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The Challenge to Tithe

At Venture Church, we’re challenging those who call Venture their home to take a 90 day Challenge – 90 days to tithe. What is tithe? A tenth. We are joining together to challenge ourselves to tithe, or give to God, ten percent out of our income.

Really, the challenge is this: Will you be willing to step out in faith and give to God a portion that He deserves? Because, the truth is that every single thing we have is a gift from God.

And, if after 90 days, you are not feeling the presence of God, feeling that God has spoken to you or that God has provided, then you can have your money back.

We believe that when we give the full ten percent tithe, that God responds by leading us at a deeper level to be with Him and for Him.

But, if you don’t feel this happens for you over the 90 days, then there is a 100% money back guarantee (as long as you give for the full 90 days).

We are asking folks to read the book Be Rich by Andy Stanley and we will have commitment wristbands or key chains to mark your participation.

I’ve already had individuals come up to me and say how excited they are to take their next step with Christ and start to tithe.

That is something that always excites me and I can’t wait to take this challenge with the church. Are you ready for your next step? Join the challenge.

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Are you kidding me?

There has been a lot of “meat” on our bones (spiritually of course!) these last few weeks. Here are just a few of those “bites.”

When you believe in God, but trust more in your own money

We heard from Scott Crownover, pastor at The Green Room in Ann Arbor who spoke about that big subject … money. Some people think tithing is a taboo subject, but Jesus spoke about it 15 percent of the time, so it must be an important issue.  Those who give freely have freedom from frustration or even our infamous worry dog, allowing us to partner with God.

We are defined as a follower of Christ by our generosity. Do you trust in God or money?

When we believe in God, but not in his church

We covered the final part of our “True Reflections” series based on Craig Groeschel’s book “Christian Atheist” and I’ve heard from a lot of people about the impactfulness of that message. The church doesn’t exist for us, we are the church and we exist for the world.

Ephesians 3:10 says, “God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”

Is it possible to stop GOING to church and start BEING the church? Participation is not optional. So how are you going to stand up today and make the church a priority?

What’s so amazing

Grace can be hard to understand. As I said yesterday, it’s a multifaceted, multidimensional act of love and kindness that goes beyond what a person could ever earn ore expect. If you do nothing else with me, read, mediate upon and memorize:

 Ephesians 2: 8-9:  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

 Let’s chew on that…

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