Giving Sermon Illustrations

Giving Sermon Illustrations

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Giving Our Tithe

We have given our tenth to the Lord for about 40 years and God has abundantly blessed us. During the last few years my wife and I have given much more than a tenth to God, and God has given us prosperity in much greater proportion. We took the responsibility to finance Gospel Broadcasts for thirteen weeks—a quarter of a year—and it looked as if we should find it very hard. But, before the weeks were finished, God raised our income for the period to more than five times the cost of the Broadcast, and many souls were won for Christ by the Gospel broadcast.—Dr. F. J. Barton

(2 Cor. 9. 8; 1 Tim. 6. 17-19).


Giving Our Tithe

Charlie Page was a young man, broke, penniless and jobless. One day he stopped on the street to listen to a Salvation Army service. When the tambourine was passed round for the collection, he told the girl who held it out before him that he would like to give something but had nothing himself, even for his food. She gave him a dollar, saying, 'Take this: put ten cents in the offering, and hereafter give a tenth of all you get to God. Keep this up all your life, and you'll never be penniless again.' He did so, got a job, and began giving his tenth regularly. By and by he became a millionaire, and gave much more than a tenth, building Hospitals and helping in many ways to carry on the work of the Lord.

(Gen. 14. 20; Prov. 3. 9, 10)


Not what we give but that we share,—
For the gift without the giver is bare.—Lowell


See the rivers flowing
Downward to the sea,
Pouring all their treasures
Bountiful and free;
Yet to help their giving
Hidden springs arise;
Or, if need be, showers
Feed them from the skies.

Watch the princely flowers
Their rich fragrance spread,
Load the air with perfumes
From their beauty shed;
Yet their lavish spending
Leaves them not in dearth,
With fresh life replenished
By their mother earth.

Give thy heart's best treasures;
From fair nature learn;
Give thy love—and ask not,
Wait not a return.
And the more thou spendest,
From thy little store,
With a double bounty,
God will give thee more.—Adelaide Procter


A miser insisted that he was a proportionate giver. He explained afterward that he gave in proportion to the amount of religion he possessed.—Selected


"My son," said the father, "it would be better if you ate that meat yourself and gave Fido some of the scraps which are left." The boy protested, but the father insisted. At the conclusion of the meal the boy took out to Fido a plate heaped with scraps of the roast. "Here, Fido," said the boy, "I wanted to make you an offering, but here is only a collection."—Exchange


An old Methodist preacher once offered the following prayer in a prayer-meeting: "Lord, help us to trust thee with our souls." "Amen!" enthusiastically responded many voices. "Lord, help us to trust thee with our bodies." "Amen!" was responded with as much warmth as ever. "Lord, help us to trust thee with our money"; but to this petition the "Amen's" were scattered and hesitant. Is it not strange that when religion touches some men's pockets it cools their ardor at once?—Selected

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