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George Greene presents a full explanation of the Widow’s Gift recorded in the Bible in Mark 12:38-44. After identifying the benefits for the intended audience, he then studies the Law in the Old Testament to determine how widows were supposed to be treated. This is needed to fully understand the issue Jesus was teaching his soon-to-be religious leaders. A closer look at what Jesus said reveals that the widow was being plundered by religious leaders. The widow’s gift is NOT an example for Christian generosity.
George asserts that the widow was not giving based on something that God told her but instead was responding to encouragement from religious leaders. A closer look at what Jesus said reveals that the widow was being plundered by religious leaders. The widow’s gift is NOT an example for Christian generosity. It is just the opposite of what Jesus was actually teaching his group of soon-to-be religious leaders.
George Greene uses the Bible to identify the different choices a believer will face as a result of God’s blessings. George cites several examples where the result of God’s material blessings resulted in different types of actions on the part of the blessed person. God’s material blessings does not always mean that it is for ours to keep.
George Greene uses the Bible to identify the different choices a believer will face as a result of God’s blessings. George sites several examples where the result of God’s material blessings resulted in different types of actions on the part of the blessed person. God’s material blessings do not always mean that it is for ours to keep.
This is part 1 of a 10 part series entitled “The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. George provides a brief overview of each following lesson.
This is part 2 of a 10 part series titled “The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 23:23 are presented and demonstrate that the scope of these instructions are not directed to Christians.
This is part 3 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. He presents a brief overview of Old Testament law and presents multiple New Testament scriptures that prove that Christians are free from the Law including the tithing laws. The downloadable worksheets or charts are also explained.
This is part 4 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. George presents the first of four different tithes that
This is part 5 of a 10 part series titled “The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. George presents the second and third of four different tithes that
This is part 6 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. George presents the fourth of four different tithes that
This is part 7 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. George notes that Jacob made a vow to pay God a tenth IF he gets blessed. Certainly not a model for Christians and NOT a model for those who were required to tithe under the Law. Concerning the book of Malachi, George shows that the threat of curses was directed ONLY to the nation of Israel and NOT to Christians.
This is part 8 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. A review of the scripture shows that Abram paid a ten
This is part 9 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. A review of the scripture shows that Abram paid a ten
This is part 10 of a 10 part series titled ” The Truth About Tithing”. George Greene presents biblical proof demonstrating that God never required Christians to keep the Old Testament law of tithing. George proves from the Bible that the tithing mentioned was not a command for Christians but rather a reflection of what was happening at the time the letter was written. The Hebrew converts to Christianity were still attempting to keep parts of the Mosaic Law and the writer of Hebrews was trying to show them that ‘
This is part 1 of a 2 part series which consists of a study of God’s faithfulness to deliver on his promise to Abram (Abraham) to have a son with his wife Sarai (Sarah) even though Abram failed to obey or trust God completely for many years. Abram’s struggles and failures are emphasized with the intention of encouraging viewers to continue growing in their relationship with God.
This is part 2 of a 2 part series which consists of a study of God’s faithfulness to deliver on his promise to Abram (Abraham) to have a son with his wife Sarai (Sarah) even though Abram failed to obey or trust God completely for many years. Abram’s struggles and failures are emphasized with the intention of encouraging viewers to continue growing in their relationship with God.
Six common methods of preparing to “preach the gospel” are reviewed. The methods so often in use now are compared to what Jesus and the Apostles did as they started ministering. The term “What Did Jesus Do” is introduced. One of the main goals of this series is to remind believers that “bigger churches or ministries” does not always mean “better” – in God’s eyes. This lesson takes a look at 1) The filing of papers with governmental authorities and 2) Modeling of churches after the “most successful” churches or ministries.
Six common methods of preparing to “preach the gospel” are reviewed. The methods so often in use now are compared to what Jesus and the Apostles did as they started ministering. This lesson challenges believers to reconsider some of the statements they must agree with in order to be a ‘good’ member. The idea that criticism of “God’s leaders” can disrupt God’s plans is challenged.
Common methods of church growth are challenged. The author also suggests that the need to control and count membership maybe repeating King David’s error of depending on the numbers instead of depending on God. Jesus’ reaction when he had
This lesson takes a look at what Jesus and the Apostles practiced when it came to accepting or drawing rich people into their ministry. Believers are encouraged to tell people about Jesus in contrast to telling people about your church. Several things that are common in many churches are listed by the author as things that he maintains “God is not impressed with.”
If you have any problems practicing your new found belief then you need to view these lessons. George identifies issues that a person is likely to encounter when they finally realize that God’s plan for their lives does not include the necessity to ‘tithe’. Viewers are encouraged to take back the authority that they gave up to religious leaders and become more responsible for how they view Biblical issues by listening to God for themselves.
The issue of keeping your ‘vow’ or promise to pay a Christian organization is reviewed. Several scriptures are shown to be extremely convincing at trying to keep a believer from stopping their vow but George puts things to rest by reminding viewers what Jesus has already said on the issue. You will no longer be intimidated by religious leaders and what they preach you should do with your money and resources.
George starts with the promises given to Abram in Genesis 12 and begins the process of showing us that in addition to Gentile believers receiving the “blessing given to Abraham” that we should also BE a blessing to other believers and nonbelievers both. The intended audience
The natural and spiritual
This session starts off with George setting aside many of the various formulas that have been preached to Christians that supposedly guarantee a blessing from God. He continues with examples of blessings in the Old Testament including Psalm 23 “..my cup runneth over…”. George proves that the overflow of blessings that comes through believers are supposed to bless everybody around the believer – believers and unbelievers both. Another question asked in the series is 5) God communicates to believers but only to draw them to salvation? – True or False.
Attention is focused on the behavior of Christians in the workplace. George links the behaviors of the patriarchs as they worked to the guidelines found in Colossians 3:22. He asserts that there is a direct connection to the blessings received by the people that were only near the patriarchs and the workplace blessings that should occur as Christians work as directed in Colossians. Another question asked at the beginning was 6) What is the “blessing given to Abraham”?
When considering how money is to be handled in ministry, George takes note of the fact that Jesus sent out “12 broke folks” in Mark 6:8. These were the leaders Jesus was preparing to continue ministering after he ascended into heaven. George suggests that the Apostles continued to practice ministry the same way which brings into question the way
“The religious leader telling you that God wants you to be rich is the one who has plans for your money” George states. This series is a follows up on the “how To BE a Blessing” series and once again, but briefly this time, George notes that true prosperity includes having God with you, no matter what financial situation you are in. “Give and it shall be given to you” is reviewed and George shows that that verse is clearly NOT talking about money or riches.
George reviews other scriptures that he maintains are misinterpreted. Phil 4:19 “..God will meet all of your needs …” and 2 Cor 9:11 “You will be made rich in every way… ” are both shown as statements that do not stand on their own but instead must be interpreted in proper context. A clear pattern is once again reinforced and that is the need to be generous to those in need. Some Bible warnings about riches and the desire to get riches are also visited.
“Too many poor people have been talked into giving gifts to rich church leaders”, “Too many poor believers have been robbed of help from other believers because of the pressure put on them to give to rich ministries”, and “Religious leaders that have been forcing people to tithe are in effect robbing the poor” are examples of some of George’s assertions. George takes a brief look at the wisdom of God’s plan for helping the poor which contains principles still applicable even now. At the close, George suggests that believers need to ask God to forgive our religious leaders who are responsible for the world’s equating wealth with Christianity. Religious leaders who have done that have been “…robbed of the truth and think that godliness is a means to financial gain” 1Tim 6:5.
Select video clips from the series “The Problems With Traditional Easter” are combined to provide a
The issue is that the ‘sign of the prophet Jonah’ that Jesus spoke of is NOT met with the traditional Easter weekend. It does not equate to the 3 days & 3 nights that Jesus prophesied that he would be in the tomb. The presentation starts with
George identifies a few days of ‘Sacred Assembly’ or ‘high holy days’ that are another form of a Sabbath day. The uniqueness of ‘Preparation Day’ is also covered in depth. George notes where the gospels agree with some items before the death of Jesus. He also takes note of gospel verses that appear to disagree.
George identifies several events that happened on Preparation Day. It is noted that three of the gospels- Matthew, Mark, and Luke – all seem to place Jesus at the Passover meal. A thorough study shows that Jesus was in the grave prior to Passover so therefore he could NOT have celebrated the Passover. John’s gospel has no conflicts and presents us a consistent, verifiable timeline that shows us the 3 days and 3 nights that Jesus spent in the tomb. George notes that it is impossible to reconcile all of the gospel verses the way they have been translated.
George provides detail to show how scripture is twisted as others attempt to prove that Christians are about to get a big load of money dropped into their laps. This get-rich-quick-end-time-transfer-of-wealth scheme by dishonest religious leaders is their latest attempt to scam Christians. This lesson reveals the formula used to entice or threaten Christians into complying with their deception.
There are examples of wealth transfers in the Bible, however, a closer look at the examples other preachers use is demonstrated to be totally wrong to use as examples. For example, Abraham was disobedient to God, lied, and put his wife at risk
There was a major wealth transfer when the Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt but this also is not a model wealth transfer for Christians. There is another wealth transfer prophesied in Scripture,
This scripture gets quoted when some pastors get challenged about lessons they taught or maybe even questionable things they did. It is used as a ‘get-out-of-jail-free-card’ when in fact the statement was not a future insurance policy but instead was King David’s reflection on how God had protected his leaders IN THE PAST. King David was reflecting on how God had protected his people as they wandered in the desert. God did not allow any kings to stop them. Examples in King David’s life given in this presentation prove that it is not a protection from God that extends to all religious leaders.
Contrary to popular teaching, George maintains that testing God or tempting God is not always a good idea. The Malachi scripture is often quoted but there are other scriptures that point out that we should NOT test or tempt God. In addition, George shows that the Malachi scripture is NOT the only time in the Bible where God said to someone “…test me…”.
Starting with a brief discussion on the issue of a woman’s head covering, George challenges the standard practice of having a person (mentor, elder, pastor, bishop, etc) between God and the believer in order for the believer to understand God’s will for his or her life. George notes the many instances of “one another” in the New Testament. He also presents Biblical evidence that Jesus and the Apostles did not demand others to have their “spiritual covering”.
The context of 1Pet 2:24 “… … by his stripes we are healed.”, is reviewed to determine the proper understanding. The review starts at the beginning of 1 Peter Ch 1 and continues to 1 Peter Ch 3. George notes that the subject both before and after the verse in question has to do with submission. This is also true of the OT verse that 1 Peter 2:24 quotes which
Healings by Jesus are reviewed. Healing miracles by the Apostles after Jesus’ resurrection reveal that 1) The Apostles performed some healing miracles the same way as Jesus and 2) Jesus could not and the Apostles did not quote Isaiah 53 nor 1 Peter 2:24 in advance of healings. It is noted that the idea of submission is the subject or topic before, during, and after the verse in question. The healing referred to in 1 Peter 2:24 is the healing necessary after we have submitted to the Lord’s plan. Our decision to “die to sins and live for righteousness” requires the healing that only Jesus provides.
George encourages Believers to listen to God for themselves to determine the individual things they should do to provide effective help for the poor. Old Testament scriptures that required framers to help the poor are reviewed. The law that required Jews to cancel debts of their Jewish brethren in the seventh year is also noted. George notes that the wisdom of that law that restrained the money lenders from taking complete advantage of the poor. The poor in America and many other parts of the world have no such protection.
A review of Jesus’ actions concerning the poor is separated between miracle and non-miracle incidents. It is clear that the poor are a major focus of his ministry. George notes that starting immediately after Pentecost, the Believers demonstrated a correct understanding of the principles and necessity of helping the poor as demonstrated by them making sure that “there were no poor people among them…” (Acts 4:34). Believers are encouraged to stop looking for some special big special ministry and instead ask God for themselves what he would like them to do right where they live.
The differences between tithes and offerings are noted. George teaches that the most significant offering does not have a title nor a law requiring it. New Testament offerings are reviewed and compared to various methods currently in use in many churches. We are under compulsion as soon as we hear various reasons why we need to give which goes against “.. each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion ..” (2Cor 9:7). It is up to the viewer to determine if many of the gimmicks in use in many churches really demonstrate the Lord’s will.
George proves that “tithing” was never required of Christians. Starting with an overview of the Bible definition of tithing, George proves that Abram’s tithe is NOT the example we are to follow. Abram gave away “other folks’ money” and didn’t keep anything for himself. The Bible definition of tithing is compared briefly with the popular definition. An overview of the Old Testament or Mosaic law is started. Of the approximately 612 laws contained in the first 5 books of the Bible, George proves that there is no requirement for Believers just to keep the laws that required the Old Testament Israelites to pay something.
Many New Testament verses are quoted that prove that Christians are free from the Mosaic law that required tithing from certain Israelites. The multiple tithes are reviewed starting with the tithe from the land and from herded animals. George proves that the tithe from the land was only 6 years out of the
The Poor Tithe is reviewed followed by a look at Jacob’s promise or vow. George proves that Jacob’s vow was only a ‘fine sounding religious act” where Jacob the trickster was just trying to impress God. Little time is spent on Malachi’s reminder to the Levite priests simply because – just like other prophets that have some things they said recorded in the Bible – George proves that God did not have the prophet Malachi talking to you and me!! George reviews the context of Jesus’ comment about tithing in the list of “Woe to you ….” to the Pharisees. The mention of tithes in Hebrews is reviewed before reminding viewers that we are free from the law handed down through Moses and we need to forgive those who taught us that we must tithe.
The Passover celebration outlined in scripture is reviewed. In George’s review of current Last Supper traditions, he shows that basically none of them accomplish what he believes the Lord intended. In general, Christianity has turned the observance of it into the major religious ceremony called ‘communion’. A closer look at what actually happened reveals several things. A few of them include: 1) The Last Supper was NOT a Passover Meal and 2) Jesus was already in the grave before Passover started and 3) We are supposed to be looking forward instead of looking back. The observance of Passover was for the Jews and never for Christians.
George emphasizes the importance of understanding that Jesus was telling us at the Last Supper to look FORWARD and not to look back as the Passover celebration required of the Jews. Next, Bible verses are presented in order to reveal that, concerning the Last Supper, the “body of Christ” is not his literal body but rather the collection of believers that we now associate with. The Last Supper was supposed to be simply the model of a practice meal for the wedding supper of the Lamb. The regular bread that was eaten at the Last Supper is the final evidence to prove that Jesus’ last meal was not a Passover celebration.