Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why Rick Warren Works for Free

By Allen White

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.    2 Corinthians 9:6-8

I have heard of people accused of reckless spending. But, have you ever heard of someone accused of reckless giving?

Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, gave back 100 percent of the salary his church paid him over 23 years of ministry. In fact, today he gives away 90 percent of his income and lives on 10 percent – a reserve tithe. Some would say, “Well, sure I could do that if I sold over 30 million books.”

Rick started a church with no money, no members and no building. Today, Saddleback is one of the largest churches in the United States with members from 90 cities in Southern California. He’s proof that you can’t out give God.

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