Taking up an offering, with a short message

Taking up an offering, with a short message

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_618" align="alignright" width="300"] How to take up an offering[/caption] It's time to take up the offering, everyone knows that finances can be a difficult topic to speak about. When some people hear the word offering they think that the church is just about money, money, money. It is interesting to look at the relationship that Jesus had with money. As well as how frequently he spoke about money. God sees the heart. To Him the motives behind what we are doing are as important as the act itself. God wants more than lip service, He wants your heart. When we take up an offering we first prepare the hearts of the people, as God values the reason why you do stuff. Matthew 5:23-24 "Therefore if you bring your gift…
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What does the Bible say about money?

What does the Bible say about money?

Tienie de Coning
This is a rather long resource and does not follow the usual format. You might want to do a study on money and can use this as a starting point. Maybe you need to say a few words before taking up the offering, I am sure that you will be able to find something here that is appropriate for the occasion. Each of the subheadings could be used in a cell meeting as a topic for discussion. Index: Widows Isaac sows during a time of famine We need to be seed conscious Tithing / First fruits Jesus on money Paul on money Proverbs about money One liners about money Introduction [caption id="attachment_544" align="alignright" width="300"] What does the Bible say about money?[/caption] Money features as a prominent theme in the Bible.…
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What’s holding your life together?

What’s holding your life together?

Tienie de Coning
WHat's holding your life together? You can read the material here or download a PDF. This morning I picked up a wheel nut, just lying there in the grass as I made my way to the supermarket to buy some groceries. Then I started thinking about what it was that I had found, and what significant role it has. [caption id="attachment_550" align="alignright" width="300"] What is holding your life together?[/caption] My car has 4 wheels, each wheel is held on by 4 wheel nuts (or lug nuts). All 4 nuts are important and equally special. Imagine a wheel coming off your car while you are overtaking another car at top speed... Why do people suffer breakdowns? Why do we sometimes feel like our lives are falling apart? Because we have neglected one…
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