Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Saturday, February 28, 2009

almost there...

Well...we are really almost there. About S$8000 of almost there actually.

But I am going on in faith, and have remitted US$10K to Ps Samreth to begin the construction. We have to complete the school before the rains start. Well, at least the shell needs to be completed.

But God has been wonderful in providing through the surprising turnout of donors so far. I never expected to have gotten so far in this depressing economic climate. But here we are... with the summit in sight.

Praise God. And to those who have chipped in.... thank you so much!!

I will be going there in end April with a whole bunch of collected pens/pencils etc for the kids. They are just going tobe so thrilled.


Russell Earl Kelly said...

May I respond to your worldwide Internet post requesting comments.

Genesis 14:18-21: Nothing Abraham did is an example of faith for the Church. (1) only pagan spoils of war, (2) not his own property, (3) he gave it all away and (4) he gave the 90% to the king of Sodom.

Numbers 18:202-29: The tithing law required those who receive tithes to forfeit land ownership. It also demands tithes be paid to servants to the prissts and only one percent be given to the priests. Churches do not teach this.

Deuteronomy 28 and 29: The entire law was a TEST. Obey and be blessed; disobey and be cursed. The only way for Hebrews to be blessed by tithing was by observing all 600+ commands of the OT law which is impossible. See also Neh 10:29; Mal 4:4.

Malachi 3:10 has been replaced by Galatians 3:10; 1:8-9; 3:1-2 and 2 Cor 3:10.

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

DEFINE TITHES: Although money was common in Genesis and essential for sanctuary worship, money is never included in 16 texts which describe the content of tithes.

DEFINE FIRSTFRUIUTS: Tithes were not firstfruits. Firstfruits were extremely small token offerings. Compare Deut 26:1-10; Neh 10:35-39; 12:44 and 2 Chron 31:5.

Matthew 23:23: Jesus only discussed tithing as "matters of the law." Tithing is never commanded o the Church in terms of grace after Calvary.

Gentiles were never under Hebrew worship laws (Ex 19:5-6; Acts 15:10-11, 19; 21:20.

NT giving is: freewill, generous, sacrificial, joyful, not by commandment or percentage and motivated by love for God and lost souls. Especially 2 Cor 8:12-15.

edmund jd lee said...

Thanks Russ. I am guessing your comments relate to the earlier posting on "alms" ( more than this particular posting.

I do agree with the points you raise. I also feel that our present day tithing is perhaps too overweight on monetary gifts that go principally to asset development,showiness and comfort of parishioners.

NT giving is: freewill, generous, sacrificial, joyful, not by commandment or percentage and motivated by love for God and lost souls. Especially 2 Cor 8:12-15.


Spearies said...

HI! Prof Edmund! Sherri here!

I'm going to pass Prof Chui the stationary that I've collected =D

edmund jd lee said...

K thanx. We are in Tokyo at the moment and will be back by Monday.