Abundant Life

Audio Teaching: Giving and Tithing

by John Schoenheit
The Christian world is very confused about giving and tithing. Many Christians believe that God commands them to tithe, and some believe that if a person does not tithe he will be cursed by God. This causes guilt, shame, and even fear among Christians who do not tithe. In this teaching, John Schoenheit opens the Word of God and shows that, while each person should give generously, Christians are not commanded to tithe. The Word of God shows that the tithe was instituted by God as a part of the Mosaic Law, so that the Levites and Priests, who could not own land, would be provided for.

Before the Law God did not command a tithe, and the command to tithe ended when the Church started, just like the Temple, sacrifices, and priestly system ended. However, the Word of God says that Christians should give their very lives as living sacrifices and that certainly includes giving; giving time, material goods, and money. Although some people’s situation may be such that they cannot give ten percent to the work of God, many people can and should give more than that. This teaching not only covers giving and tithing, but also provides biblical information about what to give and where Christians should give.

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Can We Talk?

Question …

Today’s question is …

Recall when you first started using the Internet regularly.

It was in the early 90’s … we had a Zenith computer. It was during the weird green text on a black screen era. I used Prodigy to get online and I discovered chat rooms very early in my cyber career.

In fact, I spent an INSANE amount of time in chat rooms and became so addicted to chatting that I ignored by two young sons AND my husband.

Which strangely coincides with the time period I started having marital problems.

I’m sure the two were NOT related …

Your turn …

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Teaching: Salvation is Permanent for Christians in this Administration of God’s Grace (Eph. 3:2 & 9) – Part Two

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

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More from Write From Karen

Saturday Stuff

Painful Memories

I stared.

“Wow. That house is small. And old … and ugly,” my friend said.

I swallowed.

“Are you ready?”

I shivered.

We walked up the stairs and across the porch, being careful to avoid the rotting planks.

The door creaked as we pushed it open.

I heard rustling from deep within the bowels of the dark house.

“Rats,” my buddy whispered.

I shuddered.

My buddy walked through the door. “Ready?”

I whimpered.

My tormentor grabbed my shirt and yanked me forward; I tripped over my feet.

The chair dominated the small room.

“Weird,” said my friend. “Why does that chair have barbed wire?”

I fainted.

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Write up to 100 words …

This is a themed writing meme hosted by Jenny Matlock. The goal is to write something that does not exceed 100 words (not including said prompt). The prompt is in italics.

Life-condensed

Fridays Are Our Late Days

It’s 6:47 a.m. and I’ve been busy updating school websites. I usually update them after I get home from work every evening, but last night, I was dead. SO dead, in fact, that I went to bed at 8:30.

TOLD YOU I GO TO BED AT 8:30!!

I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. This job just sucks the mental energy right out of me. And I’m still not complaining, if I have to work, I’d rather work at a job that keeps me on my toes rather than twiddling my thumbs.

You know, I haven’t read a book since starting this job?!? I’ve just been too tired to concentrate on anything other than staring at a TV screen and zoning out. Even the thought of putting out the effort to read makes me tired …

The girls at work assure me that all of this mental energy will even out … eventually. I’m hoping it happens before my 50th birthday.

Seriously.

Hopefully, I can blog a bit this weekend. The bathrooms are nearly finished. “We” will finish them this weekend. I hope. I’m SICK TO DEATH of this project, but still, we are very pleased with the way things have turned out. We’ve had a little contractor trouble, but really not enough to blog about – it’s just been annoying and OH SO VERY SLOW. At any rate, we’re nearly done and we can move on to other things … like enjoying the fruits of our labor.

Fridays are relaxed around here. Everyone gets to sleep in an extra 30, (er, 45) minutes. Jazz doesn’t have to be at school until 8:20 (as opposed to 7:50) and I actually have a few moments to enjoy the morning before taking my shower, running a kid to school, coming back to fine tune my beauty (HAHAHAHA), throwing some sort of lunch into a WalMart bag (I’m fancy like that) and zipping to work. Dude actually followed me to work the other day, he was on his way to class. It feels weird to have your child follow you in a separate car to go do his separate thing without you or your husband. Just wait, it’ll happen to you someday.

I’ve enjoyed my morning. (Well okay. I enjoyed catching some emails up). Now it’s time to make myself beautiful (HAHAHAHA) and head to work.

IT’S FRIDAY, YA’LL!!!!

February is nearly over. Does that freak anyone else out?!?

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Audio Teaching: The Giver and the Gift: A Study of the Holy Spirit

by John Schoenheit
The doctrine of the Trinity teaches that “the Holy Spirit” is the Third Person in the Godhead. This has led to people misreading and misunderstanding many Scriptures about the wonderful gift of God, the holy spirit. This teaching, “The Giver and the Gift,” shows that because God is holy and God is spirit, one of the names for God is “the Holy Spirit.” Similarly, God is a solid foundation and place of shelter so one of His names is “the Rock” (Ps. 28:1). No one thinks there is another God called “Rock,” so everyone knows that is just another name for God, and people should understand the same thing about God when He is called “the Holy Spirit.” When God gave gifts to mankind, one of the gifts He gave was the gift of His very nature, which is holy and spirit, and therefore called “holy spirit.”

Because both God the Giver and the gift God gives have the same name, they are often confused. After differentiating between the Giver and the gift, this teaching shows that the holy spirit God gave in Old Testament times was different from the gift of holy spirit He gives to Christians. The gift is still holy and still spirit, so the name is the same, but a study of its characteristics shows that it is a different gift. If we are going to understand the Bible, and what God has done for us as Christians, it is vital that we understand what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit, both the Giver and the gift.

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Related Topics: The Trinity, Holy Spirit, Speaking in Tongues, Sealed in Christ (permanently)

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New Bathrooms

“We” Are Almost Done

I’m here … I’m treading water, ya’ll, and my legs are getting tired …

… sooooo tired …

I’ve been trying to balance working full time (and trying to grasp a job in a field I know nothing about but am learning more about every day) and trying to get our bathrooms (as in plural, as in TWO) back together again.

We’re getting close.

Oh so very close.

“We” painted (remember, when I say “we”, you think “Kevin”).

Bathroom 2-19-12

Actually. Kevin painted the room, I painted the windows. (I’m a better painter than what this picture shows. This was before “we” scraped the windows – they actually look pretty good).

We painted our back bathroom a soft yellow.

That’s right. Yellow.

It’s like the color of a lemon drop (remember that candy?). It goes really well with our java-colored cabinet. We have another large cabinet to put back in there that “we” need to paint and put in there. “We” also need to put some towel racks up, the toilet in, and “we” (actually, I did help with that) just hung up a huge mirror over the sink this evening. Oh. And Kevin hung some vertical blinds, too.

I’ll take pictures of the finished project next time – once we have this blasted thing FINISHED.

“We” also painted the front bathroom a soft lime green.

That’s right. Lime green.

Bathroom 2-19-12

We thought the soft green would also look really sharp with our java-colored sink we plan on putting in there.

I painted the door (it was pretty gross, actually) and we bought some mosaic globes for our sconces that I LOVE. Only, they don’t give off enough light, so Kevin (I won’t even pretend there’s a “we” in this aspect of the project) will have to go into the attic this weekend and put in another light so it doesn’t throw the toilet area into shadow. I have a shower curtain for the shower that I’m really looking forward to putting up, as well.

The electrician is supposed to come by tomorrow and finish his job, (hook up the lights, the vent fans [the boys are looking forward to this because apparently SOMEONE, *ahem*, is stinking up the joint], and another outlet in the back bathroom.

The tile guy (OUR awesome tile guy), is coming on Thursday to do our floors.

So HOPEFULLY, our bathrooms will nearly be done by this weekend.

Our construction guys still need to install a corner shelf for the front shower, and there’s a small patch of ceiling that needs to be finished in the front bathroom, but FOR THE MOST PART (do not deny me the small pleasures in life, people!!), we are nearly done.

I’ll take you on another video tour once everything gets put back together again.

This past weekend was non-stop motion for me and Kevin. He painted and did his thing, I gave the house a good cleaning because OMGosh, the dust was unbelievable.

Then we both went back to work today.

I’m pooped. But happy. Because our bathrooms are really turning out better than we hoped for. Sure. We had a few snags and setbacks and it’s only taken about TWO WEEKS longer than we had planned, but we’re nearly done now and I will KILL Kevin if he comes up with anymore home improvement projects in the next ten years or so.

It’s now 8:30 – bed time.

I WISH I were kidding.

*sigh*