One of a Kind:
Once we retired we expanded our travels. We found a good manager and turned the houses over to him. Along with the rent and our retirement we traveled. The States & Canada were simple with State, Fed and Canadian Provential parks.
We are regular church goers so we look up churches that kinda parallel our beliefs. Years ago it was fairly simple we checked the local Phonebook (remember them?)
Earlier we traveled on a whim. For a few years actually drove hundreds of miles for volunteer work for small churches. Then we did what we could for elderly folks in a few churches. I enjoyed the handi-work and it kept me busy on the road. BUT we have slowed down traveling as much.
I have a mental block for some aspects of religion, churches and ministers in particular. When we give I sorta like to know to what/whom I am giving, therefore I steer clear of TV ministries. I feel confident at our local church back home so we send our main support there.
This is where the COVID has hurt a lot. There are times we turn to TV ministry. We have attended a church building much less this trip south, due to illness. WE can get our home town services WHEN THE SIGNAL WORKS BOTH WAYS!!
Personally I steer clear of the well-known TV ministries who depend on donations send in. Some seem to be teaching a ‘Give to Get’ ministry. If you send me $10, God will give you $100, etc.
I believe if we give because we love our Lord HE will supply all your needs. But the giving is from deep love, never expecting more than our needs.
Every church we have visited we have never felt pressure to give, but when I have watched the larger known preachers and evangelists, I have a different feeling.
I do not remember a wealthy apostle or evangelist in the scripture. I don’t think it is necessary, but you must admire those of God’s leaders who take a vow of poverty.
PS: I know two known TV ministers, my confidence in them is not high. But men like Rick Warren are special and an exception:
Rick Warren, when questioned, answered, “I still live in the same house I've lived in for 22 years. I still drive the same Ford truck that I've driven for 12 years.”
After his writing success, Warren also paid back 25 years of salary to the church. Each member of the Saddleback congregation is encouraged to give 10 per cent of his or her income to the church.Aug 14, 2011