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Tithe ... Or Not Tithe?

Dave explains the principle of tithing to Martha, who is wondering how tithing affects funding college and other things.

QUESTION: Martha asks if she should be tithing to the exclusion of other things, such as funding college or paying off the house. Dave defines tithing, and that clears it up.

ANSWER: Tithing is from the Bible, meaning a tenth of your income comes off the top to the local church. You do it before anything else happens. It’s not a God tax or something to get God to love you more, because He’s already crazy about you. It’s meant to make you a giver. It’s a pattern of life that says you’re a giver before anything.