“To what do you give to?”, From Me To You To Them – Part 3 – a message by Steve Martin, Love For His People Ministry

Oct. 21, 2022 Charlotte, North Carolina USA

Greetings to my family and friends of Love For His People Ministry.

Whenever I anticipate the goodness of the Lord, my heart grows with the knowledge that He is faithful, and will accomplish that which He said He would do.

After you have “tested” Him many times (Malachi 3:10), as He expects us to do, you know that God is God. Therefore He cannot lie or lead us astray. He has our back. He has our front. We are covered by Him as we keep our eyes fixed on Him.I like that!I believe the Lord Jesus when He still says, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38, NASU

My third message on the encouragement we find in giving is below. This one is a bit different from the previous times, but I hope you can take five minutes to read it. Then tell me what you think. You may be surprised.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Founder, Love For His People Ministry

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From Me To You To Them (Part 3)– To What Do You Give To?  

“…and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.” Luke 8:3, NASU  When Yeshua (Jesus) walked on this earth with His company of disciples, the above-quoted verse from Luke states that many others, which Luke first listed as several prominent women, were supporting the team “out of their private means.”

Another version reads, “and many other women who drew on their own wealth to help him.” Complete Jewish Bible 

But wait a minute. Weren’t these who were supporting Yeshua and His large band of disciples, we know of at least 12, plus the women themselves and possibly more as they traveled across Israel, supposed to be tithing to the Temple, and their local synagogues? Maybe they did and just had that extra large sum of money. 

I can imagine, having been the Administrator and Operations/Finance Director for three substantial churches/ministries, how much it costs in funds to run a large organization. In fact, most of those bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions, need someone like those in the secular world, called a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), on paid staff. In a ministry or church setting the term most likely used is “Executive Pastor” or “Executive Minister” to keep the financial books in proper accounting order. That title is a bit easier title for donors to accept when titles are used, which I don’t particularly adhere to. Pastor Jesus? Bishop John? Pope Paul? 

A point I want to make is this – when a large church says that the “tithe belongs to the storehouse”, where does it actually say in the Word of God that the tithe, which I have personally been giving 10% and more out of my income since I heard about it as an 18-year-old working in a grocery store (from a Baptist co-worker when I was a Catholic), actually all goes strictly to the local church? 

I share this out of personal experience. Those churches/ministries I served with had budgets between $1-$3 million dollars annually. Stand-alone ministries, not under a church organization, are required to file an annual 990 US federal government financial report being they were/are a non-profit, 501©3 organization. All are available as public records you can access on the Internet.  

Being a member of Guidestar, a reputable Christian company that I use, one can see how hundreds of ministries receive and use (allocate) funds. Again being churches have a special non-profit category, they are not required to submit financial reports to the federal government. A main reason some ministries “reside”, or “dba – doing business as”, under a church, i.e., Benny Hinn and several others. 

Guidestar has this on their front-page website: Easily search 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations, and thousands of faith-based nonprofits. Gather insights on financials, people/leadership, mission, and more 

Another very large ministry that I was employed by is the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, serving in the Billy Graham Library gift shop for six months. Prior to that, during three Christmas seasons, I was also employed by Samaritan’s Purse in the contribution processing room and then on the packing warehouse floor as a line assembly leadman. This is Franklin Graham’s ministry with the Operation Christmas Child gift boxes. 

Seeing the current financial report on Guidestar’s website shows the last reported income for the BGEA was $114,561,340. I know they are a very creditable ministry doing fantastic work, and I highly recommend Franklin Graham and his team. 

Here is one of the most popular segments of Scriptures used to justify that, in Malachi 3:8-12,  “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. “Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the Lord of hosts. All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts. NASU 

Big buildings are built. Massive salaries are paid, with full benefits. Popular programs and worship teams are assembled. All paid out of the tithes and then the extra offerings regularly collected and received by upscale churches and huge ministries. 

And yet…those working to take the Gospel to the nations, the missionaries, barely scrape by on the crumbs from the table, with less than 2% of the USA church annual budgets, that go to support the work of missionaries and like-minded missions. 

Yeshua, in all practical terms, was a missionary, taking the Good News to the lost nation. I think He should be our example as to how we too are to carry out ministry. And where and how people are to give. 

There are many, many good Christian and Jewish organizations that are small in numbers and revenue, and yet the Lord is using them mightily in impact and influence. Yeshua (Jesus) was never big on numbers. In fact, He trimmed down those who were following Him from 500 to 12. He knew loyalty and faithfulness are character traits, fruit worth investing in, that accomplish His will to a great degree. And in many ways, they have more mobility and can impact areas others can’t reach. The hearts and souls of the lost and needy in forgotten areas. 

This is my sole opinion, but again as one who knows finances, has worked with many ministries over the past 36 years, including our own non-profit, 501(c )3 ministry for 12 years, Love For His People Ministry, Inc., I understand more fully how things have been accomplished. I wonder how God the Father thinks about all these big churches and ministries, with all the billions of dollars of wealth that have been spent on us, to entertain, be pleasing, and draw more people into the Sunday services, or Shabbat shuls? And what have been the results? Has America grown in Christianity, with new and discipled believers, and more biblically involved “in making disciples” (Matthew 28:19) as we have been commanded by Jesus Himself before He left, over these last decades?

Or are our big buildings and big ministries stand as what we will show for all our giving and then spending? We will give an account for it. 

Of course, we have the responsibility for providing for our families, or else we are “less than a heathen”, but how much after that, and not wasted on ourselves, is properly given to fulfill the Great Commission? The Lord gives to us so that we can give to others. “From Me (God the Father) to you to them.” 

What account will we give, standing before the Lord on that Day? Are we to be numbered among the Laodicean church people? 

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, ” I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.” Revelation 3:15-19, NASU 

May we become those believing givers whom the Lord would and is pleased with, as we do it the way He did. Maybe not so much as we have done for far too long. 

God the Father gave His Only Begotten Son. Jesus Christ then in turn gave it all He had, even to the point of death on the cross. The Holy Spirit is continually giving to believers to direct our steps, comfort us along the way, and lead us in that for which we have been called and apprehended on this planet. Let us all follow in their example, the Master Plan of salvation and redemption for the nations, to the Jew first and then the Greeks. 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”Romans 1:16-16, NASU 

Ahava and shalom, 

Steve Martin

Love For His People

P.S. In September 2022 Love for His People, Inc. gave our federal 501©3 designation to another ministry, being I felt the Lord no longer wanted this ministry to be under the watchful eyes of the secular government. We are now simply called Love For His People Ministry and will report all income and expenses under our personal tax return. That is still required by law to operate in the USA. 

We would like to thank those who have supported Love For His People ministry in the past 12 years. Also, to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting our mission to be Yeshua’s hands and feet to love on the Jewish people in Israel. Even the smallest gift helps us to be the blessing we are called to be. See our ways of giving online or through checks and banking Zelle, all on our website Love For His People.  

Message #119 in this series – in the year of our Lord 10.20.2022 – “From Me To You To Them, Part 3)”  Friday, 6:24 am in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA  

Love For His People Ministry. is a charitable, USA humanitarian ministry started in 2010 to share the love of the Father in the nations, especially to and within Israel.

“It is good to give thanks, all the time. – Ahava Moments With You, Steve Martin and David Peterman, Love For His People Ministry Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5FOTlY8pmk

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 35 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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