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December 7, 2009

This year has been a very good year for us in the sense that we were able to start titheing on a regular basis.  However, we rarely got to see the direct results of our titheing because it was going to the general church fund or a mission project, etc.  We spoke with our pastor and he stated that nothing in the Bible states that the church is to receive the tithe.  There are no rules on titheing, just that you should give 10% of your earnings back to God (when it’s all really His anyway). 

The past few months we started giving our tithe money (either cash money or food or clothing) to those that would have a direct benefit – those in our own community.  It is so awesome to see God’ at work in their lives.  

I’m not suggesting that all people should do this, but I can tell you that seeing the light come into someone’s life because of a direct need being met is truly a remarkable experience.  It is better to give than to receive and when you can see the results of the gift, it’s a beautiful thing.

God works in all ways – mysterious and otherwise.

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  1. December 10, 2009 4:27 am

    I agree totally with your pastor (and your decision). While I still give cash when we can, to our church, I feel we get the most “bang for our buck” when we can share our bounty (usually directly in the form of what we produce) with local charities or the food bank.

    Did you know that Austin, and most food banks, have provisions for donating extra garden produce? Austin even has a program for teaching classes (even in Spanish) on using whole, healthy foods to those receiving food assistance.

    • December 10, 2009 11:36 am

      Thanks for the comment, Sara. I didn’t realize that you could donate produce to the food banks. It’s a great idea, though. I’ve often wondered why commercial buildings (even churches) don’t plant fruit trees in addition to whatever other trees the cities require to meet code. Then, every year they’d have another source of food to help those in need on a local level (without really spending any money to do so). They could have a harvest day or something and then the community could come out and harvest their own fruit.

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