Why Are Church Offerings So Important ?

Have you ever wonder what happens when you give your money to the church? After being born and raised in the church for 21 years I began to wonder what is it that actually happens when I gave my money almost every Sunday. Of course their are the basic expenses for the up keeping of the church but what happens after that? From my experiences the answer to that is not a good one.

Conventions

Almost every 4 months if not more my family had to go to a convention.  These conventions would be hosted in high priced hotels and would take 3 hours to get to the location. Then once we finally get their we had to do our fees for coming which ranged from 25 to 55 dollars a person. Then every night we had 2 to 3 offerings so that they may reach their goals. What happens to all the money that is collected from the combined churches in the districts. For starters all main member of the districts board fees are covered by the funds of the event. Then the fees for renting out the hotel need to be covered. But then what is next?

I have watch many fundraiser just for having the funds for going to these event but what was the purpose? We would host car washes and bake cookies just so that we could learn about Jesus in a hotel ? Would Jesus approve of us putting money towards events that had nothing to do with him in this name. Jesus was born in a barn so I find it hard to believe that any of his sermons would encourage spending your money at a hotel to hear his messages.

Your Home Church

People always assume that the churches uses its money to help others in need but is that actually the case. Churches do not have to pay taxes on any money given to them. So with that extra boost they should be able to fund all sort of programs in their communities. I believe church finances should be public for everyone to see. Many saints give their money because they believe that this is giving the lord what he deserves. Their offerings were meant with good intentions even though they do not actually get to see were their money is going. I do not believe that these documents should be a private concern if everyone is add to the pile then all of the saints should have a right to know. This would be a great way to know if the church you’re going to is actually helping the community or is their main concern building that churches name. I challenge you to go and see what it is your church does with its money.

5 Actions That The World Needs To See Come From The Church.

The older you get the more you began to question the things that happen in your life. As a Christian you are taught as a child that the world is a beautiful place full of God’s love and Creations and as long as you stay away from that big bad devil you will be blessed for eternity.  However, the older you get the more you see pain and acts of selfishness all around you. Now they tell you that sometimes people are hurting on the inside which makes them do wrong to the people around them and that if you show them love they will get better. But you soon realize that is not really working either and that there are many suffering in the world that had nothing to do with their own actions.  At this point they just tell you it is God’s Plan and that you should not try to understand the plan of a God.  At first this makes sense, how could I just one human in this world truly understand a plan of someone who created it.  Yet, as you grow older and watch people’s choices and how others react you began to wonder if they are doing God’s will as a Christian. The lord knew that setting more rules for every situation was not needed.  The lord gave the commandment to love one another unconditionally and that alone would help Christians follow a way of life that is good. Their is no greater message in Bible, the only job God gave us was to love one another.  Yet, I do not believe that this is what many Christian feel is their duty anymore or just don’t know how? These are 5 ways the church should do to show that we truly mean that we will love one another.

1. Adoption

The church is meant to be a place of worship and fellowship.   There is nothing more depressing than a child without a home.  Children who do not have the option to live with their parents should not live the rest of their lives in government programs. The people that take care of them are not meant to love them and they know this. Growing without feeling like someone loves you and will protect you is not how children are meant to live. The church would be a perfect place to express unconditionally love so that they can do the same when they grow older. ” He defended the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18

2. Service

Something that people seem to forget is that the U.S. is not as rich as it may pretend. There are many in our nation that need food. This could be fixed by the church.  Within a mile radius of my home are about 5 different churches and I live in a small town. If every church is America gave out food there wouldn’t be a soul in our nation going without food. Whether that means t is brought to them like the meal on wheels program or the people come and pick it up. Also people need clothing, Americas throw away clothes everyday just because the brand is no longer popular or because they don’t want to wear the same dress twice.  Such wastefulness is silly, especially if there is someone outside without shoes or socks in the middle of winter. Just think about the fact that someone lost their foot to frostbite when it could had been prevented with something that is in everyone homes. One thing you can count on is that there will always be someone that is hungry and giving them food would spread more love. So if someone tell you “And if a man hunger, Let him eat at home” 1 Corinthians 11:34 Also remind them that the bible said “Whoever has two shirts should share with the person who doesn’t have any. Whoever has food should share it too.” Luke 3:11

3. Education

Unfortunately, the church has been a blocker for education in the pass and sometimes in this day and age. With education comes power.  If you give people the knowledge to live and support themselves they will be able to have their pride again and help themselves instead of depending on others. Now not everyone can be the idea type of teacher but that is actually better. People need real life skills that will support them like learning how to balance a budget, or how to properly prepare meals. Maybe there is a craft that you have master, you could teach this to the younger generations so that they have a skill when a applying for jobs. Learning about the Lord is important but that does not mean the church is limited to just teaching the lord’s word.  All that means is that you are showing them the proper way to live so that they can follow the commandments. If you teach a man that stealing is wrong knowing they have no source to food or shelter any other way you have defeated the purpose because you did not give that man the tools he needed to obey the law.” For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6.

4. Health

“Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21. This nation is known for its over need in everything. More, More, More is the American way but is it the Christian way. No, it is not taking what you need in moderation is not just a sign of humbleness but in health. Each year the population is getting bigger and not in a good way.  Over eating has guided many to their graves because of the pleasure of eating everything they wanted when they wanted. The lord gave us the task of watching the worlds animals and what we have done is disguising. The need for meat is so great that we do not farm in natural ways because it would not be productive enough. Then there are all the sugar we eat everyday. The result is the people of this nation are sick on the inside causing outrageous hospital bills that no one can afford. Our preachers need to take a stand and encourage people to eat right.  This is what harsh love means. Not when people describe other peoples choice in partners as disgraceful. Over eating is a sin in the bible so how come preacher hardly advocate for their followers to eat health. The church needs to stand strong and encourage a healthy lifestyle on all fronts.   “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

5. Love, Peace, and Happiness.

In a world full of hate their should always be a place you can go to find peace, the church. We know that their are many that are not accepted in this world for no fault of their own.  If you look at people you don’t recognizes as outsiders to your church, you are the problem.  No one has any right to claim a church because it is a place meant for healing. If you walk into a church and only see one race there is something wrong with that church.  Churches that only have one race in it does not happen on accident.  That happen because of the people in it. If you can not accept the idea of loving people outside your own race then you yourself are deeply sick and need to fix yourself. The church is suppose to stand against oppression like Dr. Martin Luther King did to show that you do truly believe that everyone deserves love.  “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah 1:17 There is no way around it, the lord gave us the mission to spread his words of love. This world could really use that so when will the church finally open its doors and spread love?

 

The 11 Types Of Christian You Will Meet.

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The 11 types of Christian you will meet

  1. The Judgmental

Now everyone knows who this person in their church is, this is the person that talks about everyone one in the room. They look at you like nothing you do is right and can’t wait to find something to pick at you with. They love being a part of the church events so they can say they are an active member even though their attitude has driven people away from the church.

Number one quote “A real women always keeps her leg crossed and her skirt long.”

Likely to be located in the front of the church with a fan.

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2. I Can Do No Wrong

Then you have the people that act as if sin does not affect their life and that because they read their bibles every day their way is the best way. These are the people that will pretend their past doesn’t exist and make you feel like you are not doing enough to show your faith.

Number one quote “If you just follow the path that I have walked you will be blessed.”
Sits as close as they can by themselves with the biggest bible they can find.

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Now this is a new one but a very popular type of Christian. These are the men and women who post every other day a scripture or them underlining a passage of the bible yet in person you never hear them speak a word about God and only knew they were religious because of what they post on social media.

Number one quote “John 3:16 “

On their phones all during service and stay as far back as they can so they can leave early.

4. It’s been awhile

Everyone knows that one friend who does believe in God but that is about as far as they got. They usually come to church annually on Easter Sunday. Now this group is much nicer than 1-3 but they do not study any scriptures mainly because it is just not on their mind. They tend to have a good heart but do not ask them to find a book out of the bible without the table of contents.

Number one quote “I was going to service but I had work you know I get busy”

You will need to wait for Easter Sunday to find them.

5. I Can Love The World And Jesus

I just want to make it clear, not everything in the world is evil but you know what worldly things are wrong for you. But there is always that group in church that you honestly wonder why they come because they love going clubbing, drink abundantly, and will cuss you out over a church parking spot. Yet they come to every bible study, convention, choir practice and etc. This type of Christian confuses me the most if you want to go clubbing on a Saturday night do not ask to lead devotion in the morning. I know the struggle is hard I do wrong too but I go to church and mind my own business until I can get myself right before I go sing in the choir to tell people about Jesus.

Number one quote “ Only Jesus Can Judge Me.”

They always sit in the middle of the church near the aisle to cheer on the choir.

chur6. I Just came for Jesus

Now this is the Good Christian that will do their best to lead you right, yet there have been dealing with 1,2, and 4 for years and are getting sick of it. They are the ones that will welcome you and try to tell you what their church is about only if you seem interested. This person will sit quietly and listen to the word, talk to the preacher for a little then go home. If they see you are trying your best they will offer their help when needed because at their core they do truly want to help but there is too much foolishness going on in the church for them to want to deal with.

Number one quote “Are you alright sweetheart”

They sit near the front in the middle ready to shout Amen.

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7. I’m in need

Everyone struggles but there are always those people who always need financial help. They never give but are always ready to take. They come to all the social meeting for the food and act as if they are entitled to it. This person is not mean but they are too selfish and always got a testimony.CCH

Number one quote “The devil is busy”

They will be the one with 3 bags sitting on the pews taking up space.

8. Fire and Brimstone

This is the most miserable Christian you will find. They want to follow every word of the bible to the max and believe anything beside the bible is a sin. They are extremely hateful people which is old because most people would agree that Jesus wanted us to love each other but to them if you are not Christian you are evil and should be hated. Do not trust these people they are the worst type of human. `

Number one quote “The one law I will follow is God’s the rest can burn.”
Will be in the very first row and always looks back when they hear any type of sound also drives the church van.CCCC

9.My life is Good

 

When a person truly does their best to keep away from the idiocy of the world they tend to have joy. Sometimes people like this may seem too simple but they are following Jesus in their own way. They do not enter the troubles of this world because they do not want to fight and stay in their bubble. They will never support what they know is wrong but they will not help make things better either.CCC

Number one quote “Ain’t God Good.”
They go to whatever sit is open near their friends.

10. The Backbone

In every church there is those two couples that help the church from falling apart. They are what you hope a Christian would be, they stand firm in their belief but do not make you feel down when you are doing wrong. They organize all the meetings and try their best to get people to come. They will most likely be found by the pastor’s side because he trusts their judgement.

Number one quote “It good to see you this morning, have you thought about coming to the Church picnic next Tuesday. “
Probably doing devotion but will sit next to the church mother afterwards.

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Now this is one of my favorites, this is the old woman with a loving smile. She was a wild one when she was young but changed her ways later in life. She hopes to give wisdom to the youth so they do not go through what she did. She gives everyone she meets a smile and loves reading the daily scripture for church.

Number one quote “Hey baby, how you doing.”
You will find her cooking downstairs for after service lunch.

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