Category Archives: Spirituality

Three Lessons on Giving from Paul Bolte

1. Parents’ Example Sets the Course. “I grew up six hours due west of Sydney,” Paul says. “Our farm was 35 miles from the nearest town. We were an average family that went to church and were generous. The best example of generosity I had was from my parents. We were farmers and we didn’t have a whole bunch.” Paul recounts the story of a generosity miracle at the Bolte family farm. “One year we were going to harvest our crop and it was worth $60k. But then there was […]

“Why should my friends give?” Questions from Nigeria and China

Situation: “Why should my friends give? What do I tell them?” “I want to share generosity with the youth, children, adults and even parents. When they ask ‘why give more?’ what do I say?” – Shadrach from Nigeria “How can I mobilize my friends around me to participate in dedication? What if they do not want to give?” – Li Wei from China   Scripture: You were bought at a price. In 1 Corinthians 7:23, Paul reminds the Corinthians that they used to be slaves, but God paid a high […]

“How do I find a financial accountability partner?”

Situation: How do I find a financial accountability partner? Terrence from London wrote that he’d been wrestling with for a while with the idea of financial accountability. “Apart from my wife, I simply don’t have anyone with whom I can discuss radical giving.” I love that Terrence wants to go deeper, and that he recognizes the need for accountability. How do we get there?   Scripture: “It’s always better together.” My childhood pastor, Stu, served fought in the special forces. He was a biblical scholar and a massive man with […]

Randy Alcorn on “Should Giving Always Be Kept Secret?”

Situation: Prem from India Prem from India recently attended a JOG. Welcome Prem! He then wrote: In the area of giving, Matthew 6:1-4 points that “when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly”. I struggle to put this in perspective while planning to give towards organised ministries, where the givers details have to be mentioned for accounting and transparency […]

Thoughts from Australia on “What kinds of ministries to support?”

Two friends in China both wrote recently with the same question:

Wang Wei wrote, “How do I identify where and how God wants to multiply all my gifs, talents & experience to be godly generous in God’s Kingdom?”

Xiu Ying asked, “How do I determine what kind of ministry God wants me to give to?”

Catherine Muthey on “How Do I Discern the Holy Spirit in Giving?”

From two continents this month, we received two very similar questions.

“How do I evaluate different giving opportunities I guess I want to know exactly where and how God wants me to give?” — Walter in South Africa
“How to distinguish between the Holy Spirit and the ideas?” — Kang in China