Truth About Tithing: Sunday Morning Stick-up?
Editor’s Note: Do you want to know the truth about tithing? Will a man rob God’s people? Read on. As a Pastor’s son I have been in Church literally all of my life including on the weekdays for private Christian school. I have always questioned tithing in my mind even though I gave because I didn’t want to be “cursed with a curse” as the Preachers say.
But the Apostle Paul instructed certain members of the Church of Corinth to set aside money for his income so that when he arrived, there will be no need to collect money from the congregation. (1 Cor. 16:1-4 NKJV) Can you find the word “tithe” in the New Testament? Did Jesus pay tithes? He paid the temple taxes. (Matthew 17:24-27 NKJV)
Sad enough, we have an article written as a result of CNN’s investigation into tithing as if we as the Body of Christ don’t have enough reasons the world won’t come to Church. Take a look:
Jerusalem Is About Prophecy Not Politics
For many conservative evangelicals, Jerusalem is not about politics. It is not about peace plans or Palestinians or two-state solutions. It is about prophecy. About the Bible. And, most certainly, it is about the end-times.
History of Christmas
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.
Russia and India to finalize nuclear deal. The agreement, originally signed off in 2005 by both countries, will establish the outline to build Reactors 3 & 4 for India’s nuclear power plant. The “general agreement” concerning the reactors was reached during the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission meeting chaired by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in Delhi.
Sources said the discussions also encompassed possibilities of cooperating on space applications, including use of GLONASS, a global navigation satellite system, for tracking navigation of heavy trucks and other services. Read Full Article
Russia and Libya sign $1.8 billion arms deal in an effort to strengthen strategic ties. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sell Libya weapons in a $1.8 billion deal. Mr. Putin made the announcement Saturday while meeting with the head of Izhmash, a major Russian gun manufacturer. Russia’s Interfax news agency had quoted a “military diplomatic source” as saying Libya was ready to buy about 20 fighter planes from Moscow, as well as air defense systems and several dozen tanks. Read Full Article
End Time Questions/Answers
Do you have End Time Questions/Answers? Below are core questions & answers about end time events that most people want to knw.
What is the “End Time?”
Referred to as the latter years and is a period of years marked by momentous world-wide, troublous times and hardships including wars; famines; political and economic turbulence; and natural disasters. These occurrences will reach a climatic stage with the removal of the Lord’s people; a world government; a world leader; God’s wrath upon the unrepentant by which millions will die; the Battle of Armageddon; the destruction of Satan; and the Lord’s judgment of all people.
Background Information: Zechariah was a priest and prophet to the Jews during the rebuilding and reestablishing of Jerusalem after Babylonian exile. He was the son of a prophet, which means he belonged to Aaron’s family. The Lord assigned Zechariah to encourage His people to continue rebuilding the second temple (the first temple was burned down by Nebuzaradan, Captain of the Guard, who served under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon). The theme of Chapters 12 through 14 deals with Israel in the latter years, signifying the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Zechariah 12 – 14”
Background Information: The book of Revelation was written by Apostle John, who authored the Gospel of John, and John I, II, and III. He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. During the time of the Apostles’ ministry, the early Christians were gravely persecuted by the Roman government. As the last surviving Apostle, John strove to abolish paganism and fortify the faith of the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Anatolia, Turkey): Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicean. Toward the end of his ministry, Roman Emperor Domitian (81AD – 96AD), successor of Nero, came to power. Domitian was the splitting image of Nero in his extreme, diabolical persecution of the Christians. In 95AD John was summoned to Rome and was found guilty of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Domitian viewed John as a rebel of Roman ordinance, and ordered him to be thrust into boiling water. Miraculously, John walked away unscathed because of the Lord’s protection. When Domitian saw that John had suffered not one burn, he ordered him to be exiled to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, called the Isle of Patmos. To the Romans, the Isle of Patmos was a place of banishment for criminals; but for Christians this small island represents a banner of faith and hope, inasmuch as it is the place where the Apostle John received and wrote the Apocalypse, called The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Revelation”
Background Information: Ezekiel was a Jewish priest and prophet who was taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon during his second invasion of Jerusalem in 597 B.C. Daniel was taken into captivity during Nebuchadnezzar’s first invasion around 606 B.C. The Lord commissioned Ezekiel as the prophet to the Jews in exile. He began prophesying to them when he was 30 years old. In Chapters 38 and 39 the Lord tells Ezekiel to speak to Russia concerning the Jews and the Battle of Armageddon set aside for the end time, referred to as the latter years. These two chapters are distinctly different from Daniel and Revelations as the Lord is speaking directly to Russia, and further clarity is provided about earthly happenings going on in Israel once the Battle of Armageddon is over. The Lord also tells us why He will allow the bloodiest, deadliest war in the history of planet earth. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Ezekiel 38 & 39”