The word tithe means “a tenth” or 10%. From Genesis throughout the New Testament there are references to tithing. Tithing is when you take 10% of whatever increase you have (money earned) and give it to your local church. God’s word tells us that everything we have actually belongs to God and that we are just stewards of what He has enabled us to receive. God then tells us to honor Him by taking 10% and bringing it to our place of worship. Obedience to tithing brings God’s blessings while disobedience robs God of that opportunity to bless. If you are not giving 10% to your local church you are not tithing and missing out on special blessings that God desires you to have.
Some people may call it having daily devotions, others may refer to this time as having a daily quite time with God. It is a time where you may either read from a designated portion of scripture, a prepared reading from an inspirational book or some other Biblical resource. This time usually includes a time of prayer where one may bring their needs and concerns to the Lord in prayer. I always encourage you to not only present your needs to the Lord but then to just be still before the Lord and listen to what the Lord may impress upon your heart. A daily time with the Lord is one of the most beneficial things a person can do to keep themselves renewed, refreshed and restored in the Lord. The Holy Spirit will bring truth and strength into your life as you spend time in God's Word and in His presence.
What exactly does a person mean when they say organized religion?
Denominational labels-Methodists, Catholic- Baptist- Church of God. Bad experience perhaps with a certain denomination.
Does organized religion mean there are certain rules, beliefs, guidelines that are followed as opposed to a disorganized religion that has no rules, no set beliefs or guidelines?
People seem to have a problem with religion especially when that religion puts more emphasis on knowing and following the rules than they do on knowing God in a personal way that can come only through Jesus Christ.
The church was never meant to be a place where certain religious leaders are set up to judge and condemn all those who don’t live up to their standards.
The church is made up of people who have come to realize that they need a savior and that Jesus is him.
People who have problems, issues, who are imperfect but have joined together as the church to help, encourage and pray for each other.