For some of us, Christian Blog IS our church family. People like myself are not members of any particular church or denomination. To me, Christian Blog pretty much takes care of everything I consider spiritually important except for outreach and charity programs. Thus, when I decide where to send my tithes and offerings, most of them go to Christian Blog for I believe it is a legitimate ministry doing the Lord's work.
I understand it is very difficult for many to find the funds to give their tithes to their church and still find any to give to another place such as Christian Blog. I understand there are many people, groups and ministries all clamoring for a slice of your financial pie. I also understand that most of us don't have a very big pie.
Although I am not a fan of the so-called "prosperity gospel", I am a huge fan of the promises God makes in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 to multiply the blessings to us as we give. God indeed states that He is able to make all grace abound toward us so that we always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work. That is quite a promise if you ask me.
I have heard it said countless times in my life that you simply cannot out give God. I know by experience that when God instituted the law of giving and receiving, He did so with a view to being able to bless those who freely give of what He has given them.
God says in Malachi to PROVE HIM specifically in relation to giving. God is more or less "double dog daring" His people to see what will happen when they give. The promise in Malachi is that the windows of heaven will be opened and blessing poured out so that there is no room to put them all.
I am issuing an official DOUBLE DOG DARE to any and all on this site. I DOUBLE DOG DARE you to dig down deep and give MORE than you usually do to this wonderful site and then see what God does in return. I know what the Bible says and thus I know that God is more than willing and able to throw open the windows where He lives and start pouring out blessings by the bucket full.
Now if you don't need a bucket full of blessings, then I excuse from this DARE. But, if you could use a few buckets full of God's blessings in your life or ministry, then I urge you to PROVE GOD herewith and see what happens when you give cheerfully out of willing heart MORE than what is legally required. This kind of free will offering is the greatest kind for it is pure and blesses the heart of God.
Just a word of warning; watch out!!! When God is blessed and starts pouring out the blessings, you better have a huge bucket on hand to catch them all.
What you say is very true. I have been here for nearly three years and have seen that time and time again.
I will be honest here. I do not have a year around job in that I do not get paid during the summer. I have to work other jobs on which the pay is based on student enrollment and even then it is about half of what I normally earn. Summer is very, very tight for us. Since I don't know what my finances will be or even if my classes will run, I give most of what I give as one time donations for our income gets very erratic June-August. That being said, although I usually donate more than that amount in pledges and one time donations, I have just upped my pledge.
When I think about how this site has blessed me, when I think of how friends have reached out to me on this site... even as I was facing death last winter, I feel compelled to give. The bottom line is I want this site to be here for others as it was and still is for me. Truthfully, I want it to also continue to be here for me.
I too, am not an employee of this site. I am simply someone who loves it with all of my heart. I came here as a blogger but what I have received is so much more! What I found was a wonderful community and some of the dearest friends I have ever had. People whom, due to distance, I could have only first met in cyberspace. I truly believe God had a hand in it for amazing things have happened to me here.
I suppose there are a number of people who might be thinking they have not had such things happen to them here. Perhaps not but perhaps... well... perhaps in order to receive, we must also be willing to give... with all of our hearts.
I, too, am very fond of this site. I wish I could become a monthly supporter, but at this time I am unable to do so. I do hope to be able to send a donation once in awhile. I would hate to see this site go away. I know it has helped many people and in the few times I have used it, it has been a real blessing to me. I had joined some time ago, but just recently began visiting and using the site. My prayers are with John and everyone who loves the site as much as I do.
I believe that this site is not just a great place to share with friends but also a place God is using to reach out to those who want to know about Him and want to love Him in return.
I have been praying for John and for CB and have felt led to send money to ChristianBlog above and beyond my Pledge Partner membership. I had pledged to send a small check each month, then earlier this week I had increased my pledge, but I will join K and increase my pledge to ChristianBlog.com once again. (Is there a place where John wants us to tell him what we pledge, or is this just between the Lord and me?)
What a great blessing CB has been to me. Thanks, John, for providing us a place to minister to others and to be ministered to.
I wanted to say a huge thank you to blessings2you and a few others (you know who you are) who have helped organize the "Showers of Blessings" ChristianBlog.Com Donation Match Program that has just started up!
There is no doubt that without the help of a lot of people here, with blessings2you at the front of things, ChristianBlog.Com would be in some pretty serious financial trouble in the near future. I truly do pray that this new "stimulus package" works as well as what your efforts put into it hope to do!
So, thank you brother for your efforts with starting this!!
For Christ's Ministry
John B. Abela