One of the most well-known parts of the Christmas story is the account of wise men bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These valuable gifts were clearly intended to honor Jesus, but it’s possible they carried deeper theological significance as well.
At this time of year, it can seem like a lot is asked of you. While much of the Christmas season in the U.S. is rooted in consumerism, there are some tangible (and profound) reasons why Christians give.
Money is a touchy subject. It’s been said that the last thing that gets converted in a Christian’s life is their wallet. But we also know that the Bible teaches generosity, and specifically, to the local church of which we are a part. Many do give. Many don’t. Why is that?
Some read the story of the widow giving two small coins all wrong (Mark 12:42). Some see it as Jesus okaying giving the Lord next to nothing. Truth is, He is applauding the woman for giving her all to God.
Leah den Bok's goals with her books are to humanize people experiencing homelessness, and to shine a spotlight on the problem of homelessness. Not wishing to profit off of the misery of others, Leah donates 100% of the profits from her books (and photographs) of people experiencing homelessness to homeless shelters.