Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Top Ten Ways People Are Allowing Their Church to Struggle in a Down Economy

10. By living in fear of our current economic situation instead of stepping out by Faith.

9. By being selfish and hording cash.

8. By being in tremendous amounts of debt with little or no margins in their lives.

7. By not being faithful in regular worship attendance.

6. By not using the talents, gifts, and abilities God has given them to build up His Church and His Kingdom.

5. By not stepping up in a leadership role in their area of service within the church.

4. By living a selfish, "me-centered" lifestyle, focused on STUFF.

3. By letting their money control them instead of them being in control of their money.

2. By being disobedient to God by not giving back to Him at least the tithe (10%) of their income.

1. By not giving above the tithe if there is a need and people have the ability to do so.

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