Q. My wife and I go to a small church where we tithe. The church is continually asking for contributions to other charities and causes, and we don’t have the money to give to them all while we’re sticking to our budget and getting out of debt. The worst part is that we get pretty aggressive pushback when we say no. What can we do?
About six years ago, an Air Force officer and his wife, who were members of our “Family Teams for Christ” Sunday school class, approached Mike with the idea of having a class coin, much like the military tradition of having a unit coin for each squadron member. He suggested the “Armor of God” coin that detailed the armor or protective covering we must wear when fighting spiritual battles. We adopted this coin to remind all who participate in our programs of the importance of putting on the full armor of God each day.
The diagram apparently was crafted over 1000 years ago - part of a book that was placed on sale by Manhattan’s Les Enluminures Gallery, a dealer in medieval manuscripts, a book written on vellum with a rather unique first page, according to a report on the Religion News Service website, which likens the circular diagram to a game board.
Most of us have had the experience of family life becoming hard to manage at one time or another due to finances, career difficulties, demands of children, or marital conflict. The tension in the family builds and children begin to squabble about everything, nothing gets done, and you feel guilty for not being able to function in complete bliss. Does this sound familiar?