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The Generous Life: Blessing of the Tithe

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March 20, 2018
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  • - Beth Jones: It's kinda like
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  • you see the guy at the gym or
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  • the girl at the gym, they have
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  • these really buff bodies, and
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  • big muscles, and a skinny waist,
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  • and all of these things.
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  • And you're like, "I want that."
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  • Well, you can have it if you go
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  • to the gym every day and don't
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  • eat everything in sight.
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  • You can have it.
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  • It's a discipline.
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  • Same thing is true about the
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  • blessed life.
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  • You can look at people's lives
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  • and go, "I want that."
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  • You can have it.
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  • God wants it for you too.
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  • You can have it.
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  • You just have to discipline
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  • yourself in the things that God
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  • has told us in his Word to get
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  • it.
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  • - male: It's no secret.
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  • There are a lot of different
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  • opinions out there when it comes
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  • to the tithe, giving 10% to your
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  • local church.
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  • - female: Today, on "The Basics
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  • with Beth," Beth Jones shares on
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  • the basics of the tithe and the
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  • blessing that comes with being
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  • led by the Spirit
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  • - Beth: Today,
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  • we're gonna talk about
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  • "The Blessing of the Tithe,"
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  • "The Blessing of the Tithe."
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  • Not the bummer of the tithe,
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  • it's the blessing.
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  • And you're gonna see that as we
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  • go through it.
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  • It is a blessing, the blessing
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  • of the tithe, and it gives us
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  • access to what we're talking
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  • about, living in God's economic
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  • flow, and that's the Lord wants
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  • for each and every one of us.
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  • Jeff asked me as I was studying
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  • yesterday and kinda bouncing
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  • some things off from him, he
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  • asked me, he goes, "Now, what do
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  • you want people to get out of
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  • this series?"
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  • And I said, "I want them to get
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  • God's best.
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  • I want them to have God's best."
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  • And he goes, "Why?"
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  • "Because it's what God wants.
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  • God wants them to have his best.
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  • God doesn't want any of his
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  • people to live below his best."
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  • He said, "But why?"
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  • "Because God loves them.
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  • I love them.
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  • You love them."
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  • God loves you.
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  • I love you.
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  • Pastor Jeff loves you.
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  • Most importantly, God loves you.
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  • And that's why we're doing this
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  • series, because God loves you.
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  • God loves his people.
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  • God loves his children.
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  • God loves his sons and
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  • daughters.
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  • God loves his church, and God
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  • wants you blessed with his best.
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  • I believe that to my core.
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  • You cannot get that out of me.
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  • That is in my core.
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  • I know that from his Word.
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  • I know that from experience.
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  • I know God's nature, his
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  • character, as do you.
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  • He's a good God and he's good
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  • all the time.
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  • He's a generous God and he's
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  • generous all the time.
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  • He is not withholding anything
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  • from you, only trying to get
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  • things to you, and he has
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  • vehicles and ways that he does
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  • that.
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  • So our job is just to know what
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  • are the ways, and then to
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  • cooperate and to do his Word.
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  • "Don't just be hearers of the
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  • Word, be doers," the Bible says,
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  • "and be blessed in the doing."
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  • James chapter 1.
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  • Don't just be hearers of the
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  • Word, be doers of the Word
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  • because it's the doers that are
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  • the blessed ones.
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  • I'll give you a couple of
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  • stories on the front end because
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  • now, as we look back, you know,
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  • Pastor Jeff and I have been
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  • married officially, as of last
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  • week, 30 years.
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  • Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, 30
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  • years, holy smokes.
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  • How did we even get this old?
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  • Thirty years of bliss.
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  • Thirty years of marital bliss.
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  • And was we always say, "It's
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  • been the best 20 years of our
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  • lives, 22 or 23," we said.
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  • So it's actually been a blessed
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  • life to be married together.
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  • It's been a match made in
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  • heaven.
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  • Just like every marriage, we've
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  • had our ups and downs and
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  • seasons you go through.
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  • But when Jesus is at the center
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  • of your marriage, right, he
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  • helps you get through every
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  • season.
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  • And so we've been blessed in our
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  • marriage.
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  • We've got great kids, and we
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  • love you guys, love the church,
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  • all of that.
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  • But as we've looked back, we
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  • have said to ourselves, "You
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  • know, we believe, we just
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  • believe that a big part of the
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  • reason we see God's hand of
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  • blessing in our life is because
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  • of the tithe."
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  • Because we have been tithers way
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  • before we ever pastored.
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  • When I was single, when he was
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  • single, once we got married, the
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  • churches that we were a part of,
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  • we've always been tithers.
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  • And the cumulative effect of
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  • tithing is a blessed life.
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  • It's a well-greased machine.
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  • The holistic life that God wants
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  • for you, a huge piece of it,
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  • really, if you will, the
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  • starting block, entry-level
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  • Christianity, really, in essence
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  • is the tithe.
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  • And so I want you to get it.
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  • And more importantly, God wants
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  • you to get it.
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  • He wants you to understand this,
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  • and answer questions so that the
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  • dots connect and it makes sense
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  • to you.
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  • But as I look back, that's
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  • exactly what we see, and I'll
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  • give you a couple of examples.
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  • 'Cause we say, "Why?
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  • Why did we just happen to be at
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  • the right place at the right
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  • time?
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  • Why did we just happen to meet
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  • this person?
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  • Why did this opportunity just
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  • come down from the heavens?
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  • Why did we have favor with these
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  • people over here?
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  • Why did all that happen?"
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  • We think a really big reason
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  • that it happened is the tithe.
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  • So, what was it, 12 years ago or
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  • so, about 12 years ago, is that
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  • right?
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  • We were in a place in Florida
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  • called The Villages.
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  • And my mother lived here.
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  • So, who's ever heard of The
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  • Villages?
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  • "America's friendliest home
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  • town" is how they advertise.
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  • It really is a great place.
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  • It's a really cool place for
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  • people 55 and up, okay?
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  • My mother lived there for a
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  • number of years, loves, loves,
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  • loves it.
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  • We would go visit her.
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  • We love, love, love it.
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  • Well we were down there one
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  • time, just happened to be down
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  • there one time, and they had
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  • just begun construction on the
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  • second city.
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  • Now, this is the second big
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  • development.
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  • They already had one city built.
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  • They were building this second
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  • one called Sumter--what's it
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  • called?
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  • Lake Sumter.
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  • And now they have a third one.
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  • So, I mean, what, 100.000-plus
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  • people retire and go down there,
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  • so it's a big huge place.
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  • We're down there when they
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  • developing.
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  • Like, the earth is moving.
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  • Dirt is moving for the second
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  • piece of the development.
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  • And we're driving around with my
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  • mother and while we're driving
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  • around, we just get this
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  • prompting, like, you know what?
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  • Felt from the Holy Spirit, "You
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  • guys need to buy a place down
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  • here, rock-bottom prices.
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  • Get the lowest level of the
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  • options they have," which was
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  • called the patio villa.
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  • "You guys need to buy a place
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  • down here and you need to rent
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  • it out.
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  • This would be a side-income
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  • producer for you, and you guys
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  • just need to do it.
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  • And you need to jump now because
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  • this is when the prices are
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  • right."
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  • We felt that in our spirit.
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  • You say, "Why did you feel
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  • that?"
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  • Well, we felt it was the Holy
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  • Spirit, but we also had some
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  • knowledge.
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  • We also realized that 76 million
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  • baby boomers were gonna start to
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  • retire in the year 2011, and
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  • that a lot of those baby boomers
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  • from Canada, New York, Michigan,
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  • Minnesota, Wisconsin, and all
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  • the northern states wanna go
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  • south to get out of the snow.
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  • And all of the Michiganders
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  • said--so we knew just
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  • demographically, there's gonna
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  • be a huge explosion of growth in
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  • warm places.
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  • And then we had this prompting
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  • from the Spirit, "You should buy
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  • now while you're down here."
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  • So, anyways, long story short,
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  • took a tour, looked at some
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  • patio villas, and found one that
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  • we liked that was rock-bottom
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  • prices in a really good
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  • location, and we bought it.
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  • This is about 12 years ago, and
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  • we bought it.
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  • Then over the years, we just
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  • rented it out.
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  • Especially in the prime months,
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  • you can get prime dollar, and we
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  • rented it out.
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  • And then we would go down there
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  • and use it for vacations form
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  • time to time.
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  • And do you know, we sold it
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  • about 2 or 3 years ago, 2 years
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  • ago.
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  • We sold it, and do you know, the
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  • equity that we were able to
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  • accrue over that period of time
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  • was $100.000.
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  • You say, "How in the world?
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  • I mean, I know things
  • 00:07:33.100 --> 00:07:34.000
  • appreciate, but how in the
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  • world?"
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  • Well, God's wisdom, God's
  • 00:07:35.160 --> 00:07:36.230
  • strategies, God's favor, God's
  • 00:07:36.230 --> 00:07:38.230
  • help, and the place is just
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  • exploding.
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  • So we sold our place and the
  • 00:07:40.210 --> 00:07:42.290
  • equity we got out of it was
  • 00:07:42.290 --> 00:07:44.020
  • $100.000.
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  • And you say, "What happened to
  • 00:07:44.260 --> 00:07:46.030
  • that $100.000?"
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  • I'm gonna tell you next week, so
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  • don't miss next week.
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  • I'm gonna tell you what happened
  • 00:07:50.130 --> 00:07:51.270
  • to that.
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  • But then we look back and we go,
  • 00:07:52.190 --> 00:07:54.150
  • "How is it we even did that?
  • 00:07:54.150 --> 00:07:56.030
  • How'd that even work?"
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  • Because, A, you couldn't buy a
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  • house in this place unless you
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  • were 55 or older, which we
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  • weren't at the time.
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  • But they allowed my mom who did
  • 00:08:02.170 --> 00:08:03.260
  • live there to, you know, not
  • 00:08:03.260 --> 00:08:05.160
  • cosign, but in essence, give
  • 00:08:05.160 --> 00:08:06.190
  • permission.
  • 00:08:06.190 --> 00:08:07.140
  • So we were able to buy a place.
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  • Well, yay, praise the Lord.
  • 00:08:13.190 --> 00:08:14.190
  • We look back, we just go,
  • 00:08:14.190 --> 00:08:15.170
  • "That's just, that's
  • 00:08:15.170 --> 00:08:16.080
  • just--you're just living life."
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  • You're just walkin' along.
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  • You're just doin' your thing and
  • 00:08:18.140 --> 00:08:19.240
  • you're just in the right place
  • 00:08:19.240 --> 00:08:20.240
  • at the right time, and an
  • 00:08:20.240 --> 00:08:21.230
  • opportunity presents.
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  • The windows of heaven open, and
  • 00:08:23.020 --> 00:08:24.100
  • you're like,
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  • "Boom, let's do it."
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  • And you live in the blessings,
  • 00:08:26.070 --> 00:08:28.180
  • to be generous.
  • 00:08:28.180 --> 00:08:29.110
  • Now, we also let a lot of folks
  • 00:08:29.110 --> 00:08:30.220
  • over that last 10 years use our
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  • place for free just to be a
  • 00:08:32.050 --> 00:08:33.100
  • blessing.
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  • What are we talking about?
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  • God's trying to get things to
  • 00:08:35.070 --> 00:08:36.180
  • you, not from you.
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  • But you have to be in his
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  • economic flow, his economic plan
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  • to access his goodness, and all
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  • the people said--okay, look at
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  • this verse.
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  • Go over in your Bibles to
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  • Leviticus 27, and we're gonna
  • 00:08:51.020 --> 00:08:53.060
  • talk about who, what, when,
  • 00:08:53.060 --> 00:08:54.140
  • where, why, how, and the fruit.
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  • But let me tell you the
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  • questions we're gonna hit along
  • 00:08:58.180 --> 00:09:00.040
  • the way.
  • 00:09:00.040 --> 00:09:00.240
  • These are common questions that
  • 00:09:00.240 --> 00:09:02.170
  • people have when it comes to
  • 00:09:02.170 --> 00:09:03.220
  • this subject, things like: "What
  • 00:09:03.220 --> 00:09:05.260
  • is the tithe or tithing?"
  • 00:09:06.000 --> 00:09:09.000
  • "Isn't tithing just an Old
  • 00:09:09.000 --> 00:09:10.090
  • Testament command, or is it a
  • 00:09:10.090 --> 00:09:12.200
  • principle for New Testament
  • 00:09:12.200 --> 00:09:13.260
  • Christians?"
  • 00:09:13.260 --> 00:09:15.210
  • "Are we under the law or grace
  • 00:09:15.210 --> 00:09:17.040
  • when it comes to tithing?"
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  • "Can I just be led by the Spirit
  • 00:09:19.260 --> 00:09:21.140
  • in my going?"
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  • "From which amount do I tithe,
  • 00:09:22.260 --> 00:09:24.160
  • the net or the gross?"
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  • "Can I tithe 4% or 16% instead
  • 00:09:26.060 --> 00:09:29.060
  • of 10%?"
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  • "Can I divide up my tithe and
  • 00:09:30.200 --> 00:09:32.080
  • give to my church, missionaries,
  • 00:09:32.080 --> 00:09:33.260
  • a friend in need, and the poor?"
  • 00:09:33.260 --> 00:09:36.050
  • "What's the difference between
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  • tithes, offerings, and alms?"
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  • "Maybe I'll start tithing when I
  • 00:09:40.180 --> 00:09:42.200
  • can afford it.
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  • Is that okay?"
  • 00:09:43.290 --> 00:09:45.270
  • These are common questions
  • 00:09:45.270 --> 00:09:46.270
  • people have about tithing.
  • 00:09:46.270 --> 00:09:48.060
  • I know, these are questions I
  • 00:09:48.060 --> 00:09:49.140
  • had about tithing.
  • 00:09:49.140 --> 00:09:50.230
  • And hopefully, we'll be able to
  • 00:09:50.230 --> 00:09:51.240
  • answer some of the ones you have
  • 00:09:51.240 --> 00:09:53.050
  • as we go through this, and you
  • 00:09:53.050 --> 00:09:54.270
  • and the Lord, according to his
  • 00:09:54.270 --> 00:09:56.130
  • Word, make your own decisions.
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  • Now, if you're a tither, you're
  • 00:09:58.170 --> 00:09:59.250
  • gonna love this message 'cause
  • 00:09:59.250 --> 00:10:00.290
  • you're gonna be like, "Yes,
  • 00:10:00.290 --> 00:10:02.040
  • awesome, that so encourages me.
  • 00:10:02.040 --> 00:10:04.150
  • That blesses me to know and to
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:05.280
  • have my faith stirred up."
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  • If you're not a tither, God just
  • 00:10:07.040 --> 00:10:09.160
  • wants to encourage you as well
  • 00:10:09.160 --> 00:10:11.050
  • to see his goodness and why he's
  • 00:10:11.050 --> 00:10:13.080
  • trying to get stuff to you.
  • 00:10:13.080 --> 00:10:15.080
  • Let's start with, "What is the
  • 00:10:15.080 --> 00:10:17.150
  • tithe?"
  • 00:10:17.150 --> 00:10:18.050
  • Leviticus 27, verse 30, what is
  • 00:10:19.030 --> 00:10:22.030
  • "And all the tithe of the land,
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  • whether of the seed or of the
  • 00:10:28.140 --> 00:10:30.010
  • land or of the fruit of the
  • 00:10:30.010 --> 00:10:32.150
  • tree," it says, "is the Lord's."
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  • "All the tithe of the land,
  • 00:10:35.010 --> 00:10:36.080
  • whether of the seed of the land
  • 00:10:36.080 --> 00:10:37.140
  • or of the fruit of the tree, is
  • 00:10:37.140 --> 00:10:40.040
  • the Lord's.
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  • It is holy to the Lord."
  • 00:10:40.240 --> 00:10:43.170
  • So, what is the tithe, okay, the
  • 00:10:43.170 --> 00:10:45.060
  • word "tithe"?
  • 00:10:45.060 --> 00:10:46.050
  • When I was first learning about
  • 00:10:46.050 --> 00:10:47.100
  • this, I thought it was the word
  • 00:10:47.100 --> 00:10:48.070
  • "tithee," and it was about to
  • 00:10:48.070 --> 00:10:50.180
  • give me a tithee fit as I heard
  • 00:10:50.180 --> 00:10:53.010
  • about the tithee.
  • 00:10:53.010 --> 00:10:53.290
  • But it's the tithe, and by
  • 00:10:53.290 --> 00:10:55.120
  • definition, it means "ten
  • 00:10:55.120 --> 00:10:56.140
  • percent," by definition.
  • 00:10:56.140 --> 00:10:58.110
  • It's not 4%, it's not 12%.
  • 00:10:58.110 --> 00:11:01.110
  • "Well, what if I wanna give
  • 00:11:01.110 --> 00:11:02.050
  • 16%?"
  • 00:11:02.050 --> 00:11:03.010
  • Well, that's awesome.
  • 00:11:03.010 --> 00:11:03.270
  • Ten percent's the tithe, and the
  • 00:11:03.270 --> 00:11:05.260
  • extra 6% is an offering.
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:08.280
  • And we'll get into it next week,
  • 00:11:08.280 --> 00:11:10.080
  • but the rules ore the pieces,
  • 00:11:10.080 --> 00:11:12.240
  • the components of the tithe and
  • 00:11:13.020 --> 00:11:16.020
  • the components of an offering
  • 00:11:16.020 --> 00:11:17.100
  • are completely different.
  • 00:11:17.100 --> 00:11:19.000
  • They're not the same thing.
  • 00:11:19.000 --> 00:11:20.030
  • They're two different things
  • 00:11:20.030 --> 00:11:21.000
  • with two different processes and
  • 00:11:21.000 --> 00:11:22.280
  • two different results.
  • 00:11:22.280 --> 00:11:24.060
  • So we're gonna get into it again
  • 00:11:24.060 --> 00:11:25.160
  • a little bit more next week, but
  • 00:11:25.160 --> 00:11:26.260
  • you need to know about both, and
  • 00:11:26.260 --> 00:11:28.060
  • what are the benefits and the
  • 00:11:28.060 --> 00:11:29.130
  • advantages of both.
  • 00:11:29.130 --> 00:11:30.270
  • So, the tithe, by definition,
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:33.050
  • 10%.
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:34.240
  • Ten percent of what?
  • 00:11:34.240 --> 00:11:36.010
  • Of your increase.
  • 00:11:36.010 --> 00:11:37.150
  • It is the Lord's.
  • 00:11:37.150 --> 00:11:39.010
  • Now, this is interesting.
  • 00:11:39.010 --> 00:11:40.000
  • It's holy and it's set apart.
  • 00:11:40.000 --> 00:11:41.080
  • To be holy means "set apart,"
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:42.290
  • okay?
  • 00:11:42.290 --> 00:11:44.020
  • So here's what's interesting.
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:45.170
  • You don't see anywhere in the
  • 00:11:45.170 --> 00:11:46.140
  • Bible where God put an
  • 00:11:46.140 --> 00:11:47.160
  • expiration date on the fact that
  • 00:11:47.160 --> 00:11:50.110
  • the tithe is the Lord's.
  • 00:11:50.110 --> 00:11:53.050
  • Ten percent of our increase is
  • 00:11:53.050 --> 00:11:55.200
  • the Lord's.
  • 00:11:55.200 --> 00:11:56.140
  • Now, what we do with it is up to
  • 00:11:56.140 --> 00:11:57.250
  • us, but it is the Lord's.
  • 00:11:57.250 --> 00:11:59.230
  • It is holy to the Lord.
  • 00:11:59.230 --> 00:12:01.140
  • It is set apart for the Lord.
  • 00:12:01.140 --> 00:12:04.050
  • Now, whether or not we give him
  • 00:12:04.050 --> 00:12:06.040
  • his tithe, that's up to us, but
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:08.010
  • it is his.
  • 00:12:08.010 --> 00:12:09.170
  • Nowhere in the Bible does God
  • 00:12:09.170 --> 00:12:10.200
  • ever say that expired.
  • 00:12:11.010 --> 00:12:14.010
  • The tithe is the Lord's, which
  • 00:12:14.010 --> 00:12:16.130
  • actually makes sense.
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:17.050
  • We'll see it in just a minute.
  • 00:12:17.050 --> 00:12:17.280
  • But when you get to Malachi
  • 00:12:17.280 --> 00:12:18.260
  • chapter 3 and God says things
  • 00:12:18.260 --> 00:12:21.040
  • like, "You have robbed me, this
  • 00:12:21.180 --> 00:12:24.180
  • whole nation of you, you've
  • 00:12:24.180 --> 00:12:25.160
  • robbed me," and they say, "How
  • 00:12:25.160 --> 00:12:26.140
  • have we robbed you?"
  • 00:12:26.140 --> 00:12:27.040
  • And he said, "In tithes and
  • 00:12:27.040 --> 00:12:29.110
  • offerings."
  • 00:12:29.110 --> 00:12:31.010
  • How in the world could they have
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:32.110
  • robbed God?
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:33.130
  • How does it even make sense?
  • 00:12:33.130 --> 00:12:34.120
  • Well, it makes total sense if
  • 00:12:34.120 --> 00:12:35.240
  • it's true that the tithe
  • 00:12:35.240 --> 00:12:37.150
  • is the Lord's.
  • 00:12:37.150 --> 00:12:39.220
  • It is his.
  • 00:12:39.220 --> 00:12:40.120
  • It belongs to him.
  • 00:12:40.120 --> 00:12:41.090
  • Again, whatever we do with it's
  • 00:12:41.090 --> 00:12:42.160
  • up to us, but from his vantage
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:44.090
  • point, it is his, 10%.
  • 00:12:44.090 --> 00:12:47.050
  • "No, it's not.
  • 00:12:47.050 --> 00:12:47.260
  • It's my money.
  • 00:12:47.260 --> 00:12:48.160
  • It's my stuff.
  • 00:12:48.160 --> 00:12:49.130
  • I did it.
  • 00:12:49.130 --> 00:12:50.140
  • I worked, I, I, I."
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:52.020
  • And God says, "Hey, 10%, it is
  • 00:12:52.170 --> 00:12:55.170
  • mine.
  • 00:12:55.170 --> 00:12:56.070
  • I've set it apart.
  • 00:12:56.070 --> 00:12:58.230
  • I'd like to use it for holy
  • 00:12:58.230 --> 00:13:00.120
  • purposes."
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:02.040
  • But we have a free will and free
  • 00:13:02.040 --> 00:13:03.140
  • choice.
  • 00:13:03.140 --> 00:13:04.040
  • Now, for a season, he commanded.
  • 00:13:04.040 --> 00:13:05.140
  • There was a command that they
  • 00:13:05.140 --> 00:13:06.200
  • tithe, and if they didn't tithe,
  • 00:13:06.200 --> 00:13:08.030
  • they had to pay a 20% penalty
  • 00:13:08.170 --> 00:13:11.170
  • under the law.
  • 00:13:11.170 --> 00:13:12.080
  • Before the law, just a heart of
  • 00:13:12.080 --> 00:13:14.150
  • thanks, a heart of gratitude.
  • 00:13:14.150 --> 00:13:16.000
  • After the law, a heart of
  • 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:17.080
  • thanks, a heart of gratitude.
  • 00:13:17.080 --> 00:13:18.130
  • But in all of it, the tithe is
  • 00:13:19.120 --> 00:13:22.120
  • the Lord's.
  • 00:13:22.120 --> 00:13:23.290
  • We get to choose what to do with
  • 00:13:23.290 --> 00:13:25.090
  • it.
  • 00:13:25.090 --> 00:13:26.020
  • What else do we know?
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:26.230
  • Proverbs 3, verses 9 through 10:
  • 00:13:27.060 --> 00:13:30.060
  • "Honor the Lord with your
  • 00:13:30.060 --> 00:13:31.050
  • possessions, and with the
  • 00:13:31.050 --> 00:13:32.170
  • firstfruits of all your
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:34.120
  • increase," that's a reference to
  • 00:13:34.120 --> 00:13:35.230
  • the tithe.
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:36.130
  • "The firstfruits of all your
  • 00:13:36.130 --> 00:13:38.010
  • increase."
  • 00:13:38.010 --> 00:13:39.050
  • Why?
  • 00:13:39.050 --> 00:13:39.260
  • "So your barns will be filled
  • 00:13:39.260 --> 00:13:40.230
  • with plenty, and your vats will
  • 00:13:40.230 --> 00:13:42.190
  • overflow with new wine."
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  • Your livelihood, your vocation,
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.230
  • your career, your investments,
  • 00:13:45.230 --> 00:13:47.180
  • and your pleasures will overflow
  • 00:13:47.180 --> 00:13:50.020
  • with God's blessings.
  • 00:13:50.020 --> 00:13:52.010
  • Okay, now, tithing, people say,
  • 00:13:52.010 --> 00:13:54.020
  • "Do I tithe off the net or off
  • 00:13:54.020 --> 00:13:55.100
  • the gross?"
  • 00:13:55.100 --> 00:13:56.000
  • Well, sometimes those are
  • 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:57.290
  • questions you just have to
  • 00:13:57.290 --> 00:13:58.210
  • discern in your own spirit.
  • 00:13:58.210 --> 00:13:59.200
  • How generous do you want to be?
  • 00:13:59.200 --> 00:14:01.160
  • I guess you could ask yourself
  • 00:14:01.160 --> 00:14:02.170
  • that.
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:03.230
  • You in your own heart decide
  • 00:14:03.230 --> 00:14:04.260
  • that.
  • 00:14:04.260 --> 00:14:05.160
  • Some other things that people
  • 00:14:05.160 --> 00:14:06.100
  • think about with tithing, and
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:07.120
  • just so you know, it's not any
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:08.150
  • of this.
  • 00:14:08.150 --> 00:14:09.050
  • It's not a magic bullet.
  • 00:14:09.050 --> 00:14:11.120
  • Tithing is not a magic bullet.
  • 00:14:11.120 --> 00:14:12.160
  • It's a lifestyle.
  • 00:14:12.160 --> 00:14:13.120
  • Tithing is not glamorous.
  • 00:14:13.120 --> 00:14:16.070
  • Tithing is a discipline, and it
  • 00:14:16.070 --> 00:14:18.170
  • accumulates over the course of
  • 00:14:18.170 --> 00:14:19.280
  • your life.
  • 00:14:19.280 --> 00:14:20.180
  • The cumulative effect of being a
  • 00:14:20.180 --> 00:14:22.050
  • tither is a blessed life, a
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:23.260
  • well-greased life, a
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.080
  • holistically blessed life.
  • 00:14:26.080 --> 00:14:29.030
  • We'll see that from the Word.
  • 00:14:29.030 --> 00:14:30.140
  • But it's not a magic bullet.
  • 00:14:30.140 --> 00:14:31.250
  • It's not a magic wand.
  • 00:14:31.250 --> 00:14:33.130
  • It's not like, "Well, I'm gonna
  • 00:14:33.130 --> 00:14:34.170
  • start tithing.
  • 00:14:34.170 --> 00:14:35.080
  • Okay, fine, but if somethin'
  • 00:14:35.080 --> 00:14:36.120
  • doesn't happen in a month--" It
  • 00:14:38.230 --> 00:14:41.230
  • probably won't happen in a
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:42.200
  • month.
  • 00:14:42.200 --> 00:14:43.100
  • I mean, it could take a year.
  • 00:14:43.100 --> 00:14:45.210
  • It could take a decade.
  • 00:14:45.210 --> 00:14:47.040
  • It could take a while.
  • 00:14:47.040 --> 00:14:48.040
  • But you don't even tithe from
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:50.060
  • the angle of what I'm getting
  • 00:14:50.060 --> 00:14:52.100
  • out of it.
  • 00:14:52.100 --> 00:14:53.000
  • You tithe, we'll see, from an
  • 00:14:53.000 --> 00:14:54.060
  • attitude of a heart of love
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:55.080
  • towards God.
  • 00:14:55.080 --> 00:14:57.070
  • So it's not glamorous, it's not
  • 00:14:57.070 --> 00:14:59.160
  • a magic wand.
  • 00:14:59.160 --> 00:15:00.060
  • It's kinda like you see the guy
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:01.020
  • at the gym or the girl at the
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:02.020
  • gym, they have these really buff
  • 00:15:02.020 --> 00:15:03.120
  • bodies, and big muscles, and a
  • 00:15:03.120 --> 00:15:04.140
  • skinny waist, and all of these
  • 00:15:04.140 --> 00:15:05.150
  • things.
  • 00:15:05.150 --> 00:15:06.050
  • And you're like, "I want that."
  • 00:15:06.050 --> 00:15:07.120
  • Well, you can have it if you go
  • 00:15:07.120 --> 00:15:10.040
  • to the gym every day and don't
  • 00:15:10.040 --> 00:15:11.240
  • eat everything in sight.
  • 00:15:11.240 --> 00:15:13.090
  • You can have it.
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:15.150
  • It's a discipline.
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:17.090
  • Same thing is true about the
  • 00:15:17.090 --> 00:15:18.060
  • blessed life.
  • 00:15:18.060 --> 00:15:19.040
  • You can look at people's lives
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:20.000
  • and go, "I want that."
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:21.050
  • You can have it.
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:22.080
  • God wants it for you too.
  • 00:15:22.080 --> 00:15:23.250
  • You can have it.
  • 00:15:23.250 --> 00:15:24.290
  • You just have to discipline
  • 00:15:24.290 --> 00:15:26.090
  • yourself in the things that God
  • 00:15:26.090 --> 00:15:27.290
  • has told us in his Word to get
  • 00:15:27.290 --> 00:15:29.150
  • it.
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:30.120
  • And all the people said--all
  • 00:15:30.120 --> 00:15:32.060
  • right, we're gonna keep you all
  • 00:15:32.060 --> 00:15:33.120
  • happy on this subject.
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:35.000
  • Let's talk about who should
  • 00:15:35.000 --> 00:15:37.260
  • tithe.
  • 00:15:37.260 --> 00:15:38.180
  • Well, everyone should tithe,
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:39.240
  • everyone that has faith,
  • 00:15:39.240 --> 00:15:41.110
  • everyone that loves God,
  • 00:15:41.110 --> 00:15:42.130
  • everyone that understands the
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:43.220
  • tithe belongs to him.
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:45.100
  • Of course, everyone should
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:46.150
  • tithe, but we do see some
  • 00:15:46.150 --> 00:15:48.000
  • specific things here.
  • 00:15:48.000 --> 00:15:48.290
  • Proverbs 11, verses 24 and 25,
  • 00:15:49.070 --> 00:15:52.070
  • and verse 28 says this: "Give
  • 00:15:52.070 --> 00:15:54.050
  • freely and become more wealthy;
  • 00:15:54.250 --> 00:15:57.250
  • be stingy and lose everything.
  • 00:15:57.250 --> 00:16:00.080
  • The generous will prosper; those
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:02.100
  • who refresh others will
  • 00:16:02.100 --> 00:16:03.140
  • themselves be refreshed.
  • 00:16:03.140 --> 00:16:05.070
  • Trust in your money and down you
  • 00:16:05.070 --> 00:16:06.290
  • go!
  • 00:16:06.290 --> 00:16:07.230
  • But the godly flourish like
  • 00:16:07.230 --> 00:16:10.010
  • leaves in spring."
  • 00:16:10.010 --> 00:16:11.200
  • Who should tithe?
  • 00:16:11.200 --> 00:16:12.150
  • Well, of course, everyone, but
  • 00:16:12.150 --> 00:16:13.150
  • we see specifically here,
  • 00:16:13.150 --> 00:16:14.170
  • givers, generous people, and
  • 00:16:14.170 --> 00:16:17.060
  • those who want to refresh
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:18.030
  • others.
  • 00:16:18.030 --> 00:16:19.000
  • Who's not gonna be a tither?
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:20.140
  • The stingy, those who trust in
  • 00:16:20.140 --> 00:16:22.140
  • their money.
  • 00:16:22.140 --> 00:16:23.040
  • I mean, that's pretty clear in
  • 00:16:23.040 --> 00:16:24.060
  • this whole passage.
  • 00:16:24.060 --> 00:16:25.200
  • So, a couple of things about
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:26.230
  • God's economy that are
  • 00:16:26.230 --> 00:16:28.030
  • interesting, and many of you
  • 00:16:28.030 --> 00:16:29.130
  • have noticed this, but who's
  • 00:16:29.130 --> 00:16:31.000
  • ever noticed, God's kingdom is
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:32.200
  • very oxymoronic?
  • 00:16:33.020 --> 00:16:36.020
  • In other words, he says, "If you
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:37.120
  • wanna be exalted, you wanna be
  • 00:16:37.120 --> 00:16:38.290
  • promoted, you wanna be lifted
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:40.200
  • up," what are you supposed to
  • 00:16:40.200 --> 00:16:41.170
  • do?
  • 00:16:41.170 --> 00:16:42.110
  • "Humble yourself."
  • 00:16:42.110 --> 00:16:44.100
  • If you want to be the greatest,
  • 00:16:45.260 --> 00:16:48.260
  • what are you supposed to do?
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:50.030
  • Be the servant of all.
  • 00:16:50.030 --> 00:16:51.240
  • It's very oxymoronic.
  • 00:16:51.240 --> 00:16:53.160
  • If you want to reap, what do you
  • 00:16:53.160 --> 00:16:55.110
  • have to do?
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:56.080
  • Sow.
  • 00:16:56.080 --> 00:16:56.290
  • If you want to get, what do you
  • 00:16:56.290 --> 00:16:58.280
  • have to do?
  • 00:16:58.280 --> 00:16:59.180
  • Give.
  • 00:16:59.180 --> 00:17:00.280
  • So that's why this verse is
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:01.280
  • weird.
  • 00:17:01.280 --> 00:17:02.180
  • Look at the first line.
  • 00:17:02.180 --> 00:17:03.160
  • "Give freely and become more
  • 00:17:03.160 --> 00:17:05.120
  • wealthy," that's oxymoronic.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:08.150
  • That's an oxymoron.
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:09.180
  • That doesn't even make sense,
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:11.030
  • except in God's economy, that's
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:12.140
  • how it works.
  • 00:17:12.140 --> 00:17:14.190
  • And you do it by faith.
  • 00:17:14.190 --> 00:17:15.090
  • And all the people said--
  • 00:17:15.280 --> 00:17:18.280
  • - female announcer: Have you
  • 00:17:18.280 --> 00:17:19.180
  • ever wondered, "What does God
  • 00:17:19.180 --> 00:17:21.010
  • really think about money?
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:22.120
  • Is he for it?
  • 00:17:22.120 --> 00:17:23.100
  • Is he against it?
  • 00:17:23.100 --> 00:17:24.230
  • What's the difference between
  • 00:17:24.230 --> 00:17:25.280
  • tithes, offerings, and alms?
  • 00:17:25.280 --> 00:17:27.140
  • And does any of that even matter
  • 00:17:27.140 --> 00:17:29.210
  • today?"
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  • If you've got questions about
  • 00:17:30.110 --> 00:17:31.190
  • money and want to learn what
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  • God's Word has to say about it,
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  • - Beth: So, now, what does
  • 00:18:06.060 --> 00:18:09.060
  • this tithing thing look like?
  • 00:18:09.060 --> 00:18:10.220
  • Over to Hebrews 7.
  • 00:18:10.220 --> 00:18:13.160
  • And again, in the book, there's
  • 00:18:13.160 --> 00:18:15.060
  • so much more.
  • 00:18:15.060 --> 00:18:15.260
  • I really wanna encourage you to
  • 00:18:15.260 --> 00:18:16.270
  • read the book we gave you.
  • 00:18:16.270 --> 00:18:17.260
  • Fill it out.
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:18.160
  • There's some fill-in-the blanks.
  • 00:18:18.160 --> 00:18:19.270
  • I encourage you, get into your
  • 00:18:19.270 --> 00:18:21.000
  • own Bibles.
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:21.200
  • Get your Bibles out and study
  • 00:18:21.200 --> 00:18:22.270
  • this so you get convinced from
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:24.090
  • God what he wants to do in you
  • 00:18:24.090 --> 00:18:26.290
  • and through you.
  • 00:18:26.290 --> 00:18:28.130
  • And so there's a lot more on
  • 00:18:28.130 --> 00:18:29.100
  • this subject in the book.
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:30.100
  • Hebrews 7, this is now in the
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:32.150
  • new covenant, Hebrews was
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:34.010
  • written to Christians, in the
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:35.150
  • new covenant after Jesus had
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:37.160
  • fulfilled the law.
  • 00:18:37.160 --> 00:18:38.070
  • This is for you and I.
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:39.210
  • "For this Melchizedek, king of
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:41.170
  • Salem, priest of the Most High
  • 00:18:41.170 --> 00:18:43.090
  • God, who met Abraham returning
  • 00:18:43.090 --> 00:18:45.100
  • from the slaughter of the kings
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:46.140
  • and blessed him, to whom also
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:47.200
  • Abraham gave a tenth part of
  • 00:18:47.200 --> 00:18:50.030
  • all, first being translated
  • 00:18:50.030 --> 00:18:52.020
  • 'king of righteousness,' and
  • 00:18:52.020 --> 00:18:53.030
  • then also king of Salem, meaning
  • 00:18:53.030 --> 00:18:54.180
  • 'king of peace,'" so it's a
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:55.210
  • reference to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:18:55.280 --> 00:18:58.280
  • He's saying, "Abraham gave this
  • 00:18:58.280 --> 00:19:00.150
  • figure, this type and shadow of
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:02.130
  • Jesus Christ, Abraham gave him a
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:04.050
  • tenth, a tithe."
  • 00:19:04.050 --> 00:19:05.200
  • Verse 6: "But he whose genealogy
  • 00:19:05.200 --> 00:19:08.060
  • is not derived from them
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:09.130
  • received tithes from Abraham and
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:10.290
  • blessed him who had the
  • 00:19:10.290 --> 00:19:11.230
  • promises.
  • 00:19:11.230 --> 00:19:12.130
  • Now beyond all contradiction the
  • 00:19:12.130 --> 00:19:14.130
  • lesser is blessed by the
  • 00:19:14.130 --> 00:19:17.110
  • greater."
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:18.020
  • The greater always blesses the
  • 00:19:18.020 --> 00:19:20.050
  • lesser.
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:21.040
  • God always blesses us.
  • 00:19:21.040 --> 00:19:23.140
  • Although the lesser in Abraham's
  • 00:19:23.140 --> 00:19:26.020
  • story gave to the greater.
  • 00:19:26.020 --> 00:19:27.230
  • But it was the greater who
  • 00:19:27.230 --> 00:19:28.180
  • blessed the lesser.
  • 00:19:28.180 --> 00:19:29.200
  • Same thing's true for you and I
  • 00:19:29.200 --> 00:19:31.200
  • under the new covenant.
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:32.240
  • And it goes on to say in verse
  • 00:19:32.240 --> 00:19:34.050
  • 8: "But here mortal men receive
  • 00:19:34.200 --> 00:19:37.200
  • tithes, but there he receives
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:40.280
  • them, of whom it is witnessed
  • 00:19:40.280 --> 00:19:42.180
  • that he lives."
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.290
  • Who lives?
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:45.290
  • What is this talking about?
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:46.290
  • Jesus lives.
  • 00:19:46.290 --> 00:19:48.150
  • Here on earth, we give tithes
  • 00:19:48.290 --> 00:19:51.290
  • and men receive them.
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:54.040
  • Mortal men receive tithes,
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:55.110
  • ushers, the accounting
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:57.050
  • department, whatever church
  • 00:19:57.050 --> 00:19:58.260
  • you're from and however they do
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:00.190
  • the offering, the tithes in your
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:02.260
  • church, the kiosk, the bank,
  • 00:20:02.260 --> 00:20:04.230
  • whoever on earth receives the
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:06.230
  • tithe in the visible and natural
  • 00:20:07.040 --> 00:20:10.040
  • kingdom.
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:10.290
  • But there is another kingdom.
  • 00:20:10.290 --> 00:20:12.130
  • There, where's there?
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:15.000
  • In heaven, there where he lives,
  • 00:20:15.000 --> 00:20:16.270
  • Jesus, there he receives them.
  • 00:20:17.160 --> 00:20:20.160
  • Here on earth, men receive them.
  • 00:20:20.160 --> 00:20:22.090
  • You go through the natural
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:23.090
  • process, fill out a check, text
  • 00:20:23.090 --> 00:20:24.110
  • your giving, go to the kiosk.
  • 00:20:24.110 --> 00:20:25.130
  • You do all of that here on
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:26.190
  • earth.
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:27.240
  • It's a natural thing.
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:29.150
  • But it's not a natural thing.
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:30.190
  • That's what he's trying to tell
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:31.240
  • us.
  • 00:20:31.240 --> 00:20:32.210
  • It's not a natural thing because
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:33.250
  • there in heaven, in God's
  • 00:20:33.250 --> 00:20:35.210
  • kingdom, in God's economy, in
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:36.280
  • God's accounting department,
  • 00:20:38.140 --> 00:20:41.140
  • there he receives them.
  • 00:20:41.140 --> 00:20:43.270
  • So, please, when you are
  • 00:20:43.270 --> 00:20:45.070
  • participating in an offering
  • 00:20:45.070 --> 00:20:47.180
  • and/or tithing, always have in
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:49.160
  • your mind, "Lord, I'm going
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:50.150
  • through the natural process.
  • 00:20:50.150 --> 00:20:51.160
  • I'm filling out this and setting
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:52.200
  • up this account, and I'm poppin'
  • 00:20:52.200 --> 00:20:54.010
  • a $20 bill in the bucket, and
  • 00:20:54.010 --> 00:20:55.130
  • I'm doin' all this stuff, but
  • 00:20:55.130 --> 00:20:56.200
  • that's all just natural.
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:58.070
  • 'Cause when I'm doing that,
  • 00:20:58.070 --> 00:20:59.270
  • there you are receiving this.
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:02.270
  • It belongs to you, amen."
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  • This is in the new covenant.
  • 00:21:07.200 --> 00:21:08.260
  • This is in the New Testament.
  • 00:21:08.260 --> 00:21:10.030
  • This is in the book of Hebrews.
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:11.070
  • This is for the Christians.
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:13.120
  • Now, the giving under the new
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:15.130
  • covenant, it is not this
  • 00:21:15.130 --> 00:21:18.050
  • obedience, command, "Give, or
  • 00:21:18.230 --> 00:21:21.230
  • else."
  • 00:21:21.230 --> 00:21:22.130
  • It's not that.
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:23.280
  • It is not that.
  • 00:21:23.280 --> 00:21:25.090
  • It is the same as it was before
  • 00:21:25.090 --> 00:21:26.250
  • the law.
  • 00:21:26.250 --> 00:21:27.150
  • It's from a heart of thanks.
  • 00:21:27.150 --> 00:21:28.140
  • It's from a heart of
  • 00:21:28.140 --> 00:21:29.040
  • appreciation.
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:29.240
  • It's from a heart that says,
  • 00:21:29.240 --> 00:21:31.000
  • "God, you have blessed me.
  • 00:21:31.000 --> 00:21:33.050
  • Holy smokes, without Jesus,
  • 00:21:33.050 --> 00:21:34.160
  • where would I be?
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:35.100
  • Without his shed blood, where
  • 00:21:35.100 --> 00:21:36.190
  • would I be?
  • 00:21:36.190 --> 00:21:38.040
  • Without his righteousness and
  • 00:21:38.040 --> 00:21:39.250
  • not my own, where would I be?
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:41.200
  • Without the Holy Spirit living
  • 00:21:41.200 --> 00:21:43.090
  • on the inside of me, giving me
  • 00:21:43.090 --> 00:21:44.260
  • direction, and leading and
  • 00:21:44.260 --> 00:21:46.080
  • guiding my life, and giving me
  • 00:21:46.080 --> 00:21:47.280
  • promptings 24/7, where would I
  • 00:21:47.280 --> 00:21:50.260
  • be?
  • 00:21:50.260 --> 00:21:51.210
  • Without the angels of God
  • 00:21:51.210 --> 00:21:53.120
  • surrounding and encamping around
  • 00:21:53.120 --> 00:21:56.010
  • about me to keep me in all of my
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  • ways, where would I be?"
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  • You have a recognition of,
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  • "Where would I be?"
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  • And then from a heart of thanks,
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  • a heart of gratitude, you are
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  • happy to give God what is his so
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  • that you can participate in the
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  • blessing of the tithe.
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  • And all the people said--
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  • where do we tithe?
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  • In the Old Testament, they
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  • tithed into the storehouse,
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  • which literally was, like, a big
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  • storehouse for grain and all the
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  • wheat and barley and all the
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  • things they brought, in addition
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  • to the animals and the goats and
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  • the sheep, and all of the
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  • different things.
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  • In the New Testament, the
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  • storehouse is the place where
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  • you get your food, you get your
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  • meat.
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  • Not the grocery store, your
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  • spiritual meat.
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  • It's where you get revelation,
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  • "That there may be meat in my
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  • house."
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • "Bring all the tithes into the
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  • storehouse, that there may be
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  • meat in my house," meat for your
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  • kids, spiritual meat, spiritual
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  • revelation to help them live a
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  • life in a crazy and crooked and
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  • perverse world.
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  • They need the meat of God's Word
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  • to even know how to live a life
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  • in this crazy world.
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  • The meat of revelation,
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  • knowledge of God and of his
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  • Word, for the teenagers.
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  • If ever a generation needed it,
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  • it's the teenagers.
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  • For the adults.
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  • Meat in my house so you can go
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  • reach out to the poor in
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  • southwest Michigan.
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  • Meat, there needs to be some
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  • meat in my house, amen?
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  • That's what the whole thing's
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  • about.
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  • Now, let me tell you this 'cause
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  • I think this'll make it make
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  • sense.
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  • I was thinking about this, this
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  • whole concept, "Meat in my
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  • house," and just the power of
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  • this.
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  • Okay, the Bible says, "Jesus is
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  • building his church."
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  • Jesus love his church so much,
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  • he died for it.
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  • He's the head of the church.
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  • Ephesians chapter 5 tells us,
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  • "Jesus loves the church, and
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  • gave himself for it."
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  • the church is front and center.
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  • It is his priority.
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  • Sometimes I think, as
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  • Christians, we forget Jesus is
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  • building his church.
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  • It's the number-one thing on his
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  • agenda.
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  • It's the number-one thing he is
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  • into.
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  • Sometimes, it's like, "Oh, I
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  • know God's into his church and
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  • stuff, but I don't really wanna
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  • give to the church.
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  • I wanna give to all these other
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  • things because the church is
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  • just whatever the church is."
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  • And Jesus, it's his priority.
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  • It's the thing he's building.
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  • It's the thing he gave his life
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  • for.
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  • You say, "But I wanna give to
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  • missionaries, and I wanna give
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  • to the gospel mission, and I
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  • wanna give to the poor people,
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  • and I wanna give--" Awesome,
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  • come back next week 'cause
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  • that's called an "offering."
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  • Come on, I mean, Jesus
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  • is so in love with his church,
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  • and sometimes the church isn't
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  • as in love with the church.
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  • The church isn't as in love with
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  • the church.
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  • Jesus is in love with the
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  • church.
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  • And the hope of the world--you
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  • know, it's kind of a cliched
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  • phrase, but I believe it with
  • 00:25:01.080 --> 00:25:02.080
  • all my core.
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  • The hope of the world is the
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  • church.
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  • Who agrees it's not the
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  • It's not, it's not education.
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  • Government's great, education's
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  • great.
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  • The hope of the world is the
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  • church.
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  • And if there's ever a time that
  • 00:25:21.230 --> 00:25:23.060
  • the church is strong, and
  • 00:25:23.060 --> 00:25:25.020
  • there's meat in the house, it's
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  • these days.
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  • And if it's Jesus' priority,
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  • let's not insult him by doin'
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  • all this other stuff that is
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  • good, but miss out on the very
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  • principle thing he established,
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  • the thing that belongs to him.
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  • The tithing principle's not
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  • God's gonna twist your arm and
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  • say, "Tithe, you better tithe."
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  • That's not it at all.
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  • In fact, he doesn't want you to
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  • tithe that way.
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  • He wants you to tithe from the
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  • heartfelt love and appreciation
  • 00:25:51.210 --> 00:25:54.170
  • that he pronounced, "Blessed be
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  • you, forgiven be you, righteous
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  • be you, favored be you, goodness
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  • upon you.
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  • Blessed be your children.
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  • Increase upon you and your
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  • kids."
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  • From that angle, you receive
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  • that and you love much.
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