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Bring It On-Line: Legal Tithe

We contribute 18% to several ministries, including 8% to our local church. Must we give 10% to our church to be tithers or am I just over thinking this? How can a true servant really lead? Why does God heal some and not others? How can we have ... Read Transcript


Terry: WE LOVE TO

INTERACT WITH YOU, AND WE

WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME TO

ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS

YOU SUBMITTED TO US.

PAT, THIS FIRST ONE COMES

FROM ALEXIS.

"PAT, I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT

THE LAW OF GREATNESS.

I THINK HUMILITY AND HAVING

A SERVANT'S HEART ARE

QUALITIES SOARLY LACKING IN

TODAY'S AGE, ESPECIALLY IN

WASHINGTON.

BUT HOW CAN A TRUE SERVANT

REALLY LEAD.

THERE MAY COME A TIME WHEN

TWO PEOPLE HAVE VERY

DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT HOW

TO APPROACH A TOPIC.

HOW IS A LEADER EXPECTED TO

MAKE A DECISION WHEN HE HAS

AN EITHER/OR DECISION?"

Pat: YOU'RE JOB IS TO

SERVE AND TO MAKE A BETTER

SITUATION FOR YOUR COMPANY,

FOR YOUR STATE, FOR YOUR

NATION.

AND THAT'S YOUR HEART.

AND PEOPLE MIGHT DISAGREE

WITH YOU, BUT JESUS CHRIST

WAS A LEADER.

AND HE SPOKE WHAT'S TO BE

DONE.

AND HE OBVIOUSLY WAS THERE.

HE LOVED THE PEOPLE, AND AS

A LEADER, YOU LOVE THE

PEOPLE.

IF SOMEBODY DISAGREES WITH

YOU, YOU HEAR THEIR POINT OF

VIEW.

YOU LISTEN PRESPECTFULLY TO

WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY, AND

YOU LISTEN TO BOTH SIDES.

AND THEY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE

TO MAKE A DECISION.

AND THEY NEED TO RESPECT

YOUR DECISION IF YOU ARE A

LEADER.

AND THE DECISION YOU MAKE IS

YOU SAY, I HOPE YOU ALL

AGREE, BUT I DO BELIEVE THIS

IS THE BEST COURSE.

WE'VE LISTENED TO ALL OF THE

ARGUMENTS, AND WE HAVE TO

MAKE A DECISION.

BUT YOU DO IT HUMBLY.

YOU DON'T JUST SAY, I'M THE

BOSS, YOU DO WHAT I SAY

WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

IT IS YOUR ATTITUDE.

I LOVE YOU, I WANT TO DO

WHAT'S BEST, AND HERE IS

WHAT I THINK IS RIGHT.

AND THEN EVERYBODY NEEDS TO

FALL IN LINE.

THAT'S LEADERSHIP.

IT'S LOVE.

Terry: THIS IS FROM

TOMMY.

TOMMY SAYS, 888-706-876, "I

REALLY WANT TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.

I BELIEVE I NEED TO HAVE A

SERVANT'S HEART IN ORDER TO

DO THAT.

I FEEL AS IF MY EMOTIONS ARE

INFLUX.

I TRULY DO WANT TO SERVE,

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I

REALIZE MY MOTIVATION FOR

SERVING IS TIED INTO MY

FEELINGS FOR GREATNESS.

HOW DO I RECONCILE THESE

FEELINGS?"

Pat: DON'T SPEND TOO

MUCH TIME IN INT

INTROINSPECTION.

JUST GO OUT THERE AND HELP

PEOPLE.

THESE PEOPLE NEED FOOD.

GET OUT AND FEED PEOPLE.

LOOKING AT MY PULSE --

FORGET ALL OF THAT.

FOCUS ON THE NEED.

HOW CAN I MEET THE NEED?

WHAT CAN I DO TO SERVE THESE

PEOPLE, PERIOD.

Terry: THERE ARE

WONDERFUL SCRIPTURES WHERE

YOU ARE ASKING GOD TO HELP

YOU.

CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART.

GOD DOES FOR FOR US.

Pat: YOU CAN DO THAT.

BUT, AGAIN, TERRY, THIS

INTROSPECTION, YOU CAN SPEND

ALL OF YOUR TIME, AM MY

MOTIVES RIGHT?

COME ON.

WHO CARES WHAT YOUR MOTIVE

IS.

THE MOTIVE IS THAT YOU'VE

GOT TO DO IS LET'S GET THE

JOB DONE.

HERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE

SUFFERING; LET'S HELP THEM.

Terry: SHARON SAYS, "I

JUST STARTED WATCHING YOUR

SHOW AND I LOVE IT.

I LOST ONE OF MY SONS WHEN

HE WAS 19 YEARS OLD.

FOUR MONTHS LATER, MY

HUSBAND OF 22 YEARS PASSED

AWAY.

JESUS HAS BEEN MY ROCK

THROUGH THIS, AND HE IS MY

HIGHEST PRIORITY IN MY

LIFE.

I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL STATUE OF

JESUS CARRYING HIS CROSS.

I KEEP IT IN FRONT OF ME IN

FULL SIGHT.

YOU SAID WE'RE NEVER TO

WORSHIP MAN-MADE IMAGES, AND

I AGREE, BUT SINCE THEN I'VE

BEEN DEEPLY TROUBLED ABOUT

MY STATUE.

I DON'T BOW DOWN OR WORSHIP

IT, BUT IT BRINGS ME SUCH

STRENGTH NOW THAT I'M A

WIDOW AND ALONE.

IS THIS CONSIDERED AN

IDOL?"

Pat: IT DEPENDS ON WHAT

YOU HAVE DONE IN YOUR LIFE.

WE'VE GOT A PICTURE ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE STUDIO OF

JESUS.

Terry: SURE.

THERE ARE MANY SCULPTURES

THAT HAVE BEEN DONE BY

WONDERFUL ARTISTS.

Pat: SURE.

AND YOU GO INTO SAINT

PETER'S AND THERE ARE PEOPLE

WHO ARE RUBBING THE FEET OF

SOME STATUE OF A SAINT,

THINKING IT IS GOING TO

BRING THEM BLESSING.

THAT IS IDOLATRY.

BUT IF YOU SAY I WANT TO

FOLLOW THIS ONE.

HE DID IT FOR ME AND I LOVE

HIM FOR IT.

THAT IS NOT IDOLATRY.

I DON'T CONSIDER THAT

IDOLATRY.

Terry: DAVID SAYS,

888-706-876, "WE'RE GIVING

APPROXIMATELY 18% OF OUR

INCOME.

WE'RE GIVING TO OUR LOCAL

CHURCH, BUT ONLY ABOUT 8% TO

9%.

IS IT NECESSARY TO UP THE

CHURCH TO 10% TO CONSIDER

WE'RE TITHERS.

WE'RE NOT CONTRIBUTING 10%

TO ANY ONE ORGANIZATION.

OR AM I OVERTHINKING THIS?"

Pat: YES, YOU'RE

OVERTHINKING THIS.

GOD IS NOT A PHILADELPHIA

LAWYER OR AN ACCOUNTANT.

COME ON.

Terry: YOU'RE RIGHT.

Pat: WE DIMINISH THE

CREATOR.

HE IS A GREAT GOD.

AND HE SAYS, I LOVE YOU AND

OUT OF THAT WHICH I GIVEN,

YOU GIVE BACK.

AND THE 10th IS ONLY

ONE -- THERE WERE THREE

TITHES IF YOU LOOK IN THE

OLD TESTAMENT.

SO THE STANDARD IS 30%.

THE GOVERNMENT LET'S YOU

GIVE 50%.

IT JUST DEPENDS.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS OUT OF

YOUR INNER BEING, BUT IT

DOESN'T HAVE TO BE TO A

QUOTE CHURCH.

I KNOW THERE SOME THAT THINK

THAT TITHE BELONGS TO THE

CHURCH.

NO IT DOESN'T.

IT BELONGS TO GOD.

IF IT IS A MINISTRY THAT

HELPS HUMANITARIANS --

YOU'RE GIVING TO GOD.

IT IS WHAT IS IN YOUR

HEART.

I THINK WE HAVE GOT TO GET

OUT OF THIS -- YOU KNOW --

Terry: THERE IS

SOMETHING IN US THAT SO

WANTS TO PLEASE, THAT WE

WANT A FORMULA.

Pat: I KNOW.

BUT HE DOESN'T WANT US TO

HAVE FORMULAS.

HE WANTS US TO BE FREE.

FREEDOM!

Terry: OKAY, THIS IS

RACHEL WHO SAYS, "WHY DOES

GOD HEAL SOME AND NOT

OTHERS.

DOES THE PHRASE NO RESPECTER

OF PERSONS APPLY HERE.

HOW CAN WE SAY GOD WILL DO

SOMETHING WHEN WE DON'T KNOW

FOR CERTAIN WHAT HE'LL DO?"

Pat: WHY DO SOME PEOPLE

GET HEALED AND SOME DON'T?

WHAT'S IN THEIR HEART?

THEY TALK ABOUT HOLY

INVALIDS, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR

HEART.

IS THERE RESENTMENT WAY DOWN

DEEP INSIDE.

IS THERE LACK OF FAITH DEEP

INSIDE?

MAYBE THEIR TIME HASN'T

QUITE COME.

GOD KNOWS ALL THESE THINGS,

AND HE HASN'T REVEALED THEM

ALL TO US.

WHEN JESUS WAS HERE ON

EARTH, HE KNEW IF SOMETHING

WAS DEMONS.

HE KNEW IF SOMETHING WAS

SIN.

AND HE KNEW IF SOMETHING WAS

JUST DISEASE.

AND HE WAS ABLE TO DEAL WITH

ALL OF THOSE PROBLEMS AND

EVERYBODY GOT HEALED.

THERE WAS NO PERSON WHO CAME

TO JESUS THAT WASN'T

HEALED.

THEY KNOW.

WE DON'T KNOW.

WE SEE THROUGH A GLASS

DARKLY.

Terry: EVEN GOD'S

BIGGER PLAN, I THINK OF THE

STORY OF JIM ELLIOT, AND

SOMETIMES WE SEE DEATH

DIFFERENTLY THAN GOD DOES.

AND THAT CREATED SUCH A

BROAD SPREADING OF THE

GOSPEL.

Pat: AND TO US WHAT WAS

TRAGEDY WAS A GLORIOUS

TRANSFORMATION OF FAITH.

HE GOT KILLED.

IS THAT BAD?

NOT REALLY.

HE IS WITH THE LORD.

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