The stewardship department encourages faithful financial support of the Lord’s work through spiritual motivation. It has a selection of materials to assist the church in educating church members in faithful tithing and support of church budget.
This Week's Offertory Reading
Upper Columbia Conference Advance - June 23
What is the "storehouse"? There is a tendency on the part of some to presume to decide for themselves what should be considered God's storehouse for the returning of tithes. But what does the Bible say? "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house" (Mal. 3:10, NKJV, emphasis ours). In the days of Jesus, there was a particular part of the Temple that was dedicated as the storehouse, or treasury, and so it is in our churches today. This means, then, that our tithes should be rendered to the local church treasury, which in turn sends it on to the higher organizations. This is the system which for many years the Adventist church has followed, and which has been the envy of many other Christians who struggle to pay their pastors.
There are many other fine causes out there, most of them well deserving of our support. But it is not the best plan to divert our tithes away from God's official storehouse. Even if we have some concerns about the way our church conducts business, we should not hold back God's tithe. At a time when corruption was ripe in the church of Jesus' day, Jesus did not counsel the widow to hold back her mite or send it to another place. On the contrary, He praised her for her faithfulness even in the face of her poverty.
Today we have another opportunity to prove the Lord's promise that He will ". . . pour out for you such a blessing
that there will not be room enough to receive it" (Mal. 3:10, NKJV).