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The Architect's Daughter

 The Architect - deviser, maker or creator of anything   It is amazing how everything we lay our eyes on has a creator.  Nothing is a randomly occurring phenomenon.  Not me.  Not you.  Not the universe.  Just as plans for the world's most magnificent edifices were meticulously laid out and constructed, so too were you and I.  No, this is not the one size fits all "God has a plan for your life" conversation (although He does), but its a realization of just how deliberate everything around us is.  Your breathing patterns,  your DNA, the way your hair grows, the way the oceans ebb & flow and how the moon influences the tide.  Creation is an amazing thing, but credit isn't to be given to the object but to the creator.  The mastermind behind the plans.  Every architect has a purpose for its creation.  I have yet to find one that arbitrarily works at a project with such diligence only to see it fare on its own through the phases of construction.  In the gran

Why I no Longer Practice Tithing (Part 2)

After going through the Old Testament to find the purpose and see tithing in action, it may leave you with the question of what to do now.  If you don’t tithe, what are the standards of giving?  First, I think it is necessary to understand what the Scriptures say about the priesthood under the New Covenant. Hebrews 5:1-10 NLT Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. 2 And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.3 That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as theirs. 4 And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was. 5 That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him, “You are my Son.  Today I have become your F

Why I no Longer Practice Tithing (Part 1)

About 4 years ago, my husband and I attended a small ministry that gave certain individuals the opportunity to give a short exhortation or teaching on tithes and offerings right before they were to be given.  You would not know until the morning of service if it was your turn for this.  In order to prepare myself I began to study on my own about tithing for the very first time.  I’d always relied on what I was taught about tithing and offerings, but never delved into the topics myself.  The more I read and studied, the more I began to see a grave disparity between God’s intention for the tithe and the way it is commonly taught in most churches today.  I knew I was touching a sacred cow, and to be honest, it scared me!  I grappled with this for a while, but after much praying I was at peace about it (and still am). I was recently asked what my opinion on the subject of tithing was after a post I shared on Facebook disagreeing with the structure of the tithe as practiced in most