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Are the blessings of the Lord greater based on the amount you give?

Pastor Creflo A. Dollar
Pastor Creflo A. Dollar

By: Big Brother

By: Big Brother

 

I’m a blogger for the Word Press Group; I’m not criticizing anyone, or their beliefs. This is something to get the discussion flowing. 

 

Are the blessings of the Lord greater based on the amount of your giving?  

 

Give and it will come back to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, Give and it will come back to you, when you give, give to the Lord.

 

Giving is great, giving is beautiful.  In fact I give to my church home very often and don’t mind.  I’m a firm believer in the tithe and the offering. A lot of people are in the same situation I am concerning giving, however, there is another group of people who just don’t give at all.  Are these people still blessed or are they cursed with a curse?  According to the word of GOD these people are cursed with a curse. 

 

Now what about those people who can’t give as much as others?  Those people who are experiencing rough economic times?  If they aren’t giving, are they cursed with a curse because they can’t give or are they exempt because of a struggling and challenging economy? 

 

What about the pastors that like to do hundred and thousand dollar offering lines?  The people that can’t give those large amounts of money are looked at differently and sometimes put on the spot. How are they put on the spot you ask?  Simple, how many times have you heard a pastor or minister say “I need X amount of people to give X amount of dollars?”  Or “If you give this amount, I believe that the Lord is going to do something supernatural in your life; I believe that healing will take place, and I believe the LORD is going to answer your prayers.”  What about the people that can’t stand in those X amount of dollar lines, and can’t give the high offerings, has GOD looked over them?  If he hasn’t, then why is the church?

 

Think about this for a second, how many times have you been asked to give a high offering and you don’t have it to give?  Did you not get the special prayer that the BIG givers received?  Did God not bless you with something that you were expecting?  Did you lose your life or something important to you because you didn’t have it to give? 

The TBN network host their monthly praise-a-thons were people who come can be preached to for hours, hear great psalmist minister in song and be elevated to the next level of God.  All of that is great but should it cost them $700.00, $1000, $5,000 or even $10,000?  WOW….  

 

Now before we start getting angry, I’m not talking about giving to the man and woman of GOD, until now.  Is it necessary to give the pastors an X Amount of dollars for birthdays, anniversaries and founder’s day celebrations?  What about your birthdays and anniversaries?  Now while I must admit that I have participated in many of these, is it needed?  Does GOD look over you for choosing not to partake in these types of offerings?  Does the church frown on you if you don’t give?  Is the message thrown out the window after you receive the word and not give to the pastor if asked?  Are your feelings hurt now?  

 

Let’s think about this for a second:  The pastor(s) receives a stipend, check or some type of expense account from most churches. They drive nice cars, own homes and don’t work a regular job like most church people.  Is it needed to “bless” them several times a year with several types of offerings especially when you’re already giving your tithe and offering and serving the ministry through the Ministry of help? 

 

For example, I was watching a church revival and the spirit of GOD was all in the place. People were being healed, delivered and set free.  In the midst of worship, the pastor asked the people to sew a seed of $500.00 for a guaranteed blessing.  When the pastor asked that question it was like shock went over the congregation.  The people looked distraught, and the looks on their faces were in disgust and of great concern.  After all of that worship and praise everything had been thrown out the window when he or she asked for that high offering.  Did this pastor have to set an amount?  Or was there a hidden motive?  

 

To close this blog, I just want to say that it is important to tithe, give and occasionally be a blessing to the leaders of your house. I can testify that not being able to give the high amounts of offerings that are sometimes asked by church leaders, televangelist and other ministry officials hasn’t affected the way that GOD has been blessing me. I tithe 10 percent of my payroll, I give decent offerings, and I attempt to give to any church balloon payments, building funds and special offerings that I can. 

 

When it comes down to giving, don’t be ashamed to give GOD what you have. God accepts our gifts as long as we give them cheerfully and as long as you tithe your ok. When preachers, pastors and others ask you to give to the church, pastor, special offerings or other causes, pray and ask GOD how HE wants you to give. I know a person who gives a lot of money to their ministry and is more depressed, broke and disgusted than a person who gives very minimum amounts of money. To answer the question does GOD bless those who give more money better than those who give less, my answer would be no.

 

Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse!  Will a man rob GOD? Giving… is it just money or can it be time?  

 

Sound off, what are your thoughts??? Do you agree or do you disagree with the content?  What do you think about giving in terms of the church? 

 

 

AXDouglas@yahoo.com

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IS BARACK OBAMA A TERRORIST???

(SOHH) Check out this video of Palin supporters calling Senator Obama a terrorist. It’s quite laughable I assure you.

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NEW MUSIC FROM BEYONCE “IF I WERE A BOY”!!!

Check it out and let me know what you think. It’s good but it has to grow on me. I’m off to class. Holla back.

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LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY CLAIMS MAGIC FAKED AIDS!!!

By: The Listener

(AP) Former NBA star Magic Johnson wasn’t too happy this weekend when allegations of him faking his HIV/AIDS infection became public on a Los Angeles radio show. Check out the transcript below courtesy of mediatakeout.com

“Magic faked AIDS,” Perry said.

“You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?” Baker replied.

“I’m convinced that Magic faked AIDS,” Perry said.

“Yeah, me too,” Baker said.

“I’m not sure why,” Perry added. “But I’m pretty sure he faked AIDS. Because he’s the only cured AIDS guy ever.”

That exchange Wednesday prompted a response statement from Johnson, 49, on Friday that was reported by the Los Angeles Times.

“I am extremely disappointed in KTLK in Minneapolis,” Johnson said. “I am outraged that Chris Baker and Langdon Perry would minimize such a serious and deadly issue.

“Millions are dying from HIV/AIDS and the fact that they would make jokes about my status is unbelievable.

“Chris, Langdon and KTLK should use their power in a more positive light by encouraging people to get tested for this disease instead of making up such ridiculous lies.”

Ok..of course I don’t think Magic faked his disease…but he is filthy rich which means he has the money to get the treatment others can’t afford. Hey…don’t act like if you didn’t have it you wouldn’t get the treatment either. Ignorant comments though.

Listener17@yahoo.com

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RAP MUSIC FAN SENTENCED TO 20 HOURS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC!!!

By: The Listener

(WUSA) Good morning all. Interesting story on playing your music too loudly. Check it out.

Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.

It wasn’t the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.

“I didn’t have the time to deal with that,” he said. “I just decided to pay the fine.”

Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music.

“I think a lot of people don’t like to be forced to listen to music,” she said.

She’s also taped TV shows for defendants in other cases to watch on topics such as financial responsibility. As she sees it, they get the chance to have their fine reduced “and at the same time broaden their horizons.”

I actually agree with this. I just cracked up when homeboy only lasted 15 minutes lol.

Listener17@yahoo.com

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MUSIC FACT #185

 

Fact #185 T. I.’s new hit “Live Your Life” went from #80 to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, setting a new record for the biggest jump in the chart’s 50-year history.

Shout out to bb for this one.

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