I love giving money away! said, No One ever.
UNLESS…they had the RIGHT CAUSE to give it to. There are so many causes, organizations, GoFundMe’s we can give our money to but when it boils down to the nitty gritty of human existence, what cause is more important than restoring people’s hearts, lives and relationships? If you can truly heal the person, you can change the world. When people love like Jesus and live like Jesus, the world is humbled and changed by that authentic love.
Generosity is the core nature of our God so we strive to live a generous lifestyle. We genuinely give our time, our effort, our money, because Jesus has restored our broken lives! It brings us joy to have a safe, loving church family where people can experience the raw, real love of Jesus. Let’s face it, God doesn’t need a thing from us, instead, He wants to give us something: changed lives by giving and trusting Him.
We understand it can be hard, especially in the culture we live in. Most people want the latest and greatest. You can’t play the game without the money. But God says to be wise with your money. It’s a tool. It can be used for something greater than us, for making a tangible impact for His Kingdom.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Why Do We Give?
We want to assure you that your financial support to Candlewood Church is going to reach Lincoln, NE and even our world with the life changing news of the gospel. Through the ministries in our church, people are meeting Jesus, marriages are being healed and relationships are being restored!
We regularly send out short term and long term mission trips across the world and support national ministries within our movement. We’ve been able to partner with amazing organizations in Lincoln, such as Christian Heritage, in providing a facilities where families of incarcerated parents can come to events to connect. As well as FoodNet, which provides perishable foods to those in need, NeighborWorks a non-profit dedicated to community revitalization, and North 27th St partnership.
Tithing not Tipping
We believe in the Biblical stance of bringing God a tithe (a “tenth”). This is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that God asks us to faithfully give back to supporting our local church. We don’t think of being generous as a “One-and-Done” type of thing, like giving a good tip at a restaurant, but rather as a lifestyle to show God our gratitude, love and faith.
It’s a step of obedience. It’s a step of faith. The step of a difference maker. Tithing is trusting God can accomplish real change with your financial support. Our God is a God of promise and generosity. Watch what He can do with your 10%! As one pastor put it…
When you begin to tithe you’ll discover that God can do more with 90% than you can do with 100%
We understand, life is busy and sometimes it can be hard to remember to keep up on everything. That’s why we’ve set up a safe and secure recurring payments option within our methods of giving. Rest assured that your tithe is being taken care of without having to have another thing on your “to-do” list. You can set up reoccurring giving by clicking HERE.
If you’re a part of the Candlewood family and have noticed the renovations and changes at our building, we’d invite you to check out our Restore Campaign and join us in a step of faith of giving above your tithe, as God continues to change lives in our church and in our city.