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July 14, 2008



We are in a financial struggle right now. Working in a commission only position in the RV industry. We have always tithed & are finding ourselves in the position where the paycheck doesn't cover the mortgage.

I know I'm supposed to trust, but it's hard when you feel like you're barely staying afloat.

I love this post. It's a great reminder.

Seth Easterday

I'm a pastor (student ministries) at Community Church of Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis. GCC is my home church...I started going there when I was working at GCC (the theatre) and the church was meeting there.

Mark, thanks for your inspiring reminder. I really appreciate your ministry and the ministry of the church in the Michiana area!

God bless!

Rindy Walton

With rising prices and tough economic times, this is NOT the time to leave a secure well-paying job, to try to sell a house, and to try and start a church. Yet, here are my choices...
1. listen to God--the house is up for sale, the resignation letter will be submitted and I will be moving with my 3 sons to another state and help plant a church
2. teach and love my children--I will teach and love with words and show with actions what loving and trusting is all about
3. save and give--I will continue to cut back and give up, so that I can always have the incredible feeling of giving to touch lives and reach hurting people
4. share and tell--I will seek ways to share what God can do and is doing, even if that means stepping out and taking chances listening and following when God calls
5. start at #1 and repeat them all over again!!

James Kytta

1. Jesus! Phil. 1:21 " For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain"
2. My neighbor! Luke 10:27 "And answering, he said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."
3. The word of God! 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."
4. The church! Hebrews 10:25 "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."
5. Serving! Galatians 5:13 "For, brothers, you were called to liberty. Only do not use the liberty for an opening to the flesh, but by love serve one another."

Thomas Hoyt

I'm right with you brother!

1. God is numero uno! I continue to tithe faithfully even when it hurts the piggy bank.
2. My wife is right up there too. I want to bless her and be a blessing to and for her.
3. My family, which includes the church. We're all on big ole family. If I can help out I will as appropriate and necessary.
Hmmm, I really don't have a 4. and 5. I only have the big 3, which are even today still written on the rock that I wrote on at the last Men's Retreat I was at in 2005 I believe.

To me, money is only lifeless tokens that we use to get other stuff. I cannot fathom why we continue to place value, in some cases more than we should, on something so lifeless. Money can't love you. Money can't buy your way out of eternal separation from God. Money is just stuff. On the other hand, people can love and therefore have way more value. I put value in the living God and in living people rather than in lifeless stuff.

Leslie Lestinsky-Miller

WOW! What a loaded question. I have written about tithing on my blog........


Priorities in budgeting:

1.Tithe(even though we don't have enough left over to pay the bills)
2.This is where savings would go if we weren't attacking monstrous debt, so the real answer is FOOD!
3.Shelter(we rent)
4.Transportation(Car payment, insurance and gas & repairs) Must have a way to get to work.

Hmmm....both lists seem to line up in a similar fashion.

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