The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Now what? Giving a share of that first paycheck

How can I get my teen to start tithing?

Q: My teen just started getting paychecks from his first part-time job. How can I get him to start tithing?

designpicsA: An important part of growing in faith is developing the discipline of generosity. But rather than focusing solely on the money your teen now earns, you might begin a wider conversation about gratitude.

Explore ideas with your son about how he might view his life as a daily response to God's grace and blessings. This type of gratitude goes beyond dollars and cents. It also includes sharing your skills in ways that extend God's love to others.

Help him grow in the realization that sharing his time and talent—in addition to his treasure — is a vital way of celebrating the goodness we experience through Christ.

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Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

Posted at 9:47 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/26/2010

How about going to the Bible??  Seems like Lutherans forget all about the Bible.

One of my favorite of God's promises to us about tithing is in Malachi 3:10-11.  God actually commands us to TEST Him in this.....

"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.

God says He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing until it OVERFLOWS for you, and rebuke the devourer for you, so that you are provided for!

Either He's God or He's not.  This is His promise.  Show your child this!

Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson

Posted at 8:37 am (U.S. Eastern) 2/23/2010

When I was a child, my parents taught me to tithe by example.  When my dad got paid, we sat at the kitchen table with the checkbook and the church offering envelopes.  Together we calculated 10% and I watch Mom write the first check for that amount and I put it into the offering envelope.   We did the same with my allowance, putting 10% into my Sunday School Offering Envelope.

Then Mom wrote the checks for the remaining bills.   I learned from an eary age that God comes first.



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