Quality Holy Day Offerings

Article by Staff

We tend to forget how different holy days and their offerings were under the Old Covenant as compared to the New. However, the important part of giving offerings remains the same!


The Meaning of the Offering

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant sacrifices are far more demanding than the Old Covenant sacrifices. But there are poignant lessons to be learned from animal sacrifices.


The Purpose of Offerings

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Pastor General of a well-known church made a statement that turned the giving of offerings into a competition and a rich man's game. Is this God's intent?


Offerings and Taxes

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, comparing the tax systems devised by human governments with God's offerings, observes that mankind's tax laws are intricate, while God's system of offerings are straightforward. Deuteronomy 16:16 does not specify the exact amount of the offering, but does ask us to make a thoughtful recollection of the …


The Economics of an Offering

Article by Staff

Members of God's church are required to give offerings during God's holy days (Deuteronomy 16:16), and we are told to give as we are able (verse 17). Both we and God will get more out of our offerings, especially spiritually, when we plan our giving.


Holy as He is Holy

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Becoming holy is a process that spans an entire lifetime, which includes embracing God's holy days and tithes. Becoming holy takes continuous practice


What Do We Have to Offer?

Article by Mike Ford

Most of the time, the Israelites provide us with a bad example, but Mike Ford tells of one time in particular that their example illustrates a godly virtue.


It's Important to God Too (Part One)

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon Deuteronomy 16:16 and Exodus 23:17, the traditional verses calling for an offering, admonishing not to come to Holy Day services empty-handed, reminds us that we are not really giving God anything because He owns everything. The experience of giving an offering is for our benefit. We receive …


A Vivid Comparison

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, drawing comparisons between the vast offerings given collectively by the nation of Israel for the building of the temple, equaling 1 billion, 400 thousand dollars in today's wealth, and King David's personal contribution, in excess of 1 billion, 600 thousand dollars, avers that both were dwarfed into …


Appearing Before God (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The specific instruction in Deuteronomy 16:16 is that, during the three holy day seasons of the year, we should not appear before God "in vain" or "with futility. ...


An Acceptable Sacrifice

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the theme, "An acceptable sacrifice," reflects upon the relative acceptability of the offerings of Cain and Abel. Perhaps God sent fire to totally consume Abel's offering, indicating acceptance of his offering. Interestingly, Abel was totally consumed, becoming the first martyr for faith. …


Our God-Given Need to Sacrifice

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins asserts that all human beings have a built-in, programmed need to sacrifice provided by Almighty God. Environmentalist extremists, abusing this wired-in need, feel smug satisfaction by sacrificing comfort and safety replacing SUV's and large vehicles with unsafe and uncomfortable, undersized and underpowered …


The Presence of the Eternal

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, acknowledging that, after Adam and Eve's sin, being in God's presence has been problematic for all of their offspring, points out that the intercessory prayer of Moses led to the promise of God to accompany His people and dwell among His people, sanctifying them by His glory. When God shows mercy, it is because …


Giving a Gift Strengthens and Bonds

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, maintaining that giving a gift strengthens the bond between individuals, bringing about a warm feeling in the giver toward the one receiving the gift, suggests that there is a sentimental dimension factored into offerings. Jacob, in his voluntary gift to the leader of Egypt (whom he discovered later to be Joseph) …


Keep It Clean

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the Middle East connotations casting disdain upon dogs, points out that the grounds of comparison may be their inclination to be sneaky, groveling scavengers feeding on the refuse of humanity, including human flesh. God's Word describes the ritual harlot and the sodomite as disgusting, vile dogs …


Money, Control and Sacrifice (2015)

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Ecclesiastes 10:13, explains the context in which the statement "money answers everything" appears. Some people obsess about money, working their fingers to the bone to accumulate more. Money is neutral, but the inordinate desire or love of money has horrific, evil consequences. Money does …


Giving Flows From the Focused Work of God

Sermonette by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, focusing upon the unfaithful servant in Matthew 25, warns that God has given each one of His people spiritual responsibilities as well as gifts enabling them to perform those responsibilities. If God's people keep their focus upon His purpose for them as outlined by His Holy Days, they will be able to accomplish …


Money, Control, and Sacrifice

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Solomon's observation that "money is the answer to everything" (Ecclesiastes 10:10), suggests that, though wealth is neutral, the inordinate and obsessive desire for money as a means of control is evil. Equating money with power is an illusion when one factors in the exigencies of …


Spiritual Satisfaction

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins observes that, when people are concerned about survival (as they naturally become when they fast), their minds become dull to covetousness. The Parable of the Rich Fool illustrates that, when one has all the material possessions he could want, he may still not be rich toward God—to the extent of abject …


Appearing Before God (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God's Word causes things to increase just as rain causes crops to increase, but the increase is not always numeric. Often, it is qualitative.


Tithing

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

This comprehensive overview of tithing explores the attitudes we should have toward tithing, the purposes of the tithe, and the benefits of tithing.