of their freedom. There are millions of brave Americans whose courage makes them truly free, but only because they have not played into the hands of cowardly Republicans who are terrified voters will notice their gross incompetence. No American is free when fear causes a change in their brain function and behavior, particularly when it induces cognitive paralysis, but that is precisely what is occurring in America. One often wonders why and when Americans became so terrified of so many innocuous things such as who someone loves, how they worship, where they came from, when a woman gives birth, the government, foreign religious wars, or an African virus; all things Republicans use to incite irrational fear and hatred for other Americans..”

The fear mongering behind political ads

Understanding Politicians Propaganda and Media – Truth for kids- part 3 , from youtube.com
*Disclaimer: I DO NOT totally agree with 100% of this video (e.g. “politicians don’t care”, which I believe some do)

OTHERS

Biological

Ebola Fear Mongering


“..Published on Oct 10, 2014

Problem: Ebola Virus
Reaction: My symptoms could be Ebola so do something about this for me!
Solution: Vaccines, government control and military intervention..”

Fear, Misinformation, and Social Media Complicate Ebola Fight
Victor Luckerson @VLuck

Oct. 8, 2014 time.com
“…Based on Facebook and Twitter chatter, it can seem like Ebola is everywhere. Following the first diagnosis of an Ebola case in the United States on Sept. 30, mentions of the virus on Twitter leapt from about 100 per minute to more than 6,000. Cautious health officials have tested potential cases in Newark, Miami Beach and Washington D.C., sparking more worry. Though the patients all tested negative, some people are still tweeting as if the disease is running rampant in these cities. In Iowa the Department of Public Health was forced to issue a statement dispelling social media rumors that Ebola had arrived in the state. Meanwhile there have been a constant stream of posts saying that Ebola can be spread through the air, water, or food, which are all inaccurate claims…”

Media

Terrorism

Exposed: French Military Caught Planning ISIS False Flag Attack by IWB · September 28, 2016 investmentwatchblog.com
“…Reports from France indicate that the French military have been caught red-handed in the act of preparing an ISIS false flag terror attack on it’s own citizens – and none of their excuses are making any sense.

ISIS flags, video equipment, Arabic newspapers and a generator were discovered by gardeners in a cave outside the town of Saumur – causing panic among local citizens who called the local and national police, as well as anti-terrorist units.

With scores of police and emergency personnel on the scene, a senior military figure intervened, announcing that the contents of the cave belonged to the military and were part of a mysterious, as yet unexplained “exercise.”

The scandal has added weight to the argument that most terrorist attacks are actually false flags perpetrated by security forces against their ow people, as a means of controlling and manipulating the public…”

What do you “fear” the most? What might’ve cause this fear? Any other feedback, suggestions, comments, etc.. on any of the sources stated above or not mentioned?

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How to “fight” your personal demons?

I was watching a t.v. show (NBC Nightline??->David Letterman and Tom Brokaw, June 17, 2016) the other night at my parent’s house, which former night show host David Letterman was getting interviewed. He shared a story where he was on a boat ride with his “idol”/mentor Johnny Carson along the Hudson River in New York City. He shared (paraphrased) “we all have our own personal demons”…

I then reflected on all the interviews/stories of others that had shared this personal life challenge..

-Drugs


Angels and Demons: The Josh Hamilton Saga

May 4, 2015 11:46 am hornet.fullcoll.edu/
“…The incident began to unfold in February, when Hamilton met with MLB officials and admitted to having relapsed and subsequently checked himself into a rehab facility. According to CBS Sports’ John Heyman, Hamilton’s relapse involved both cocaine and alcohol…”
Josh Hamilton’s Fight with the Devil Terri Simmons CBN.com FALL FROM GLORY
“..Josh believed that the lesson he learned through his dream was obvious, “Alone, I couldn’t win this battle. With Jesus, I couldn’t lose.”

James 4:7 became the Bible verse Josh would memorize and stand on, “Humble yourself before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

“I read that over and over, committing it to memory. I vowed to change, to make every move from here on a positive one. I battled vicious physical cravings – the devil came at me hard – and as soon as I felt one coming on I would repeat the verse,” he said.

After being con..”

Delivered from Demonic Possession and Set Free from Drug Addiction
Alica – Coffs Harbour, Australia cai.org

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-Music

James Hetfield And Corey Taylor Talk About Their Alcohol Problems youtube.com

Music: New Song-“Heal the Pain” (of my past) creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com

-Sleep

Sleep Paralysis, Spiritual Warfare and My Story

-Teachings


You’re in a Spiritual Battle…But Do You Really Know Who You’re Fighting?
October 22, 2013 — Chip Ingram livingontheedge.org

You are not alone as you can see the stories above. I’m sure there are more. Feel free to share yours below and would love to “work together” how to battle together..

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How to “fight” all the sexual temptations in this world?

Sex is everywhere (e.g. media), which one can’t avoid nowadays unless you live in a “enclosed” bubble…

Subliminal Messages Are Everywhere! With Scientific Studies In Description


“Uploaded on Nov 15, 2009

Documents and studies of mass subliminal manipulation and mind control:…

…By Rifleman0007
Mind-altering messages are everywhere – media, press, every-day pictures. The purpose of those is to implant certain pleasurable messages into your subconscious mind, associating them with products. Then out of nowhere you feel a need and pleasure for that particular product, have strange thoughts out of nowhere, or feel urgent need to buy/get something…

Pornography

-Suggestive Immoral Ads

Life Is Short. Have An Affair.
Posted: 07/21/2015 2:22 pm EDT Updated: 25 minutes ago huffingtonpost.com

What other ways the “media” brainwashes us through these subliminal “sexual messages?

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How to “fight” it? I decided to do this blog after having an interesting conversation with a “married” friend of mine. She told me the struggles and how she’s having a hard time. I’m no expert, but I can share my own personal tips.

First, one needs to constantly meditate in something “positive” (e.g. God’s Word) daily. If you any questions about how to do this, feel free to contact me. I try to do this morning and evening. I also “try” to remember to daily “put the Armor of God” (e.g. when your dressing-up for the day, just imagine it)….

http://prayer.goodnewseverybody.com/intercessory.htmlThe Armor of Godhttp://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians%206&version=NIV

Got any of your own personal tips to share to help “us” fight this together?

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