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Tithing A Way Out of Poverty Level Income

Tennis coach Jonathan Newman gets serious about tithing after three years of poverty-level income. The results are amazing. Read Transcript


Reporter: JOHN NEWMAN

SPENT A LIFETIME BUILDING

HIS BUSINESS AS A

PERSONAL TENNIS COACH,

BUT IN 2005, HE CONTRACTED

LYME DISEASE. IT AFFECTED

HIS JOINTS AND NERVES AND

ALSO CAUSED SEVERE FATIGUE.

I HAD TO CANCEL LESSONS

ALL THE TIME AND CANCEL

ALL OF THE PROGRAMS

THAT I HAD PLANNED.

IT HINDERED MY ABILITY

TO WALK OR RUN OR DO

ANY KIND OF SPORTS USING MY LEGS

FOR ALMOST 6 MONTHS.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE,

IT'S DONE, IT'S OVER

AND I SAW MY CAREER GONE.

I WAS MAKING $90,000 A YEAR,

I WENT FROM $90,000 to $11,000.

Reporter: JOHN LOST NEARLY

ALL OF HIS STUDENTS,

BACKED UP IN OVER

$11,000 IN DEBT AND UNPAID BILLS.

DURING HIS RECOVERY,

HE READ ABOUT THE

IMPORTANCE OF TITHING.

I HAD NEVER REALLY UNDERSTOOD

THE PURPOSE OF MONEY,

EVEN AND WHAT MY

RESPONSIBILITIES WERE.

AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT

WE HAD TO HAVE A LOT TO GIVE.

Reporter: AFTER NEARLY 9 MONTHS,

JOHN WAS BACK ON HIS FEET,

TRAINING STUDENTS AND

RE-BUILDING HIS BUSINESS.

HE ALSO STARTED GIVING TO CBN.

I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT

THAT YOU GIVE TO A

RESPONSIBLE MISSION.

I CHOSE CBN BECAUSE

IT HELPED ME TO FIND A WAY

TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD

FOR CHRIST.

Reporter: ALMOST IMMEDIATELY,

HIS BUSINESS STARTED

TO PICK UP.

THE MORE CONSISTENTLY

THAT I TITHED AND THE MORE I GAVE,

THE MORE KIDS WOULD COME.

I'D LIKE TO SAY, YOU KNOW,

IT'S MY GREAT SKILLS

OR SOMETHING, IT'S NOT.

I'M TITHING, I'M GIVING TO GOD,

I'M OBEYING, I'M OBEDIANT, THAT'S IT.

Reporter: THAT'S WHEN JOHN

DECIDED TO INCREASE HIS GIVING.

I STARTED REALIZING, HEY,

WHY NOT TITHE MORE THAN 10%?

Reporter: NOW 59, JOHN HAS

NO PROBLEM KEEPING UP

WITH HIS STUDENTS.

HIS BUSINESS IS GROWING

AND HIS DEBT HAS BEEN

CUT IN HALF.

MY BUSINESS HAS GROWN

5 TIMES WHAT IT WAS IN 2005,

5 TIMES THAT.

I THINK ANY TYPE OF INVESTMENT

OR ANY TYPE OF GIVING

IS AN ACT OF FAITH.

I LOOK FORWARD TO TITHING,

I MEAN, I CAN'T, TO BE HONEST

WITH YOU, I CAN'T WAIT

TO WRITE THE CHECK,

IT'S THE BEST INVESTMENT

THAT I CAN IMAGINE.

YOU CAN'T OUTGIVE GOD.

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