“Just What Is It That We Tithe To?”

2 Corinthians 8:8-15

Dr. Robert J. Anderson

October 12, 2014

 

The setting for the passage in Corinthians I just read is that Paul is winding up a collection for the beleaguered church in Jerusalem.  There was part of the church of Jesus Christ that is very poor and brothers and sisters are in want.  The Corinthians were the first to want to help out and to take up a collection.  Now, the time is near when the collection must actually be delivered to the people in need.  Paul reminds them that, though Jesus was rich, he became poor for us so that we might become rich.  Now, he wants the people of the Corinthian church to make good on what they started--finish strong!  He encourages the Corinthians to give proportionally.  One should give according to what one has; not out of what one doesn’t have.  That is to say, God doesn’t expect us to give out of resources we don’t have.  Instead, we are to give out of the blessings God has given us.

 

 

“Sunday Dinner with the Family of God”

2 Corinthians 11:23-26

Dr. Robert J. Anderson

October 5, 2014

 

Bobby was Steve’s best friend in Junior High School.  They had a lot of good times together playing sports, eating meals together in the cafeteria at school and in Paradise Sweet Shoppe after basketball games.

 

Their families were different.  Bobby’s father owned the Clothes Locker – a classy children’s clothing store.  Everything in the store was fairly expensive.  Steve’s family didn’t shop there.

 

 

“God’s Challenge: Put Me to the Test”

Malachi 3:6-12

Dr. Robert J. Anderson

September 28, 2014

 

I want to share a couple of stories I heard recently with you.

 

Pastor Johnson was sitting at his desk when the phone rang.  He answered and the person on the other end of the line identified himself as Agent Edwards with the IRS.  Pastor Johnson’s heart skipped a beat or two.  The agent continued that he wasn’t calling about him but one of his parishioners.  It seems that Gerald Becker reported that he made a $16,000.00 contribution to Pastor Johnson’s church, and he called to verify the contribution.  Pastor Johnson sighed a quiet sigh of relief and said, “I’m sure it must’ve slipped his mind, but he will send the check as soon as I remind him!”