Why do we give?
Everyone knows that when you see the offering plates in church, it's time to break out the wallet. But churches pass around those plates for more reasons than what you might think. When you give to the church, it's NOT because the church needs money or because the pastor needs to be paid - it's because God gave first. Everything we have - the things we own, our abilities, the air we breath, the earth we live on, our very lives - it all comes from God. What other response can we have to that kind of generosity but to be generous back to God? We do this by giving tithes, gifts, and offerings to the church to give back to God some of what He has generously outpoured on us.