Paul shares a saying of Jesus not found in the gospels in Acts 20.35: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Bob Deffinbaugh describes and discusses Paul's last moments and parting words with the elders in Ephesus in his article "Paul's Parting Words" (Acts 20.1-38)
Philip James Elliot (192 –1956) was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an effort to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador. His story is told in the 2005 movie End of the Spear.
For Reflection/Discussion: Does giving to God and God's work bring you joy? Why are some people cheerful givers while others feel guilty, angry, or defensive about their giving? Does being someone with limited financial resources disqualify a person from giving?
Tithing is giving the first tenth of what we earn back to God at our place of worship. Dave Ramsey writes, "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." Read the article…