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The Old Testament Model of Tithing and Christians Today

The Old Testament Model of Tithing and Christians Today

I have mixed feelings on tithing. I detest legalism. I certainly don’t want to pour new wine into old wineskins, imposing superseded first covenant restrictions on Christians. However, the fact is that every New Testament example of giving goes beyond the tithe.

How do you enjoy your family and the ministry?

How do you enjoy your family and the ministry?

I would encourage you to look for more ways at your church to delegate responsibilities to others, including other leaders—as Moses did—so that you are less the go-to guy for so many things. I commend you for putting your family first.

Question and Answer of the Week: Do you believe in guardian angels?

Question and Answer of the Week: Do you believe in guardian angels?

Scripture suggests there are guardian angels for children. Jesus says of children, "their angels behold the face of my Father," Matt. 18:10. Also, it appears there was one specific angel assigned to the apostle Peter ("his angel," Acts 12:15).

Taking Charge of the TV

Taking Charge of the TV

With summer here and kids out of school, many Christians, and especially those who are parents, might be wondering: How do I take charge of the television?

 
Why does God take some people to heaven so young?

Why does God take some people to heaven so young?

When I first answered this question a few years ago, a friend was holding her eighteen-month-old son in her arms, waiting for him to breathe his last. She was praying over him, reading Psalms aloud, trying to comfort and prepare him—and herself—for what was to come.

A Mixed Bag of Short Questions and Answers

A Mixed Bag of Short Questions and Answers

Today's blog is a combination of several short answers to questions I've responded to lately. Some are questions I've received on my Facebook page. 

How do I minister to an unsaved friend whose loved one died without a relationship with Christ?

How do I minister to an unsaved friend whose loved one died without a relationship with Christ?

That’s a good question. I’ve been in that exact situation. I think the answer is that we do not have an obligation to try to convince people that their loved one was not saved.

How can you have assurance of your own salvation?

How can you have assurance of your own salvation?

That’s a good question, and a very heart-felt one that I think plagues a lot of people.

How should Christians respond to UFOs and other unexplainable phenomena?

How should Christians respond to UFOs and other unexplainable phenomena?

Another question I was asked by a reader is, How should Christians respond to theories of UFOs and other unexplainable phenomena? 

Why doesn’t the church address the issue of modesty?

Why doesn’t the church address the issue of modesty?

I’m not justifying the way men think. It is a problem, but it is also true—as the person indicates who asks this question—that there’s a responsibility here for girls, and certainly for their dads and moms, to seriously consider this.

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