I’m pointing you to a story on my day job’s web site this week. “Financing Apostolic Ministry: A Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:1-14” is the clearest, most thorough, and all-around-best treatments of New Testament support for those who minster that I have ever seen. About half way down you will see the question that I used for the title of this post.
It has long been my belief that God does not want us to give blindly or mindlessly. Ultimately we should give what He says, and give it when and where He says. That will virtually always include the local church we attend, but it could (and I dare say should) include others. Such as:
- The single mom down the street.
- A missionary or three.
- A church you don’t attend! (Why not? Could be a church plant, or a chruch in a poor part of town, or just a church God puts on your heart.)
- A pastor you know in another town who can’t make it after his church was forced to cut his salary.
- The poor and homeless – local and otherwise. (Pretty sure this one is still in the Bible).
- Various ministries (local and otherwise).
I am convinced that giving is not enough – we are to give as He would have us give. Fortunately, the Bible gives us plenty of “clues” about how we should give – all we have to do is pay attention.
And yes, I would say that for some of you, what my bride and I do is something the Lord would have you support. However, we are only one of a vast number of small ministries that could do so much more with just a bit more in the way of donations.
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
A note on new blogs. I’m always on the lookout for good marriage resources. When I find something new that I like, I tend to read back a ways, and that often results in my linking to a number of articles here. As I did that this week with a new blog, I realised I should introduce my readers to new blogs as I make reference to them.
New blog this week: – Black and Married with Kids – This is not presented as a majority culture blog, but it contains a lot of marriage wisdom relevant for anyone willing to listen. Learning a bit about how the world is from inside a different coloured skin is a free bonus.
Better Husbands and Fathers
Date Your Wife: Bringing Dinner Home: Pick the right day to do this, and you will win her heart big time.
Black and Married with Kids
Friends Of Your Marriage: A brilliant article! We all need folks who are friends not of us or our spouse, but of our marriage. This one is a MUST READ
How To Keep the Marriage Flame Burning: An excellent article! Do half of this, half way, and your marriage will be a lot better!
Don’t Mess With Mr. In-Between: Don’t listen to that voice!
Argue Fairly With Your Spouse: The Rules of Engagement: Nice guest post with some good basic rules for arguing.
Gina Parris’ Blog
Going Fearless -Where to start: This post, and I suspect the ones that will follow it, could apply very well if you want a change in your marriage, but have been stymied by fear.
Happily Married After
I’m Chasing Myself… It’s Frustrating: David talks about the ongoing change in all of us. People DO change, and we need to take that into account in marriage.
The Invention of Lying: David has a great article here on lying – big and small, and why we need to avoid lying at all costs.
Intimacy in Marriage
Great Sex Does Not Make a Perfect Marriage: The corollary here is that your marriage would not be great if she just said yes more often.
Women Breadwinners are More Likely to be Cheated On: Once again Lori L is on top of the research. If your bride earns more than you do, take this as a cautionary tale.
The Marry Blogger
Porn Takes Your Focus: Good reminder from Stu. If you want to be good at something, you have to be able to focus on it!
The Romantic Vineyard
Find A Passion That Matches Your Job (and Marriage): Great against-the-current idea here, and could really change some marriages
How seriously do you take your marriage?: This is a great wake up call for anyone ignoring little marriage problems. I’m calling this one a MUST READ
Hey Fellas: It’s just window shopping, right?: Corey does a great job on this issue most of us prefer to ignore.