I received some fruit in the mail recently that made my day. It made me pause and, with deep appreciation, give thanks. No, this wasn’t one of those delicious-looking boxes from Harry and David. It was a check made payable to Grace Communion International (GCI) for $51,000.
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Does the Bible tell us to pay at least 10 percent of our incomes to the church? This paper examines the biblical evidence.
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Most humans are impressed by wealth and power. The most popular people in the world, the ones people want to know about and emulate, are the rich and famous, not the simple and ordinary.
But when God himself came to earth as one of us, he didn’t come with grand pomp and glorious ceremony like the Roman emperors or the Persian kings. He arrived in simplicity, in the humblest of surroundings.
"Sell everything you have and give to the poor," said Jesus to a rich man (Luke 18:22). Jesus' demand is shocking. Is there something wrong with owning things and having money? Did Jesus make similar demands of all his disciples?
We learn answers in Luke's Gospel. Both Luke and some of his readers had reason to be especially interested in Jesus' teachings about money. Luke had come from the wealthier part of society — his literary skills reflect an education available primarily to families who could afford private schooling.