In this sermon, our founding pastor talks about giving and the principle of the tithe and mentions three things about tithing. Here are some excerpts:


“…The Scottish people love to make fun of themselves when it comes to the matter of giving. Dr. Murdo Ewan McDonald of Glasgow tells about the collection that was taken aboard an American liner crossing the Atlantic. The Captain asked for a generous offering at the Sunday morning service to help the widows of seamen, and he got a very generous response. At the end of the service he made an announcement, thanking the passengers and crew for their generosity. He said that they had given $1,404.04, and then he paused, and said with a smile, “the four cents puzzles me. There must be a Scotsman aboard!” Whereupon a voice from the back said, ‘There are four of us!’…”

The Principle of the Tithe

“…This morning I preach to you on “The Principle of the Tithe”. I do so without apology, but without any attempt to high pressure anyone. I can only testify that nothing has more greatly enriched our own Christian lives than the consistent practice of tithing our gross income. We have always had three meals a day, a roof over our head, and resources to pay our bills on time. I firmly believe that if we sincerely seek to honor the Lord in this matter of the tithe, He will honor us in return. The Psalmist says, “Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who reverence the Lord will never lack any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10 L.B.)…”

“…Now, let me mention three things about tithing…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

November 15, 1992

Malachi 3:10

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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