Because I find etymology fascinating, let’s learn about two key words which will serve as topic for our conversation today. tithe: ma`aser מַעֲשֵׂר (occurs 33 times in 27 verses in the Bible) meaning: tenth part primitive root word: `asar עָשַׂר, to tithe, take the tenth part of, give a tithe, take a tithe firstfruits: bikkuwr בִּכּוּר (occurs 37 times in 15 verses in the Bible) meaning: the first of the crops and fruit that ripened, was gathered, and offered to God according
adjective: free from pretense or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings.
synonyms: heartfelt, wholehearted, profound, deep, frank, candid, honest, upfront, open, guileless, straight, earnest. I am, if not anything, sincere. You could say it has been my intentional ambition in life. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment in time or occurrence that made me despise insincerity. Perhaps it is because I most associate it with hypocrisy. It has even been said that I can lack
Generosity breeds more generosity. For me, it also something that is learned, not instinctively given. I am an only child, and consequently grew up to be rather stingy. Not naturally, I hope, but because I never had to share with anyone. Being generous was something I learned from others. Generosity is also contagious. The more kindness and charity that I am shown, the more I want to bestow that on others. I can recall very vividly the numerous times that people in my life ha