This is the index to a growing treasure trove of articles on giving and generosity, and how to become a wise and discerning giver.
Learning to be Generous - Truly, I cannot out-give our loving Father! I'm still learning to be generous from Him.
Giving Quotes I was looking for Giving Quotes - then realized that in my study of giving and generosity I have put down many key, nugget thoughts in my devotional notes. I will continue to look for succinct quotes on giving from other articulate people, but I will start this page with some from my study.
My First Gift Has to Be Myself - to the Lord! - If I want to be a godly giver like the Macedonian believers, my first gift has to be myself - to the Lord.
When Giving Means Forgiving - I've learned a few years ago there are times when giving means forgiving.
Excel in the Grace of Giving - Just as I try to do my very best in all other areas of my life - more than 100% whenever I can - I, and you too, please - need to learn to excel in the grace of giving as well. Why?
Joy Wells Up! - In the midst of hard times and extreme poverty my overflowing joy wells up in rich generosity.
What Have I to Give? - a question I asked myself before God, and how I discovered my giving resources, and how God increased them.
Jesus' Rules for Giving - What were Jesus' rules for giving to charities, or the needy? Did He spell out any methods, or ettiquette, or ways to decide who is worthy of support?
That There Might Be Equality - It's not that God wants me to be short-changed while others have more, but that there might be equality -a fairness - between those that have, and those that have so little.
Faultless Giving - How can we do faultless giving in the eyes of our Lord, and others? We need to do our giving in an ethical way, so that it pleases the Lord, and those who might watch us give our gifts and donations. But what exactly are those ethical ways? Are there really right and wrong ways to do our giving?
How to Give Enthusiastically - God wants us to let our enthusiasm show! He also commends those who are enthusiastic - especially in giving and sharing with others, because it inspires others and leads us all to victory and many better things; let's learn how to give enthuasiatically.
God Will Provide Resources for Your Giving - The Bible compares giving to sowing seed, and promises that God will provide resources for your giving. That is wonderfully encouraging! But we forget so easily and begin to fret about our lack of resources, don't we?
Our Poor Countrymen - What about helping our poor countrymen? No matter what place we are in, there will always be poor among us. Often we get so focused on helping the starving poor of some country with some huge disaster because it is in the news. But we are blind to our poor countryman right next door, or just downtown in our own city.
Measuring Our Generousity - What about measuring our generosity? We like to think of ourselves as generous.That is such a nice, positive word, isn't it? People who are generous are praised by others, and we want people to like us too, right?
Give by Sowing - What's the Harvest? - You may be asking, If I sow by giving, what's the harvest? How will I recognize any results?" That is a smart, thoughtful question! What is the point of giving your money or time if you can't see, or recognize the results? Let me show you some harvests you could be getting.
Give - Sow - What You Want to Reap - What we give (sow) or invest in, will give us a harvest (profit) in a direct ratio - it will be more of what we sowed, or gave. Maybe lots more! Therefore, give - sow - what you want to reap.
Weekly Planned Giving - I don't mean to tell you what you must do, but if you are looking for a plan, I suggest this Biblical one. Really, I can vouch for the value of routine, weekly, planned giving.
Trusting Only God - I have made a firm resolution to have all my trust in the Lord. However, does this imply that I should not write newsletters and share a prayer request?
Encourager (poem) - The little encourager goes on his way encouraging people from day to day; cheering the faint with a love that is strong, aiding the brave as he journeys along.
How God Speaks to You and Me - It helps to understand how God speaks to you and me, if we understand that He has made us tri-part beings. Even if we know this, I find it helpful to review it from time to time. We are a body, soul and spirit.
Giving as a Fast - Have you ever considered giving as a fast? Perhaps you don't fast from food for various reasons; you may have health reasons, or you may simply be too attached to food to give it up. There is another way. God's favourite fast for us is giving.
Planned and Cheerful Giving as Believers and Congregations - Not all Christians understand the value of this idea of setting aside small, manageable amounts week by week. When they are added up, they turn out to be a sizable gift.
Set Money Aside Weekly in Church - Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
Build Your Own Website for Your Ministry Very practical suggestions for ministries and missions which need to build their own website for a web presence on the internet.
Fund-raising by Email - If you are fund-raising by email - that is, fishing for charity funds on the internet by visiting website forms and pasting in your prepared write-up about your ministry, and your great need, in hopes of money, I have advice for you.
Can Donors Trust You? - Your ministry in a poor country desires sponsors from western countries - but can donors trust you? I am not saying that there is anything wrong with your ministry. It may be quite noble, and even anointed by the Lord. But do you understand how donors in North America think? Do you know what motivates them to give generously? Or what conditions most of them expect from you?
Which Photos to Send - Whoa! You are sending me far too many photos! Let me explain which photos to send me if you want me to care about your ministry enough to want to help you out.
Fundraising Like a Scam Artist? - Worthy ministries are NOT scam-artists. Or are they? Do your potential donors see you as a scam-artist though? That could explain why they are not responding with donations.
Does Your Ministry Group Support You? - Those are the people that know and agree with your vision; they may travel with you, such as your family and friends. Or, they may stay at home, but be praying hard for you while you are away on a ministry trip. When these people see you have a practical need, they are the most likely to offer you help. They give you food and money - when they have it. They encourage you by rejoicing with your successes, and praying all the harder, when you have difficulties.
The Gift of Administration - We see that when God wants something done, He raises up a man with the right gifts and abilities. To be able to organize resources and people, procure what is needed and schedule the workers is a gift of administration or management.
Trust God Utterly for Everything - Have you ever tried to trust God for utterly everything for yourself or your ministry? You might well tell me that you fall to that as a last resort, whenever you find no other method of putting food on the table.
Appeal Letters and Visit Your Supporters - We can learn from the Apostle Paul to write appeal letters and visit your supporters. We can study at least three of Paul's appeal letters.
If a Loving Church Congregation Sponsors Your Ministry - If a loving church congregation sponsors your ministry - you are in a most delightful position. You do not have to beg or make constant appeals for funds; you merely send reports and thank you letters.
Finding articles on being generous has proved to be extremely difficult. That just doesn't seem to be the slant that most writers take. What words are most commonly searched for on Google instead?
There are oddles of searches for words like charity, donation (lots there!) and donate, fundraising and giving, and volunteer. Those seem to be words - in my mind, anyway, - slanted more to pleading and asking people to give generously - all in an effort to stir up generosity. Whereas I'd like to dwell on the joy that comes when we gladly give to others.
Sure, there are a number of motives for giving, but I want to keep returning to the joy and delight in being able to give, not because we feel coaxed or shamed into it, but simply because a spirit of generosity wells up within us, and we just want to give and GIVE!
I will be writing more articles on giving and generosity, especially wanting to show how to be wise and discerning givers to those who have this desire well up in them. I know what it is like to have one's heart bleeding with compassion, wanting to help others out, but not sure where to start.
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