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“test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough room to store it.”

– Malachi 3:10

Well, do we? Do we really trust God?
A few weeks ago, our pastor asked us all  very simple question, “Do we really trust God?”
 
At first, every head began to shake in unison and agreement. But then he asked the question again this way, “Do you really trust God? As in ‘with your whole life’, your finances, your health’? And, then he asked this, “Do you trust god enough to give Him from your abundance, your first fruits, or would you rather just ‘tip’ God from what is left over?
 
Wow! Soon heads were no longer nodding and hearts began to beat and eyes looked away. But at the heart of the question is a reality of what being a Christian is all about: trusting God.
 
God repeatedly challenges us to trust Him with our finances, promising that when we give Him our first and best, He will bless the rest! Exodus 34:26 says,
 
“Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.” And the passages found in Proverbs 3:9-10 , 2 Chronicles 31:5 , Leviticus 27:30, all give us a deeper understanding of how God wants us to trust Him.
 
 

“The Truth is we spend more time discerning how much to tip our server at the restaurant, than we do about how much we give God.”

– Msgr +Jim, Saint Miriam

Let’s be honest. Most of us work too hard for too little. So for many, the idea of tithing, bringing the first 10% of our income to God seems overwhelming.  But here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter how much or how little we make. God promises to pour out blessings on us when we tithe!
 
Tithing is about training our heart to trust God at His word. In Malachi 3:10, the Bible says we can take the promises of God to the bank! When we bring our first and best back to God, He promises to bless the rest. We can’t out-give God.
So, I Tithe and you do what?
Ahh, see! There you go! Not trusting again!
 
We commit to you that if you tithe for three months and God doesn’t hold true to His promises, we will refund 100% of your tithe. No questions asked. That’s right…you get every dollar and the dimes, too…back!
 
So, do you think you can trust God for the nest 90- days and see how much better your life becomes? Can you commit to give to God one little dime for every dollar that comes into your household for the next 90 days? Are you ready to take the challenge?
 
 
A few FAQ’s to help you begin…
 
What is tithing?
A tithe—which just means “tenth”—is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that is to be given back to the local church. Tithing is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible. When we tithe, we are expressing worship in a tangible way by putting God first in our lives.
 
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Here is the illustration our pastor did for us:
 
Hold up a single dollar bill. Now hold up next it a single dime. For every one of the dollars, you give to God and the Church, the dime. That’s it! It is that simple!
And now here is the best part! You get to keep the remaining 90 cents and your life is blessed because you gave to God from the abundance, the first fruits, from the top, as they say. In other words, you honored God FIRST!
Why would I tithe?
For many, the idea of bringing the first 10% of our income to the Church seems overwhelming. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how much or how little we make, God promises to pour out blessings on us when we tithe. Tithing is about training our heart to trust God at His Word.
 
We know generosity is a huge step of obedience, but you’re not in this alone! We want to know you’re taking your next step in generosity by bringing your full tithe to the church with this 90–Day Dollar & Dime Challenge.
 
The Bible says we can take the promises of God to the bank. When we bring our first and best back to God, He promises to bless the rest. We can’t out-give God.
 
Here’s the safety net you are seeking! We commit to you that if you tithe for three months and God doesn’t hold true to His promises of blessings, we will refund 100% of your tithe. No questions asked.
Isn’t this ‘testing’ God?
So why would some say the 90 day challenge is bad idea? Well, we suppose because they want God to do something supernaturally! But that is not the intent.
 
Look, prosperity comes in many forms and includes money, but is so much more than money. God is very much concerned about wholeness of all of us, as God’s children. It was never God’s will for anyone– especially God’s created – to be in lack.
 
So, with that being said…God doesn’t put a date on it and we all know that! Perhaps the real issue is not the 90 day challenge, but God’s time table…which is ALWAYS off from ours!
 
Many of us at Saint Miriam have been tithers for a long time and we have experienced God’s blessings in some pretty incredible ways. God’s grace is enough. God promises blessing upon blessing to His children, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for most of us. Instead, we complicate things or try and manipulate things by adding or subtracting to His grace.
 
So, in the end, this is not a test and there is no magic formula to make God move in our time frame. The one thing we will say that might be the best part about a 90 challenge is that it could help all of get in the habit of giving joyfully… of making sure the tithe check is given instead of justifying why we DO NOT give like new tires on the car, fix the hot water tank, eat out, date night, lattes at the local Starbucks, or beer at the corner pub, or even a brand new bike, etc. There will always be a reason not to give to God…
 
Maybe, just maybe…God will speak to you more loudly and more clearly in the next 90 days. Wouldn’t that be worth every penny?
 What are my next steps!
After you sign up, we’ll send you resources and encouragement. We would also love to hear your story along the way—how is God blessing you after taking this next step in your walk with Him? Let us know by filling out the comment section.
 
Remember, if you tithe for 90 days and God doesn’t hold true to His promises of blessings, we will refund 100% of your tithe.
 
“bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
– Malachi 3:10
 
So, would a few facts help before you decide whether or not to support our parish? How about these numbers!?
 
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If you are ready, just follow these simple steps…

 

1. Sign up this week, right at your open, by completing the promise card!
 
2. Or, register right now the challenge and commit to tithing 10% of your income for 90 days.
 
3. Return 10% of your income to God for 90 days through giving at church or by giving online.
 
4. Record what God has done in your life for 90 days and share your story with us.
 
The Terms
 

Terms of the 90-Day Dollar & Dime Challenge:

  • I understand that the 90-Day Challenge begins after my first
  • I understand that I am entitled to a full refund of the amounts given during the 90-Day Tithe Challenge if I am not convinced that God has blessed my life during that
  • I understand that my tithe must be given online, or in a contribution envelope marked “90-Day Tithe” so it can be properly recorded and accounted
  • I understand that my request for a refund can only be made between 90 to 120 days after my first tithe
  • I understand that for every dollar that we receive into our household, we will give to God .10 cents on our honor.
The Promise
 
Our Promise for the 90-Day Dollar & Dime Challenge:
 
  • If you tithe for three months and you still feel that God hasn’t blessed your life, we will refund 100% of your tithe. No questions asked!
By signing up below, I understand and accept the terms of The 90-Day Tithe Challenge listed above. I understand that any request for refund must be made in writing and received by the Saint Miriam Parish office within 30 days of the end of the 90-Day Dollar & Dime Challenge.
 

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