Year End Charitable Donations

During this season when so many dollars are being spent on soliciting your charitable giving, I just want to encourage you to prefer your local church. I understand your church probably does not have a marketing agency designing web promotions, billboard, and television ads to encourage you to give. Most churches do not spend money on graphic artists selecting emotionally moving pictures to encourage you to give. And most churches do not even spend funds to send you Christmas pictures. But research has shown that local churches are the most accountable with expenditures, most effective at actually impacting a community for good, and more focused on providing goods and services to their communities per dollar spent than any other type of group.

Certainly many organizations are doing good work, and we thank God for the good that’s done through all charities, but often we take our local churches for granted.

I know that we go to a variety of styles of churches, or maybe none at all. Research shows that the variety of churches in a community helps the community even more, because more people (with varying preferences) are served. Churches facilitate volunteerism more than any other type of charity, thus maximizing impact. Churches also provide multi-generational services, providing a family dynamic that few other charities have. And churches, of course, promote Christ and His Word, where many others are forbidden to do so, or choose to minimize the Gospel because they fear offending those who are not believers.

Communities with strong local churches are very different than communities with no churches. Churches are important. So please remember your local church when giving this season, and if you don’t go to one, send a gift to a local church. It’s a good investment.

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One thought on “Year End Charitable Donations

  1. Jay Arnn says:

    I am reminded of Matthew 26:6 – 10: Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? “For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
    But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.
    If you recall, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard the word, then Jesus raised her brother Lazarus from the dead. You see, Mary listened to the word, received her blessing from the Lord which produced good works, which is the fruit of the Spirit. This is stark contrast to Mark 12:41. It is good to give, and I completely agree that we should look to our own family and then to the church when giving – but consider the gift of Mary or the poor woman who gave her only two lepton (about a 1/5 of a penny). As Christians we give because the true nature of love is apparent to us who have had Jesus revealed to us, and the faith which we gain from the Gospel changes us inwardly when we have the Holy Spirit – we hear the word, we receive our blessings and that produces our fruit (good works). If you have something to give, even your last two leptons – you are blessed.

    A bright and merry Christmas to you all, your brother in Christ Jesus,
    J Arnn

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