In a world with no social services, it was the church that stepped up to help the poor and needy. How we can continue this long-standing tradition and be giving Christians.
Day One: The Emphasis on Giving
Our God is a giving God. He is a God of abundance (John 10:10; James 1:5; Psalm 103:8; Isaiah 55:1-7; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Romans 5:20), and He loves to give. He sacrificed willingly on the cross and then invited us into fullness of life...
Day Two: Being a Cheerful Giver
We can learn to be a cheerful giver by studying the greatest giver this world has ever known: Jesus Christ. Leaving behind the riches and glory of His heavenly kingdom, He came to Earth and willingly gave His life so that we could keep ours...
Day Three: Alms
Alms are money or goods given to those in need as an act of charity. The word alms is used many times in the King James Version of the Bible. It comes from the Old English word ælmesse and ultimately from a Greek word meaning "pity, mercy"...
Day Four: Giving it All
Luke 3:11 says, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same." This certainly seems to say that we should strive to get by with only one set of clothes and only as much food as we need to survive...
Day Five: Firstfruits
Firstfruits was a Jewish feast held in the early spring at the beginning of the grain harvest. It was observed on Nissan 16, which was the third day after Passover and the second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Firstfruits was a time of thanksgiving for Godís provision...
For more, see: "Should Christians today give a first fruits offering?"
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