Below are some thoughts on tithing that I shared with our church in our newsletter this week:

Remember, this weekend is POTENTIAL weekend, so I want to encourage all of you to bring a tithe of your weekly income on Sunday. Peg and I give our tithes and offerings each month through automatic bill-pay with our bank's online banking service. But this week we are changing that around and bringing one week's worth of our tithing and giving to church with us on Sunday to put in the plate. That's really the idea behind the "potential" of what we can do together as a church each week. So I hope that all of you will try to do the same as well.

I know that not all of you tithe regularly. I avoided tithing for a long time, and I had all kinds of good reasons for it. I was convinced that I could not afford to tithe, and I told myself that tithing was just Old Testament "legalism" and that New Testament Christians were not required to tithe. My fear of legalism had resulted in a reactionary "backward legalism" where my rationale was that if God did not require it, then I would not do it.

But what changed my mind was this simple question: "Would God be pleased if I tithed?" That changed my perspective on the whole issue. Instead of thinking about what I was or was not required to do, I began thinking about what I WANTED to do. I want to do things that please God, and I strive each day to give more and more of myself to Him. And I have seen God bless my family's finances in ways I never could have dreamed of 10 years ago. Rather than feeling that I can't afford to tithe, I have found that I can't afford NOT to tithe! Of course, tithing is not enough to please God on its own. But it's a conscious step that we all can take toward honoring God with all of our lives.

Ken Bussell
Minister of Music & Administration
Our Place Christian Church

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