Save Yourself Some Pain
Ten Tips for New and Growing Christians
9. Supporting the Lord’s work and workers—The Last Frontier
It was once said that the wallet is the “last frontier.” It is the final area to be conquered—the last thing that comes to God in surrender. Jesus spoke much about money. He said that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). The word “mammon” was the common Aramaic word for riches, which is akin to a Hebrew word signifying “that which is to be trusted.” In other words, we cannot trust God and money. Either money is our source of life, our great love, our joy, our sense of security, the supplier of our needs—or God is.
When you open your purse or wallet, give generously and regularly to your local church. A guide as to how much you should give can be found in the “tithe” of the Old Testament—10% of your income. Whether you give this amount or not, make sure you do give something to the work of God (see Malachi 3:8-10). Give because you want to, not because you have to. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7), so learn to hold your money with a loose hand.
Troubleshooting: Cults, Atheists, Skeptics
Important principles that can save a great deal of pain
- Feeding on the Word—Daily Nutrition
A healthy baby has a healthy appetite. If you have truly been “born” of the Spirit of God, you will have a healthy appetite…[Read more]
- Faith—Elevators Can Let You Down
…in a world where we are continually let down, we can totally rely on, trust in, count on His promises… He will never, ever, let you down…[Read more]
- Evangelism—Our Most Sobering Task
You probably have a limited amount of time after your conversion to impact your unsaved friends and family with the Gospel… Here's some advice that will save you a great deal of grief…[Read more]
- Prayer—"Wait For A Minute."
Surveys show that more than 90% of America prays daily…Here's how to be heard: [Read more]
- Warfare—Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
When you became a Christian, you stepped right into the heat of an age-old battle. You have a three-fold enemy—the world, the flesh, and the devil… Let's look at these three resistant enemies…[Read more]
- Fellowship—Flutter by Butterfly
Pray about where you should fellowship… Don't become a 'spiritual butterfly.' Send your roots down…[Read more]
- Thanksgiving—Do the Right Thing
For the Christian, every day should be Thanksgiving Day. We should even be thankful in the midst of problems…[Read more]
- Water Baptism
- Tithing—The Last Frontier
- Troubleshooting: Cults, Atheists, Skeptics
When cults tell you that you must acknowledge God's name to be saved, that you must worship on a certain day that you must be baptized by an elder of their church, don't panic. Merely go back to the Instruction Manual…[Read more]
Author: Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications. From the booklet Save Yourself Some Pain. Edited by Films for Christ. Web page Copyright © 2001, Living Waters Publications, All Rights Reserved—except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page.