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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

When George Washington was President, there was a move in Congress to change laws so tithing to a church wasn’t required. The move was voted down because Congress didn’t want the government to be responsible for supporting needy citizens. They saw that as the church’s job.

How far we’ve come! Or have we?

When Congress makes laws, they are one-size-fits-all laws that are easily taken advantage of and abused. If the church were responsible for caring for the needy, there could be one-on-one ministry that individualizes the care given. Of course, today even church members don’t tithe, so finances are limited.

What do you think? Would it be better for the church to care for needy citizens or the government? Why?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A bank manager saw a new employee eagerly counting $100 bills. “You look like an industrious young man,” the manager said. “Where did you receive your financial education?”

“Yale,” replied the man.

“Excellent,”: responded the manger as he shook the worker’s hand and introduced himself. “And what’s your name?”

“Yim Yohnson,” the young man answered.

Even the best of us can fool some of the people some of the time. But, did you know you can’t fool God even some of the time. He knows our every thought and our every motive. He sets us up with opportunities to succeed or fail just to watch how we deal with it. And He doesn’t grade on a curve. If you flunk the test, you’ve got to take the course all over again. Look for the God-arranged tests and make sure you pass with flying colors. He’s watching.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was one of the worst natural disasters in American history. The quake and the fire it started destroyed $400 million worth of property. And this was the day before widespread insurance.

Alex’s glass factory was in the middle of the fiery destruction. Sympathetic friends knew that Alex gave a tenth of his earnings to the Lord. They couldn’t understand why God would let such a thing happen to him. The heat was so intense that no one could get near the site for more than a week, yet Alex insisted that God would not let him down. He knew that God had promised in Malachi 3:10 to bless those who tithe.

Finally, Alex could go into the burned area. He found that his glass-works was the only building in the whole area that had not been destroyed. No damage had been done inside, not one jar had been cracked by either the fire or the earthquake. And Alexander Kerr continued to prosper. In fact, the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation went on to become the world’s largest maker of glass jars.

Does this true story encourage you? What is God saying to you through it?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A man of substance was approached to contribute to a major financial campaign. The urgent need and compelling case were stated, and the call was made for his support. The man responded: “I understand why you think I can give $50,000. I am a man with my own business and, it is true, I have all the signs of affluence”

“But there are some things you don’t know about me. Did you know that my mother is in an expensive nursing home?”

“Well, no, we didn’t know.”

“Did you know also that my brother died, and left a family of five and had almost no insurance?”

“No, we didn’t.”

“Did you know my son is deeply religious, has gone into social work, and makes less than the national poverty level to meet the needs of his family?”

“No, we hadn’t realized.”

“Well, then, if I don’t give any of them a penny, why do you think I’ll give it to you?”

Some people think their harvest comes only with dollar signs.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fellow replied, “Only a little while.” The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The fisherman replied that he had enough to support his family’s needs. The business man then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?” The fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, enjoy my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life.”

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA, and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. From the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The fisherman asked, “But how long will this all take?” To which the American replied, “15-20 years”. “But what then?”, the fisherman asked.

The businessman laughed and said, “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions. Then what?” The American replied, “Then you would retire. Move to a small fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, enjoy your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could play your guitar with your friends.”

Do we really know what success looks like when we’re staring it in the eye?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I heard about a farmer who called the office of a large church asking to see “the Head Hog at the trough”. The receptionist said, “Sir, if you’re talking about our beloved minister, you may call him Reverend or Pastor, but I don’t think it would be proper to refer to him as ‘Head Hog at the trough’.”

“Well, all right,” the farmer said, “I just sold a few sows and was going to donate ten thousand dollars to the building fund, so I was hoping to catch him.”

“Oh, just a minute, Sir,” the receptionist said. “I think the Big Pig just walked in!”

Since many ministers, especially televangelists, are perceived to be always focusing on money, many preachers go to the opposite extreme of not wanting to talk about money at all. I believe this is a mistake. The Bible talks more about money and giving and stewardship than it does about baptism and the resurrection combined. God’s people can’t grow spiritually unless we get understanding of the stewardship principle.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

A father was explaining ethics to his son who was about to go into business: “Suppose a woman comes in and orders $100 worth of material. You wrap it up and give it to her. She pays you with a $100 bill. As she departs through the door you realize that she has given you two $100 bills by mistake. Here’s where the ethics come in. Should you or shouldn’t you tell your partner?”

The father could only pass on the ethics that he himself understood. If the father had a warped, selfish set of ethics. that’s all he could pass on to his son.

Likewise, you can only pass on to your children what is in your heart. By the way, what is in your heart?

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