“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” —Deuteronomy 8:18
I would like to thank you for your generous contributions to Curt Landry Ministries in 2016. Through your support we have been able to fully support the only Bridge to Independence safe house in Jerusalem, Holocaust Survivors in Israel, music school lessons for underprivileged children in Beit She’an, food for needy families of many soldier’s serving in the IDF, as well as other outreaches supporting the land of Israel, Native Americans, and many domestic initiatives.
All of this has been possible because of YOU and your contributions; all of these lives have been touched because YOU were obedient to give—and not just a small amount—you have given faithfully and sacrificially.
You have been a gracious supporter of Curt Landry Ministries in 2016 and we are so grateful.
God and money is always an interesting combination for conversation. Religious people, political people, capitalists, communists, and church people of all denominations have many different views and opinions on “God and money.”
The King James Version of the Bible mentions money 140 times, if you include the words “gold, silver, wealth, riches, inheritance, debt, poverty, etc.” Yeshua spoke about money more than He spoke about Heaven and Hell combined. In fact, He spoke about money and finances more than any other topic aside from the Kingdom of God. Eleven of thirty-nine parables were devoted to the subject, and one of every seven verses in the Gospel of Luke speaks of money.
The words of scripture pay a great deal of attention to financial matters, almost more than any other subject, which would therefore lead me to say that our finances do matter to God. And yet, the Church is afraid to talk about money and finances; we squirm and cringe when the subject is brought up, especially from the pulpit. However, it is for our good that we understand the subject and not suffer loss or lack resulting from our lack of knowledge.
The principle is very simple—if you do not plant a seed in the right soil and in the correct season, you will not reap a harvest. For this reason I have put together a very short and simple checklist of what the Bible says about prosperity and God’s Kingdom lifestyle.
- Tithe 10% of your increase. (Deuteronomy 14:22-23)
- Offering and firstfruit freewill offerings are over and above the tithe; they are motivated by love and the generosity of the heart (Proverbs 3:9; Romans 11:16). An example of a “firstfruit” offering in particular is an offering sown as a gift of gratitude for an increase such as a raise or an unexpected inheritance.
- Pilgrim feast offerings are given three times a year per Exodus 23:14 (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles). These are given from the heart as a love offering; a reflection of how you have been blessed.
- Special love offerings to missionaries, guest speakers, and outreaches are also freewill offerings from the heart; they are seed offerings (Matthew 10:41).
- Alms are the compassionate giving of a love offering, where there is a need, and are motivated by your ability to help at the time. (Proverbs 19:17; Matthew 6:1-8). A direct gift to a person in need is also considered alms—it does not have to flow through the church, although it can.
- T’rumah, or a heave offering, is a voluntary gift and was given during Biblical times based on roughly 2.5% of income; this was similar to a tithe, but designated to the kohen (priest; Ezekiel 44:30). There are 613 mitzvot (good deeds) that are part of Judaism and tithes and t’rumah are mentioned in 23 of them.
I have submitted this list to you as I oftentimes receive questions about the various types of gifts outside of tithing. I hope that this summary helps you grasp a better understanding of the principles of financial giving as you plan for the year ahead.
This is the last opportunity to sow a seed in 2016, and together we claim a great return in 2017, knowing that through your generosity and obedience many lives are being touched in the name of Yeshua—many for the very first time. Would you please pray and ask the Lord what He would have you give during this special time?
As you sow your final contributions in 2016, please know that Curt Landry Ministries is standing with you in agreement that your tithe, your firstfruits, your offerings, your alms, and your gifts given over this past year will be blessed and highly favored, and that your harvest will come forth bountifully and without measure.
Thank you for all that you have sown in 2016, and thank you for partnering with us in 2017. Let us continue to harvest together!
As you have sown, so may you receive!
Curt and Christie Landry
Founders, Curt Landry Ministries
P.S. You can sow your gift securely online at www.CurtLandry/donate. Please note that tax receipts will be mailed by January 31st for all 2016 contributions.