There are certainly many ways I could stand to be more generous as a person, without a doubt, and it is to the author's credit that he discusses such matters without offending the reader. They sent out a letter - the kind that is double-spaced, every sentence is a paragraph, and they Scripture: Tags: , , , , , , , ,. Randy is a best-selling author of 50 books including Heaven, The Treasure Principle and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home. In my paper 1992 I argue that we are not. Of course Alcorn knows we're not under law, but can't quite get himself to break from the wider Protestant donation tradition. The pitcher threw the ball, the batter swung - and the ball rocketed toward 1st base.
This substantially revised version includes much new material, plus a new chapter and a bonus section addressing frequently asked questions about how to live generously in everyday life. And certainly most of us can give a lot more than we are giving. Well, because God commands it. Want to make a difference in the world? Could it be because I've been spending on myself first, rather than giving God firstfruits? Yet if he's right, isn't it odd that not even once is this old covenant law referred to in the epistles — which deal with a vast array of practical matters, including giving? Why did Jesus put such an emphasis on money and possessions? If one were to take seriously the promise that we have rewards stored up for us in heaven then it challenges your nominal view of material possessions. His writing has been instrumental in teaching me how to put theology into practice.
I also can't help but feel a bit, um, wronged perhaps, by the fact that my church gave this book away in conjunction with a major giving campaign. Whether I say it or not, my thoughts are, what will others think? He actually wants us to store up treasures for ourselves--just not here on earth. Instead, he urges us to store our treasure in heaven, where they will await us, and last forever. Yet at times he feints, and his readers might believe he's not adamant or legalistic about the point. In a dramatic teaching style, this video workshop literally inspires those who watch to learn the principles of giving in a way that causes lasting change. Thinking about the concept of treasure and rewards in heaven isn't done too often.
Whatever we store up on earth will be left behind when we leave. His challenge about our lifestyles was right on. Lightning struck over and over as I read it. Alcorn seems to believe the principle is either a tithing or b linked with tithing. Whatever treasures we store up in heaven will be waiting for us when we arrive. Christ called us to give for this very reason; to give in order to build our eternal reward. He recommends taking a family trip to a junkyard as a powerful object lesson.
He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker. This series will bring eternity to light in a way that will surprise you, spark your imagination, draw you closer to Jesus, and change how you live today. Are you willing to lay all at the foot of God and allow him to control what He has given you. I like that it lays out clearly the expectation with thithing, and how we have to have faith that God will provide, because we are being faithful to Him in our giving for His purpose. Jesus offers us life-changing investment advice.
It's a privilege of the pool. It regularly guides you back to Christ, who Himself is our central treasure. He needed a couple of suits so he went down to the local thrift shop. I also feel, like others have said, that this does not take into account those who do not have a lot of money, particularly when talking about wills and future investments. Israel was a commonwealth under God. In The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn unearths a simple yet profound principle that will radically change your concept of stewardship. And presumably the landless were also poor.
But too often we've overlooked or misunderstood his most profound teaching on this topic, from his words in Matthew 6. I am kind of torn on this one. Have I felt I don't have enough to give, even though greatest examples of giving in Scripture were poor people? Yet does our typical fondness for 10% mean we have discovered some principle, or that others should follow suit? That was an example that hit home to me as a budding book hoarder, and gave me a suggestion that if it were possible to loan a great portion of my own library for the benefit of others it would be far better than for me to hoard it for myself. Heaven —the New Earth, not the present one —is my home. Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Here are some of my favorite quotes and thoughts.
Great illustrations of others joy in giving color the message of the book. The question is, what does He want me to do with His money? God tells us about our eternal home in his Word, not so we can shrug our shoulders and remain ignorant, but because he wants us to understand and anticipate what awaits us and those we love. Did we spend more of it on ourselves outside of necessary living expenses than on feeding the hungry, or trying to educate the impoverished, etc? There were many helpful things he said. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For example, is the tithe before tax even where taxes might be 60%, as they were when we first lived in Sweden , or after tax? Jesus told a story about a hidden treasure that, once discovered, brought life-changing joy. Want to make a difference in the world? I thought the purpose of giving was to help those in need and to help the ministry of my church.
I do appreciate the core truth that God owns everything, and we can use our money to honor and glorify Him. So, there's the catch, if you can dare to call it such; do you seek instant or long-term gratification, immediate reward or eternal earnings? Tripp, spoke more about money and finances than he did about heaven and hell combined; I have no means to verifying this readily available, but it seems a rather easily believable statement. Rather, this book points out that we should give; time, experience, posessions. Yet the quality of the book should not be judged by how easy it is to read, as if a quick book was a bad one or a lesser one by any means. And give with a joyful heart.