Several years ago after we had been attending Faith for a couple of years, Pastor Elliott gave his traditional talk on giving. At the end the Service, we each received a pledge form that asked us to commit to four-month giving challenge. If you’ve been at Faith for any length of time, you know that Pastor Elliott has no issues talking about giving. For my wife and I, that was the moment we decided to make a commitment and do as the Scripture says: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 KJV Now, we truly had to prove God in our finances because at the time the math didn’t work. But my wife and I talked and prayed and asked for God’s guidance. Even though the math we were using, did not make sense, we committed to giving this giving pledge. That was November 2010 and as I write this testimonial, I am convinced that simple math doesn’t make sense in in God’s economy. We have faithfully given of our first fruits every week since and we have also made some significant sacrifices in giving to Missions and our building fund. More importantly, to ensure it is truly “first fruits”, we also automate our giving. Finally, as you read this testimonial, don’t get the wrong impression, we don’t give with the expectation that God’s going to give us anything back nor do we want to hold ourselves above others. Giving is a biblical principle we embrace and because of that God has and continues to richly reward our family. Since we started tithing our gross income has increased some 40% and we give God the glory.