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@Read Epub Ø The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving ç Flip Flop Your Concept of Giving Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle inNow the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life Because when Jesus told His followers to lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, He intended that they discover an astounding secret how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure Discover a joy precious than gold Priceless treasure is within your reach And with it, liberating joy In Randy Alcorn s The Treasure Principle, you ll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus a secret wrapped up in giving Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same And you won t want it to Pull Out Section Do it Ask God what s on your mind Open my eyes, Father What am I holding on to that s robbing me of present joy and future rewardDiscover the all new prayer guide inside Supercharged with stunning, divine truth Lightning struck over and over as I read it John Piper , Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church , MinneapolisThe Treasure Principle will change your life This book is destined to become a classic Howard Dayton , Co CEO, Crown Financial Ministries The Scripture passages and illustrations really ring true Just what I needed Hugh Maclellan , President, The Maclellan Foundation I enthusiastically endorse The Treasure Principle I hope millions will read it Ronald W Blue , Founder and CEO, Ronald Blue Company Story Behind the BookAfter years of writing and teaching on the theme God owns everything, inRandy Alcorn was sued by an abortion clinic for peaceful, nonviolent intervention for the unborn Suddenly he had to resign as a pastor and was restricted to making minimum wage Legally unable to own anything, Randy gave all his book royalties to missions work and need meeting ministries He and his family have experienced the reality of The Treasure Principle that God really does own everything, takes care of us, and graciously puts assets into our hands that we might have the joy and privilege of investing in what will last for eternity We don t give to get treasures in heaven We give out of a grateful heart Too many things in this book rubbed me the wrong way. I had a hard time getting through this book because I strongly feel that the author, Alcorn, has taken Matthew 6 19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth out of context for his own purposes Alcorn interprets treasure to solely mean money and the entire book is essentially devoted to why you should give money to the church I also can t help but feel a bit, um, wronged perhaps, by the fact that my church gave this book away in conjunction with a major giving campaign Wh I had a hard time getting through this book because I strongly feel that the author, Alcorn, has taken Matthew 6 19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth out of context for his own purposes Alcorn interprets treasure to solely mean money and the entire book is essentially devoted to why you should give money to the church I also can t help but feel a bit, um, wronged perhaps, by the fact that my church gave this book away in conjunction with a major giving campaign While it is certainly true that properly stewarding the money that God has entrusted to us is a stumbling block for many, I personally feel that it is deceptive of the author to lead the reader to believe that the verses and quotes he uses can only mean give money to Christian organizations A word study of the greek word for treasure, thesauros, shows that it means good and precious things which certainly extends beyond just money life goals, careers, relationships, etc.On that same note, Alcorn quotes the martyred missionary Jim Elliot s famous words, He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose, and again uses it in such a way to lead the reader to believe Elliot is talking about money, when in fact Elliott was talking about giving the whole of his life for the cause of Christ.Someone had recently recommended a different Randy Alcorn book to me, but I now feel quite wary of ever reading another book by this author Okay, I read it It disturbs me I m trying to figure out how to articulate why because there are a LOT of reviews out there saying this is an absolutely fantastic book on encouraging Christian giving, and tithing ironically, the latter bothers the glowing reviewers, but not me His Principles are Principle 1 God owns everything I am His money manager.Principle 2 My heart always goes where I put God s money.Principle 3 Heaven, not Earth, is my home.Principle 4 I should live for the l Okay, I read it It disturbs me I m trying to figure out how to articulate why because there are a LOT of reviews out there saying this is an absolutely fantastic book on encouraging Christian giving, and tithing ironically, the latter bothers the glowing reviewers, but not me His Principles are Principle 1 God owns everything I am His money manager.Principle 2 My heart always goes where I put God s money.Principle 3 Heaven, not Earth, is my home.Principle 4 I should live for the line eternity , not the dot short life on earth.Principle 5 Giving is the only antidote for materialism.Principle 6 God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.Doesn t sound bad in of itself But I didn t care for what felt like to me, too much focus on our rewards in heaven It felt like for me there was too much focus on the motive for giving being that we would receive rewards treasure in heaven for it i.e., what we give here is sent ahead to become our treasure in heaven I always thought our treasure in heaven is our relationship with God This just transposes materialism here for materialism in eternity I feel our motive shouldn t be about getting, but about being so grateful for all He has done, and knowing it s often His way of providing for his children or drawing someone to himself for which we are led to give I also believe Alcorn misinterprets scripture quite a bit, taking it out of context and making it say things it does not say per what I ve learned from my pastors classes in my church my own reading Moreover, it disturbs me greatly that he did all he could to avoid a civil judgment against him, i.e., moving money into other s names and resigning his job so as not to get the paycheck at that point And he touts his behavior in quitting his job and shirking his court imposed debt as a good honorable thing which taught him to live below his means bear in mind he started off debt free other than the judgment that he weaseled out of This book makes me vastly uncomfortable I cannot recommend it to anyone A gift book on a call to live The Treasure Principle,which says, You can t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead This book contains 93 pages of a full exposition and application of Jesus teaching on giving from Matthew 6 20 21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also Alcorn takes six principles and lays them out This book is A gift book on a call to live The Treasure Principle,which says, You can t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead This book contains 93 pages of a full exposition and application of Jesus teaching on giving from Matthew 6 20 21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also Alcorn takes six principles and lays them out This book is peppered with hard hitting passages of scripture You will be hard pressed to find a page without a reference or scriptural phrase tied in Great illustrations of others joy in giving color the message of the book The idea is to say at the end, I really want to live this kind of life Praise the Lord for Randy Alcorn This little book has been sitting hard on my heart ever since I started reading it Beth and I have been looking at houses, and these questions have been hitting us pretty often recentyWhat kind of house How much How big How new How flashy Etc Oh, how I ve been influenced by the American culture Whether I say it or not, my thoughts are, what will others think Will I have enough It makes me sick to think that I would even think of hording the blessings God has been entrusted to me in the names of my comfort, security, ease or peace Ouch God has really blessed us I have been reaching the conclusion that I cannot stretch myself financially to buy myself comfort My stretching must only come when I am comforting the nations for the gospel s sake Alcorn laid that out when he mentioned 2 Corinthians 9 10 11 and the 6th treasure principle, God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving Needless to say, this book has been a life changer in the area of my finances God used much of this book to work me over about what I value in this life and what I value in the next Because as treasure principle 3 says, Heaven, not earth is my home Matthew 13 44The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field