Day 260

Today’s Reading – Ezra 1-3

When they arrived at the LORD’s house in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families brought spontaneous gifts for the rebuilding of God’s house on its site. According to their means, they gave to the building fund 61,000 drachmen of gold, 5,000 manehs of silver, and 100 priestly robes.  Ezra 2:68-69 CEB

Giving to the church?

I think that is one of the problems we have in church today . . . we view are giving as giving to an institution. The reality is we give our gifts to God not an institution.

Not only that, but did you catch the other message?

“According to their means”

That is to say there is no formula for giving.

Each person gave as they were able.

Tithing is measuring stick. Some give more some give less, but we need a goal to measure against.

Are you giving according to your means?

Are you still giving based on a standard of years gone by.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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